Malabrigo – Rios
Rio means “river” in Spanish and Malabrigo Rios is named after the four major rivers in Uruguay. Each river is represented by one ply which twist together like winding rivers. A plump and soft worsted weight yarn full of bounce and twist Rios has a crisp stitch definition which makes it perfect for textured projects. It is also very soft and machine washable so a great choice for baby and kids’ items. If you like to bring a pop of colour to your outfits then you will love the vibrancy of the Malabrigo palette.
Malabrigo is a family owned company based in Uruguay specialising in the production of hand-dyed yarn. Not only do they dye the yarn but they also produce their own bases. Some of the fleece used comes from their own flock of Merino sheep who live near their headquarters in Montevideo. The rest is sourced from Uruguayan farms where sheep are allowed to graze free-range through the hills and are herded by ranchers.
Their superwash manufacturing process and their dyes comply to Oeko-Tex standards – a certification which regulates the use of chemicals within the textile industry. Water in their Uruguayan and Peruvian mills is heated via a flat-plate thermal heating system which is solar powered. In 2017 Malabrigo started using renewable wood pellets as their main source of energy.
Fibre: 100% merino wool – superwash
Skein: 100 g = 192 m (210 yds)
Needle size: 4.00 mm – 5.00 mm (US 6 – 8)
Gauge: 18 – 22 stitches = 10 cm (4 in)
Spin: worsted spun
Fibre Origin: Uruguay
Processed: milled & hand dyed in Peru
Care: machine washable on a cool wool cycle (hand washing recommended to prolong the life of your knitwear)