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.

Weight: worsted

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)



Please note Malabrigo’s hand dyed colours can vary slightly within dye lots and quite dramatically between dye lots. This is what makes each skein uniquely beautiful. Please be sure to order enough yarn to complete your project to reduce the chance of differences between your skeins. To ensure random colour distribution work from two skeins at once, alternating every few rows. At YAK we try to ensure that our photos represent colours as accurately as possible, but please be aware that these can vary depending on your computer monitor settings.


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