If you want extravagance and exotic color in your life, then Noro is the yarn for you. Named after the founder and yarn designer Eisaku Noro, this Japanese company is famous for its outstanding color compositions. They’ve been handcrafting yarns for over 40 years using fibers that come from certified organic farms.
My first time with Noro was this Poppy V-Neck Pullover designed by Lisa Shobhana Mason. The bottom part is knit in a stripe from side to side. It has occasional stripes that you can vary wherever you like, and your unique color combinations will make your creation a one off. It’s held up well over the years. It hasn’t bobbled or stretched. I love the classic, feminine shape. You can find the pattern along with other delightful designs by Lisa in her book Yarnplay.
These little cardigans are from Jenny Watson’s Noro Designer Mini Knits Two Pattern Book. The pattern was quick and easy. I tweaked the design to use a snapper/button instead of the cord fastener. Noro yarn is a bit scratchy. And it’s dry clean only. Completely impractical, but gorgeous!
So what’s next on my list?
Just about everything in the Knit Noro Accessories book, especially the Leaves and Cables Pillow designed by Therese Chynoweth.
Something kitsch and crocheted by designer Nicki Trench. Probably the table runner in her Hooked on Noro book.
This amazing cardigan by Claudia Wersing in her Sweet Winter pattern book.
Goodies on my wish list
Noro: Meet the Man Behind the Legendary Yarn
Noro The World of Nature
Knitting Noro by Jane Ellison
Jane Ellison’s Noro Men Pattern Book
Noro Boutique by Jenny Watson
And here’s some Useful Links
- Here’s a link to all the Noro patterns on Ravelry.
- Webs also has a great selection of patterns (they are my choice for ordering yarn online too).
- Knitting Fever is listed on the Noro site as the official US supplier.
- Or you can try Designer Yarns if you are in the UK or Europe.
Finally, did anyone make this cute heart blanket? It was a recent Knitting Fever knit along project. It’s so lovely.
So what else should I be looking at? Comment below and add your favorites to the list!6