Noro has taken the color of yarn to new heights since they emerged into the yarn market over 30 years ago. The amazing color changing yarn that Noro produces delights fiber artists of all types. This yarn is amazing for weaving, felting, crochet and of course knitting. Noro Lace is a fantastic pattern book. This book delivers on its claim of having 30 exquisite knits. Don’t be fooled by the title though Noro Lace is much more than shawls and fine gauge yarn. This robust hardback book is full of lacework patterning, not patterns that use lace weight yarn. There is a wide selection of unique patterns in this book that will really add sparkle to a wardrobe. Here are a few of my favorite patterns from the book.
  • Leaf Band Hat Pattern – This pattern adds interest to the ever stylish slouchy hat by putting a lace leaf pattern around the brim. This hat is a quick knit that is sure to impress and would make a fantastic gift. This pattern calls for 2 skeins of the vibrant Noro Silk Garden Yarn and is knit with size 7 needles.

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Leaf Band Hat
  • Noro Crescent Shawl Pattern – This lovely shawl pattern is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to the Shiraito yarn. Shiraito is a luxurious blend of 45% cashmere, 45% Angora bunny and 10% wool. The open stitch of this shawl is fun and addictive. I might have had to cast on this shawl as soon as I saw it and it is a super fun and quick knit. This project would make an amazing gift that could be treasured. Don’t let the fiber content fool you either this yarn is stronger than you might think. I actually knit an entire shawl out of it but the pattern wasn’t right for the yarn so I’m unravelling that project as I knit the Crescent Shawl and the yarn is just as nice as it was the first time I knit it. I also happen to have an allergy to angora rabbit but this yarn was too tempting and has inspired me to work through the allergy. Which it turns out might be going away because I barely noticed it. If you are interested in an alternate yarn to make this pattern the Noro Shiro Yarn would work up beautifully in this pattern and the fiber content is a 30% Cashmere, 30% Silk and 40% Wool blend.

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Noro Crescent Shawl

 

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