Noro has always been good about including a mix of both knitting and crochet in their pattern books.
Now, after a few hard cover books dedicated to knitting patterns, there is an entire book of crochet patterns!
Crochet Noro brings together many of today’s favorite crochet designers and one of the world’s best-loved yarns to create to create a collection of incomparable beauty and originality. From exquisite shawls to stylish cardigans to quick-to-crochet accessories to fabulous bags and totes, this stylish book contains 30 gorgeous projects to entice every crocheter.
Eisaku Noro has been creating his world-renowned yarns in Japan’s Aichi province for more than forty years. Spun from the finest natural materials with great respect for enviromental concerns, these spectacular yarns are dyed exclusively by hand in a dazzling array of colors. The patterns in this artful collection employ several popular Noro yarns, including Silk Garden, Silk Garden Lite, Silk Garden Sock, Taiyo, Taiyo Sock, Kureyon and Shiraito.
These exciting projects are as much fun to stitch as they are to wear. If you aren’t yet hooked on Noro, you will be.
With so many awesome patterns from which to choose, it’s hard to select favorites.
Fortunately, I find that I crochet faster than I knit, which means I could work through the book at a good pace.
Since many of the projects are accessories that require just one or two balls of yarn there is a lot of crochet gift potential in this book as well.
Here are a few patterns that caught my eye.
This Swirly Tam is very attractive. I like how the ridges add visual interest.
It takes just one ball of Silk Garden Sock. So if you love that yarn, but don’t like making socks, this could be the pattern you’ve been waiting for.
Add a little bit of rebel to your wardrobe with the Engineer Cap. It also gives you a chance to use some of the great buttons you’ve been collecting.
This hat takes two balls of Kureyon. With 8 new colorways for the fall no two hats will be the same.
There are two other hats in the book, as well.
There are several scarf, cowl, and shawl patterns in the book. (See, good gift ideas abound!)
I think my favorite is the Strawberry Lace Scarf. I like the large size of the motifs, which has always been one of my favorite crochet designs.
There is no doubt this scarf is unique!
Crocheted using two hanks of Shiraito, a 45% Cashmere, 45% Angora, 10% Wool blend, this scarf is destined to become a favorite because the yarn is so soft and luxurious.
There are two pairs of mitts in the book. The elegant and textured Shell Stitch Wristers and the fun Bobbled Mitts below.
The Bobbled Mitts are crocheted using two hanks of Silk Garden Lite.
Maybe it’s because we’re still getting rain and clouds from Hurricane Sandy, but the bright, happy colors used in the sample pair make me smile.
Just because I’ve highlighted small projects don’t think this book is all accessories. There are several sweaters as well and even a skirt.
I like the circular design of the Cap Sleeve Cardigan. It’s very visually appealing.
Crocheted using 3 to 4 balls of Taiyo Sock Yarn, a 50% Cotton, 17% Wool, 17% Nylon, 16% Silk blend, this cardigan will be a year round staple in your wardrobe.
It’s just the right size for chasing a chill in doors or wearing over a sun dress outside.
Purses and more!
In addition to the projects you can wear, there are 3 purses, a set of bowls, and a throw blanket.
Of the purses, the Flower Blossom Purse makes me smile. Wouldn’t it be a great way to add a bit of color to a gloomy winter day? Or to use in the spring to encourage the flowers to bloom?
The pattern calls for four balls of Kureyon. While the sample in the book uses a bright happy color, you can always select one of the dark or neutral colorways depending on the season and your wardrobe.
This is just a sampling of the projects in this book. You can preview the rest on our website.
The book has started arriving at local yarn stores across the country. Head down to yours to get your copy and supplies!