May 13, 2013 in Noro
If a store stocks Noro yarns and patterns, they will probably have the magazine, too. You can use the “find a store” feature to locate local yarn stores near you that stock Noro.
(If you aren’t in the USA, check for international distributors on this page, then check for stockists on that website.)
As with the premier issue, independently owned yarn stores are first in line to stock the magazine so it might be hard to find in book stores.
I thought I’d get all that business out of the way up front, since once you preview the magazine you’ll totally want a copy!
Technically, the release date is June 4, but I’ve been seeing stores posting on Facebook about having it in stock.
Full of Pretty
This issue has 34 patterns. There are garments and accessories for women, and garments and stuffed animals for babies.
Six of the patterns are crocheted.
Most of the patterns are sized from small to XL, with a few reaching to 2X.
There are patterns by Mari Lynn Patrick, Lori Steinberg, Galina Carroll, Tabetha Hedrick, Angela Tong, Kathy North, Debbie O’Neill, Wilma Peers, Irina Poludnenko, Theresa Schabes, Mari Tobita, Carol Sulcoski, Andrea Babb, Cheryl Murray, Holli Yeoh, Grace Akhrem, Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby, Annabelle Speer, Yoko Hatta, Lauren Waterfield, and Christina Behnke.
You’ll recognize many of those names from the premier issue, as well as Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Crochet Today….well, the list just goes on and includes books and self-published patterns!
You are in good hands with these designers.
In addition to the beautiful and creative projects, there is an interesting article about “The Cult of Noro” and an interview with designer Jane Ellison.
But enough of this chatter, let’s take a look at some patterns!
As I said, there are 34 patterns, so I won’t include them all here. I will highlight some of my favorites and you can preview the others on the Noro Magazine website.
The patterns start with a number of charming dresses. The hemlines range from mid-calf to knee length.
I like the Banded Dress by Mai Lynn Patrick. There are a lot of interesting textures in this dress from the different pattern stitches used. It looks like it would be fun to knit.
Ayatori is a 60% Wool, 40% Silk blend with 146 yards per ball. There are eight new colors this season for a total of 16.
Cashmerino Aran is a 55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfiber Acrylic, 12% Cashmere blend with 99 yards per ball. The magazine makes use of the solid colors of this soft yarn to accent the vibrant colors of the Noro. With 46 colors available, you’ll have options for creating your own masterpiece!
The next section features four pretty shawl patterns.
This pretty Semi-Circle Shawl by Tabetha Hedrick graces the cover of the magazine. It has been popular with people on Facebook.
I like the lace stitch used in this shawl, as well as the detail of the picot bind-off (which you can’t see in the itty-bitty picture!).
This shawl is knit using Taiyo Sock yarn, a fingering weight 50% Cotton, 17% Wool, 17% Nylon, 16% Silk blend that has 462 yards per ball. There are eight new colors this season for a total of 26 colors.
All the pictures in the shawl section remind me of the artist Frida Kahlo. Don’t you agree?
The next section is “String Theory”. It features eight adorable tops. I think I love them all!
This Short Row Colorblock top by Wilma Peers is so cool! I love the zigzag design. It also has a neat asymmetrical hemline. The description in the magazine says:
The triangular stripe sequence slims the figure, while a hemmed fold-over collar draws the eye upward.
Doesn’t that sound fabulous?
This top is knit using the wonderful Silk Garden Lite yarn, a 45% Silk, 45% Mohair, 10% Lambswool blend, which is available in 24 colors.
Did you know that Silk Garden Lite was discontinued a few years ago but was brought back due to popular demand? That is a well loved yarn!
This Hourglass Top by Theresa Schabes is very interesting. The design is a result of the front being narrower than the back. You’ll have to be careful with your seaming since it’s a design element!
This top is knit using the popular Silk Garden Sock, a 40% Wool, 25% Silk, 25% Nylon, 10% Mohair blend yarn. There are six new colors this season for a total of 14.
I love the thin stripes on the front of Irina Poludnenko’s Multidirectional Cap Sleep Top. The sides are knit out from the center panel and the sleeves are created through short row shaping.
This top will be a lot of fun to knit!
It is knit using Noro Koromo. This new, worsted weight yarn is a 39% Cotton, 35% Wool, 26% Silk blend with 137 yards per ball and is available in six colorways.
And there are plenty of other cute tops in this section!
In the “Coral” section, this Trellis Lace Duster by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby is a stand out.
The duster is knit in one piece to the bust using Noro Ayatori yarn in a textured stitch. The bodice is knit in plain stockinette stitch using Debbie Bliss Bella yarn.
Bella is a yummy, 85% Cotton, 10% Silk, 5% Cashmere blend with 105 yards per ball. It is available in 25 colors, so if coral isn’t your thing it should be easy to select a different color to highlight in your Ayatori.
This sweater will make you look forward to walking the dogs on a chilly morning since it will be another chance to wear it.
The crochet section shows variations on themes. Take one pattern and change an element to get another pattern.
The blue capelet at the top of this post morphs into a sweater.
They are both worked in Silk Garden Lite.
I suppose, if you were feeling wild, you could crochet them both and wear the capelet as a cowl on the sweater.
The shell stitch used gives me the impression these pieces will work up quickly. But speed is one of the appeals of crochet anyway, isn’t it?
The baby garments are a pair of cardigans and hats for either a boy or a girl. The girl cardigan (above) is shown with a pair of cute sheep toys, while the boy’s cardigan is shown with a fat teddy bear that looks very huggable.
All the projects are knit using Noro Shiraito yarn.
Shiraito is a melt-in-your mouth blend of 45% Cashmere, 45% Angora, 10% Wool with 198 yards per hank. It is available in 17 colors ranging from vibrant to earthy.
The magazine says you can get two sheep out of one hank! It’s practically a flock. The teddy bear is also a one hank project.
You can start knitting now for fall babies send them home wrapped in love.
Preview the rest of the issue on the Noro Magazine website. Which pattern is your favorite?