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Noro Designer Mini Knits 4

Looking for small projects to work on during the summer, but also already looking forward to fall projects?

Take a look at the Noro Designer Mini Knits Four book.

162722Measuring just under 8″ x 8″, a good size for tucking into a project back, this new book by Jenny Watson is pack full with 24 projects for sweaters and accessories for children and adults, as well as a few items for the home.

The patterns are a good mix of simple projects that will be good for advanced beginners as well as experienced knitters looking for a long term project.

cardiThe cover cardigan, for instance, is ribbing and stockinette with simple shaping. It would be a good project for a knitter looking for their first sweater project.

This cardigan uses 3 to 5 balls of Noro Ayatori yarn (shown in color 23) and includes six sizes from a 20″ to a 30″ chest.

BoleroIf you want more of a challenge (and something for yourself) check out this pretty bolero.

Knit using 5 to 7 balls of Noro Koromo (shown in color 1), the body of the vest is plain stockinette stitch with simple shaping. There aren’t even arms to worry about! The challenge is the pretty lace border, which is knit separately and sewn on. It’s a great opportunity to practice knitting yarn overs and decreases.

This pattern covers five sizes from 32/34″ to 48/50″ chest, with the expectations of a few inches of positive ease.

cardi 2Cables abound in the book, appearing on garments for children, adults, and the home items.

This cozy cardigan uses 2 to 4 balls of Noro Cyochin yarn (shown in color 1). Like the other cardigan, it’s also sized from a 20″ to a 30″ chest. Worked on US10 needles, you’ll be done in time for the first day of school.

163575One of the challenging projects is this great cabled pullover knit using Noro Shiro yarn (shown in color 6).

With a crew neck and raglan shaping, this will be a great sweater to keep you warm when the weather gets cold.

This pattern includes five sizes ranging from 32-34″ through 48-50″ chest, with about 6″ of positive ease expected. You’ll need from 8 to 12 balls of Shiro, depending on your size.

163595If you prefer lace to cables, this wrap should catch your eye.

It uses 4 balls of Noro Taiyo Sport yarn (shown in color 6) and measures 18″ x 60″. The beautiful colors of Noro do all the work when it comes to the stripes, allowing you to focus on the fun eyelet pattern twisting up the sides.

The last project I’ll highlight is this interesting Tabard.

163591This unusual garment is knit using 6 to 9 balls of the snuggly Noro Nadeshiko yarn (shown in color 23).

The Tabard has five sizes from 32/34″ to 48/50″ bust with about 4″ of expected ease.

As you can see, it can be worn open, or there are three buttons up each side so you can close it up.

I’ll admit that when I first saw this in the book I thought it was a little goofy. However, as I was reading through the pattern entering it into Ravelry, it grew on me.

This would be a good wardrobe addition for the fall and spring. I think it would be good for walking the dogs. It’s easy to thrown on like a poncho, but you have more freedom of movement for your arms.

What do you think? Thumbs up or thumbs down on the tabard?

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