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Noro Mini Knits 3

Created due to the great popularity of the previous Mini Knits book 1 & 2, Noro designer Jenny Watson offers a collection of 30 new designs covering accessories, babies, and women’s garments in the new “Noro Mini Knits 3” book.

Dog coat

Can you think of anyone more deserving?

Recent studies have shown that the constant gentle pressure of a dog sweater has a pronounced calming effect on dogs that are fearful, anxious or over-excited. Prove this yourself by knitting this stylish dog sweater for your favorite four-legged friend using just two skeins Taiyo.

Taiyo is a 40% Cotton, 30% Silk, 15% Wool, 15% Nylon blend. There are eight new colors this season giving you lots of options for matching pup’s collar or eyes. (giggle)

PillowNow that Spring has officially sprung, let’s not forget an inspiring home decorating project. This cushion uses Silk Garden Lite and has an optional sewn-on knitted lace edging.

Silk Garden Lite is a 45% Silk, 45% Mohair, 10% Lambswool blend with a suggest gauge of 5.5 stitches per inch. There are also eight new colors of this very popular yarn. Good luck choosing just one!

Polo Insert

A good transition piece

Dubbed “Polo Inset,” this versatile shoulder topper would look great both over or under a jacket or blazer. Uses only 2 skeins Noro Taiyo. Useful during cold weather because you don’t have to fuss with a scarf, this garment is also great as a transition piece as the weather warms up and you need “just a little something” but not a heavy coat.



Look at the cute pom-pom!

Design 29 uses Silk Garden Sock to make these cheerful cabled socks complete with pom-pom adornment. This popular yarn is a 40% Wool, 25% Silk, 25% Nylon, 10% Mohair blend with approximately 328 yards.

Crochet hat

Get your hook on!

All it takes is just one skein Silk Garden Sock to create this retro-looking crochet cap. (Very reminiscent of the swinging ’60s). Now’s the perfect time to brush up those crochet skills.

fingerles mittsFingerless gloves, always a fast and easy knit, also make great gifts. This pattern uses just one skein Taiyo. Mother’s Day is fast approaching, have you planned your project yet?


mmm, yarn

Noro’s self-patterning colors really pop in Shiraito, a luxurious new 45% cashmere/ 45% angora/ 10% wool blend. At a suggested gauge of 7 stitches per inch on size 4 (3.5mm) needles, you really must “fondle” this yarn to appreciate its beauty.

Free Pattern!


Free shawl

Download the pattern on our website.

To celebrate the newDesigner Mini Knits 3 by Noro book, knit this fabulous shawl in your choice of Silk Garden Sock, Taiyo Sock or Noro’s fabulous new Shiraito. What a great spring project!

Download this free pattern from our website (after you click through, look for the “download pattern” link under the big picture on the left) then head out to your local yarn store to get the book.

Which pattern will you make first? Share your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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