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Spotlight: Noro Kibou

The new Noro yarn Kibou in the Top Five of Ravelry’s Popular New Yarns list!

Pop kibouKibou has been holding steady at number five for a few days now. Please note that Juniper Moon Farm Zooey is still rocking the list at number six. There were a few days when they were jockeying for position, but have settled into these roles. (No, I don’t get out much. Why do you ask?)

See what projects people on Ravelry are making with Kibou.

Noro Kibou is a new Cotton/Wool/Silk blend that has 297 yards per 100 gram ball. The suggested gauge is 5 to 5.5 sts/inch on a a US5 needle.

Chelsea Yarns KibouThis picture is from Chelsea Yarns, a local yarn store in NJ. Aren’t those colors fresh and spring-like?

What can you make with this delicious yarn? There are many wonderful patterns to inspire you. Allow me to highlight some favorites.

Midori sweaterThe Midori sweater from the Kibou book has been a favorite, which is no wonder considering it’s easy style and unique construction.

Add it to your Ravelry queue.

Tangle (Facebook page), a local yarn store in Colorado, is holding a knit along for the Midori sweater.

Nami sweaterThe Nami Sweater is also in the Kibou book. It uses a mix of Kibou and Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk DK.

Feather and fan is always looks great, whether it’s a sweater or a scarf. If you love Noro yarns, but find the riot of colors intense sometimes, using a solid color to tone things down might be the way to go.

Yoko topThe Yoko Top, also from the Kibou book, is a fun mix of colors and textures. I like the eyelet rib pattern and the interesting construction on this top.

Preview the rest of the Kibou book.

Hanami sweaterAnother top with great texture is YS585 from the Hanami book. This raglan sweater has plenty of positive ease and a leaf motif.

Find this pattern on Patternfish. Add it to your Ravelry queue.

Hanami JacketIf cardigans are more your style, check out YS587 also from the Hanami book. This jacket features unusual construction and a fern lace pattern to fabulous effect.

Noro patterns are as fun to knit as they are to wear!

Find this pattern on Patternfish. Preview the rest of the Hanami book.

The print version of the Hanami book, which has 13 patterns, is available at your local yarn store. Or you can buy the individual patterns on Patternfish.

These are just a few of the projects using Kibou that are available in new books. There are more sweaters, and some accessories, in the books, too.

Kibou is the Featured Yarn in the Halcyon Yarn newsletter this week. Go read their review.

All these pretty pictures should give you an idea of what the fuss is over Kibou.

Check out Kibou at your favorite local yarn store that stocks Noro, then let us know what you think!

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