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Spotlight: Noro Kirara

I’m having fun knitting my Metalouse Shawl.

It feels like it’s moving along quickly. Watching the colors change makes it easy to track my progress and keeps things interesting as I want to see what will come next.

metalouse growingNoro Kirara is a 51% Wool, 29% Cotton, 10% Silk, 10% Angora blend, which translates into a pleasantly soft yarn with which to knit. I’m using a US7 needle, which is providing a nice gauge.

We have many lovely patterns available using Kirara. Allow me to highlight some of my favorites.

Ayana beret from What Can I Knit TonightThe Ayana beret is in the new book “What Can I Knit Tonight?”, which is chock full of small and fast projects.

I like that this hat combines complex and calm in one small project. The cabled brim will keep you awake, while the slouchy top will be smooth sailing. This hat takes just two skeins of Kirara.

If you are still casting on holiday gifts, “What Can I Knit Tonight?” will be a great resource. If you don’t gift knit, I think we can all agree fast projects are important at this busy time of year. We have to squeeze in relaxation when we can!

Diamond lace from Noro MagazineThe luxurious Diamond Lace Wrap is in the new issue of Noro Knitting Magazine.

I like how the textured stitch doesn’t interfere with the beautiful stripes of the yarn. While it’s nice to be able to put your brain on autopilot with garter or stockinette stitch, sometimes it’s nice to have a little bit of action to pull you along.

This wrap will be a great way to warm up, and brighten your mood, during the depths of winter.

Vina cardi from Noro PassionIf shawls aren’t your style, don’t overlook the Vina cardigan from the “Noro Passion” book.

A chevron stitch skirt combines with a stockinette stitch top to provide a lot of visual interest to this long cardi. The repeating nature of the stitch will make it easy to memorize so you won’t have to keep referring back to your pattern. This garment might be a good idea for warmer claimants where you don’t want long sleeves. Or work on it now and be ready for spring!

Mana scarf from Noro PassionIf you don’t have the attention span for a sweater, consider the Mana infinity scarf, also from “Noro Passion”.

Isn’t the texture wonderful? Mana takes just two skeins of Kirara, so it has gift potential, too.

Kirara sweater free patternFinally, I have a soft spot for the Kirara sweater, which is a free pattern. The sample is worked in such a happy color!

The body and sleeves are worked flat to the underarms, then you pick up stitches and work the yoke in the round. Worked in a combination of stockinette and garter stitch, I bet even an advanced beginner will be able to manage this with great results.

You can see more Kirara patterns, and all the available colors, on our main website.

Which pattern is your favorite? Do you like the ones I’ve highlighted or prefer one of the others?


  1. I enjoyed our talk the other night at our local yarn shop and am interested in seeing this scarf made up. Still not sure how the slipped stitch makes the accent row. I, too, have a soft spot for the Kirara sweater! Love the neckline.

  2. The shawl is flying along! I’m going to be adding the contrasting color soon. It’s very exciting.

  3. Your shawl is coming along very nicely! It sure is fun watching the progression of colors as the garment grows. Yes, the Kirara sweater stands out as something definitely wearable. The garter stitches on top really accentuate the colors. It’s neat to see the contrasting effects between garter and stockinette when they’re placed side by side like that. No wonder garter is this season’s top stitch. Go Garter! 🙂

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