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WIP: Noro Hanami top

Having finished my Miss Kitty top, I plunged right into knitting Noro YS589.

Isn’t that an evocative name? (For a Borg). I bet it immediately made you think of a lovely sleeveless tunic with an interesting rib & eyelet pattern.

Something like this?

Just two balls of Noro Silk Garden Sock!

Just two balls of Noro Silk Garden Sock!

YS589 is one of the 13 patterns in the new Noro Hanami book.

The book includes 3 crochet patterns and 10 knit patterns. You can find the print book at your local yarn store, or buy the individual patterns on Patternfish.

I liked the combination of simple lines, but fun texture in this top.

Noro Silk Garden Sock color 349

Noro Silk Garden Sock color 349

It also didn’t hurt that I had the perfect yarn on hand and wouldn’t have to conduct a covert raid on the warehouse for supplies!

This Noro Silk Garden Sock is leftover from the scarf I wove last year.

All three sizes call for 180 grams. Technically, I have 165 grams, so I’m living life on the edge.

Zipping along!

Zipping along!

However, I’m planning to make the top shorter than directed, which should help with my yarn needs.

I’m making the middle size, which is supposed to be 27″ long. That’s a little generous on my 5′ 1″ stature, so I’m cutting it down to around 20″, which is my preferred length.

It's yarn o'clock somewhere!

It’s yarn o’clock somewhere!

Another change I’m making is in the pattern stitch. The directions call for a funky, twisted cable stitch maneuver that I felt was tricky to execute. Honestly, it interfered with my ability to knit while I watched TV!

I’ve changed it to the Slip 2, K1, PSSO decrease that was used in the Miss Kitty top. I’m glad that stitch was fresh in my mind or I might not have thought about it.

Fit and Sizing

My last few sweater blogs have talked a lot about sizing and fit, so I’ll continue the trend.

This top has three sizes, To fit bust: 32-34 (34-36, 36-38)”.  The finished measurements are Width at underarm 36 (38 1/2, 41)”.

When you compare those numbers you can see the top is supposed to have positive ease, with between 2″ to 4″ for the smallest size.

According to the Craft Yarn Council, 2-4″ of ease is “standard” fit.
Because I like the idea of a loose fit (or at least not too figure hugging) for this top, I’m making the 34-36″ size for my 34″ self. That should give me 4″ of ease, keeping in mind the springy, ribbed pattern.

YS589 is zipping along! There is patterning on the right (public) side, but the wrong (private) side is just ribbing. Also, there was no shaping until the shoulders.

Front finished in 7 days!

Front finished in 7 days!

It took me about seven days to knit the front. I’ve been working on the back for a few days and it is progressing just as quickly.

The stitch markers are to designate where the armholes will be.

If you follow us on Instagram, you’ll see more progress pictures as they happen.

How much attention do you pay to ease when you’re selecting the size you’ll knit or crochet?


  1. In my tired state of mind, YS589 easily translates to Yes-Fave(5)-or-Ite(8)-of-Mine(9). A bit of a stretch, but I tried. Still nice to see your knitting updates. Once again, your knitting speed is impressive. The warm sweater I started a while back for someone else is currently put away until colder weather returns. I’ve only knit boxy sweaters for others so I haven’t paid much attention to ease in the past.

  2. Ha! That’s like reading a license plate. I like it.
    If you put the sweater aside for a while, remember to transfer the stitches to a piece of yarn for a holder. If you leave them on the needle, you might end up with a “dent” in the fabric.

  3. Great tip! I’ll definitely have to do that to the sweater that’s still on a needle. Then I’ll have the needles available for other projects too.

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