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WIP: Stripy Noro Top

Having finished knitting my Kayleen Pullover, I plunged straight into knitting the Multidirectional Cap Sleeve Top designed by Irina Poludnenko from Noro Knitting Magazine issue 2.

If you follow us on Instagram you are not surprised to hear this as I’ve been posting a million progress pictures. LOL. One of the great things about a Noro knitting or crocheting project is that they look so different after just a few rows because of the color changes.

Noro Multidirectional topI loved this top from the moment I set eyes on the magazine, but you know what it’s like to have a long list of projects you want to make!

IMG_4372The pattern calls for Noro Koromo yarn, a yummy 39% Cotton, 35% Wool, 26% Silk blend in the wonderful Noro colors you expect. I’m using color #2. (It’s shown in the magazine in color #3.)

IMG_4682The yarn is soft, with the feel of the cotton dominating, while the silk shines through on a regular basis. I’ve knit up two balls so far and haven’t encountered any veggie matter!

IMG_4685The top starts with narrow center back and front panels. They are knit in an easy sequence during which you alternate the two balls to create the stripes. The pattern is really high impact in the beautiful Noro colors. I didn’t try to control the yarn at all, instead I just let the colors flow.

IMG_4693Once you finish the two center panels, you pick up along one side of each panel and knit the side out. That is what changes the direction of the stripes.

IMG_4730The cap sleeve are worked using short-row shaping, once again alternating two balls of yarn. I had to switch to two new balls just as the short-rows started, but I didn’t bother trying to match the color sequences.

IMG_4738Really, the top is so colorful, who is going to notice?

Find a local yarn store near you that stocks Noro and might have Issue 2 available.

Add the Multidirectional Cap Sleeve Top to your Ravelry queue.

Buy the single pattern on Patternfish.

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