When I first started going to my local yarn shop (in Montana) one of the yarns I was immediately drawn to was Noro. The colors are simply amazing, and as a designer, I’ve always loved it for it’s LONG repeat. Variegated yarns often alternate colors too quickly for crochet, and so do many “self striping” yarns designed for knitting. But that’s not the case with Noro and that’s why I’ve always loved using it in my designs. When I found out that Sixth & Spring was publishing a Crochet Noro (to follow up to their Knit Noro books) I was excited!
My two contributions are both really simple to make, and ideas I’ve made or bopped around in my head for a long time. The beauty of this yarn is that it does not need a complex pattern. I repeat: you can do some fancy footwork, but there’s no point, because everyone’s going to be staring at the color. And don’t we all know how nice it is to have a pattern that doesn’t make us think? I am enjoying that more and more these days.
This Floral Necklace was born out of the nametag holder I made for my name badge when I worked at Yarnivore. I whipped it up one day while it was relatively quiet and continuously got asked how to make it, so I figured this would be a nice + easy design to submit- and it was. We added beads to the centers and used Taiyo sock to make it delicate–but I still think you could work it in a heavier yarn if you wanted fewer strands.
I also crocheted this lovely Bobbled Hat. It is worked from the top down in the round–pretty simply–and just takes advantage of the jelly bean like colors of a couple skeins of Noro Silk Garden (DK Weight). You have to block this to get it to drape, and drape it will. I’m so happy that there are so many blends of Noro now, because I definitely prefer the feel and weight of Silk Garden to the first ball of Kureyon I ever pickedup. I still intend to make this one again–it practically crochets itself as you say “just one more row to see how the colors go….”
There are tons of other lovely designs, including a couple totally wearable basic cardigans worked in the round and fun tunics and shells–plus, lots of quick accessories, all lushly photographed as is the Sixth & Spring way. Pick up a copy and get inspired the next time you’re at your LYS, or right here.
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