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NORO Magazine Issue Seven

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

What impeccable timing, as the latest issue of Noro’s Knitting Magazine is ready to hit local yarn shops and set off a flurry of holiday projects for knit and crochet enthusiasts with a colour palette that is exceptionally expressive and charismatic, setting the mood for an eclectic season of striking jewel tones and smoldering dramatic hues.

Here is a peek inside the pages of Noro Knitting Magazine Issue Seven available at your lys this month-

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Get ready for eye candy overload as Noro’s talented design team shows off more than thirty designs to knit and crochet in a myriad of striped, checked, cabled, slip -stitched, mitred and bobbled delights!

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Ruffle some feathers when hitting the party circuit this year in a sensational cardigan designed by Irina Poludnenko.  Its a gorgeous holiday piece that will be as much fun to knit as it is to wear.  Knit in Silk Garden col. 400 and Silk Garden Solo col. 7.

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Showing one’s true stripes is certainly second nature when working with Noro yarns.  This ‘Open-Front Jacket’ has a shapely silhouette accentuated with diagonal lines.  Designed by Rachel Maurer in a contrasting combination of Silk Garden col. 373 and Silk Garden Sock Solo col. 3.

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Chasing rainbows comes easy when you can wear them on your sleeves.  A go-for-the-gusto style, this bold and vivacious ‘Batwing Cardigan’ is designed by Andrea Babb, and knit in Silk Garden Solo col. 8 and Hanabatake col. 7.

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Out of the dark ages, designer Ann McDonald Kelly updates history with this ‘Houndstooth Pullover’.  A colourful overhaul of the well-known Scottish check pattern originating in the 1800’s, playfully knit in Silk Garden col. 349 with a side order of a deep and smoky shade in Silk Garden Solo col. 9.

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Beanies are currently sitting high on the list of hot and fabulous winter accessories, and Noro’s latest issue flashes a bevy of them.  Look for this stunning crocheted design by Jacqueline Van Dillen, it will definitely turn some heads and work up quickly as a last minute gift complete with rainbow-hued pompom.  Obi col. 15 (shown above).

A Tribute To Noro

Monday, September 21st, 2015

There is no better way to pay a compliment to a brilliant yarn maker than by designing wearable works of art that show off the natural beauty of his yarn.  In this latest pattern booklet, European designer, Claudia Wersing, tips her hat to Eisaku Noro, the innovative creator behind one of the world’s most popular yarn brands with her cutting edge fashion sense overflowing into an unexpected collection of handknit pullovers, cardigans and accessories.

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Look for this outstanding selection of knitwear patterns featured in Tribute to Noro by Claudia Wersing at your lys this fall, including the gorgeous cover design, Rooba Jacket.  Knit in KureyonCol #344 (shown above).

Glimmer Hood

Glimmer Hood

Simply stunning in a smoky charcoal hue, this Glimmer Hood with twisted cord rolls down into a softly-layered cowl when the weather dictates.  Knit with five balls of Silk Garden Solo, in a luxurious blend of silk, mohair and lambswool, with a choice of eighteen solids tinged with subtle flecks.  Col. #9 (shown above).

Katniss Coat

Katniss Coat

Inspired by the futuristic style of Katniss Everdeen, the lead character in a well-known trilogy, this long-tailed zippered coat is knit in Silk Garden Col #395 (shown above).

Lavinia V Neck Pullover

Lavinia V Neck Pullover

Where stylish sophistication and creative construction cross paths.  The Lavinia V Neck Pullover is a surefire winner this season, with its lacy leaf motif that highlights interesting angles and the batwing sleeve design.  Knit with eight balls of Silk Garden Solo in a deep delicious shade of scarlet.  Col #7 (shown above).

Mags Hat

Mags Hat

Hip hop to the beat of fall fashion in this voluminous peaked cap knit with just two balls of Silk Garden Solo in a warm chocolate brown.  Col #6 (shown above).

Effie Blazer

Effie Blazer

As a child, do you remember taking all the crayons out of the box to draw brightly-coloured rainbows?  Well, this side-to-side design is just as much fun to knit in fabulous pure wool Kureyon, the mainstay of the Noro CollectionCol #352 (shown above).

Wool Heads

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

If you have been wondering why your lys is sold out of some of your favorite bulkies in the beginning of July, this may be the reason and surprisingly not what you might expect.  Currently, there are more than four hundred summer music festivals spread throughout Europe and North America.  Offering every type of open air sound from hip hop to jazz, these popular festivals are accompanied by indie craft fairs, and a fashion scene that is an evolving culture all its own showcasing one of the most striking trends to come along- wool dreads.  These are long felted hair extensions that are y-e-s………. made from our quickly evaporating into thin air bulky yarns and rovings.  While this woolly hairdo has become extremely popular with the goth crowd and indie fairies, (hide your stash) it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, yet certainly worth admiring for the artistic beauty and creativity.

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Wool dreads can be wet-felted from rovings or pre-spun wools and attached directly to the hair (shown above) or created individually as decorative hairfalls which easily clip onto the hair (shown below).

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Often embellished with beads, feathers, and miniature silk flowers, more examples of wool dreads can be seen here on Pinterest with links to tutorials on creating your very own with these bulkies from our current collection-

Diamond Luxury Highlander Grande

Diamond Luxury Highlander Grande

Highlander Grande is the newest addition to the Diamond Luxury line-up available now in fourteen solid shades, a barely-spun Peruvian wool.

Lana Grossa Olympia

Lana Grossa Olympia

A colourful mash up of thick and thin texture makes Olympia by Lana Grossa a great starting point for uniquely-designed hairfalls that can be accented with beads and silver charms.

Malabrigo Aquarella

Malabrigo Aquarella

Malabrigo has a treasure chest full of big wools that will create gorgeous dreads, in either the wet felting method or clip on style.  Aquarella (shown above) and Gruesa both offer handspun texture as well as artfully hand-dyed colouring to blend well with any hair colour.  Rasta has a smoother texture with a rich colour palette in solids and semis, while Nube is pure unspun merino in rovings.

Noro Sizzles

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Sitting back in your chaise lounge on a sunny afternoon with a tall cool glass of something, flipping through the pages of the latest NORO knitting magazine…….now that’s the life.  For a splish-splashy colour-saturated dive into the coolest chevrons, exciting entrelac, creative crochet, and beachy styles, take a peek inside!

Issue Six

Issue Six

Looking for a great all-around mix of crochet and knit projects?  This issue is packed with thirty plus designs that will spark your knitting fever all summer long.  Available now at your lys.

Crescent-Shaped Shawl

Crescent-Shaped Shawl

Shaped like the silvery crescent of the moon, this shawl designed by Vanessa Putt makes clever use of short rows and eyelet lace creating a softly-draped accessory for all seasons.  Knit in Silk Garden Lite (col#2093).

Taiyo Crossover Vest

Taiyo Crossover Vest

If colour makes you happy then this Crossover Vest is the project that will undoubtedly chase the rainclouds away.  Bold riveting stripes emerge like magic from each ball of Noro’s cotton rich Taiyo.  Choose from a palette of more than twenty options.  Shown above (col#60).

Taiyo Sock Openwork Top

Crochet Openwork Top

Boho-chic and ready for the mercury to rise, this Openwork Top is crocheted from the top down forming an extra cool and light layering option to wear over tanks and camis.  Taiyo Sock (col #548).

Entrelac Poncho

Entrelac Poncho

As fresh and vibrant as a woodland forest after a summer’s rain, this stunning Entrelac Poncho tops the charts with its oh so easy  silhouette, drawing the eye directly towards the colourful intricacy of the centre panel.  Knit in Silk Garden Sock (col #354) and Solo (col #4).

Wavy Stripes Pullover

Wavy Stripes Pullover

Waiting for that next wave?  This stylish pullover will keep you high and dry while the ripples emerge row after row in classic  shades that will remind you of your favorite seaside vacation.  Knit in Tokonatsu (col #5, #8, and #101).

The Softer Side of Spring

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

With neon brights and bold graphic tones currently monopolizing our fashion senses, its naturally a little more difficult to notice the subtler hues beckoning us from the sidelines like shy wallflowers.  If electric blue, psychedelic pink and atomic orange are not quite to your taste, this spring we are also seeing a gentler palette of opaque shades that may not turn up the volume as loudly but are equally irresistible.

Noro Boutique

Noro Boutique by Jenny Watson

Strawberry fields forever!  The familiar hues of summer’s cherished berries fuse together on this textured Cardigan which graces the cover of the latest Boutique Collection by British designer, Jenny Watson.  Knit in Noro’s  Shiro, a fanciful combination of wool, cashmere and silk in a dozen temptations.  Col. 8 (shown above).

Relaxed Sweater

Relaxed Sweater

Jenny designed this Relaxed Sweater, with colour as the gracious understudy, allowing the delicacy of the openwork and the sweep of the hemline to share the limelight.  Knit in Hanabatake, a luxurious blend of wool, silk and a swirly haze of mohair.  Col. 4 (shown above).

Tranquil Waistcoat

Tranquil Waistcoat

The beauty of this Tranquil Waistcoat is in its nuances, a simple style that is readily-adapted to casual weekend living or nine-to-five work wear.  Featuring knit-in pockets, a zip-front opening and the new cropped length for spring, this quick project is knit in Obi, a chunky mixture of silk, wool and mohair.  Col. 5 (shown above).

Boutique Cardigan

Boutique Cardigan

Calling all shrinking violets!  Jenny’s Boutique Cardigan mirrors the image of a garden’s first blooms.  Knit in Janome, a silk/wool blend in a dk weight.  Col. 10. (shown above).

Crystal Pullover

Crystal Pullover

The blush of an English rose couldn’t be any sweeter than Noro’s tranquil interplay of colours chosen for this Crystal Pullover.  Classic stocking stitch is offset by gridwork detail on the neckline and turnback cuffs.  Knit in Janome, a silky wool combo available this season in eight preferences.  Col. 1 (shown above).

Noro Lace

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

It isn’t difficult to mention the word colour and not conjure up images of Noro yarns dancing in your head, these two just naturally go hand in hand in the knitting world.  Now when the word lace is thrown into the mix, well…….. things just got a whole lot more interesting.

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NORO LACE

This collection of designs is a sweeping mix of lightweight shawls, hats, cowls, scarves, wrist warmers, cardigans, capelets and mittens guaranteed to light a fire under your needles and get you on your way with a new spring project.  Be on the lookout for Noro Lace at your local yarn shop this month.

SILK GARDEN

SILK GARDEN

Anna Davis designed this Cropped Cardigan as a spring topper to pair nicely with a slim skirt or cotton capris.  Punctuated with horizontal bands of openwork and a scalloped border deliciously detailed with clusters of bobbles, this beauty is knit in classic Silk Garden.

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SILK GARDEN SOCK

Irina Poludenko is a designer who continues to think outside the box, challenging herself in new directions.  In her latest design, Mitered Top, two square medallions are constructed from the centre out, incorporating rivulets of openwork that playfully contrast with the changing spectrum.  Knit in Silk Garden Sock.

SHIRAITO

SHIRAITO

Lars Rains shakes the dust off traditional Shetland lace by injecting the vibrancy of Shiraito into this warm weather Crescent Shawl delicately balanced with just the right amount of stocking stitch.

TAIYO SOCK

TAIYO SOCK

Wei Wilkins creates geometric artistry with this stunning Square Shrug, worked in one piece from the center back.  Knit in lightweight Taiyo Sock, a comfortable cotton blend introducing six new colourways for spring.

MOCK NECK CAPELET

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Sandi Prosser has a knack for elegant knitwear, and this Mock Neck Capelet is no exception.  A visually spectacular piece knit seamlessly from the bottom up integrating rows of eyelet lace that resemble tiny pearls bobbing along in the waves.  Knit this design in Silk Garden Sockcol #269 (shown above).

Love Letter

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

If any yarn were to inspire a love letter it would have to be the one and only, wildly alluring, fanciful Noro, with its gregarious stand-out-in-a-crowd personality, the kind that simply takes your breath away at first glance and causes even the most stoic of hearts to flutter.  For almost forty years knitters have remained truly devoted to the creative possibilities and unique artistry waiting to be discovered inside each ball of Noro yarn.

LOVE LETTER by Claudia Wersing

LOVE LETTER by Claudia Wersing

Claudia Wersing is the innovative designer behind this impressive new collection from Noro which fully integrates the facets of ‘Euro Chic’ style- keeping it casual, yet fashionable and practical in a dressy sort of way with a wee bit of drama thrown in for good measure.  Love Letter shines the spotlight on two new qualities, Janome, a silk and wool combo in a double knitting weight and Hanabatake, a medley of wool, silk and mohair in an aran weight spin.  Look for both yarns to catch your eye this season in eight colourways.

CAMERON

CAMERON

Settle in for a cosy winter ahead with Claudia’s latest design, a flattering A-line tunic to wear over leggings or jeans.  Project requires 10-14 balls of Janome in shade no. 09 (shown above).

CHARLIZE

CHARLIZE

Make a lasting impression with this splashy cardigan highlighted by a cinched waistline, seed stitch edgings and a peplum border.  Project requires 9-11 balls of Hanabatake in shade no. 09 (shown above).

CARRIE

CARRIE

Ladders and cables cheerfully intertwine on this stunning boat neck pullover which features one-piece sleeve and yoke construction and no shaping whatsoever.  The focus is first and foremost on the striking colourplay.  Project requires 9-11 balls of Hanabatake in shade no. 07 (shown above).

CANDICE

CANDICE

Knit away to your heart’s content on this longer-length pullover cleverly-constructed from the top down to eliminate the need for raglan seams.  Trying intarsia knitting for the first-time?  This motif offers a simple place to start.  Project requires 7-9 balls of Hanabatake in shade no. 05 and 1 ball of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in shade no. 06 (shown above).

COURTNEY

COURTNEY

High voltage striping creates magic on this chevron-inspired skirt.  Knit in two pieces with side seams, Claudia’s design features an elastic waistband and seven inch fringes.  Project requires 7-9 balls of Hanabatake in shade no. 01 (shown above).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noro 1.2.3

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Keeping it light and simple, that is the key to knitting in the sultry, sticky weather. Wherever you may be unwinding to enjoy the dog days of summer, this hot new release from Noro gets a thumbs up from us and should be high on your list of pack ‘n’ go essentials, with a mesmerizing line-up of thirty projects to knit in three skeins or under.  Confirming the fact that a little Noro goes a long way, this collection of quick knits showcases the brilliance and unsurpassed artistry of one of the most cherished yarns in the world.

 

Noro 1.2.3 Skeins

Noro 1.2.3 Skeins

With an adventurous spirit and touch of whimsy, knitted accessories have never looked so tempting.  In this fourth installment of the Knit Noro book series, creativity overflows as a team of talented designers pull out all the stops to include a project for every skill level and style preference.  From rainbow-hued shawls, cowls, and capelets, to fanciful mitts, beanies, and much more, take a peek at what’s inside-

 

Twig Lace Shrug

Twig Lace Shrug

Shrugs are increasing in popularity this season, heading up the ‘must knit’ list as a cross between a shawl and a bolero, always ready to slip on to chase away the chill.  Knit in Ayatori, a plush mix of wool and silk available in an understated colour palette, this Twig Lace Shrug in knit in one piece, with a pretty back panel edged in seed stitch.  Requires three balls.  Col. #15 (shown above).

 

Pleated Cowl

Pleated Cowl

A well-crafted topper for sleeveless shells and dresses, this Pleated Cowl combines short row shaping amidst vibrant shifting colour.  Knit in Noro’s irresistible Shiraito, a splurge of cashmere, angora, and wool. Two skeins required.  Col. #31 (shown above).

 

Honeycomb Cable Hat

Honeycomb Cable Hat

Capping it off in dramatic style, this Honeycomb Cable Hat forges a bond between homespun texture and spirited colour.  Knit in Kirara, a dk weight spin in wool, cotton, silk and angora.  Two skeins required.  Col. #13 (shown above).

 

Head Kerchief

Head Kerchief

Short and sweet, this Head Kerchief keeps the look cool and refreshed, whether its a bad hair day, or a change it up sort of day.  Knit with one ball of Silk Garden Lite, a high-end blend of silk, mohair and lambswool in rich jewel tones.  Col. #2080 (shown above).

NORO Magazine Issue 4

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Colour is the spice of life, and with a generous sprinkle here and there our whole world pulsates with vitality.  The same goes for knitting, we love, love, LOVE colour!!  Not only is it the eye candy that we crave after a winter far too long for our liking, it is at the heart and soul of every ball of Noro yarn, and just happens to be in full bloom on the pages of the latest issue of the Noro knitting magazine.  Take a peek inside this issue, filled with more than thirty stunning projects to knit and crochet by forward-thinking designers who challenge the rules and veer away from the mundane by manipulating colour into amazing new directions.  Contact your lys to reserve a copy, issue four is due out in the first week of June.

 

NORO Knitting Magazine Issue 4

NORO Knitting Magazine Issue 4

The only thing missing on this cover is a bright red warning label- May cause abnormal heart rate, proceed with CAUTION!  

 

Cold Shoulder Pullover

Cold Shoulder Pullover

It’s open season on lacy knitting, and this issue showcases a flurry of designs that will make your eyes marvel in delight, with vests, tunics and tees that utilize innovative techniques to create a little more breathing space.  Cold Shoulder Pullover designed by Deborah Newton in Taiyo Sock col. 17 (shown above). 

 

Waterfall Vest

Waterfall Vest

Elongated stitches and cables intersect with poetic ease on this one piece Waterfall Vest designed by Kim Haesemeyer in Taiyo Sport col. 10 (shown above).

 

Garter Stitch Jacket

Garter Stitch Jacket

Make a few waves this spring without getting your feet wet.  Pick a new project to knit from the latest Noro knitting magazine and get ready for the oohs and aahs that will follow.  Garter Stitch Jacket designed by Ann Klimpert in Silk Garden col. 357, 387 and Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran col. 26 (shown above).

 

Flower Lace Scarf

Flower Lace Scarf

Crochet hooks will be swinging in fine style as Noro showcases a profusion of blooms to rival the prettiest of gardens.  Flower Lace Scarf designed by Jacqueline Van Dillen in Taiyo Lace col. 28 (shown above).

 

Reversible Cowl

Reversible Cowl

It’s all about accessorizing the positive in unexpected ways this season, from dreamy cowls and wristlets, to fanciful hats and socks.  This time around Noro injects self-striping colour to intensify the dramatic fashion palette of animal prints, geometrics and floral patterns.  Reversible Cowl designed by Linda Medina in Obi col. 3 (shown above).

Top Ten Cardigans For Spring 2014

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

No matter where you live, a handknit cardigan is indispensable especially when it comes to navigating through the transitional days of early spring.  Wafting in like fresh air through an open window, this season the styles are far more relaxed, with an emphasis on open fronts or simple one-button closures.  Current silhouettes vary from long and lean, to short and cropped, with sleeves that barely sweep the wrist or fall just below the elbow in a demure Grace Kelly kind of way.  Edgings shift away from tradition to show off pretty curves, decorative scallops, and soft draping.  This week we have put together a selection of inspiring designs to knit in our most pleasing array of cotton, linen, silk and easy care blends.

Top Ten Cardigans For Spring 2014-

Katia San Remo

Katia San Remo

Whether it is walking the dog or commuting to the office, this comfy cardigan will get a real wardrobe workout.  Casual yet polished with a wide garter stitch border and roll back collar, plus just enough lacework added to keep it light and airy, this design is knit in San Remo by Katia, a worsted weight yarn gushing with metallic sheen.  Blue Grey (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7005

Sirdar Leaflet #7005

This perfectly proportioned cardigan is ready to ring in spring, knit in a warm poppy shade, featuring rounded edges, a turnback collar punctuated with chic button detail and elbow length sleeves.  Knit in Sirdar’s Simply Recycled Aran, a cotton blend particularly appealing to anyone on the lookout for speedy projects.

 

Katia Brisa

Katia Brisa

Sometimes it is the simplest of pattern stitches that can create the most impact as it is with this fabulous openwork cardigan, capturing the feeling of spring with a flowy edging.  Knit in Brisa, one of our favorite crisp and cool yarns from Katia’s impressive range, a mercerized cotton and viscose boasting a palette of more than thirty shades to choose from.

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7001

Sirdar Leaflet #7001

Surf’s up with this flattering longer length cardigan featuring a deep v and tie front detail.  Knit in Raffaela from Sirdar, a nubby cotton blend highlighted with a pearly sheen.  Amalfi and Lido (shown above).

 

Noro Taiyo Sock Cardigan

Noro Taiyo Sock Cardigan

Refreshing last year’s outfits is a breeze with this colour-banded cardigan from Noro Favourites by European designer, Claudia Wersing.  Knit in Taiyo Sock, a fingering weight blend of cotton, wool, silk and nylon available this season in thirty-three colourways.

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7086

Sirdar Leaflet #7086

For the winter weary, this boost of colour may just be what the doctor ordered, knit in Sirdar’s newest arrival, Cotton DK, a contemporary cardigan composed of lattice and lace with optional three quarter or cap sleeves.  Look for the popular range of eighteen colours.  Sailor Blue (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7013

Sirdar Leaflet #7013

Flower buds underscore the lower half of this v neck cardigan styled with three-quarter or alternate full length raglan sleeves, a smart well-fitting design in Sirdar’s classic Calico DK, washer and dryer friendly in a combo of cotton and acrylic fibres.  Bay Blue (shown above).

 

Katia Iris

Katia Iris

For a look that is both timeless and elegant go for natural shades of linen, cream and white.  This wispy cardigan has a modern vibe and adds the coolest, lightest layer possible.  Knit in the slinky new Iris by Katia, an innovative blend of linen and metallic polyester in seven shimmery sun-kissed hues.  Stardust (shown above).

 

Debbie Bliss Juliet

Debbie Bliss Juliet

The Chanel Jacket, an iconic style revamped this season by Debbie Bliss in a her latest softly-toned cotton tweed, Juliet.  Look for all twelve shades in stores now including Hyacinth (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7002

Sirdar Leaflet #7002

Conveying a sense of ease, this ‘take anywhere’ cardigan is gentle on the eyes in spring’s must-have lilac shade.  Knit in Raffaela by Sirdar, a textured cotton blend with a subtle twist.  Capri (shown above).