Guest Author - Marjorie Colletta
Knit Noro published by Sixth&Spring Books is a book that includes 30 designs that best show off the lovely properties of Noro Yarns. One reason to use Noro yarns is to introduce color to your knitting without you having to do a thing. Noro yarns often have long stretches of colors that create large blocks of colors in your knitting. Noro yarns often subtly change hues which allow the colors to change in a gentle fashion. The balls of yarn also pair colors that in the hands of an amateur could go badly wrong.
The color combinations are what is most striking about the yarn. The yarns are about $10 to $15 U.S. dollars a 50 gram ball, which makes them at the higher end of manufactured yarns. Normally I don't talk about the yarns used in pattern books, but in this case the patterns are intertwined with Noro yarn.
Nothing is more frustrating than spending money on yarn that in the ball or skein seems to be the most beautiful or striking yarn you have seen. Once that yarn in knit up the look you were drawn to goes away completely. Having a book of patterns tailored to that yarn takes a lot of the guess work out of your hands. There are some lovely small projects, Ridged Ripples Scarf for example, that use only three balls of yarn to get you started and to see if this is a yarn you would like to work with.
The patterns run from the classic Fairisle Cardigan, to the trendy Rainbow Knee-highs. the patterns also run from finished bust sizes of 36 inches to 54 inches. There are small projects to large blankets, which makes the book more useful.
In the case of this book, it would be very hard to substitute yarns and achieve the same results. Therefore if you never use Noro yarns, and never plan to this is not a book for you. However, if you would like to experiment with Noro yarns, and use them to their best effect, you want to think twice about this book.