Noro yarns, for me, for you!

The best part about working on the Volna pattern was discovering new-to-me Noro yarns which I didn’t find itchy or too wooly. If you remember, that was my biggest obstacle in working with Noro yarns in the past. Today I’m happy to share with you my thoughts on three not-terribly-wooly Noro yarns, in particular.


Noro Kirameki, color 156, unblocked and blocked.

This single ply, laceweight yarn is composed of 60% rayon, 25% nylon, 10% wool, 5% cashmere, and contains 492 yds/450 m per 50 g skein. I think it’s a fairly new addition to the Noro line-up: when I first bought it back in September, I believe it wasn’t even listed in Ravelry yet! The most striking aspect of Kirameki is the beautiful colorways in which the yarn is available. They are deep and saturated, and transition slowly and beautifully.

The yarn itself is quite thick ‘n thin, with some sections as thin as heavy thread, and others, fluffy and full and easily sportweight. I found the yarn to be very crisp, and to have an unexpected amount of body considering its thinness. It also tended to stick to itself while knitting, though this tendency was washed away (literally) with blocking. The rayon and nylon content gave the yarn a beautiful sheen comparable to that of silk. Kirameki was the only Volna yarn that did not have a single knot in it!


Noro Sekku, from left to right: color #5, color #6, and color #6 knit up (yes, the middle and right pictures are really the same colorway!).

This single ply, laceweight yarn is composed of 50% cotton, 17% wool, 17% nylon, 16% silk, and contains 459 yds/420 m per 50 g skein. More than anything, it feels like cotton! In my mind the closest yarns to Sekku, in terms of feel, are Mission Falls 1824 Cotton and Manos Cotton Stria. The yarn knits up with a beautiful drape that’s only enhanced with blocking. The stretches of color are rather short, and neighboring colors can be high in contrast. The result is that you will be captivated! Just when you’re getting bored of navy – bam! – hot pink is next! If you’re like me, you won’t be able to put your knitting down just so you can see what’s coming next.


Noro Taiyo, from left to right: color #4, color #8, and color #8 knit up.

Noro Taiyo is a loosely spun two-ply yarn that’s aran in weight. It is composed of 40% cotton, 30% silk, 15% wool, 15% nylon, and contains 219 yds/200 m per 100 g skein. In some ways, it very much reminds me of Noro Sekku – it also feels predominantly like cotton. However, because it is a two-ply yarn, it has a bit more body and substance, especially when it’s knit into garter stitch. Unlike Noro Sekku, the number of colors explored in each skein of Taiyo is not as numerous – you will never feel like you’re knitting the rainbow, and you can more easily classify each skein as predominantly green, or blue, or pink, etc.

The one interesting thing about knitting with Taiyo is that different sections of color have different textures. For example, the yellow and bright green bits of colorway #8 felt like pure cotton, whereas the black bits were furry and hairy like wool. I wonder if different color sections vary in their specific fiber composition?

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In the process of working on the pattern and auditioning different colorways, I acquired a few spare skeins of Noro Sekku and Noro Taiyo that I would like to share with you! I grouped the skeins so that each prize is enough to knit your own Volna scarf/stole, but of course you can use the prize for whatever pattern or purpose you want :).

There are 4 prizes in this giveaway:

  1. Two skeins of Noro Taiyo in the #4 colorway. You could use this yarn to knit a cozy winter Volna scarf by following the narrow version of the pattern.
  2. Two skeins of Noro Sekku in the #5 colorway. You can make a large lace Volna stole if you use the wide version of the pattern.
  3. One skein of Noro Sekku in the #6 colorway. For a quick and easy lace scarf, knit the medium version of the pattern using this skein.
  4. Same as 3 above (so, I have two of these to give away, and each one is a separate prize).

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post before Friday, November 26th, 9 p.m. EST. Please read here for complete rules of this giveaway. Update: thank you for participating, the comments have now been closed.

Good luck! I hope you enjoy knitting with these Noro yarns as much as I did!


512 thoughts on “Noro yarns, for me, for you!

  1. Sandra

    I LOVE Noro Sekku. I have some marinating – not sure what it’s going to become. I’ve used either of the other two, but am intrigued.

  2. kjerstiye

    I haven’t worked with ANY of the above yarns and your volna has got me itching to experiment! I’d love to try them out ‘risk-free’!


  3. Elizabeth

    I bought this pattern the moment it was posted–just beautiful and Noro is the perfect yarn for it.

  4. judi

    thanks for the information on these new yarns. i love trying new fibers but it is so great have input from someone who has knit with them.

  5. Courtney L.

    Wow, what an awesome giveaway. I don’t enjoy using Noro due to the itchiness factor as well. It would be amazing to try one of these options.

  6. Stephanie

    I’ve used Noro Silk Garden; it was scratchy while knitting but softened completely after I wet blocked it. I’d love to try something else in the Noro line & love your scarf pattern.

  7. Owlchick

    I made a Lady Eleanor from Silk Garden in a colorway that looks very much like the #8 Taiyo you have above.

    It felt a bit scratchy in the knitting up, but man, you’re right. Post-blocking, it’s wonderfully soft and not a bit of itch in it. I love it!

  8. Angie

    Wonderful information!! I have only used 1 Noro yarn and that was Kureyon Sock to make a shawl. I did not like how scratchy it was, nor did I like the stickiness of the yarn. In the end though, my simple shawl turned out beautiful and I get lots of compliments on it.

  9. ac

    I have always used Noro yarns with other yarns. This is reduce the cost and to improve the texture of the garment. I am fascinated with the color and texture changes in these yarns. I am looking forward to using your new pattern.

  10. Kandace

    I have yet to knit with Noro, although I have a couple skeins of Cashmere Island in the stash. I love your scarf pattern, thanks for doing a fun giveaway!

  11. Suzanne

    Thanks so much for another inspired pattern. I recently knit my first Noro scarf (in a Brenda Patipa pattern called Lombard Street) and loved the knitting and the result.

  12. Lori On Little Traverse Bay

    Your Volna pattern is beautiful! I’d be happy to knit it in any of the Noro yarns you described. I’m a fan of Noro Silk Garden; the Kureyon is lovely, but I only use it for felted projects—too scratchy for me.

  13. Marie

    I love the look of Noro, but have found it a bit harsh and scratchy, as well as too dear for my student budget. I would love to knit your Volna in any yarn at all, but Noro would be a dream, especially these new blends. Thanks for your generosity, whether I am lucky enough to partake of it or not!

  14. Bethany

    Due to a bizarre recommendation from a shop owner, the first yarn I ever used to knit a garment (Irish fisherman sweater from Sirdar) was Noro Cash Iroha. Not the most appropriate choice I later learned, but an amusing way to be introduced to Noro. I’ve since done several projects with Kureyon but never Sekko or Taiyo.

  15. Maria

    I’m just a huge Noro fan. If I had to choose just one yarn to work with, it would probably be Noro. I just did a diagonal garter stitch scarf with Taiyo. I haven’t worked with the other two. It would be fun to try.

  16. Tamara

    Oh I would love to win some Noro! I have worked with some of their yarns in the past, though I have yet to try Sekku or Taiyo. The Volna is just lovely, I would love the chance to knit it.

  17. genevieve

    whoa. those are all gorgeous, and maybe less itchy? anyway, i would happily knit with any of them


  18. duni

    congrats on such a great design! i look forward to knitting with these yarns at some point. thanks for the hearty reviews. πŸ™‚

  19. Nadine B

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I absolutely love the noro colors, but I could never get over the texture when working with it. I will definitely be looking into these lines of Noro in the future.

  20. Kiki

    I’ve added this pattern to my Ravelry list. I’ve tried some of the other Noro yarns, but would love to try any of these!

  21. Alyssa

    I’m still not sure about Noro, but after reading your post, I may not burst into tears uncontrollably if some well-meaning relative gives me some for Christmas. But I’d have to see the yarn myself to be sure… Here’s hoping I win! πŸ˜‰

  22. Teish

    I’ve been toying with the idea of trying the Noro lace weight. I made fingerless mitts for gifts with silk garden and loved it!

  23. Elena Lebedev

    Thank you for sharing this information on new Noro yarns. Your designs are beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. Colleen

    Oh, goodness. I would never have believed it of that Sekku. I’m a strictly brown-neutral dresser, but I’ve been trying to expand my wardrobe a little bit. So enter me, please. πŸ™‚

    One thing I’d love to see – how does one wear fashion scarves? I’m old enough now that most of my shirts have collars. Surely one doesn’t wear a scarf with a collar, right? So what DO you wear it with?

  25. LeahC

    ooooh pretty yarns! I’ve wanted to try Noro yarns, but haven’t gotten around. Hence winning some would be a perfect opportunity πŸ™‚

  26. Christiane

    I have always wanted to knit with noro, but I, too, have found that it’s too itchy for me. I can’t wait to try these out! Thanks for the review.

  27. Bertha

    Oh my gosh, thanks for these reviews! I didn’t realize there were so many more non-itchy options for Noro now! I will definitely try these out.

  28. Jen

    Thanks for the rundown of these newer Noro’s – I love working with it and will consider these less wooly option in the future – and if some should come my way from your giveaway – all the better!!

  29. Maggie

    Please enter me – all the Noro colors are so beautiful, and I’m shocked to think in a decade of knitting…I’ve yet to use ANY Noro yarns.

  30. Calophi

    Oh my gosh! Thanks so much for this chance! I have a friend who has been coveting your new scarves and if I win some of the yarn I’m definitely going to make her one. I’ve never knitted with Noro before because I don’t like the feel of it, so I love to try knitting with a nicer-textured version of it. πŸ™‚

  31. margaret

    I had been waiting with ‘bated breath for your pattern to come out – the minute it did, I bought it and started the wide version with my two skeins of Sekku that I happened to have on hand, just waiting for something great to make out of it – I’m enjoying everything about it, thank you!

    now I’ve got to find some Kirameki, since a friend of mine is making the same pattern with hers, and I would love to feel the drape of that.

    Thank you, Kathy!

  32. Erica

    I love your pattern. I would love to win some Noro to use for it. A Noro that isn’t itchy would be a lovely thing to have.

  33. Mia

    I never win giveaways, but I keep on entering! I love, love Noro and I’m so glad that these yarns are compatible with your desires for less itch. I also really love this pattern, seems like it would be great for gift knitting.

  34. Farmer D

    your scarf pattern is lovely– i am going to make two for christmas gifts. thank you for sharing your creativity.

  35. JayTee

    I’m curious to try a Noro that isn’t scratchy. I’ve used their wools and while I love their colors, I’ve been hesitant to make the investment again.

  36. Sarah

    I tend to be lukewarm on Noro, but the photo of your shawl done in Sekku really grabbed me. I especially like the way the construction of the stole works with the color runs. It’s going on next year’s gift knitting list because who wouldn’t love one of these?

  37. Abby

    Those yarns are all new to me. I love Noro colorways, and while the scratchiness does not bother me, it does most family members. So, YES, I would love to win some!

  38. Kate

    I am SO EXCITED about this pattern – I went and bought some Kirameki this weekend so I can start on it after the holidays! πŸ™‚

  39. mollysusie

    I’ve always been a big fan of noro, silk garden in particular, and would love to try these newer yarns! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  40. Valerie

    I’m a fan of colourful yarns, and have long bemoaned Noro’s gorgeous colours but uncomfortable feel. Thanks for your reviews and contest!

  41. cath

    Beautiful pattern and lovely yarn. My noro experience is limited to kureyon sock and silk garden. I’d love a chance to test drive these other noros.

  42. Julie

    I’ve never used Noro yarn. I love you descriptions and analysis of it. I’ll have to pick some up even if I don’t win a prize.

  43. Ada Lee

    Just finished the Yulie hat. Love it!!! I also love the look of the noro yarn and would love to win some to use. Really enjoy reading your blog.

  44. Elise

    I’ve always wanted to try out noro yarns because of the colors and think Volna would be a great project to try one out!

  45. Pam

    I love the Volna pattern and snapped it up when you first released it. Thank you!! To have some Noro to go with it would be great.

  46. Mrs. Meg C

    I think you have just exposed me to a wonderful new world! I have to try these, especially the Sekku. I think I’m in love even through my monitor!

  47. Mirjam

    I’ve been waiting for you to publish this pattern, it’s gorgeous. Would love to knit it in Sekku #5. Thanks for sharing!

  48. Emily

    I’ve drooled over Noro for a long time, but have never had a chance to knit with any of their yarns before. I would love love love a chance to win some- wow!!

  49. reluctantmango

    Thank you for sharing this information! I’ve used several wooly Noro yarns, and would not have thought they’d be appropriate for neckwear – happy to hear that these few are different πŸ™‚

  50. dmeredith

    I haven’t tried any of these yarns, but would love to do so if I win. Thanks for the giveaway. Your scarf is lovely.

  51. Jenny

    The only Noro I have knit with is Kureyon — great to hear that some of their yarns are less scratchy! These look beautiful with your new pattern, too.

  52. Meredith C.

    I have been captivated by this pattern since you first started posting teaser photos. Thanks also for the info about the new Noros. Can’t wait to try the laceweights.

  53. Martha

    It’s like you read my mind! I am knitting a pair of socks out of Noro sock yarn, and I considered making your pattern instead. Then I thought about having that sock yarn next to my neck. Glad to hear there are some Noro yarns that aren’t like steel wool!

  54. BerlinBat

    Awesome yarns! And I love your Volna pattern for 1) showing all the variegation of the Noro yarns but 2) not looking like it’s going to be boring to knit πŸ˜‰

  55. Jamie

    I am always amazed by the difference between a ball of Noro and the final knit. Those folks are color geniuses.

  56. Nancy

    I’m just starting to work with Noro yarns, and I love your posts and patterns relating to them. Your work is beautiful.

  57. Carol

    I’ve never tried Noro yarns as they seemed so scratchy, despite all the comments to the contrary. I’d love to try one of these, especially the aran weight.

  58. Bonney

    I love your volna! I’m glad to find out about this yarn; especially about the itchiness. Happy Thanksgiving!

  59. ponka

    I am so excited to try Sekku! I’ve never knitted with Noro before, but your scarf is definitely making me want to!

  60. Linda

    I’m not a huge Noro fan, but I think I’d like the Kirameki the best. I like the colors and the lofty-thinness of it, if that makes sense, haha!

  61. Bonnie

    Thank you for having this drawing! My only Noro experience to date is to knit an entrelac scarf with Silk Garden. The colorways are wonderful!

  62. Samina

    I don’t have any wool sensitivities, but I’ve never liked the way the Noro yarns I’ve touched felt, so I haven’t bought it before either. Maybe I’ll be able to enjoy their colorways now!

  63. kalieris

    The colorways are really yummy – I love multi-colored yarns that don’t have completely predictable color repetitions, and surprise you with bright little splashes.

  64. Terri

    I love your patterns but I think Volna may be your best yet! What is the best way to block it? Straight wires along one edge and pins on the other? Pins all around?

    Thanks for your generosity on the yarn contest!

  65. Rachel

    I I <3 Noro and I <3 your newest pattern. I do plan to but it, but the upcoming holidays leave me unable to purchase anything for myself at the moment, so I'll just have to wait a few months.

  66. Amanda

    Ooh, I love Noro and haven’t had a chance to use any of these yarns yet. Love the Volna pattern, too, it’s gorgeous.

  67. Katie

    From the looks of the comments section I’m in good company here, but I too love Noro colorways. Itchiness has definitely been a detractor before, so thank you for the reviews!!

  68. Anna

    thanks so much for reviewing the yarns (and for the giveaway!)…recently i’ve been curious about the new noro yarns (esp with the peaks at you knitting), this is really helpful and giving me some great ideas for presents.

  69. Debby

    I’m IN. I love Noro, even the itchy stuff, I’d love to try some of these newer yarns on your gorgeous pattern.

  70. Kelaine Haas

    I have really been wanting to try the noro lace weight! I am sure I won’t be disappointed. This is a beautiful pattern.

  71. Pam

    Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the giveaway, too – I’d LOVE to knit a Volna (can’t think past that) with beautiful and non-itchy Noro.

  72. Joyce

    The colors are gorgeous. Did you have the problem that I’ve had with other Noro yarns — knots with discontinuities in the color sequence?

  73. Tasha

    I am a sucker for colour changes. They make the knitting go faster. I haven’t tried any of these Noro yarns and would love the opportunity.

  74. Debby Johnson

    Still loving the scarf I’m knitting. The Noro is gorgeous and looks so great with the wave pattern. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  75. liz

    A friend gifted me the Volna pattern the day it was released, and I LOVE it. I really want to knit it with sekku but funds are non-existent in this house. Fingers crossed!

  76. Kym

    I totally covet the Noro yarns, but like everything else in my LYS, they’re far too expensive for me to be able to afford them in any amount. It would be nice to be able to use color in something besides acrylic…

  77. Becky

    A Noro giveaway? And a beautiful pattern for Noro right below it? Yes, thank you! You’re a peach! πŸ™‚

  78. Dee Anna

    I have never used Noro before, but certainly would be interested in trying it out. The colors are lovely.

  79. Rebecca

    Thanks so much for the run-down on these yarns and the give-away…I love Noro’s colors and it’s good to see some new yarns…happy t-day…cheers! becky

  80. Lillie

    Thank you for such a thorough run down! I, like you, am a wool disliker in terms of scratchiness, and I was really wondering which of these yarns to try. I go to a knit-inn every January and thought this would be a fun weekend project. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  81. Jennifer O.

    Thanks for all this information. I’ve always loved the colors and look of Noro but learned the hard way that my skin doesn’t want most of it anywere nearby. All the scarves, hats, and wristwarmers I’ve knit have been given away to friends with more tolerant skin!

  82. Elizabeth

    Thanks for these yarn profiles! I find info like this so helpful, especially as a knitter without a lot of years of experience. And I am like you, wishing for Noro yarns that don’t irritate me. I love the colors so much and have had to make only projects for my husband who doesn’t mind the prickly wooliness.

  83. Cammie

    I hope my stash isn’t listening, but I really really want that Noro Kirameki, color 156. I really really do. I must have it, one way or another. Thanks so much for the info, I might not have known about the yarn otherwise. GASP.

  84. Niki

    I haven’t used Noro in so long, I didn’t even realize these new yarns existed. I would love to win some and give them a test!

  85. tabitha

    I have been fascinated by Noro yarns for a while but haven’t gotten around to trying them. Your review really makes me really want to try these lovely yarns.

  86. lilibean

    I’m so glad to hear about the Noro yarns in less itchy fiber blends. I bet they’ll be very popular. I love your pattern and will be getting it as soon as I finish up a few other projects. Thank you for the contest!

  87. anna

    I had been waiting for this pattern to be released as I have 1 skein of Sekku in my stash and knew what it had to become. But I’d love to make a Taiyo version.

  88. andi

    So one day I am drooling over your scarf, then the now a giveaway! Fantastic…my fingers are beyond crossed.

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  89. Deb Bednarek

    This pattern is captivating me; I haven’t worked with many Noro yarns but think this pattern is calling for them!

  90. Bekky

    love the pattern and bought it straight away. Looking for the either lace weight in the UK is proving challenging – we are super slow getting the latest yarns! Maybe I will give it a go in a noro sock, even if they are a little woolly for me – I can’t resist the pattern much longer!

  91. Ariane

    Thanks for reviewing these yarns. I love the colors of Noro yarns, but I’m always put off by the scratchiness… it sounds like I have a few options to try out now!

  92. Sandy W

    I bought the pattern and haven’t decided on yarn yet. I’ll see if I win to help make up my mind. Thanks.

  93. KathleenC

    I love the color changes in Noro, and you design takes full advantage of them! Lovely!

    Thanks for the contest offer too! coneryka at jmu dot edu

  94. D Louise

    Those colorways are SO gorgeous; I love the ones you chose. And, oh my, your number generator is going to be SO busy…

  95. Amanda

    Wow! That’s a lovely pattern! I’d love to win some less itchy Noro, I am glad they are adding to their wonderful line of colorful yarns!

  96. Lisa

    I LOVE your Volna! If I don’t win, I am buying the pattern as soon as I get paid! lol And like many others, I have stayed away from Noro because of it’s feel. Nice to know that there are new yarns from them that are softer, but just as pretty!

    And again, thank you for your generosity!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!! πŸ™‚

  97. Carrie

    Thanks for the info! Where I live we don’t get much more than Kureyon and Silk Garden, so its nice to see a breakdown of a few more styles of Noro.

  98. Jessica

    I absolutely LOVE this new pattern and can not wait to knit it up. This will be my first foray into lace and would love to win the kit for the larger version! Thank you for being so generous with your beautiful talents!

  99. Mandy

    I have always loved Noro and I had already marked VOlna as a must-make. I think you use the colors beautifully and whether I win some from you or not, this will make its way onto my needles!!

  100. Christine65

    I downloaded the pattern almost as soon as I saw your post about it last week. Using Handmaiden sock yarn though – a special yarn needed a special pattern and no way was it going to be a pair of socks! I can see myself making this scarf/stole more than one time.

  101. Marjorie

    Volna looks lovely, particularly in Sekku. I love Noro colors and am glad to see a less “itchy” option!

  102. GerryART

    Noro’s colors are soooo great ! ! ! !

    Haven’t met one I didn’t like yet, so I am in.

    Would LOVE to be one of the lucky ones picked Friday evening.

    BTW, love that shawl.

    Hugs, Gerry

  103. martie

    Good to hear Noro has non-itchy yarns. I have always been meaning to try them out, but every time i pick up a skein in the LYS I am put off by the scratchiness.

  104. MaryLou

    Wow! I love Noro yarn, and especially like the look of the Sekku in your lovely shawl. What a treat, to have a chance to win some.

  105. karen

    I have been trying to do 10 shawls in 2010, but I’m stalled with only 8 knitted. Maybe this new Noro would be just what I need to get me started again!

  106. Ori

    I’d love to meet some non-scratchy Noro yarns! I’ve always loved the color ways but the roughness of Kureyon has put me off of knitting with it.

  107. Beth

    Your FO’s are lovely. I have a few skiens of Noro sock yarn that I adore, but I’d love a chance to knit with some others too! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  108. joyce talley

    I love this pattern and would love to have some of this yummy yarn to knit it with—or, with which to knit it, since I couldn’t bring myself to post a comment ending with a preposition!

  109. Shelda

    Noro yarns are often hard for me to find, beyond Kureyon. It would be fun to play with another. And Volna is so gorgeous. I already have the pattern in hand, and have been thinking about what to use. I imagine it would be pretty in anything, but Noro would be fabulous. Thanks, as always, for the great information and generous spirit of your blog!

  110. Lisa

    My mom has some Kirameki that I’ve been trying to convince her to let me make something out of for her. I love the saturation of hue in Noro yarns!

  111. Elizabeth in VT

    Beautiful yarn, beautiful scarf. I love Noro, even Kureyon (yes, scratchiness feels warm). But now I’d like to try on of these.

  112. Sarah

    You always find great Noro colorways — or is it just that everything looks better on your blog? And I haven’t yet congratulated you on this fabulous design. I love those sashaying eyelet ridges!

  113. Julia

    I’ve never knit with Noro but my mother is a great fan of it. I also admit that I hadn’t thought of “Noro” and “drape” in the same sentence but your photos suggest otherwise! The play of colors is lovely too.

  114. Carolyn

    I love the review and seeing the finished projects together – it makes it easier to get an idea of how the colours shift in a real project rather than a plain little swatch.

  115. Kimley

    I love Noro yarns but agree that the itch factor is a problem. I’ll definitely have to check out some of these less itchy ones. Their colors are gorgeous and I love your new pattern!

  116. Connie

    Yummy, yummy Noro and scarf pattern! I LOVE all things Noro and have not yet tried the first two yarns. I’d love a chance to win!!! Thanks so much.

  117. otismurph

    Worth a shot! I’m happy to read your review of these yarns, since itchiness has always been my big problem with Noro yarns too. Will have to check these out!

  118. Elisabeth

    I love these yarns! And the pattern you have written is beautiful! I would love to be able to win some of this yarn in order to make one of those gorgeous scarves!

  119. Teri S.

    The Kiramekki and Sekku are gorgeous! I’ve got some Noro marinating in the stash. I really should pull it out and knit it up. Of course, I say that about (almost) everything in my stash.

  120. Amy

    what a great idea to use a knitting pattern as a jumping-off point for a Noro review. Thanks for doing so!

  121. nancy

    Very exciting to learn about these new (to me) Noro yarns. Thanks for your report and for your giveaway!

  122. Cathy-Cate

    Very thorough rules!

    I haven’t checked out Noro for a year or two; Silk Garden Light (Lite?) is about the last new permutation I’ve knit with, so that’s been a bit.

    I’m glad you showcased new Noro! And I love the scarf and ITS permutations.

  123. Denise

    Thanks so much for the reviews. I’ve avoided trying Noro in the past because of the reported scratchiness, but I’ve always been captivated by the color changes.

  124. Sarah

    Thank you for these detailed and informative reviews! I tend to avoid Noro yarns for similar reasons you do and you are tempting me with all of this color and the lovely pattern!

  125. May

    When I first saw a glimpse of your pattern, I knew I have to make it. Please enter me in the contest for yarn.

  126. Abby

    Wow, I’ve already been lusting after Volna, and now you’re descriptions of the yarns really has my needles knocking!

  127. Rachel

    I’ve not tried any of the cotton-based Noros, but I love their colorways. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  128. Jahknees

    So excited to finally see the pattern. The sneak peak was tantalizing! Just finished Citron with Kirameki and LOVED it!

  129. Elisha

    I love Noro yarns, the colors are so pretty. I’ve only used Silk Garden which isn’t the softest of yarns, so I’m glad to see there are some softer options. Thanks for the giveaway!

  130. tantej

    Thanks for ANOTHER opportunity! Volna is lovely and the Sekku version is calling my name. Both the colors and the texture truly appeal. Another great design!

  131. Kathleen R

    I’d love to be entered to win! I hear great things about Noro, but I’ve never had a chance to work with it.

  132. Eleanor (undeadgoat)

    I’d probably use Silk Garden Sock if I were buying yarn for myself on this one (I know where to buy it locally, for one thing), but I’m eager to see what these new yarns are like too! Please count me in.

  133. Emily H.

    I love this new pattern. I have been waiting for you to release this since the hint you showed weeks before!

  134. Kathleen

    I really like this pattern, and you make knitting with Noro sound so captivating. Please count me in!

  135. Lucy

    That’s a really interesting observation about the fiber content being dependent on the color repeat. I want to go find this yarn and feel it now!

  136. michelleg

    I just bought a lovely variegated-grey zauberball to knit this pattern, but would knit another one if I had some Noro too!

    Lovely pattern!

  137. Jenny

    Thanks for a review of some Noro yarns. I love your new scarf pattern and plan to purchase it as soon as I get some yarn for it. I would really like to attain some Noro for it, so hopefully that’ll happen!

  138. jane nearing

    I should be knitting socks, but lace is calling me and those Noro colors are yummy. I’m ready to try something NEW with bright colors for a winter season.

  139. Linda Cannon

    Love the pattern. Evertime I worked with Noro it seemed soo stiff, but with this pattern it would probably be a good thing.

  140. Jessica

    I too have found Noro to be disappointingly not soft, so this news of cotton based yarns is great! If you can stand them as a scarf, I’m optimistic! Thanks for the review.

  141. Julie W.

    Thanks for the great review and pictures of the Noro yarn. I’ve never heard of these before and am interested to see them in person. Great scarf!

  142. Lynn

    Hey, these sound like great Noro blends, with the potential for real next-to-the-skin softness. The colors are so beautiful, I’ve been waiting for your Volna pattern release, it shows off the Noro color changes so well.

  143. Jen in MN

    I am just becoming a convert of the short row. I’d love to knit your beautiful scarf! Rather, scarves! πŸ™‚

  144. Mary O.

    Hi! This shawl reminds me of the Oat Couture Curlique, which you made in 2005 and which I made just recently as a shawl (10 sections). Did you resolve the issues you had with puckering? I used Mini Mochie and did not have the puckering issue. Our LYS Citron shawl sample was knit with Noro Sekku. It would be fun to make that shawl.

  145. DrChristine

    Fabulous idea! I had no idea about these new Noros. Haven’t bought any Noro yet and would love to win some to try!

  146. Rebecca

    I’ve never knit anything with Noro before–but Volna seems to be the perfect first pattern to test it out!

  147. P J Evans

    I was thinking that Volna might work very well as a Moebius scarf, where wave A would flip over and become a wave B to graft to the cast-on edge.

    I don’t know how well it would work in practice, though….

  148. Rosemary Reitz

    I just bought a skein of Tayio and returned as I

    did not have a pattern. I loved the yarn. Now

    I know of a pattern. Hope I will have chance to knit up the shawl. Thank you for your generous give away. Rosemary

  149. Jocelyn

    The only Noro yarns I’ve ever tried are Kureyon and Silk Garden Lite with the former being possibly the scratchiest yarn I have ever worked with. But it felts beautifully, twigs and all!

  150. Jessi

    I have the pattern, not sure what yarn I want to use, so if I were to win some from this contest, that would make the decision for me! πŸ™‚

  151. Sara

    Holy Legalese, Batman! (Guess this is what happens after your last contest…..) Your scarves are beautiful & I am a confirmed Noro junkie!

  152. Rae

    I have seen so many beautiful projects made from NORO yarn. Your scarf is another beautiful item.

    Thank you for having a great giveaway.

  153. Connie

    Thank you so much for the great review. I would love to try out these new Noro yarns (and winning some would be sweet).

    Love your new pattern, too.

  154. Jess

    Such a beautiful pattern! I haven’t tried Noro yet, but have spent much time looking at the beautiful colors. Thanks!

  155. Sarah C

    Ooh! Noro, I’ve been waiting for laceweight-you for ages! I must enter my first ever giveaway…

    And non-itchy! What fresh new paradise! JOY.

  156. Pat H

    I love Volna and the color changes in Noro are perfect for it. Love the color changes! I found that Noro tendency to go from suitably thick to threadlike very disconcerting in their sock yarn. I heard that when blocked they plump up.

  157. DebbieG

    Noro yarns are my one of the reasons I took up knitting again. I love the richness of the colors and the sometimes unexpected combinations. Thanks for the great pattern.

  158. Jennifer

    It’s amazing to see the movement in your scarf pattern working so well together with the color changes of the Noro. I have some Taiyo that I haven’t done anything with–you’ve inspired me!

  159. Deana

    How awesome! I’ve been eying the pattern and yarn for this to whip up for my sister-in-law after the holidays – she is due in Feb with her second child, and would like to have something lovely for momma. You rock!

  160. Audrey O

    Kathy, I love this scarf pattern. I am waiting for thanksgiving to be over before purchasing a copy for myself. It looks so versatile and gorgeous.

    I’ve also be wary of Noro yarns because they always seem so unpleasantly rough. It’s a trick I tell you. They lure you in with beautiful colorways and then bam! Itchy yarn. =P I look forward to testing it out.

    Audrey O.

  161. Gauss

    Thank you for the contest and the yarn info! I love Noro for all its quirks… I like that they are not wimpy-soft but have some personality. The scarves look gorgeous!

  162. Sarah

    It’s nice to hear about more non-mohair-containing Noro yarns. I love the colors, but I can’t do anything with Silk Garden because I’m allergic to mohair. I’ve knit with Kureyon, but it’s way too scratchy for anything that will come near my neck.

  163. Karen J

    I cannot believe that Noro Sekku color number 6, would knit up like that! I have never used a Noro yarn before because I too felt that they were way too stiff and wooly in texture. But I’d love to try one of these beautiful yarns!

  164. Rosemary

    I used to be a huge Noro Lover but I sort of moved on. Your info has given me the “itch”, sorry for the pun, to try it again! Thanks

  165. Karen in McLean

    Thanks for the yarn reviews — I greatly enjoy Noro’s yarns but hadn’t seen any of these yet.

    I look forward to knitting Volna over the holidays.

    Cheers, Karen in McLean

  166. Emily

    Thanks for this write-up! I’m glad to know that there’s a Noro yarn that finally *doesn’t* feel like knitting the rainbow! Fun as that can be… it’s not for all the time.

  167. Wilma Flanagan

    I’ve already downloaded the pattern and would love to knit it up in one of your recommended Noro Yarns!

  168. OzKnitter

    Just wanted to say thanks for reviewing the different Noro yarns. I love the colours but can’t use the ones containing mohair. Will attempt to hunt down some Taiyo to have a look and feel.

    Sadly, as I’m not American, I can’t enter the contest.

  169. blogless grace

    Wonderful lowdown on the fiber content and feel. Always good to have a “feeling” content for yarns.

  170. Lynn

    I love Noro for entrelac and small items, but not so much for sweaters. I’m so glad there is a new (fabulous, of course) pattern for us picky Noro pattern people.

  171. Kristen

    I always had the same complaints about Noro yarns and couldn’t fathom why they had such a large fanbase. I’m glad they’re starting to reach out to those of us who don’t appreciate VM for its “rustic-ness.”

  172. Jessica

    I’ve always loved Noro, from the very scratchy to the very soft … I’m captivated by the gorgeous wrap you’ve created to show off not only the amazing colors but the beautiful textural differences between the yarns! Gorgeous!

  173. Pantea

    Sounds great! I’ve never knitted with Noro before, mostly because I’ve heard the same complaints about scratchiness. I’ll give the Noro Kirameki a try.

  174. TracyKM

    I’m sad to read the fine print that your give away is open only to US residents πŸ™ I would love to knit your scarf in the suggested yarn…I hardly ever get to do that πŸ™

  175. Catie

    I just love how Volna has turned out. As soon as I have time to knit something for myself, I’m going to give it a whirl!

  176. Bonnie

    Neat giveaway! I love the look of Noro yarns but so far have only used some for the infamous two row stripe ribbed scarf. Would be fun to do another Noro project!

  177. liz

    Thanks for your post (AND your giveaway!)

    I have always loved the look of Noro, but the first time I touched it (x years ago) I was so disappointed – it was so itchy/scratchy. I did make a pair of felted slippers for my Mum which now, 6 years later, look as good as they did the day I made them.

    So reading your post,it sounds as though Noro has combined the lovely colorways with something more touch friendly – hooray. I will definitely be on the lookout for some to try now.

    AND, your scarf patterns are really nice πŸ™‚

  178. kelli

    So beautiful! I love the look of the Noro yarns, and I’m glad to hear that there is something softer with the same sorts of beautiful colors.

  179. Jennifer

    Thanks for the review of the Noro yarns. I’ve admired their colorways and seen some fabulous looking projects made from them, but any I’ve touched previously have been much too scratchy for my taste! Regretfully, I live outside the U.S. so I’ll have to count on finding them myself rather than hoping to win a sample in your contest.

  180. K

    Thanks for the review! I hadn’t run into those Noro yarns before, and the review makes me want to try them out.

  181. Melissa

    Love the review of all the yarns! I thought about buying taiyo recently, but didn’t because I wasn’t sure how it would knit up, but know I do. Yay!

  182. Pat

    I haven’t yet knit anything with Noro, but have drooled over several patterns. This would be a perfect opportunity (and it sounds like perfect yarn!) to try my first.

    Thanks for the contest.

  183. Juliann

    Thanks for the chance. The Noro yarns you reviewed sound enticing. I did an a Lizard Ridge afghan in the wool Noro, and I love the long colorways.

  184. Helen

    I like the scarf — and wish I wore scarves — but I imagine I would morph it into a stole pretty quickly πŸ™‚

    And thank you so for finding the non-itchy noro!

    But most of all…

    I adore the terms and conditions page! Too fun

  185. Leslie

    What interesting yarns. I would love a chance to try one out and hope to hear from you!

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend – May we all be surrounded by love, warmth and more than adequate sustenance! And may we all remember those less fortunate and do something, however small, about it.


  186. Maria

    Thanks for the review! I’m not sure I would have tried any of these yarns on my own but now I’m anxious to try them all!

  187. Amanda L

    I’ve not tried any of these types of Noro before. I will definitely be buying some of the Sekku to make this pattern though, so pretty!!

  188. OHSue

    I, too, love those bits of color in Noro, keeps me knitting just to get to the next color. I have a rule in yarns of different colors and don’t let myself stop in the middle of a color.

  189. Melissa

    Thanks for the review of each of the yarns! I’ve never knit with Noro but would love to. Especially after seeing how each yarn knit up for you. Lovely pattern too btw πŸ™‚

  190. Emma

    Thanks for the giveaway! I had to take a break from Noro in order to calm down after an unfortunate skein but the colourways soon lured me in again! I’d like to try the Kirameki

  191. Rosi G.

    Oooh me me me! I bought the pattern the day I came out and am casting on as soon as I finish the holiday knitting. Great job on it, as usual!

  192. Lara Whisenhunt

    This cold weather has me in a humdrum mood. Your beautiful volva scarfs make me want to sprint to my LYS to buy some Noro to make them yesterday. Thanks for the giveaway!

  193. Maryanne

    I love the colors in Noro yarns and have knit many lovey things from Kureyon, Silk Garden, and their sock versions. Am I a heretic of I admit that I’ve cropped out bits of the colorways I didn’t like? In my defense, I usually reassemble the “abandoned” color sections in another project…

  194. Andrea

    I have not used Noro in years, but I love the colors that Noro creates. Thanks for the review of the different yarns you used, as well as the contest!

  195. Doris

    I’d love to try someof the Noro non-itchies! That has been my problem with most of the yaarns that I have tried from them. THe colors are gorgeous, but I have trouble working with it and wearing it. So it is nice to know that they have something non-itchy. Also, that pattern is exquisite!

  196. janna

    The scratchiness of Noro is what keeps me from using it (well, that and the vegetation). So – good news that they are now making non-scratchy! Thanks for the pattern, and the contest!

  197. danielle

    I have always loved the colors of Noro – but my hand always cringed when I petted it. Glad to know there might be softer Noro out there – will hve to look at it and pet it!

  198. Kathy in KS

    Glad to read that I’m not the only one fascinated by the colors in Noro, but not so much at the feel. Here’s hoping the winners love the yarns as much as you do!

  199. Dorathy

    Beautiful pattern, beautiful yarn. I am knitting a wrap in Silk Garden thanks to a very generous gift certificate, and the more Noro the better, I say.

  200. Colette W.

    Thank you for the generous give away. The pattern seems perfect for these yarns. I’ve not knit with any of them and look forward to being a lucky winner and creating this beautiful pattern with the yarn.

  201. Barb G.

    Wow! Pretty! I think I got some of the Taiyo last time I added to my stash, but haven’t tried it yet. Good to hear that it is softer than previous Noros, which I love anyway.

    Knit on!

  202. Emily

    So much beautiful, touchable Noro yarn! I’m like you and have previously found most of it too itchy to love… It would be marvelous if you picked me to try one of these. And I love the pattern!

  203. Cat

    Oh wow…I’m getting visions of a zen like state with tea and knitting and lots of paper cranes flying around the house. Can’t wait to try this noro!

  204. Cecilia

    I have loved Noro for years but have never quite known how to make the most of its amazing colours. Can’t wait to knit this scarf!

  205. van

    Beautiful design. I never use Noro because of the itch factor. You’re very generous with your giveaway.

  206. Michelle

    love this pattern – have done since the teaster photos from early October! i also would love to win some Noro yarn! thanks for the chance

  207. Katie

    I’m dying to make your scarf. Some time after Christmas I might have some time to knit for myself… I would happily drown in a sea of Noro.

  208. Laura

    Wow, one of the nicest patterns and most beautiful yarns I’ve seen in a while. I could certainly put that to good use!

  209. Frances

    Oooh… that’s a mighty pretty scarf, and I’ve never knit with either of those Noro yarns. I’d love to make one myself!

  210. Susan aka paintermom

    Thanks for the giveaway! I have often shied away from Noro yarns because I wasn’t sure whether they would soften upon washing. Your recommendation helps me a lot!

  211. Kat

    I have never used Noro, but have read about it so often, that I think I might need to give it a try, despite my usual efforts to keep my wool to a minimum.

  212. Tara

    I love this pattern and all of the scarves. πŸ™‚ Each on has it’s own charm. The narrow one looks like a lace collar the way it is wrapped in the picture, the medium has a fantastic drape and looks so delicate, the wide version looks warm for winter.

  213. Becca

    there’s a whole lotta comments on here, but i do love me some noro, so i may as well try! thanks for the giveaway, even if i don’t win, and those are some gorgeous scarves!!

  214. jennifer

    I have become a huge fan of NORO yarn and you have made my need for some Noro even more!! I love your shawl, gorgeous!

  215. Kathy

    I love noro. Yes, it has it’s good days and bad days but doesn’t everyone. The colors are beautiful and you are never sure what is next. I love your new patter by the way it showcases the yarn.

  216. Ginger Klein

    I keep trying to love Noro yarns, the colors are so appealing. But when I pick them up to fondle they don’t feel fondle worthy. Is it me?

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