Sixth&Spring provided a copy of Knit Noro Accessories 2 free of charge. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. This page may contain affiliate links, which help support my day job but don’t cost you anything extra.
Noro Yarn is the quintessential color-changing yarn. It offers wonderful, sophisticated colorways and a range of weights.
But with all that beauty-in-a-ball comes with a challenge: What can I knit that will show off the yarn to its best advantage? Add too much stitch patterning and you muddy the loveliness of the color changes.
Knit Noro Accessories 2 meets that challenge, with 30 designs from a multitude of designers. Although the tagline on the cover says “30 More Colorful Little Knits”, that’s a bit misleading because there are plenty of not-so-little projects included. Of course, you’ll find the expected hats, mitts and scarves, but there are plenty of larger shawls and ponchos to choose from.
I loved seeing the unisex designs photographed on guys. In my experience, that’s a great way to convince your guy that he needs a hand-knit something. (“See, that guy is wearing a scarf! Don’t you want a scarf just like that?”)
The photography is good. Really good, with lots of full-page beauty shots and smaller shots from all angles, making the book a delight to flip through. The text is clear and easy to read.
I was disappointed that there weren’t more charts. While there were some charts, there could have been more. Another disappointment is that is not a way to look up projects by yarn weight or yarn name. I have a few skeins of Noro waiting to become something, but found myself having to flip through the pages—not that that was a hardship (see above)— to find projects that used the yarn I have. It would have been nice to be able to check the table of contents or index and go right to those project appropriate for my yarn.
The projects run the gamut of skill level, technique and yarn weight. If I had to tag attributes for the projects, the list would include (in no particular order):
- Garter stitch, stockinette stitch, lace stitches, slip stitches
- Short rows, miters, cables
- Hat, cowl, scarf, gloves, boot toppers, socks, cape
- One skein, multiple skeins
- Fingering, sport/dk, worsted, chunky
Pros: Appealing projects, good variety, great photography, cute models, easy-to-read text
(Little) Cons: Not enough charts for this chart-loving knitter, indexing
Win a Copy
Thanks to Sixth&Spring Publishing, I’ll be giving away a copy of Knit Noro Accessories 2. Simply fill out the form below to enter and to join my mailing list. (Make sure you “confirm” through the email you’ll get when you sign up.) If you are already on the mailing list, please sign up below to win, but don’t worry, you won’t get onto the mailing list twice!
On the morning of April 28, I’ll notify the winner via email. Check my Facebook page to find out who won!
In the meantime, I have some colorful knitting to plan.
Update: The giveaway winner has been chosen. Stay tuned to the blog for upcoming giveaways.