I have a love affair going with Noro yarns. In fact, whenever I bring them in for Earth Faire I have quite a hard time letting go of them -- I'd be embarrassed to show you my personal stash of Noros.
I love the colors, vibrant and rich. I love the company philosopy; to use organic whenever available and to manufacture with as little carbon footprint as possible. I don't mind small bits of vegetable matter in my yarn; I know that is a result of minimual processing. And if the yarn I am using feels initially a bit harsh, I have found that it always softens up with washing.
If "fan" has its roots in the word "fanatic", I am definitely a Noro fan.
So when I was offered a wonderful deal on various colorways in Hanabatake, well to say I was thrilled is an understatement. This yarn is 55% Wool, 35% Silk, 10% Mohair with approximately 125 yards per 50g skein.
(And, btw, we are here passing the great deal on to you....)
Which makes this an aran weight (or heavy worsted weight) yarn, a bit unusual for us here at Earth Faire.
And so a search began.
Now many of you have heard me mention that I personally love to knit patterns that incorporate short rows in unusual ways. And so it was with great joy that another look at Rigoles showed marvelous possiblilities for this yarn.
Rigoles is a gorgeous variation on her Wingspan shawl by Maylin. Here is how she describes it:
If you like the fluid, organic look of Swing Knitting but are not yet ready to learn the nitty gritty of the technique this might be the pattern for you.
It is not a long pattern with exhaustive written instructions, neither is it a formula requiring you to think to much :)
It is somewhere in between.
The pattern pages only take up 3 pages. Everything is spelled out but it is neither completely mindless knitting nor something you need to concentrate hard on (like some lace).
Two sizes are given - one for aran/worsted weight yarn and one for fingering weight yarn. Both yield a nice size shawl you can wrap up in.
It is easy to change the size. By using the aran figures with fingering weight yarn you can get a smaller shawl and by using the fingering weight figures with aran yarn you can get a very large shawl. You could use any weight of yarn with any of the figures and the size would change accordingly (as will the yarn requirements).
You require 2 different yarns. 400g in total of aran or 200g of fingering. It works well if one of the yarns is graduated or a long colour change yarn but you can use two solids or indeed use scraps and start a completely different yarn each time you change colour. So it could be a stash buster.
No need for a gauge swatch just use the yarn and needle that gives the firmness you like.
There are 3 versions - one without eyelets, one with some eyelets, one with even more eyelets.
So you can change the size and add eyelets. What else can you do? The sky’s the limit. Why not try doing one all in one yarn but each section is a different stitch pattern? Or mix up weights and textures of yarns - alternate lace weight with chunky maybe.
There are some stunning pieces that you can see on these Project Pages.
Now if you should wish to knit this gorgeous piece using Hanabatake, you will need the equivalent of 8 skeins, perhaps four of one colorway and four of another, perhaps 8 of one colorway, perhaps a mix of 2+2+2+2, or perhaps a mix of a solid color you have in your stash plus a few of these skeins here. Or another plan altogether.
If you would like some suggestions for a solid color to "work" well with any of these colorways, just drop me an email.
This one is great fun!
So on this web page what do we offer? This page offers you Hanabatake, one skein at a time, in your choice of five colorways. Pick one, pick two, pick three, pick four, or you might want to keep going and have a myriad of colors to make a glorious rainbow crescendo.
The colors are given numbers only, not names. I will attempt to describe. Bear in mind that all are something of a tweed mix of hues and have the marvelous gradual color changes that Noro make famous. You will notice that each photo shows two skeins and often they look very different indeed. That is simply an indication that each was wound from a different starting point on the colorway.
So make your choice from the drop-down menu. Remember that this web page is offering one skein at a time.
To get the pattern, you must go to Ravelry and download it from this Rigoles page.
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