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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; Original edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307586553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307586551
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JANE ELLISON, an expert at working with Noro yarns, has designed for magazines including Woman’s Weekly and Vogue Knitting. As the sales and marketing manager of Designer Yarns, she is responsible for most of the designs in their patterns books, including those devoted exclusively to Noro Yarns.


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Customer Reviews

It has information about all the Noro yarns.
Bonnie Brody
You only decrease at the armhole edge, not at both ends as the pattern states.
Silver Shoes
Nice patterns that I am very much looking foward to using.
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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First of all, make no mistake - I love Noro yarn and I was looking forward to this book, since gorgeous amazing yarn like this really does benefit from the right kind of design - not too complicated or it fights with the yarn, but instead designs that have good lines, and either some unique touch, special elegance, or a stitch that interacts with the yarn for an interesting effect. Unfortunately, there was nothing like that in here.

The book consists of ordinary, basic designs, almost all in plain stockinette or rib stitch, with few details to make them memorable. For example - almost every item has pronounced horizontal stripes, due to the nature of the yarn, but that's SO not flattering, and it's a problem that occurs using ordinary sweater patterns with the Noro yarns. Why not have some designs that address that issue? Another example is entrelac, a technique that almost could have been invented just for Noro yarns, it gives such beautiful results. It's not mentioned in the book. Aren't those the king of things that should be included in a book about how to use a particular kind of yarn?

The disappointment is made worse if you go to Noro yarns own website, noroyarns.com, and click on the 'reference' section. There you will some interesting items from various designers that make good use of their unique yarns - why couldn't this book have had something like those, instead of the same things I've seen in a hundred books?

I also find the introduction (and even the title) full of misinformation. "Hand-dyed yarns"? No, they aren't. Noro dyes the raw materials, then spins the yarns from those. The author also implies the yarns are hand-spun, but they are not. Noro's own website has a picture of them being spun by machine. Why does the author include all these false statements about the yarn? It's way beautiful enough to stand on its own without making up stuff.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By knittynyc on January 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I consider myself to be a beginner knitter, though I have made several sweaters in the past and am comfortable with increases/decreases/shaping, etc... HOWEVER -- I do expect a pattern to be correct, as I am not experienced enough yet to see a mistake in the written pattern BEFORE I've translated that mistake into my garment.... and when knitting with yarns as expensive as Noro, and working on a project as time consuming as a sweater, to find mistakes in the work because the pattern is incorrect is absolutely infuriating!!!

I should have gone with my gut instinct that if the author and editors of this book were too lazy to actually write out the pattern for each garment (rather than referring the knitter to different pages for different changes) then there were likely to be missed errors. Completely unacceptable, and renders this book a complete waste of money in my opinion.

Lastly, though you can see this in the photos of the sweaters (and in the measurements of the length the author does provide) -these sweaters are pretty much uniformly designed to be ridiculously short. So short, in fact, that the models in the photos wear them over single color long-sleeved shirts. It looks so ridiculous, as if they are wearing baby sweaters, or shrunk the sweater in the wash. So -- if you are feeling brave enough to tackle these patters then please don't forget to add a few inches to the length of the garment.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By good4me$ on November 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I really like this book. Any yarn with the same gauge as the featured Noro yarn can be used for these patterns. Easy knitting and basic desgins (good for TV knitting).

I plan on knitting many of the patterns in this book using not only Noro yarns but Manos, Mountain Colors, Blue Heron or Dune and let my imagination run wild while reducing my stash. For those that prefer more imaginative or avant garde designs, as has been the case with some of Jane Ellison's past designs, this is probably not the book for you. One of the design elements used is to combine more than one color of Kureyon, for example, in the same design with great results. (Also good for stash busting).

While the patterns are not necessarily classic, they can be worn for many a season from a fitted rib cardigan to a ribbed vest to a hooded jacket. The pictures of the designs are also clean and basic without any distracting background so that the design and the yarn stand out.

The only thing I don't care for are the use of rolled hems, but that is my preference and a very easy fix.

A good buy if you are a knitter that wants the yarn to do the work.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sexy Knitter on March 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I made the Noro Hoodie in the photos using Kochoran #31. I don't think I'll be adding the zipper to the front. I loosely used the Hoodie pattern from the Knitting Noro book. I say loosely because I bought it and I wouldn't recommend it because: 1) even though it has beautiful photographs, it's pretty pointless as a pattern book. 2)There's no way to get the gauge stated. I had to redo all the stitch totals. 3) The patterns are shapeless and unattractive. For a "beginner" level book, if someone can shape a sleeve shoulder head, how come they wouldn't be able to shape sides? I had to shape and lengthen the body, widen the sleeves and totally rewrite the hood part of the pattern. 4) There is overlap with her other pattern books (pamphlets). Sorry, wish I had more positive things to say about it... Ummm, the photos are pretty...
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