Noro is a beautiful brand of yarn. I fell in love with the colors and texture, and in particular of the “Noro Striped Scarf” pattern which has almost 15,000 projects associated with it on Ravelry. Then of course I had to find a hat and gloves to match.
This pattern takes advantage of the using two balls of variegated yarn to make a self striping pattern which blends over each other. For the primary color, I used a neutral variegated yarn – Noro Kureyon Sock, which bleeds from brown to dark brown to black to grey. This turned out to be a great background to the more colorful color way of the Noro Taiyo Aran I found which bleeds from yellow to green/teal to purple to red.
Using the same yarn and in all three projects in a striped pattern kept these three different patterns looking like a set. It is very interesting how the scarf alternates 2 rows of a color, the hat 1 row of the color, and the wristers 4 rows.
Noro Striped Scarf
I loved making this scarf. It is easy to do and so easily impressive that it totally wins for ROI. It also was a good exercise for me in consistency and paying attention to the ends of my rows while I changed colors.
Noro Striped Hat / Twisted Up Reversible Hat
I love this hat pattern! The variegation in the neutral Noro didn’t show up so well in this pattern, but perhaps if I started the yarn in the right spot it may have. Both sides look great, but for this set, I liked the reversed side. This was the first hat I ever knit!
Noro Striped Wristers / Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Wristers
I was excited to do these wristers inspired by Penny’s character in Dr. Horrible’s, and I really love how the colors play off each other in this. But I wouldn’t do this again. Perhaps when I made this I wasn’t as skilled yet with construction, but the buttons just aren’t functional. I sewed down the button panel and buttons. That said, I did learn how to pick up stitches on the edge of a piece and how to make buttonhole (maybe; mistakes were made). Because of the natural look of the Noro yarn and because this set feels just a little bit off kilter and funky, I chose natural buttons that don’t exactly match, which may be my favorite part of these wristers.