Showing posts with label Noro Magazine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Noro Magazine. Show all posts

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Noro Magazine Issue 14: A Review

Noro Magazine Issue 14 is out. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

Pattern #01, Raglan Sleeve Top. Love the colourway; would neaten up the fit considerably.

Pattern #02, Simple Ruana. An opening in the centre of a beach blanket does not a wearable item make.

Pattern #03, Crochet Dress. This is one of those designs that, at first glance, I think I'll pan, but wind up liking upon closer study. This one requires an underlayer, of course, which makes it not so wearable as a summer dress, but it would make a cute beach coverup.

Pattern #04, Sleeveless Hoodie. The colour's a little dreary, but the lines are good.

Pattern #05, Fringed Dress. I'm looking at the mesh bodice, flap pockets, and fringed hem, and thinking that they really do not belong on the same dress because they don't work together at all. Pick your least favourite and second least favourite of those three features (protip: one of those items should be the flaps on the pockets), eliminate them, and let the third design element carry the dress.

Pattern #06, Triangular Shawl. This needs an edging of some kind as it looks a little unfinished as is.

Pattern #07, Origami Shawl. Beautiful wrap.

Pattern #08, Offset Cable Tee. Nice top which the styling isn't doing any favours -- all the other details are simply distracting. If I were to style an outfit around a piece made from Noro, I'd let the Noro item do the talking.

Pattern #09, Dropped Shoulder Tee. Cute, but I'd scale back the sizing to a relaxed fit.

Pattern #10, Tank Top. Delicately pretty.

Pattern #11, Round-Yoke Top. Not bad. I'd lengthen this, as cropped length tops flatter very few women.

Pattern #12, Raglan Poncho. I'm a hard sell on ponchos, but this one has good shaping and sits well.

Pattern #13, Honeycomb Stitch Top. Nice lines and stitchwork.

Pattern #14, Brioche T-Shirt. I rather like the idea of an off-the-shoulder neckline and the ruffles at the end of the sleeves, but I would neaten up the fit a good bit.

Pattern #15, Brioche Tank Top. I like the straps but this looks so square through the bodice. I'd add waist-shaping and lengthen the bodice.

Pattern #16, Brioche Wrap. This sits unexpectedly well. I'd make it in a non-dishwater-like colour.

Pattern #17, Chevron Cowl. This is so cute that it manages to visually hold its own against the model's hat.

Pattern #18, Modulation Cowl. Ripple stitch wraps tend to look afghan-y, but this one and the one above don't, probably because of their smart shape.

Pattern #19, Mosaic Cowl. Beautiful colourway and stitchwork.

Pattern #20, Mitered Blanket. Lovely and contemporary.

Pattern #21, Sequence Stripes Blanket. Nice in a very neutral, unobtrusive kind of way.

Pattern #22, Titled Blocks Scarf. This one does look more than a little afghan-y.

Pattern #23, Wavy Stolette. This one looks a little awkward, as though it's trying unsuccessfully to look like a sweater draped around the shoulders and tied by the arms in front.

Pattern #24, Leaf Band Hat. Cute!

Pattern #25, Mock Neck Capelet. Everything about this piece is adorable.

Pattern #26, Buttoned Vest. Pretty yarn; nondescript, even frumpy, style.

Pattern #27, Half-Sleeved Top. Interesting and rather effective style.

Pattern #28, Sleeveless V-Neck Top. I don't like the way the neckline lies. It looks unfinished and a little awkward.

Pattern #29, Cap-sleeved Top. Pretty in a classic way.

Pattern #30, Eyelet and Garter Top. LOVE the stitchwork. Would neaten up the fit.

Pattern #31, Lace Raglan Pullover. Very decent piece.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Noro Magazine Issue 13: A Review

Noro Magazine has released their thirteenth, or Fall 2018, issue. Let's have a look at it. Please note that for some reason this issue lists 11 pattern pages on Ravelry, and even of those 11, five don't have pictures on their pattern pages, and one (#03, Textured Rib Raglan) has two pattern pages, so I will only be able to provide Ravelry links to ten of the 36 patterns in this review.

#01, Leaf Afghan. This is an interesting and unusual concept.

#02, Mosaic Poncho. Lovely and eye-catching.

#03, Textured Rib Raglan. This is attractive and wearable enough.

#04, Ribbed Batwing Pullover. This one has interesting lines. I'd like to see it from some other angles before I really sign off on it, but it looks like it might just prove a unique and attractive piece.

#05, Rhombus Panel Vest. This is very seventies, but it's wearable.

#06, Striped Cardigan. Very pretty.

#07, Diamond Rib Hat. A classic striped and cabled cap.

#08, Fingerless Mitts. A decent pair of mitts. I find the soft, grayish shades of this yarn appealing.

#09, Cowl. Love the yarn used on this one.

#10, Pillows. The play of colour in these two pillows makes them, because technically speaking they couldn't be more basic.

#11, Eyelet Triangle Shawl. Pretty!

#12, Shawl. Lovely.

#13, Steeked Poncho. Not bad as to design, but I think I'd use some other colour than brown for this project, as the brown yarn gives this poncho an unfortunate resemblance to the poo emoji.

#14, Plaid Ruana. Gorgeous stitchwork in this one, though it does look rather heavy for a wrap. I'd be inclined to leave this one on the couch.

#15, Fringed Poncho. This is not bad for a poncho, and the stitchwork is excellent.

#16, Chevron Wrap. Rather pretty.

#17, Big Granny Afghan. The colours on this one make it attractive.

#18, Granny Quilt Afghan. I quite like this triangle block concept for an afghan. It's a refreshing change from the usual squares, and the resulting scalloped border is kind of cool.

#19, Buttonhole Scarf. Passable. I'd fringe this one.

#20, Circle Scarf. I'd fringe this one too. Scarves need to look like scarves, not like swatches randomly wrapped around their wearer's neck.

#21, Chrysanthemum Shawl. This looks more like an afghan than a shawl, though it would make a nice afghan.

#22, Flower Blossom Purse. This one's way too kitschy for my taste.

#23, Block Texture Pullover. Not bad. It could do with some waist-shaping and a finished hemline.

#24, Cable Yoked Pullover. Pretty.

#25, Textured Pullover. Fix those dropped shoulders and neaten up the shape and this would be a decent pullover.

#26, Short Row Sweater. I really love the directional panels in the front, which is an interesting concept that works especially beautifully with this yarn. I would fix the dropped shoulders.

#27, Oversized Textured Pullover. There's oversized and there's sloppy. Guess which one this is. And the shoulder seam is halfway down the sleeve, sigh. Tidy this one up and it would be a perfectly attractive turtleneck.

#28, Oversized Cable Top. Again, too big and too dropped as to the shoulder, but otherwise fine.

#29, Beach Tote. Rather a nice little Boho-type bag.

#30, Granny Squares Purse. I don't think there's anything that be done with the granny square that can make it not dated and cheesy when used in clothing and accessories.

#31, Tunic. Basic empire-waisted cardi that would look better in another yarn.

#32, Sweater. This must be the yarn I loved so much in #09, Cowl, and I still love it, but I would definitely neaten up the fit of this one.

#33, Collared Cardigan. Not a bad-looking casual-type jacket.

#34, Waistcoat. Dumpy and frumpy.

#35, Long Sweater and Cowl. I wouldn't call this a "long sweater and cowl". I'd call it a caftan and then I'd ravel it out.

#36, Jacket. I'm not a fan of these unstructured, drape-front style cardigans, but this one isn't a bad piece of its kind.