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Supernova in my Living Room
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Supernova in my Living Room

A supernova of Noro!

Noro Star Blanket

Noro Star Blanket

Noro Star Blanket

Noro Star Blanket

Noro Star Blanket
Yarn: Noro Cash Island, colorway 11
Pattern:  Free pattern from Bernat
Needles: Size US 8-10, graduated as the blanket got bigger
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What a joy it was to knit… I loved every minute, and I plan to make another.  The yarn was obviously the biggest draw here – the Noro Cash Island was decadent to knit with the brilliant colors and the mix of cashmere, wool, and all of the other goodies.  I bought this yarn in the sale bin at Maryland Sheep and Wool a few years ago; initially, I was planning a garment, so I only got one bag.  Had I known that I would make an afghan, I would have picked up two bags (20 skeins).  That would have definitely made it bigger and more “afghan-like”, but it would have been quite the feat to find circular needles for it to fit on!  This was nearly 1000 stitches in the round with 10 skeins.  It was becoming quite heavy, but never became a chore to knit in anyway.

I came across this pattern when searching the free pattern library on Bernat’s website – there are some great patterns for both knitting and crochet – and when I saw this pattern, the wheels started to turn.  (You have to register on the site, and then all the patterns are free!) Noro has that amazing self-striping quality, and in a star-shape afghan, that could be quite eye-catching!  Luckily, my bet was right.  I am thrilled with the way it turned out!

I used a friend’s interchangeable needles from Knitpicks.  I have not taken the plunge to get my own set of interchangeables, but I must say, it is tempting.  I plan to make more circular afghans, and 40″ circs are not available in most stores in a range of needle sizes.  This Knitpicks kit was useful, but I was annoyed that the joints kept coming unscrewed.  I don’t know if this is something that happens often in other brands, but it’s a quick way to lose stitches, and that is not good…  Do you have an interchangeable kit that you recommend?

Noro Star Blanket

Noro Star Blanket

Noro Star Blanket

I didn’t know as I was making this the star points would create this wavey edge, but I really like it!  As I bound off the stitches and saw the natural curve, I was thrilled with the results.  Blocking only made it better.

Stashbusting is at an all-time high over here – and with all the hockey-viewing lately, my hands have been quite busy.  I have more projects to share very soon!

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56 Responses

  1. Robin

    I love the waves!! Beautiful. I’ve been considering knitting a circular blanket and yours may be what pushes me to do it.

    As for KP interchangeable needles — a lovely knitting teacher told me an excellent tip — cut a square out of that puffy grip shelf liner and use it as a tiny jar-opener to help you get a grip when you tighten the needles with the key. Just make sure you hold onto the metal part rather than the wooden so you don’t pull the wood out [ask me how I know].

    However, I still love my Denise set after 3 years. Unless it is a yarn or pattern that needs a sharp point, they are my go-to needles. And they are TSA-friendly.

  2. Preeti

    Wow, that’s just gorgeous! I love the curvy points too and the colors graduation. Beautiful job!

    I have a set of KP Options Interchangeables and face the same problem when I’m lazy too tighten the join with the little metal key. If I do tighten, then there’s no problem at all. I like the flexibility of cable lengths for different projects and I do love the pointy KP tips. To get a really large circumference, you could try knitting with two circs with long cables. I’ve heard about Addi Clicks but haven’t tried those out.

  3. Juliann

    I have the KnitPicks interchangeables. I was terribly disappointed when right away one of my cables came out of the needle. A friend told me the same happened to her and she sent it back. They just replaced it with another one. So I never replaced it. I just recently tried to get one of my cables loose to change to a different size, and it is locked solid. I cannot get it loose, no matter how hard I try. The key doesn’t help at all. I know that there are lots of success stories, but I haven’t had a lot of luck with mine.

  4. Ammie

    This is gorgeous! I love the curly-Q star points.
    BTW, I’ve also had success with the KnitPicks interchangeables plus the key. I hope you find something that works for you!

  5. Debbie

    This is beautiful. I did a Hemlock Blanket this year and now you’ve got me thinking. The Noro is amazingly gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Jenn

    LOVE this blanket. I think I know what I’m making with some of that Kureyon Sock that I scored at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival yesterday!

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