noro cyochin moss stitch scarf

alipyper noro cyochin infinity scarf pattern

When I was first introduced to Noro yarn, I was a little bit reserved in my judgement of it. My first instinct was to not like it – the color combinations were a little bit too much for me and I had never really worked with variegated yarns with much success before. But Laura Harmon, whom I admire tremendously for her personal style as well as her crafting skills, was a huge fan and she displayed the yarn prominently in her shop when it opened in September 2012. So, it was great yarn, right? I eventually purchased a few skeins of the Kureyon yarn and it sat in my stash.

For my 40th birthday, a dear, dear friend –  knowing that reaching this milestone was not sitting well with me, AT ALL – knit me the most AMAZING scarf using the Silk Garden yarn. The entrelac scarf she knit for me was so beautiful, so perfect, so fantastic that I was immediately won over to the Noro side. I get compliments on this scarf from complete strangers whenever I wear it. And it matches EVERYTHING in my closet! I’m wearing it here. And I used the same colorway in the Noro Silk Garden Sock for this disco halter top I just finished.

So I decided that I needed to use up the Kureyon yarn in my stash and went searching for a project. I wanted a cowl that I could wear inside and out without worrying that the ends would dip into dirty dish water while doing the dishes, like a scarf might. This pattern caught my eye, but I was worried that I didn’t have enough yarn in my stash to make it long enough. So I went up a size with my crochet hook and went for it. I love, love, love it! In fact, I loved the yarn and the way the cowl looks so much that I crocheted a cowl for {G} to wear too. I’ve already borrowed it several times!

{G} has been wearing her scarf everyday and I can’t keep borrowing it! I wanted a scarf with similar colors to the scarf I made for {G}, but I didn’t want to copy hers exactly. When Noro’s Cyochin yarn showed up at Harmony, I wasn’t sure if I’d like the color progression – it’s a lot more mottled and tweedy than the Kureyon – but again, the yarn knitted up beautifully, the colors are perfect, and I’m in love again! This scarf was unbelievably easy to knit. It took only one skein and it’s a perfectly lightweight, stretchy cowl that provides just enough warmth to wear inside and outside, all day long.

Noro Cyochin Moss Stitch Infinity Scarf/Cowl

1 skein Noro Cyochin yarn

US 13 (9.0 mm) knitting needles

Large tapestry needle

Gauge: 12 stitches & 14.5 rows per 4″ – in moss stitch

Cast on 25.

Row 1: K1, P1 repeat across to end.

Row 2: K1, P1 repeat across to end (moss stitch)

Continue in moss stitch until almost all the yarn is used – leaving enough for the bound off edge and joining seam (about 45″).

Bind off loosely. Knot. Thread yarn end with the tapestry needle. Bring ends of scarf together and give one side a half twist. Sew ends together flat. Weave end in. Wear, and enjoy!

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