I recently purchased some Noro Furisode. Yes the skeins are the same color and dye lot but differ in how much of each color is in a skein. Annoying for those who require perfection. Not something I would choose for a consistent look. Personally I hate finding knots in commercial skeins of yarn. But I knew to expect it with Noro. I also found some vegetable matter, twigs and leaves stuck in the sheep’s coat that remain after the wool has been processed. If you have only worked with commercial yarns this may be new to you. Being a spinner I simply picked this out and kept knitting.
Noro Furisode is a bulky single ply yarn that is very similar to hand spun yarn. It is spun both thick and thin. This means that it is not the same diameter throughout the length of the yarn. In some spots it is over spun being very thin and twisty, in other spots it is under spun and looks like the roving didn’t get spun at all. This will create lumps and bumps in your project. If you want a smooth consistent yarn for your project do not use Noro Furisode. Many hand spinners produce more consistent yarn than Noro.
Noro Furisode is a raw silk, cotton, and wool blend. It is easy on the hands while knitting, and the knit garment will provide plenty of warmth. I knit each skein into a scarf. Scarf #1 is a plain garter stitch scarf, which is what the person requested. It is about 4.5 inches wide and 64 inches long. The lumps and bumps in the Noro are easily visible but would be even more obvious in a stockinet stitch. The brown color is bulkier, making that color strip wider than the others. The color changes are abrupt. The owner is happy with this look, and that’s what really matters.
Scarf #2 was knit from a second skein of the same color and dye lot. It does not have as much orange and green in it. That was a bit of a disappointment. Fortunately the extra greys and charcoals are in the center of the scarf and the orange and green are at the ends and will be more visible. This scarf was knit on the diagonal in garter stitch. The color changes appear to be a bit smoother. This scarf is thinner than Scarf #1 but is actually one stitch wider. It is about 3.5 inches wide and 80 inches long. The thinner look and smoother color transitions are a result of being knit on the diagonal.
I will probably knit with Noro Furisode again, but it does have some clear drawbacks to standard commercial yarn. I am a spinner and can create my own thick and thin yarns without knots. The color variations of Noro Furisode within a single skein are the reason I might use it again.
KNIT TIP: When working with Noro expect knots, vegetable matter, over spun and under spun yarn, and inconsistency between skeins of the same color and dye lot. Choose a pattern where color and texture will be the focus.