Ode to Kureyon

Suzie Blackman
Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Over three years in the making, my giant version of the Cerys Hexagon Blanket is almost finished, with the hexagons done and the edging going on (one side at a time, I don’t think circs exist that could do the edging in one go).

Cerys Hexagon Blanket in Noro Kureyon

Cerys Hexagon Blanket in Noro Kureyon

As my largest ever knitting project nears completion, the yarn that formed the incredible long blended colour gradients is making an inevitable disappearance from the shelves. Yep, the inimitable Noro Kureyon has sadly been discontinued.

Noro Kureyon

Noro Kureyon: The original worsted/light aran weight

My blanket was formed of 20 balls of Kureyon in maybe 10 or 15 different colourways, but I have used an awful lot more over the years. Kureyon played a big part in encouraging my knitting addiction in the early days; its inimitable blended colour changes always spurring me on to do a few more rows to see how the colours would unfold. And since then, it has continued to be a major influence on my knitting style in general, and helped me to fully indulge my love of bold colour effects.

It lends itself to so many (sometimes unexpected) techniques, from fair isle…

2008: My first ever stranded knitting, from 'Three Tams' pattern by Angela Sixian Wu

2008: My first ever stranded knitting, from ‘Three Tams’ pattern by Angela Sixian Wu

…to lace…

'Annmarie' by Berroco Design Team

2008: A heavily modified version of ‘Annmarie’ by Berroco Design Team with Noro Kureyon and black aran wool combined in a repeating pattern of varying-width stripes.

…to modular construction…

Improvised mitred garter squares blanket in Noro Kureyon Sock

2011: Improvised mitred garter squares blanket in Noro Kureyon Sock

2011: Foot stool cover prototype

2011: Modular hexagon foot stool cover

…and indeed it was the inspiration for the Cerys Hexagon Blanket when the construction method for the footstool above eventually evolved into the final blanket pattern.

When I first began knitting in early 2007, Kureyon couldn’t have stood out more against the polite rows of pastel baby yarns and uniform, machine spun DKs in navys, creams and other ‘tasteful’ (i.e. safe) colours. The clashing colour explosion of these mystical, far-eastern balls of thick and thin yarn (complete with occasional bits of twig) smashed the stereotypes and convinced me that knitting could be for me.

Things have come a long way in nine years, with knitters able to find every possible colour, texture and style of yarn available on the high street and the internet, from global brands and independent dyers alike. Never the less, Kureyon will be missed!

The author

Suzie Blackman

The dyer, designer, photographer, creative technologist and maker-of-things behind It's a Stitch Up. She lives in East London in a home filled with colour, fluff and house plants.

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