Who doesn’t love a winter issue of a knitting magazine? They are often the best of the year, with cozy sweaters and snuggly accessories. The Winter 2017 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is one of their best this year, and that’s with a year that’s been fairly knock out! This issue was inspired by norther lights and neon colours in the dark. The whole issue is just gorgeous to look at, we’ve all picked out our favourites here in the shop and we’ve put together each pattern with our favourite yarns.
First up is Bindrune, by Amy Chrisoffers. This oversized cardigan is knit in Léttlopi using one main colour and 2 contrast colours in the hem and cuffs. We have almost 40 glorious colours of Lopi in stock right now, so plenty to choose from!
Next up we have Chrysocolla by Tatyana Scotce, a glorious jumper made with cables and bobbles and texture galore. It’s heavier gauge would be quick to knit up and makes it extra cozy as well! The Almerino Aran from Rooster would boost that up even more with its merino/alpaca blend.
Cobaltoan by Lesley Anne Robinson is a cozy 2-colour brioche hat with a pom pom (of course!) and a side panel of stitches that create a geometric pattern. The speckles and solids of Hedgehog Merino DK would show off the pattern perfectly!
The second hat of the issue is Dipyramid, a more traditional colouwork hat that has unisex appeal. It uses two 50g balls of one colour, and one 50g ball of a contrast. Blacker Swan DK has loads of perfect colour combinations to knit this up!
The next technique to take the knitting world by storm is likely to be mosaic stitch, which is starting to crop up here and there more often. Ephemeris by Debra Gerhard is a shawl in 2 colours that uses this technique beautifully. The shawl uses 2 colours to create patterned stitches in garter stitch. We recommend Hedgehog Fibres Twist Sock.
Next up is Flourite by Andrea Mowry. Andrea uses her iconic fade technique to move between colours in this pair of reverse stocking stitch knee high socks. We think that the Qing Fibre High Twist would be a great starting point for these socks, though you only need a smaller amount of a few colours, so it’s a good way to use up leftovers as well.
Orianna by Paula Periera is a pullover sweater that combines techniques, with cables on the sleeves and body, and a colourwork yoke. The pattern calls for Manos del Uruguay Clasica, which we also carry here in the shop.
The next pullover design is by Astrid Troland. Called Selenite, it is again worked in multiple colours. This time there is one main colour, with 4 contrast colours worked in the stripes and in the cuffs and collar. We would choose Blacker Yarns Tamar for a similar feel yarn that has a beautiful range of colours.
Stellate is the last accessory of the issue. Designed by Julie Dubreux of Julie Knits In Paris, it is a 2 colour shawl worked in garter stitch and brioche in a DK weight. We would knit it in Knit By Numbers DK from John Arbon for a really lush and warm shawl to take you through the cold months.
Last but not least is the cover design, Tabular, by Maja Möller. This lightweight pullover is a perfect layering sweater that would work well year round. Knit in a heavy laceweight, it features a modularly knit garter stitch panel in the front of the sweater. This sweater would be beautiful knit up in Meadow from The Fibre. Co. A luxurious blend of merino, baby llama, silk and linen, it will be one you’ll reach for over and over.
What’s your favourite pattern from the issue? We all have a sweater or two we are itching to cast on for over here!