Yarn Pairings for Pompom Issue 31
The winter issue of one of our favourite knitting magazines is always hotly anticipated here at Knit With Attitude. This issue focuses on Terrain. Think earthy inspirations and creative cues taken from the land. The designs have a nod to the tactile and three-dimensional nature of knitwear. Along with the designs there are recipes and articles exploring the deeper meanings of maps, journeys, and boundaries.
As usual I have had the fun job of rummaging around the shop finding the best yarn pairings for all these beautiful patterns. Find your next project here!
Acre By Judith Brand is a stunning crochet jumper of diagonal colour blocks. I love the play of colours that flow on to the sleeves. I had to double take because I thought this crocheted stitch was actually knitted brioche. Crocheted from side to side, the structural ridge stitches are a great highlight for hand dyed yarn. Black Elephant Merino Singles would be a perfect choice here and there are plenty of colours that work so beautifully together.
Afield By Fiona Alice. A cosy layering cardigan in a relaxed fit. This one is just full of texture. Made of slip stitches and faux cables, it's a simple style but full of interest. It's almost as if it's made up of quilted blocks. Try Du Store Alpakka - Alpakka Tweed for it's cosy warm and vintage tweedy feel.
Alatau By Ainur Burkimbayeva is worked top down to the brim. Structured stitches flow into a pleasing diagonal motif. A nice plumpy woollen spun yarn will give nice soft definition and be cosy and warm. Try this in The Fibre Co Lore.
Arete By Geraldine Yang. Worked top down and in the round, Arete is a celebration of graphic pattern and texture. Using two different yarns in dramatic colour blocks allows you to appreciate the yarn qualities on a different level. A concentrated appreciation of the fluffy and the smooth. Knit in a worsted weight merino and a mohair blend. Try holding Vivacious 4ply double stranded to get gauge and for the mohair section I would go for Garnsurr Pan. Both these yarns offer fun hand dyed colour play.
Hypsometry By Claire Walls. Simple and graphic, this hat is knit in the round from the bottom up. Striping all the way with a bold slip stitch giving you interesting colour play and a defined detail. Finish off with a jazzy pom pom of course! The fun jewel tones of Stolen Stitches Nua would shine out on a cold winter's day.
Mafadi By Noma Ndlovu. Rows are knit twice with a separate colour along with a gorgeously graphic cable in the centre and at the edges. A big wrap is always a must this time of year and this is a stunner. Let the yarn shine here and choose two fun contrasting colours. Garnsurr Lint Gån would be perfect.
Saltings By Sarah Solomon. Whoah texture galore! I really like that the pattern and yarn seem to compliment each other. Cabled stitches melt together with the help of a mohair held double with a more structured yarn. This jumper is worked flat, with slight drop shoulders and is pleasingly cosy looking. Try combining Socks Yeah 4ply and Fyberspates Cumulus, there are a whole host of complimentary solids in these two yarns that I think will work perfectly.
Tellervo By Sari Nordlund. This is like ripples over sand, a lovely heavily structured stitch. Worked seamlessly from the bottom up, it calls for a rustic wooly yarn that would easily hold definition. Try Hey Mama Wolf's Schaffewolle #03.
Terraform By Christelle Bagea are a crazy pair of socks with stripes in all directions. Worked top down and striped with great effect. Creating a mirage of striped stitches that appear as straight lines and chevrons throughout the design. Knit in wooly sock yarn try Hey Mama Wolf's Sock Yarn #04.
I hope you enjoyed my run through and the yarn suggestions I've come up with. Now the hardest decision remains, which one of these woolly wonders to cast on first...