Yarn Pairings for Pompom Issue 36
Pompom 36 is bright cheery and full of colour. This spring issue is just what we need to shake off the grey winter.
The designers in issue 36 have taken their inspiration from quilts. Inside are designs by: Amalia Sieber, Kindred Red, Ainur Berkimbayeva, Chantal Laplante, Gina Fama Röckenwagner, Inyoung Kim, Julie Robinson, Maria Matveeva and Wencke Pertermann. With nine patterns that evoke comforting textures with hand finished details. Exploring how other crafts such as patchwork, embroidery and sewing can all form a part of knitting and crochet. Also inside is an interview between Sara Trail of the Social Justice Sewing Academy and Emi Ito. An article by Sofia Aatkar and a Battenberg recipe from Gina Fama Röckenwager.
As usual I take a look at the patterns and suggest some yarn pairings from the shelves of Knit With Attitude. So let's take a look.
Battenberg by Gina Röckenwagner
Battenberg is inspired by the classic granny square blanket. Squares are worked separately and then joined together as you crochet the borders. I particularly like how the front is shaped by a triangular half square. It's long and cosy and you could have some real fun with the colours of the squares. Ideal for leftovers. Crocheted in a worsted weight yarn try The Fibre CO Cumbria.
Crux by Kindred Red
This design is really cute. A cropped open cardigan that is worked flat in pieces. With a fun criss-cross float design that is worked over the entire piece. The floats would be ideal for left overs and are worked using 6 different colours. It would also be fun in a highly variegated yarn as well. Knit in a cotton I would try Bettaknit Pima Cotton and either stash dive for the crosses or pick a fun skien of Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK.
Dayspring by Ainur Berkimbayeva
This relaxed dolman sleeve top looks like a great spring layer. It's worked flat in two identical pieces that start at the sleeve and increase to the body. The pieces are seamed together along the front and back and you can choose a visible or invisible seam. I would try either Stolen Stitches Nua or Bettaknit Soy Cotton for a lighter summery version.
Four Quarters by Julie Robinson
This top with interesting details is worked in two pieces. Each side is worked separately from the front to the back and then joined together. The ties are picked up and worked from the front hem. They are designed to be long and wrap you in a comforting way. Knit in a worsted weight linen I would be tempted to experiment with two strands of Vaxbo Lingarn or substitute for the Bettaknit Pima Cotton instead.
Lisse by Kindred Red
How cool is this jacket. The fluffy lining is achieved by double knitting and each square is worked flat and connected to the next as you go. I love that the double knitting with a fluffy yarn inside creates a padded lining. I bet it's warm. I-cord edges and ties finish off the piece. I would find a fun bunch of Socks Yeah DK colours and pair it with The Fibre CO Cirro.
Lucky Pieces by Inyoung Kim
This cardigan uses entrelac in a clever way. Each square is two-tone which creates a fun cross pattern. Worked as one piece from the bottom up and then front and back are worked separately from the underarm. Stitches are then picked up around the edges to finish off. Try a fun combination of Hillesvåg Sølje.
Paper Houses by Chantal Belisle
This large robe has a real blanket feel about it. Worked in squares from the centre out, each new square is attached as you go. The squares are worked as two tone triangles, increasing to the widest point and then decreasing. This is knit in a 4ply so have fun and gather together lots of different odds and ends. Perfect for your mini skein collection, or indulge in a few new ones with the Back Elephant Minis, Norne Yarn Mini Sets or Hey Mama Wolf Minis.
Trapunto by Wencke Pertermann
This relaxed jacket is full of plump texture. Worked seamlessly as one piece from the bottom up and then worked flat after separating for the sleeves. An inviting cosy garment, knit in aran weight yarn. Try Fyberspates Tarma for its softness and fun range of colours.
Wholecloth by Maria Matveeva
More double knit shawls please! I have a craving for heavy and comforting knits at the moment and I really like the wheat sheaf motif that runs over this one in a chequerboard. A triangle shape that starts at the point and increases to the top edge. So many possible yarn choices but I think Fyberspates Vivacious DK with its slight sheen would highlight the details perfectly.