Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom Issue 17 Summer 2016

Issue-17-Cover-ImageThere has been so much anticipation for this latest issue of Pom Pom here at Knit with attitude, especially after hosting the samples for Yarn Shop Day at the end of April. It’s finally here! The garments fit perfectly with our Summer Top KAL, and even better, we’ve just received loads of new summer yarns here in the shop that are just right for summer knitting. We have brand new linen and cotton/linen blends, as well as top ups and new colours in lots of other summery fibres.


First up we have Altair by Joanne Scrace. This triangle shawl is a take on the granny square classic, but with a more modern twist. Worked from one corner to the next, it is easily adaptable for yardage depending on what you plan to use. We think the bright colours of Botany Lace would be a fun summer piece to pull on over summer dresses.


Catchyfly, by Wencke Lucas is a great example of how to take a tweed yarn, something usually associated with winter, and bring it into the summer months. We think that Terra, which is wool and silk would add to that lux feel while having drape as well.


Lynn Brennan’s Hollis is an unusual piece in that it is knitted with clothesline cord! We don’t have any cotton that thick to recommend, but we have some beautiful leather and metal handles by Jul Design that would be the perfect finishing touch. Check them out the next time you are in our neighbourhood.


Nouri is Maya’s favourite! Carol Feller designed this oversized pullover sweater with a lace detail over one hip. The sleeves are done in one piece with the body for maximum drape and ease of construction. We just received 6 shades of Zooey from Juniper Moon Farm. Held double this would be a wonderful summer sweater.


Knitted dresses get a bad reputation, but Thea Colman dispels all of these worries with Olivette! It comes with instructions for both a dress/tunic and t-shirt lengths for everyone’s tastes. The front lace is placed asymmetrically and the longer length includes a surprisingly sturdy pocket. Vivacious DK has just the right amount of semi-solid colour to work well for this.


The Red Bud Isle tank by Courtney Cedarholm would be a fantastic quick summer knit. It has contrast stripes and an overlapping split back that would be comfortable to wear while still being modest. How to choose which shades of Shiny Happy Cotton to use!


Tannery Falls is the second crochet piece from the issue. Sara Delaney has designed wearable top with a loose gauge for maximum cool weather wear. Two colours of Meadow with it’s linen content would show off the yarn and pattern beautifully.


Thornett is an all around favourite here at the shop! Sara Thornett’s top is everything you want from a summer top, easy to knit and wear with some lace for visual interest and loads of opportunity to use a fun colour. Luckily Eco-baby has lots of those to choose from!


Trailbreeze is one of the more unusual garments in the issue, with it’s generous handkerchief hem over each hip. Courtney Cedarholm has done a brilliant job at keeping the lines otherwise clean to keep it looking modern. We have a brand new Swedish linen in 12 colours, from subtle neutrals to modern brights, you are sure to find a Växbo Lin Lingarn for this top.


Sachiko Burgin has designed the last tee, Vaara. This simple top has a deep raglan yoke and a textured ribbed hem. We think this is another great use for the cotton/linen drape of Zooey, held singly this time.


Last but not least is Windlass, by Kiyomi Burgin has draws inspiration from traditional aran sweaters with it’s cables and neckline, but brought forward a few seasons with split hems and no sleeves. The textures here would work well with Noro Tokonatsu.

Don’t forget to enter in our Summer Top KAL on Ravelry! We have a few people started already, we would love to see what you are working on. We will draw from eligible winners for prizes on July 31st.

Yarn Pairings for Amirisu Volume 10

Amirsu have knocked it out of the park with another fantastic issue. Spring/Summer can be a traditionally difficult season for a knitting magazine, but there is no concern for that here! There are three beautiful tops, two sweaters and two shawls. Each of the pieces are wearable and practical, but with little details that really make them stand out. The theme for the issue is Spring Vintage, and all the garments are named after flowers. There is also a craft city guide of Nashville. We have Volume 10 available in store and online.

This issue also comes out in perfect timing for this year’s spring top KAL. We had such a good time last year, we couldn’t help but do it again this year. Stay tuned for more information!

First up is Asagi, a v-neck t-shirt designed by Bristol Ivy. The raglan sleeves feature a leaf lace motif that adds a bit of visual interest but would still be quite simple to knit. We love the idea of knitting it up in one of our sock yarns, such as Vivacious 4ply. The simplicity of the design would really let a hand dyed yarn shine.KOD-15819_medium2

Next up we have Botan, by Helen Stewart. This triangle shawl is based on garter stitch and has little bobbles in the stripes. This is a great way to show off a special yarn such as Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles. The stripes could easily be done with a leftover ball or another contrast skein.KOD-15869_medium2

Camellia by Joji Locatelli is the first of the sweaters. It is a relatively simple pullover with minimal shaping. The central stripe panel is knit side to side in garter stitch, and it has matching garter stitch bands for the hem and cuffs in a solid colour. We would knit it in Susan Crawford’s Excelana 4ply.KOD-16065_medium2

Nadeshiko, designed by Leila Raabe is a beautiful and beginner lace friendly shawl. It begins with a crescent of stocking stitch and purl ridges before moving into the lace border. A yarn like The Fibre Co.’s Meadow would really let the lace pattern shine.KOD-16006_medium2

The next top is Sango, by Melissa LaBarre. This simple top has a zigzag border, and a sweet button detail at the shoulder. We would knit it up in one of the many beautiful colours of Debbie Bliss Eco-Baby.KOD-16086_2_medium2

Sumire is the last of the shawls, this one by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne. It features a main colour for the body, and a small amount of yarn for the contrast border. This is a great pattern for both semi solid and solid hand dyed yarns. We have been dreaming of the fantastic colour combinations available with the Fyberspates Scrumptious 4plyKOD-16199_2_medium2

Last but not least is Wisteria by Amy Christoffers. This cardigcan features an allover lace pattern that makes it perfect for summer months. Knit up in Kettle Yarn Co. Islington DK it would be warm with a delicious shine! KOD-15947_medium2

Yarn Pairings for PomPom Quarterly Issue 16

spring16-coverIt’s that time again! We have the latest issue of Pom Pom Quarterly in the shop and online. It’s a gorgeous issue, with a focus on stitch patterns and texture. In order to show these off all of the pieces have been knit in light neutrals from light grey through cream to white. 

spring16-3The first up is Delineate. Designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, this tank top has a classic and modest front, with an open work stitch pattern in the back that is somewhere between a mesh and lace. This is a great wardrobe basic that can be worn with trousers, skirts and shorts in any range of situations, from weekend trips to the market or holidays in the sun. We would knit it in one of our many shades of Debbie Bliss Eco-baby  , an organic cotton that is perfect worn next to the skin. Even better, we have it in a number of brand new shades, from neutral to bright! 

spring16-11Equilibrium is the lone cardigan of the collection, by Gina Röckenwagner. It features an unusual construction with increases and decreases, and hangs open at the front. The original is knit in the fantastic Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend DK, which we have in variegated shades in the shop. If you are looking for a colour that is closer to the original we would suggest Fyberspates Scrumptious DK

spring16-8Imitation is one of two crochet patterns in this issue, here designed by Judith Brand. These little mitts are perfect to keep in your purse for those surprise chilly mornings and hardly take up any wool or time to make! We would recommend Excelana 4ply for these beauties. 

spring16-5Perpendicular by Sarah Brunenberg is a generously sized triangle shawl. This shawl is perfect for someone who doesn’t like a lot of fussy lace, as it features a single panel of chevron stitches with garter stitch wings. Sulka Legato is one of our favourite yarns for a project like this one. The silk/alpaca combo has drape for wrapping around but enough stitch definition to make the lace and garter stitch sing. 

spring16-9A second pattern from Gina Röckenwagner, Rhombille is a perfect pullover sweater. Like many of the other patterns in this issue, it combines simple garter stitch with a bold stitch pattern. We recommend Erika Knight Vintage Wool for a classic, heart sweater that will hold its shape and show off the main pattern well. 

spring16-7Right Angle is another pullover, this time from Georgia Farrell. This simple t-shirt has an allover triangle stitch pattern, a boat neck and ribbed edging details. We would knit it up in Blacker Swan DK for crisp stitch definition and lots of colours to choose from. 

spring16-6Riveret is the second crochet pattern, designed by Merrian Holland. It has a great modern take on classic granny square techniques and a breezy summer feel. Blacker Yarn’s Lyonesse DK is a fantastic summer yarn, with a 50% wool, 50% linen blend that will keep you covered but not overheated. 

spring16-4Next up we have Striated, a double length infinity snood by Nicki Merrall. This snood has a provisional cast on, is knit as a scarf and then the two ends are grafted together. This otherwise simple accessory is a great place to use a truly special yarn, like Kettle Yarn Co’s Baskerville. This special UK wool/silk blend is carefully indigo dyed in Hastings. 

spring16-2Last but not least we have Unfold, by Yuliya Tkacheva, which is the third crochet project in this issue. It features a unique chevron pattern and would make a perfect wardrobe basic for all seasons. We would love to see it in one of the natural shades of Purl Alpaca Fine

What’s your favourite pattern from this issue? Anything ready to jump onto your needles?

Spring Flower Crochet Pattern

Spring is definitely in the air, and over at Knit with attitude we’ve been busy crocheting flowers for our Easter window display. I’m not quite sure what it is, but certain universal motifs like flowers, hearts and stars put a smile on most people’s faces. Surrounded by colourful flowers, we’ve sure had a few happy days at work. Those of you who follow my Instagram probably noticed, as I flooded my stream with pictures like these.

Easter Crochet Flowers

Crochet flowers are such versatile motifs, you can practically use them for anything whether you sew them up as a blanket, a scarf, a summer top or just use them as they are on their own as embellishments. Or, you can do what we did, make an egg!

Paper Mache Egg in the making

Egg in the window

By the way, the picture above of the finished egg is by Sanna King, who probably did half of these flowers helping me getting the egg ready for Easter, her Instagram is definitely worth a follow.

For the egg we made flowers in three different sizes using Debbie Bliss Eco Baby. Please note that these patterns use UK English terms, I’ve made a UK/US/Norwegian conversion chart you can use as reference.


Small flowers in two colours

Rnd 1: Make magic ring, 8 dc in ring, join with sl st in first dc.
Rnd 2: ch 1, *dc in next stitch, ch 6, dc in same stitch, dc in next dc* repeat from* to * 3 times, omitting last 1 dc into next stitch, join with a sl st into the first ch.
Rnd 3: *Work 10 htr into first ch loop, dc in next dc* repeat from * to * join with a sl st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Rnd 4: Attach contrast colour yarn to any dc between two petals. *Work 5 dc up one side of the petal, ch 1, work 5 dc down the other side of the petal, work 1 dc covering previous dcs between petals inserting the hook at bottom of dc from rnd 2* repeat from * to * 3 times. Join with a sl st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off.

Medium flowers in three colours

In first colour, Ch 6, sl st into 1st ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 12 dc into ring, join with a sl st into 1st dc. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Rnd 2: Join a new colour into any dc, ch 1, work 1 dc into the same stitch, *work 1 dc into the next stitch, ch 8, 1 dc into the same stitch, work 1 dc into the next stitch, ch 1, 1 dc into the next stitch* repeat from * to * 3 times, omitting last 1 dc into the next stitch and join with a sl st into the first ch.
Rnd 3: *Work 16 tr into the ch loop, sl st into the 1-ch space of the previous round* repeat from * to * 3 times, join with a sl st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Rnd 4: Attach third colour yarn to any dc between two petals.
*Work 8 dc up one side of the petal, ch 2, work 8 dc down the other side of the petal, work 1 dc into ch 1 space of round two* repeat from * to * 3 times, join with a sl st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off.


The large flowers we made are the Hawaiian Flowers by Sarah London. Please visit her lovely blog, and if you fancy some Easter crochet she just released the cutest bunny pattern ever!

Happy Easter!

Window Egg

Inspiring Knits

Entering a yarn shop, approaching those walls covered in woolly loveliness, sometimes it can be hard to visually imagine how a yarn will look like knitted up as a garment. You are just so completely surrounded by colour it can be hard to mentally distinguish between them. I find it particularly difficult to choose multicoloured yarns, although they look pretty neatly rolled up in balls, I hardly ever dare to buy them because I’m just too unsure about how the final result will look like. I believe this is why most of us feel more comfortable approaching those shelves with a particular pattern in mind. However a few, very dedicated, knitters I know enter the yarn shop in a different manner.

One of my regulars, and I have to say a very skilled knitter, comes in to browse the shelves to see what grabs her attention. She will pick up a ball that strikes her and study it closer. It might sound weird but it is like if she lets the yarn ‘speak’ to her, and you can see she is quickly brainstorming alternative uses for the yarn. She will normally leave with that one ball of yarn, and take it home to experiment. A few days later she’ll be back with a certain project in mind.

Red Jumper

This early spring she knitted two jumpers in two completely different yarn qualities, yet they are both so very much ‘her’. She kindly agreed to let me take some pictures to show you all. I think it is pretty amazing how the designs of her garments perfectly compliment the yarns that she originally picked up. To give us some insight into how she approached and created her jumpers, she also generously gave us a brief description of her knitting process. I don’t know about you, but I find these notes incredible fascinating. Now that I’ve seen these beautiful results of her work, I feel inspired to widen my own comfort zone and maybe allow myself to choose yarns for future projects in a more immediate and playful manner. And maybe, so will you.

Black & White Jumper

Jumper 1 in Pure MILK Fiber by Viking of Norway
The black and white first: it is an adapation of Kim Hargreaves’s pattern ‘Paloma’ from her collection of designs ‘Whisper’. For a softer drape I have knitted it in the round and I have cast on the body in a cream-coloured milk yarn that I had left from a past project as I didn’t have the thinner size needle I would have needed for the bottom bit. Originally, I wanted to use the preliminary cast on to be able to knit the bottom bit downwards once I had bought the thinner needles but then I found that the cream line actually accentuates the bottom of the garment very nicely, and so I left it as it was.

Black & White Jumper

Another way in which my top differs from its inspiration is that I shaped the shoulder by short-row-wrapping and then joined the shoulder seams by crocheting the live stitches together, for a very neat and firm seam. Lastly, I picked up stitches for the sleeves at the arm holes – as the top is so wide that the armholes are reaching onto the ‘arm’ and therefore no sleeve cap shaping was needed, but I could just diminish the width of the sleeve as I went downwards, in increasing intervals. Finally, I sewed the lower edge of the sleeves together – and before I did so, I went through the row of picked-up stitches at the armhole edge and tightened them backwards so the first row looks now nice and tight.

Red Jumper

Jumper 2 in Eco-Baby by Debbie Bliss
The red sweater (which turned out a tee): I wanted to use that yarn because the colour hooked me. The pattern is my own idea and I did it because I liked the geometric, open fabric pattern of the black and white sweater, and wanted to continue to experiment with open fabric, but in a geometric way, not going into floral laces. I thought about ways to create an open fabric with vertical stripes. First I thought about going across, so that I would knit horizontal wrap stitches and they would appear vertically in the finished top. But I had seen ladder stitch in a store bought garment recently and I liked the straight lines as opposed to the zig zag lines in the wrap stitch I had just used for the other top.


I again knitted the body in the round, but this time I decided to take the short-row-wrapping a step further and shaped not only the shoulders but also the neckline that way, finishing it off with 3 rows in single rib. To finish off the piece I picked up stitches around the armhole and knitted 6 rows in single rib, as 3 rows looked too narrow