Spring is just around the corner, waiting to reinvigorate us with longer days and buds bursting forth. The team at Pom Pom Quarterly are welcoming sweet spring breezes with their first theme of the new decade – air. This precious and fragile element unites us all, and the designers have translated this ethereal concept into tangible knits and crochet. Each pattern captures the spaces between the stitches, with gauzy mohairs, modern lace, and airy open textures.
Many of the designs in this issue feature 4-ply (fingering) and lace-weight yarns to produce garments and accessories that are light but still warm enough to ward off a chill breeze. Often the yarns are held together to add texture and colour-variation.
There are so many glorious patterns in this issue that I found it difficult to choose my favourites but I’ll give you a quick pre-publication peek (try saying that fast!!) into three of them.
First up is Cairie, a sweater designed by Wencke Pertermann. The sweater is knitted in the round from the bottom-up with alternating garter stitch and textured stitch stripes. It is knitted in 4-ply (fingering yarn) and I think it would work very well in a luxurious yarn like Baby Alpaca Silk or Hot Socks Pearl with cashmere.
Fans of slip-stitch will love Aubade, designed by Nataliya Sinelshchikova. This is a top-down, cropped pullover with a slip stitch, colourwork yoke and folded cuff and hem. It is knitted with laceweight and mohair yarns and I think it would work very well in Drops Lace and/or Laceball 100 plus Drops Kid-Silk.
For crocheters, the issue includes a pattern for Vayu, designed by Lana Jois. This triangular shawl is crocheted sideways first increasing and then decreasing stitches. It is worked in 3 ply (light fingering) and I think Scheepjes Whirlettes would be ideal for this.
This is just a brief preview and there are lots of other luscious patterns in the issue so pre-order your copy today. Issue 32 will be on sale in the shop and online from 28 February