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Pom Pom was founded in 2012 as a quarterly that presents knitting, crochet, and craft in the modern, beautiful, and meaningful way they've thought it  always should have been.  Mainly conceived as a collection of patterns complemented by thoughtful writing and useful tutorials, it also celebrates the joy of making, hopefully without taking ourselves too seriously!

Pom Pom knows that knitters are creative, curious people – so they have also include lots of other features they think you’ll enjoy – from cocktail recipes, to dyeing tutorials, to articles about 18th century paper cut artists! Basically anything they think will inspire you. 

Your magazine/booklet will include a   digital download code, recipes, articles, tutorials + more!

Autumn 2021 Issue 38

Our Autumn 2021 collection celebrates trees: their roots, branches, and everything in-between! In our 38th issue, you can look forward to luscious cable patterns which mimic labyrinths of roots and statuesque boughs, clever colourwork and textures designed to imitate oft-overlooked plantlife, and patterns which reference the enchanted forests of fairy tales. Autumn is a transitional season, so alongside trusty pullovers and cardigans, you’ll find accessories which are perfect for furling in your coat pocket or rucksack for when the weather takes a chilly turn. 

Featuring designs by: ANNA HUSEMANN, AUDREY BORREGO, CATHERINE CLARK, DENISE OTTER, REED KEYES, HEIDI KÄSTNER, TYRA SMITH, YIĞITCAN VATANSEVER & ZANETE HUSSAIN

Burrow down into Issue 38 and you’ll find two articles, a tutorial, and a recipe in addition to nine knit and crochet patterns! Dawn Henderson invites us to introduce magick into our handicrafts by sharing her experiences of Hoodoo (or African American rootwork). Drawing on her expertise in microplastics, Tereza Pavlíková raises important questions about the textile industry and pollution, and Caitlin Ffrench demonstrates how you can make charcoal and ink from dried plant material! Issue 38’s knit and crochet garments will keep you toasty from the outside, but Fi Churchman’s ginger pudding recipe will warm you from within!

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

Your purchase of the print magazine also includes access to a digital copy, which will be emailed to you on publication day, 16th August 2021. You can also access a digital copy via Ravelry using the download code printed on the inside cover of the magazine from the same date.

Summer 2021  Issue 37

Swooping into Summer with knit and crochet patterns which will make your soul soar! For Issue 37, we asked the designers to take their inspiration from the alluring textures and glorious colours of birds. These talented individuals have taken our cue and stretched their wings! We were so impressed with their imaginative interpretations of our theme as they have thought so carefully about every aspect of these animals: from the shape of their footprints in snow to their sky formations. Within the pages of our Summer 2021 collection, you can expect nine patterns which are as elegant and dynamic as the airborne creatures they reference. 

Featuring designs by: ALLISON LUTES  // CARLIE OLFERT // CHLOE ELIZABETH BIRCH // KJERSTIN ROVETTA // KSENIA NAIDYON // SANDRA GUTIERREZ // SARI NORDLUND // VALERIE RACHEL

In addition to 9 knit and crochet patterns, a recipe, an article, and a tutorial are nested into the pages of PPQ37Fiona Churchman blew us away with her recipe for Feather Bread (a pandan coconut milk loaf) inspired by the treats she used to buy from London's Chinatown bakeries before lockdown! Be sure to read Solène Le Roux's insightful musings on how birds and humans can adapt to their surroundings. And Nuria Casadella-Puigvert of GANXXET walks you through how to make colourful chains for your sunglasses and face masks for when you're out and about this summer! Included in your digital download of PPQ37 is a bonus tutorial from Nuria which shows you how to make a chain for your binoculars or camera - perfect for spotting birds and snapping a photo of them.  

Spring 2021 Issue 36

Let's spring into Issue 36! Our first issue of 2021 is inspired by quilts and honours the resourcefulness, practicality, community, and design elements traditionally associated with this textile-based practice! Expect patterns which embrace improvisation, are the perfect home for treasured mini skeins (hello scrap-busting!), and mimic the comfort of a much-loved quilt. Crafts collide within our Spring 2021 collection, as we celebrate how patchwork, embroidery, and sewing are an important part of knitting and crochet as well as arts in their own rights.  

Featuring designs by: AMALIA SIEBER // KINDRED RED // AINUR BERKIMBAYEVA // CHANTAL LAPLANTE // GINA FAMA RÖCKENWAGNER // INYOUNG KIM // JULIE ROBINSON // MARIA MATVEEVA // WENCKE PERTERMANN

In addition to 9 unique designs, Issue 36 contains an interview between Sara Trail of the Social Justice Sewing Academy and Emi Ito, in which they talk about Sara's moving intergenerational memorial quilting project, and an article by Sofia Aatkar on crafting and identity expression. It's no secret that the Pom Team adore the colours pink and yellow, so when Gina Fama Röckenwager proposed her Battenberg recipe for inclusion within Issue 36, we jumped at the idea!

Autumn 2020 Issue 35

Our vivid and dramatic Winter 2020 collection is guest edited by Stephen West and Aimée Gille, we’re thrilled to publish their vision! Together, they have bought their passion for colour, texture, and bold design to the pages of Issue 35.

Stephen and Aimée, as a dynamic duo themselves, chose colourful collaborations as their theme for this issue! Prepare yourselves for delightful pairings in these winter bright designs, ranging from a designer-yarn dyer collaboration, to two designers working on the same design, to two paired yarns just destined to be worked together!

The 10 knit and crochet designs combine colours in different ways, from mohair marling, to graphic double knitting, and simple colour pop stripes. Celebrate vivid hues and bright motifs to bring a spark of joy to the winter months!

Featuring designs by:

ALICE CAETANO // AINUR BERKIMBAYEVA // BRISTOL IVY // GEORGE CULLEN // HIROKO PAYNE // LES GARÇONS // OLGA BURAYA-KEFELIAN // SANDRA GUTIERREZ // STEPHEN WEST // THIEN-KIEU LAM // ZACHARY WILDER

Also to enjoy this issue is a conversation between Gaye Glasspie and dyer Adella Colvin of Lolabean Yarn Co. and Aimée’s signature scone recipe that she serves at L’Oisive Thé.

View images of this issue on here  With your purchase you also obtain a free digital download.

Autumn 2020 Issue 34

Please Note: This issue will be available as a pre-order we will ship and have the magazine on sale from September 21! 

Autumn 2020 collection is guest edited by Ocean Rose, and their dreamy aesthetic saturates every single page. Ocean chose ‘home’ as the theme for their issue long before many of us would be spending longer in our abodes than usual due to the pandemic. Prepare yourselves for ten cosy, snuggly knits which will make you want to hunker down during the months of autumn.

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that the sneak peeks we’ve shared of this issue on Instagram have been photographed and modelled by different people. To keep our teams safe during lockdown, we asked the models to photograph themselves from the comfort of their own homes, which ties in with this issue’s theme perfectly!

In the past, we’ve linked each design to its page on Ravelry. However, in light of Ravelry’s current accessibility issues, we’ve included more images and information for each design here so that those who cannot use the site can still get the full low-down! If you do wish to view PPQ34’s patterns on Ravelry, then you can enjoy them here

Summer 2020 Issue 33

The theme for our summer issue is the sun – as we’ve moved through the classic elements of water, earth, and air for our quarterly inspiration we next looked to fire, by way of this life giving star. The designers have embodied its energetic colours and radiance as their inspiration, creating pieces for this season to enjoy from sunrise to sunset.

This issue has two covers, we just couldn’t decide on one this quarter! But don’t sweat, no matter which cover you receive, exactly the same wonderful content is inside.

The world has taken a difficult turn since we started compiling this issue, and while the sun shines we are all staying indoors as much as we can. We hope that many of you, in this time of social distancing and change, can take comfort in the familiarity of crafting. We hope that this summer collection of knit and crochet warm-weather makes will transport you in whatever way you need. Our summer issue always aims for items truly wearable in warmer climes but this quarter we aim to convey an extra dose of joy and comfort also.

Featuring designs by:

PAULA PEREIRA // AMALIA SIEBER // RACHAEL REESE // ISA CATEPILLÁN // NATALIYA SINELSHCHIKOVA // WENCKE PERTERMANN // ERICA SUFKA // SANDRA GUTIERREZ // EZGI TANDOGAN ONAT //  JULIA WILKENS //  MARJAN GOUDA

The sun also shines on Kat Goldin’s recipe, a simple handmade pasta flavoured with sun-dried tomatoes and our fun crochet tutorial which accompanies Marjan Gouda’s scrunchie pattern. We feel so lucky to have incandescent artwork by Juju Vail to accompany vibrant photography by Shingi Rice, and luminous jewellery from Ilista Studio styled alongside our collection’s pieces.

We hope with all our hearts that this collection of tops, along with two shawls, and a bag, shares the euphoria the sun can bring.

 

Your purchase of the print magazine also includes access to a digital copy of Issue 33. You can also download via Ravelry using the code on the inside front cover of your print copy in the usual way.

Printed in the UK on lovely heavy paper.

– includes digital download code available to redeem from 24th June 2020 – recipes, articles, tutorials + more!

Spring 2020

Welcome to Issue 32, our Spring 2020 collection which is inspired by the concept of air! The designs celebrate the air-filled spaces which bring knit and crochet patterns to life – expect lots of lace and gauzy mohair – but also honour the intangible, liminal spaces which many of us inhabit. It’s our pleasure to have collaborated with Ocean Rose who is this issue’s Art Director, and we hope that the designs, words, and photos within are like a breath of fresh, well, air!

Accompanying the designers’ work is the interview, ‘Liminal Bodies’, by Francesca Baldry with Jacqueline Cieslack, a recipe for meringues by Kat Goldin, and Ocean has written a tutorial for a Floating Floral Arrangement which appears to be artfully suspended in mid-, you guessed it, air.

Winter 2019  - Terrain

Welcome to winter, a collection of patterns inspired by terrain awaits you. The designs are a nod to the tactile and three-dimensional nature of knitwear, but also explorations of the deeper meanings of maps, journeys, and boundaries. The designers, yarn producers, and writers come from, have moved to, and have cultural roots in many different parts of the world. We hope that the stories that are woven into their words and designs will ground you at this busy time of year.

Featuring designs by

FIONA ALICE // AINUR BERKIMBAYEVA // SARI NORDLUND // GERALDINE YANG // JUDITH BRAND // LOTTA H LÖTHGREN // NOMA NDLOVU // SARAH SOLOMON // CHRISTELLE BAGEA // CLAIRE WALLS

We look forward to sharing full Ravelry previews with you on 13th November!

These designers are also joined by Sophia Cai, discussing the powerful meaning behind an important jumper project, Yukako Satone of Loop of the Loom with a unique mud-dyeing tutorial for a striking wall hanging, and sweet treats are provided by Kat Goldin with her twist on the chocolate classic rocky road.

Our location for this issue was Pedernales Falls State Park in central Texas, a significant place of natural beauty and ecological importance. In recognition of the Indigenous communities that were stewards of this land, a percentage of this issue’s sales will be donated to the Society of Native Nations.

Autumn 2019

This Autumn we’re heading to the coast with our knitting. The patterns this issue are inspired by the sea, its surroundings, and its beautiful ever-changing shapes and textures.

The yarn palette draws from the many colours of the sea, as well as the soft shades of sand, shingle, and shells. Our designers have created a treasure chest of patterns: four jumpers, two wraps, a cardi, a tee, and a hat that will see you from high tide to low tide as the season shifts.

Featuring designs by

KIYOMI BURGIN // SACHIKO BURGIN // MEGHAN FERNANDES // ANNIE HAAS // SYLVIA WATTS-CHERRY // AINUR BERKIMBAYEVA // EMMA DUCHER // INYOUNG KIM // KATRIN SCHUBERT // ANDREA CULL

Other contributions include poetry and images from Ocean Rose, musings on sailors’ knots and knitting from Clara Parkes, and an easy pickle recipe from Rebecca Lawrence to give you a taste of salty seas.

Summer 2019

Summer is just around the corner - in the Northern Hemisphere that is! The nine designs this issue were inspired by ceramic tiles, terracotta, and sand, so expect earthy shades with splashes of colour and organic, repeating patterns. For your summer wardrobe, there are essential summer tops and tees, a cardigan, a shawl, and a crochet bag – all light and breezy for warmer days.

Featuring designs by

AMY CHRISTOFFERS // SARI NORDLUND  // SORAYA GARCÍA // ISA CATEPILLÁN // CLARE LAKEWOOD // JOSÉE PAQUINE // MARJORIE MARTIN // RACHAEL REESE // STEPHANIE EARP

This issue includes an interview with Emi Ito, who answers questions of creativity and misappropriation. ‘Learning and Unlearning’ unpicks the issues of cultural appropriation and diversity, important topics of discussion in the creative world. 

Also find a yarn-free based project to enjoy while the sun shines. If you’re on the lookout for a new craft to try, there is a project bag tutorial by artist Arrounna Khounnoraj, of Bookhou. She’ll show you how to block-print your own fabric, perfect for creating your own tile-inspired tessellating patterns! Plus Rebecca Lawrence’s recipe for her Maple Bourbon Fudge is an easy way to whip up an impressive sweet treat to share with friends.

Spring 2019

Bursting forth this spring, our botanical-inspired issue sees our designers looking to flora for the seed of their ideas. Issue 28 is budding with your next ‘must make’ projects, and we’re delighted to feature no less that three gorgeous crochet patterns.

Take your pick from these blooming beautiful designers:

AMBER PLATZER CORCORAN // EMILY GREENE // LYDIA GLUCK // JUDITH BRAND // KELLY ORDEMAN // ISA CATEPILLÁN // LIZA LAIRD // STELLA EGIDI

We also have a lovely lineup of verdant thoughts for you – Anna Maltz’s musings on plant based fibres, Rebecca Lawrence’s method for botanical-infused gin, and Paula Goosen’s tutorial for making your own floral lotion bars.

Wherever your crafty pursuits take you this spring, we hope this issues goes some way to helping your creativity flourish, maybe even flower.

Printed in the UK on lovely heavy paper.

– includes digital download –

recipes, articles, tutorials + more!

Winter 2018

We are honoured to collaborate with Norah Gaughan as our winter issue guest editor, and nothing could of prepared us for the beauty and drama of the results. Taking the idea of tough Victoriana, the traditional notion of a delicate lady surrounded by flowers is transformed into a warrior woman of strength and resilience.

The knits in this issue are imagined for the modern heroine. Create your own knitted armour with swirling cables and sculptural stitch details; it’s time to celebrate texture and sumptuous colours!

Our stellar lineup curated by Norah, including the designer herself, features:

ANDREA RANGEL // BOADICEA BINNERTS // CAITLIN HUNTER // CIRILIA ROSE // HONOR ADAMS // JOJI LOCATELLI // LINDA MARVENG // VÉRONIK AVERY // XANDY PETERS

Also packed into our winter issue is a column by our resident columnist Anna Maltz exploring knitting beyond traditions, we have a Q&A session with Norah, and a recipe for a braided challah bread –  just as comforting and squishy as knitted cables.

Autumn 2018

As autumn nights close in, we spend ever more time with the moon. Pom Pom Issue 26 features dreamy knits that call to mind moon phases, clear nights, lunar eclipses, and all that is beautiful and mystical about our piece of silver in the sky.

We asked our designers to go moon gazing, and so we bring you our lunar collection. Featuring sweaters, wraps, mitts and a hat, we know you’ll
find plenty to keep your fingers busy while you moonbathe. We have gone for a mix of rustic and ethereal yarns, and you’ll see a fair bit of mohair, silk, and blends that glow.

Our resident columnist Anna Maltz muses on the cycles of age and we take a behind the snowy scenes look at our shoot for Emily Foden’s Knits about Winter (coming soon in October). Emily also contributes to this issue with a how-to for her celestial garlands and you can ensure a full (moon) belly with Rebecca Lawrence’s pancake recipe.

We know you’ll love this issue to the moon and back! 

Featuring designs by

MELANIE BERG// FIONA ALICE // EMILY FODEN // CATHERINE CLARK // ANNA STRANDBERG // JULIE KEBELMANN // MADDIE HARVEY // AMY PHILIP // ESTHER ROMO// CARISSA BROWNING 

 

Spring 2018

Pom Pom, yarn, and brown paper packages tied up with string – what do they all have in common? They are, of course, some of our favourite things, but they also arrive on your doorstep because of those teeny-tiny bits of paper – stamps!

This issue our contributors have designed their knits using a postage stamp as inspiration. Where possible, each design uses a yarn which originates from the same country as said stamp and these ten patterns are certainly something to write home about. Each stamp has been re-imagined by Elena Skoreyko Wagner and her playful paper cut illustrations are dotted around the knits and throughout the issue. 

You’ll also find our resident columnist Anna Maltz musing on the connection between stamps and knitting style, Meghan Fernandes exploring how snail mail links our long-distance knitting relationships, and artist Grace Chin explains her process as a paper artist. We also have a tasty pie recipe by Rebecca Lawrence – a perfectly portable parcel of comfort food.

We’re certain that this issue will have your stamp of approval!

Featuring designs by

ISABELL KRAEMER //JULIA FARWELL-CLAY // VERENA COHRS // JESSIE ROSELYN // ANA CAMPOS // AMY CHRISTOFFERS // KARI-HELENE RANE // ALICE CAETANO // KELLY ORDEMANN // KRISTIN BLOM


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