The Autumn 2016 Issue of Pom Pom Quarterly has just launched with 11 patterns and focuses on naturally dyed yarns. This is a really solid fall collection, with a lot of highly wearable pieces (4 pullovers, 2 shawl/wraps, 1 scarf, 1 hat, 1 cardigan, 1 pair of fingerless mitts and 1 pair of full mittens). The colours of the knits are not typically fall, but much of this has to do with the natural dyes used and does provide a brighter approach to the typical fall offerings. As with all Pom Pom Quarterly issues, they are available in print with a digital download, or by digital download only (the digital download only sometimes takes a bit longer to arrive on the site).
Also in this issue is an interview with natural dyer Kristine Vejar, author of The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide ot Dying Silk, Wool, Linen and Cotton at Home. The interview is interesting, and focuses on the craft and expectations of working with natural dyes, colourfastness, etc. There is also a history of eco dyeing and instructions on how to do one of the earliest methods- steaming/cooking a bundle of fabric that has all sorts of natural things rolled up tightly inside of it.
Out of the eleven patterns, I will review my four favourites below. But if you have any questions about the others, I’ll answer them in the comments s that everyone can see additional details about them. And if you would like to check out the patterns on Ravelry, you can find them here.
Tevara is a worsted weight pullover that features yarn dyed by A Verb for Keeping Warm using logwood and fustic. It features a hi-low hem which is achieved with short rows, and it’s knit from the bottom up. The back design is fully charted, and there is a thin band of i-cord edging for a polished look. This sweater has a mullet complex– business in the front, party in the back. But is the most stylish mullet I’ve ever seen.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You are looking for a sweater that can be dressy or casual, and has that slight edge to it. Also if you have an interchangeable set of needles, because this requires multiple circular needle lengths. Or if you have a lot of circular knitting needles, in general.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: If you are not into cables, charts, or splits at the hem and neckline. Although you could probably omit the splits from the hem and neck. But I think you’d be missing out on one of the coolest features of this sweater.
Thessaly is a beautiful DK weight open cardigan features a lovely yarn dyed by Gregoria Fibers using logwood. This is the sort of cardigan that is easy to wear and forgiving if you slightly missed the mark on sizing, or if your weight tends to fluctuate a bit. It’s a top-down raglan, and each front panel is knit separately and stitches are picked up and the raglan shaping is worked. I don’t recommend this for beginning knitters. You probably won’t make it past the raglan shaping. Pattern is fully written, no charts.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You adore top down everything, aren’t the slightest bit fazed by me warning off newer knitters, and can already see that this would be your go-to cardigan.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: If you were looking for a pattern that was easy to memorize, or something that was good for knitting while watching TV. You need to focus quite a bit (I can’t emphasize that enough) to make it past the raglan section. But once you make it past that, it’s smooth sailing.
These DK weight fingerless mitts are knit in Elizabeth Beverley cashmere dyed with red cabbage, and three different shades of accent cotton yarn that provide the subtle gradient at the cuff. One of the easiest knits in the collection, this would be a quick knit and also a great knitted gift, especially in such a divine cashmere as these.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You have some special yarns squirreled away that would be great to try out a DIY gradient effect in your own knitting. And if you agree with me that fingerless mitts make you feel very smart and a little bit chic when the weather turns cool.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You don’t wear fingerless mitts, I suppose. But then why not?! Everyone needs fingerless mitts!
Iara is a dramatic fingering weight rectangular scarf knit with yarn dyed two different strengths of indigo by Kettle Yarn Co. If you want to hear someone say, “I love your scarf!!!” every single time you wear something, then this is the scarf for you. Pattern is both fully written and fully charted, and the charts are easy to memorize.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love knitting striped shawls. This is the perfect crossover project that will have you excited to wear scarves when the weather turns cold. And the fact that it’s easy to memorize means that you can definite binge watch all the Netflix you want while knitting this up.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You aren’t into stripes, and/or not into scarves. But I would hope that seeing this scarf might make you reconsider both of those opinions.
What do you guys think of this new collection? Which one is your favourite?