Review & Giveaway: Pom Pom Quarterly 5th Anniversary Issue

Pom Pom Quarterly has just launched their 5th anniversary issue, their biggest one yet with 16 patterns and a whole lot of celebrating! This might be a summer issue, but it is full of knits you can wear year-round (I know, you toasty people in the Southern US do not agree with me on year-round knits you can wear), so if you like to knit in the summer to prepare for the cold weather that rolls round eventually, there is a lot here: 4  pullovers, 3 hats, 3 shawls/wraps, 2 pairs of socks, one cardigan, one tank top, one cowl, and one pair of fingerless mitts.

I’m impressed with the range of patterns, it feels like there is genuinely something for everyone here- love cables? Then direct your attention to Anniversaire or Rave. Love a bit of colourwork? How about Bash, Hoopla, or Zazie.  Need some lace in your life? Sevilla is going to rock your world, but also consider Jamboree or Shindig. Just want to relax with a bit of stockinette? Climb aboard Fete and Boum.

My favourites:

Soiree, by Emily Foden.

As soon as I saw Soiree, it went straight into my knitting queue. I love the relaxed fit, the surprise of the cables on the sides and underarm. It is knit in the round from the bottom up with two strands held together- a fingering weight alpaca and a laceweight mohair. I’ll be very interested to see knitters making some different yarn choices with this, but I do love the mohair on this. It just looks perfectly cozy. The bottom hem is meant to have that raw, unfinished look, but if that bothers you, you could easily add a few rounds of ribbing or garter, or even a turned hem.

Anniversaire, by Veera Valimaki.

Seeing this makes me instantly want a golden yellow cabled cardigan in my wardrobe, even though I know that it is probably not the colour for me. I love the asymmetrical cable on the back (go check it out!), and that it’s knit top down- so you can try it on as you go and decide on the perfect length. There are short rows, and with all these cables you are probably going to need a bit of experience to keep it all sorted, but I believe in you.

Hoopla, by Dianna Walla.

I’m definitely on team slouchy hat, so this is something that really speaks to me. I love that it’s worsted weight (you know it will be a quick knit!) and the colour combinations on this hat would be endless- and how great would the contrasting colours look in a gradient skein? Or you could stashbust and use several leftover worsted weight skeins? I foresee a lot of really great finished knits from this pattern.

It’s worth checking out all 16 patterns, although try not to get too distracted by the bright background in the photos. Prefer your patterns digital? No problem, it’s available for purchase right here, and you can buy it straight on Ravelry here. Since I don’t think there are any Canadian knitting publications that are actually printed, and postage in Canada is a fortune (those two points might not be entirely unrelated), I often purchase digital issues of things to avoid paying shipping.

If you happen to be in London (UK) or are going to be in the area around July 14-15th, you should check out Pomfest, a birthday party extraordinaire featuring favourite yarn vendors, guest lectures, and even a KAL. Sadly I won’t be arriving in the UK until the end of the month, but I hope that everyone who goes shares all the lovely fun on Instagram!

The wonderful team at Pom Pom Quarterly is offering a free print issue for one lucky winner! Check out the patterns in this brand new issue here, and let me know in the comments which one id your favourite. Giveaway closes Sunday night, June 4th, at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. One lucky winner will be randomly selected from the comments and announce don Monday!