The [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] issue is all about global community and how the crafts we love can bring us all together. What better way to celebrate cross-cultural connections than designs inspired by postage stamps! In true Pom Pom fashion, they take it one step further by creating these pieces using yarns that were sourced from each chosen stamp’s country of origin (when possible). Read on to check out some of my favorite projects from this cheerful, bright Spring issue:
Designer Isabell Kraemer took inspiration from vintage Korean graphics to create this charming pullover. This simple sweater is worked in the round from the top down using DK weight yarn.
Sizes: 32.25 (36.25, 40.25, 44, 48, 52)” bust, to be worn with 2-4″ positive ease.
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows to 4″ in St st using US 7 needles.
Yarn: DK weight yarn such as Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn, Jo Sharp New Era Merino DK Superwash Yarn, Cascade 220 Superwash Wool Yarn, or Harrisville Highland Yarn - Washed Skeins.
Color A (Pink): 165 (165, 165, 330, 330, 330) yards
Color B (Tan): 825 (990, 990, 1155, 1320, 1320) yards
Color C (Black): 165 yards.
The yellow trams of Lisbon, Portugal, inspired designer Kelly Ordemann to make these lightweight Carimbo mitts. Worked in the round from the bottom up, the use of brightly contrasting colors makes the colorwork really pop.
Size: 7 (7.75, 9)” hand circumference.
Gauge: 25 sts and 30 rows to 4″ over colorwork pattern using US 4 knitting needles.
Yarn: One skein each of three colors of DK weight wool, such as Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn, Cascade 220 Superwash Wool Yarn or Harrisville Highland Yarn - Washed Skeins.
Designer Alice Caetano gives us this cleverly designed Perfin cardigan, a sweater inspired by airmail and full of thoughtful details. This cardigan is worked in pieces from the bottom up, then seamed. The pattern includes plenty of helpful, clearly written directions – and look at this adorable pleat!
Size: 37.25 (39.5, 43.25, 45.75, 48.25, 51.5, 54.5)” bust (closed, including v-neck gap), to be worn with up to 5.25″ positive ease.
Gauge: 19 sts and 28 rows to 4″ in mesh pattern using US 6 needle, after blocking.
Yarn: 1310 (1310, 1572, 1572, 1834, 1834, 2096) yards wooly DK weight yarn, such as Harrisville Highland Yarn - Washed Skeins.
Taking inspiration from one of the very first stamps ever made, Designer Julia Farwell-Clay gives us Timbromania, a flattering top that is knit in the round from the top down. A provisional cast-on is then unraveled, and the neckband is worked from those stitches to finish.
Size: 30.5 (33.5, 36.5, 39, 42, 45, 48)” bust, to be worn with 0-2″ positive ease.
Gauge: 23 sts and 32 rows to 4″ in St st using US 5 knitting needle, after blocking.
Yarn: 800 (1200, 1200, 1200, 1200, 1200, 1600) yards sport weight yarn, such as Swans Island Organic Merino Ecowash Sport Yarn or Malabrigo Arroyo Yarn.
To top off this [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] issue, Rebecca Lawrence shares her recipe for warm, tasty individual pies. Full bellies and fun new knitting projects sound like just the things we need to get this spring season off to a good start!