The Spring 2015 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is full of beautiful, minimalist patterns just right for this inbetween season. There are some hats and mits in case it's still chilly in your neck of the woods and the sweater patterns have a a relaxed yet elegant feel to them, the perfect items to throw on with a pair of shorts on a warm day or your favorite pair of jeans and some flip flops.
I've been drooling over the patterns since the issue was released and even more so since the Trunk Show arrived in the shop April 1st. It's so great to see the garments in person and contemplate what yarns I might knit each pattern in. So, here are my suggestions for some of my favorite patterns from this issue.
Lus by Mer Stevens is super light and delicate in the Merino/Mohair yarn that it is originally knit in, I think a fabulous alternative would be Shibui Knits Cima which is a superbaby alpaca/merino blend that would give both the stitch definition and delicacy required for this pattern. I think a combo of either Ivory/Fjord of Mineral/Bordeaux would be excellent.
If there was a sweater with my name on it, it is Mångata by Candiss Koentizer. This is so me and I'm really excited to get started on it. I've been back and forth about which yarns and which colors on this project, as you need the same color in two yarn weights. I've decided that either The Uncommon Thread in Everyday Worsted and Singleton in Aged Merlot and Into Dusk or Sweet Georgia Yarns Trinity Worsted and Tough Love Sock in either a Mulberry/Slate combo or a Mink/Tumbled Stone is the way to go.
The cover pattern Tambourine by Julia Farwell-Clay is the perfect everday cardigan with just a touch of flair in those bobble circles along the button bands. The yarn called for is a DK/light worsted weight so there are plenty of gorgeous yarn options. Sweet Georgia Yarns Superwash DK in Oceanside, Ultraviolet or Silver would make great a version of this pattern as would Malabrigo Rios in Aguas.
Last on the sweater list for today is Lysende by Handy Kitty (can we just take a moment to say what an amazing name that is?). This is knit in a DK weight Merino/Silk blend but I would actually really like to see it knit up in Kettle Yarn Co. Islington. I think the sheen and drape of this yarn would work really well for this pattern even though it is a fingering weight. My color pick is Lotus.
In the latest Pomcast Lydia and Sophie reviewed Shibui Knits Pebble yarn and suggest it as a good yarn for Blommande by Hanna Maciejewska and I have to agree. Pebble held double in either Ivory or Poppy would be a beautiful choice for this pattern. The Uncommon Thread Singleton in Into Dusk is also a great springy choice. This is a very versatile shawl pattern and with a garter stitch body it should knit up quite quickly, just in time for the first BBQs of the season.
Which is your favorite pattern from this issue and what would you knit it in?
The Trunk Show continues here in the shop until April 21st, so stop by and check everything out in person.
Photo credit of the #PPQ12 patterns goes to Ana Mercedes.