pom pom quarterly no. 7: winter 2013

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It’s another week of new pattern news: I’m incredibly thrilled to have a design in the new issue of Pom Pom Quarterly! Pom Pom is one of my favorite magazines and as winter is my favorite season, I’m delighted to be in the winter issue. For those who are unfamiliar, Pom Pom’s a UK-based independent magazine that’s beautifully produced on heavy paper and just the right size to stash in your project bag. Each issue features both knit and crochet patterns as well as recipes and articles, and often other crafts, too. My design is a little hat called Fjordland:

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Photos by Juju Vail for Pom Pom Quarterly

Worked up in three colors of fingering weight yarn, the stranded colorwork is inspired by traditional Norwegian knitting, but my favorite part has got to be the crown. The decreases are used in combination with more stranded colorwork to create an eight-pointed star quite similar to the iconic Selbu rose.

I won’t go too far into my inspiration here on the blog, because I wrote an accompanying article that tells that story which can be found in the magazine, but I can tell you that it has to do with my trip to Tromsø last January and that the colors are based on the northern lights. With the northern sky theme in mind, I enjoy how the eight-pointed star sits atop the hat, like the north star would sit in the sky if you were at 90 degrees north on the map.

Fjordland is a great hat for using up partial skeins of yarn, too – I actually knit my sample using the leftovers from Amiina and Vasa!

The pattern is written for three different sizes, and you can view more information about it on the Ravelry page here. The other nine patterns in this issue are gorgeous, so it’s absolutely worth it to order a copy, which you can do right here (they’ve already begun shipping preorders!). If you’d prefer to pick it up from your local yarn store, here’s a list of stores that carry Pom Pom.

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