Pom Pom is a quarterly publication based in London, UK for smart, creative types who like fashionable knitting patterns, great photography, and interesting writing. Pom Pom is printed in the UK on lovely heavy paper. Each print issue includes a digital download, recipes, articles, tutorials and more!
Issue 31 - Welcome to winter, a collection of patterns inspired by terrain awaits you. The designs are a nod to the tactile and three-dimensional nature of knitwear, but also explorations of the deeper meanings of maps, journeys, and boundaries. The designers, yarn producers, and writers come from, have moved to, and have cultural roots in many different parts of the world. We hope that the stories that are woven into their words and designs will ground you at this busy time of year.
Featuring designs by: FIONA ALICE // AINUR BERKIMBAYEVA // SARI NORDLUND // GERALDINE YANG // JUDITH BRAND // LOTTA H LÖTHGREN // NOMA NDLOVU // SARAH SOLOMON // CHRISTELLE BAGEA // CLAIRE WALLS
Issue 30 - This Autumn we’re heading to the coast with our knitting! The patterns this issue are inspired by the sea, its surroundings, and its beautiful ever-changing shapes and textures. Our yarn palette draws from the many colours of the sea, as well as the soft shades of sand, shingle, and shells. Our designers have created a treasure chest of patterns: four jumpers, two wraps, a cardi, a tee, and a hat that will see you from high tide to low tide as the season shifts.
Issue 29 - The nine designs this issue were inspired by ceramic tiles, terracotta, and sand, so expect earthy shades with splashes of colour and organic, repeating patterns. For your summer wardrobe, we have essential summer tops and tees, a cardigan, a shawl, and a crochet bag – all light and breezy for warmer days.
We’re also excited that we’ve finally been able to add more pages to the magazine. This means more room for the gorgeous photography you love, an increased font size, and a wider range of sizes for some patterns (with the aim for all patterns in future issues).
Featuring designs by: AMY CHRISTOFFERS // SARI NORDLUND // SORAYA GARCÍA // ISA CATEPILLÁN // CLARE LAKEWOOD // JOSÉE PAQUINE // MARJORIE MARTIN // RACHAEL REESE // STEPHANIE EARP
This issue includes an interview with Emi Ito, who answers our questions of creativity and misappropriation. ‘Learning and Unlearning’ unpicks the issues of cultural appropriation and diversity, important topics we have been reevaluating.
We also have yarn-free based projects to enjoy while the sun shines. If you’re on the lookout for a new craft to try, we have a project bag tutorial by artist Arrounna Khounnoraj, of Bookhou. She’ll show you how to block-print your own fabric, perfect for creating your own tile-inspired tessellating patterns! Plus Rebecca Lawrence’s recipe for her Maple Bourbon Fudge is an easy way to whip up an impressive sweet treat to share with friends.
Issue 23: Darker nights mean knitted delights! Taking inspiration from gems, geological forms, and geometric shapes, our Winter Issue is packed full of designs with a strong graphic feel and vivid hues. Intriguing texture and colour comes courtesy of fair isle, two-colour brioche, stripes, and slipped stitches. All set against a series of hand painted backdrops, made for us by abstract artist Kim Whiteside, this issue aims to satisfy your colour cravings, in the form of 5 sweaters, 2 hats, faded socks, and 2 sumptuous shawls to keep you cosy.
Alongside the patterns we have a jewel-toned winter salad to keep things bright, Francesca Baldry reflects on the history of the button, plus our resident columnist Anna Maltz muses on what makes us keep picking up our needles and casting on anew, project after project. Speaking of projects, before you choose which of the multi-hued patterns to cast on, check out Juju Vail’s article discussing ideas and apps to get your colour juices flowing.