Showing posts with label Pom Pom Quarterly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pom Pom Quarterly. Show all posts

Friday, 27 September 2019

Pom Pom Quarterly Autumn 2019: A Review

Pom Pom Quarterly has released its Autumn 2019 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

Fata Morgana. Nice classic piece. I like the combination of ripples and lace. The shaping is maybe a little on the boxy side, but that's easily remedied.

Seelig. Fabulous contemporary-style wrap. This one would work well sized up to afghan size too.

Astragal. Some lovely detailing on the yoke, hem and cuffs of this one. It's not a particularly flattering shape -- even on this professional model -- but again, shaping is an easy fix on a standard design sweater like this one.

Aphotic. A very handsome piece. Quite like the texture and fair isle yoke.

Eventide. This one is a little too doily-esque for me, and the shape isn't flattering.

Isobue. This wouldn't normally be my type of design (asymmetry usually makes me twitchy), but I think it works. It's both visually interesting and pleasing to look at, and I like the soft yet sophisticated palette. Do make sure your version fits the intended wearer, though. Gaping button bands are never a good look.

Timbre. A nice cap with some subtle stitchwork. This is a mohair silk blend yarn, and the photo all but gives me the feeling of how soft it is.

Trove. Not bad. I think I'd go with a more lively colourway, and fix those dropped shoulders.

Columella. Classic cabled wrap.

Friday, 14 June 2019

Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 29: A Review

Pom Pom Quarterly has released Issue 29. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

Argil. This one's a little on the rough-looking, unpolished side for my liking, though it does have a certain sportiness to it.

Sanctuary. Very attractive. Love the texture.

Rookwood. Such a handsome, contemporary-style wrap.

Earthen. Perfect summer cardigan. I would raise the dropped shoulders, though.

Ogee. Nice camisole. The stitchwork is beautiful.

Faience. Wearable and attractive summer top.

Minton. The stitchwork in this bag is nice but the shape is schlumpy.

Rievaulx. I like the colour block effect used in this top, and am having fun imagining different colour schemes for it.

Tesserae. Nice use of mosaic knitting on this fun and striking summer top.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Pom Pom Quarterly Spring 2019: A Review

Pom Pom Quarterly has released their Spring 2019 issue. Let's have a look at it.

Woodwardia. I'm not too thrilled with the slightly boxy, cropped shape of this turtleneck, but I do like the feather-like garter detail at the seams, which gives an otherwise plain, classic piece a touch of distinction.

Vivarium. The boxy shape and dropped shoulders detract from what is otherwise a decent piece with an interestingly offbeat fair isle design.

Filix. A polished little pair of mitts.

Water Clover. This is pretty, and the shaping isn't bad, although I can't help but fear this top would feel a little stiff to the touch, as crochet tends to do compared to knitting.

Sweetfern. This one's attractive and visually interesting.

Ginkgophyte. A very stylish little tee with a contemporary vibe. That's some really striking detail.

Adiantum. A very pretty sweater with interesting stitchwork, and yet it's not so bold in design that it couldn't be paired up with a number of other pieces in a woman's wardrobe.

Aurea. Such a lovely wrap. The texture's fabulous.

Davallia. This crocheted shawl has a pretty lace pattern that feels modern and stylish -- this is a piece that could so easily have gone in an unfortunate "seventies homemaking magazine pattern" direction, but didn't at all.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Pom Pom Quarterly Winter 2018: A Review

Pom Pom Quarterly has released their Winter 2018 issue. Shall we have a look at it?

Arbor Vitae. Cute sweater. I'm not normally a big fan of fringe, but these tassels give an otherwise ordinary cable detail sweater a piquant air.

Ataraxia. I appreciate where this designer was going with the detailed, waistcoat-y type look, and I like the design on the whole, but I'm side-eyeing that peplum and thinking it just isn't working visually. I'd shorten it to a few inches.

Christabel. Such an appealing little cardi. I love how the model's expression is all, "Damn straight I'm rocking the hell out of this cute thing."

Galewood. These mitts have a different: they're held in place via a middle finger loop rather than shaped to have individual finger holes. It'll stay in place well enough, and I rather like the effect. They're like spats for the hands.

Nightingale. Here we have the cover look, and its twisting, curving cables are really kind of fabulous, making me think of the dense growth of the kind of magical forest one reads about in fairy tales.

Nimue. Not too sure about this one. The batwing sleeves do give it a certain schlumpy look. However, I must admit it has some nice detailing and it looks pretty good here, styled over a dress without any competing horizontal lines.

Nonesuch. I'm not entirely pleased with how this sweater sits in the front, but it's passable, and the back looks terrific.

Osmunda. There's... too much going on here. This pudding is not only over-egged, it seems to be coming down with the small pox.

Sojourner. This wrap is really lovely. The stitchwork, the use of two similar shades, the luxurious, silken drape of it.... There are sixteen photos of this shawl on its Ravelry page, which is much more than usual for a Ravelry pattern page. It's as though the photographer couldn't stop taking photos of it, and I don't blame them.

Willowwood. I like the contrasting arches effect on this sweater, and I am withholding judgement on the pom poms, but I just can't get on board with the shaping. The foreshortened arms and cropped, baggy shape of the body is not working even on this professional model.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Pom Pom Quarterly Autumn 2018: A Review

In today's post we're going to have a look at Pom Pom Quarterly's Autumn 2018 issue.

Artemis. Not bad. The idea here is that the neckline is supposed to represent the crescent moon, and it is a fun concept. I'd fix the dropped shoulders though.

Ceridwen. I like the stitchwork, but this is terribly unflattering even on a professional model, which never bodes well for the rest of us. This could be reshaped, but honestly it would be easier just to go with another pattern.

Hecate. Pretty, and as much as I like the blue and pale gold colourway, I am enjoying imagining all the other colour schemes this could be made in.

Hypatia. Very attractive in a subtle way. This is one of the more interesting and creative textural effects I've seen in a while, and yet it was done so simply, with just garter and stockinette stitches, and two similar shades of yarn.

Ixchel. This is absolutely fabulous. I've seen a number of moon and stars-themed knits over the years, and it's always a nice theme, but this one is truly out of this world.

Luna. There's some good texture going on here, but the overall effect is so schlumpy.

Moonbow. This isn't so much a sweater as a mutant sofa cushion with sleeves.

Moondust Hat and Moondust Mittens. Nice hat and mitts set.

Sina. I'm not sure about the two moon halves on this one. Sure, it looks kind of cute when the wearer holds her hands together, but when the mittens are separate (as they will be most of the time), they look like two random and pointless half-circles.

Sky Map. I want to like this, but I don't. This wrap looks as though it's been darned, and not particularly well. Maybe I'd like it if the embroidery were better.