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

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Pom Pom Quarterly Winter 2019: A Review

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

Acre. The design has an 80s vibe, although the colourway is quite contemporary. I would avoid doing this particular project in fuschia, royal blue, and teal. Come to think of it, I would avoid doing any project in fuschia, royal blue, and teal.

Afield. This a pretty decent design for the kind of neutral cardigan a woman might, say, keep at the office for chilly days. It's neutral and easy to wear, but also has some textural interest to keep it from being too basic.

Alatau. Love the texture in this little cap.

Arete. Not really a fan of the random slashes of colour on this one, but the shaping is good, so if you like contemporary art-like knits, this may be the knitting project for you. I would however definitely recommend that you knit the contrast colour slashes in a colour that doesn't remotely resemble the wearer's skin tone, as that can create an unintended visual effect. I did a double take when I first looked at this photo.

Hypsometry. Another cute cap.

Mafadi. Nice use of brioche and reverse stocking stitch here. This is interesting and polished, yet neutral.

Saltings. Nice stitchwork, and that mohair silk yarn looks luscious (as mohair silk always does), but the mock turtleneck collar and slightly dropped shoulders give this a slightly frumpy look.

Tellervo. A very decent classic cabled cardigan.

Terraform. These are so cute I might just have to make a pair of them for myself sometime.

Waterlands. Nice piece! It's hard to go wrong with a circular yoke design. I'd lengthen the sleeves to full-length, but that's just a personal preference, as I find cropped sleeves are an awkward, unflattering length on me.

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.