Issue 37 - Official Preview!

Swooping into Summer with knit and crochet patterns which will make your soul soar!¬†For Issue 37, we asked the designers to take their inspiration from the alluring textures and glorious colours of birds. These talented (or should that be talon-ted ūüėú) individuals have taken our cue and stretched their wings! We were so impressed with their imaginative interpretations of our theme as they have thought so carefully about every aspect of these animals: from the shape of their clawprints in snow to their sky formations.¬†Within the pages of our Summer 2021 collection, you can expect nine patterns which¬†are as elegant and dynamic as the airborne creatures they reference. Let's dive into the designs!¬†

Reifel // Carlie Olfert // Purl Soho: Burnish 

 

Yarn weight: fingering-weight 
Gauge: 
34 sts & 44 rows = 10cm / 4" worked over Cable Pattern on 2.75mm needles, after blocking, slightly stretched width-wise
Needle size: 2.75mm / US 2 knitting needles 2mm / US 0 DPNs
Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Finished chest (fullest point) circumference:¬†80¬†(88, 98, 108, 118, 126, 136, 146, 156)cm / 31¬Ĺ (34¬ĺ,¬†38¬Ĺ, 42¬Ĺ, 46¬Ĺ, 49¬Ĺ, 53¬Ĺ, 57¬Ĺ, 61¬Ĺ)" - to be worn¬†with approx 4-7.5cm / 1¬Ĺ-3" of positive ease
Yardage: approx. 537 (620, 711, 820, 921, 1011, 1108, 1245, 1349)m / 587 (678, 777, 897, 1007, 1106, 1212, 1362, 1476)yds

 
Fenix // Sandra Gutierrez // Malabrigo: Susurro

Yarn weight: sport-weight 
Gauge: 
18 sts & 20 rows = 10cm / 4" over dslBLO using a 4.5mm hook after blocking
Needle size: 4.5mm / US 7 crochet hook
Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Finished chest (fullest point) circumference:¬†72 (80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150)cm / 28¬ľ (32¬ľ, 35¬Ĺ, 39¬Ĺ, 43¬ľ, 47¬ľ, 51¬ľ, 55, 59)" ‚Äď to be¬†worn with approx. 3-10cm / 1.-4" negative ease
Yardage: approx. 515 (590, 660, 750, 840, 930, 980, 1100, 1150)m / 560 (650, 715, 820, 920, 1020, 1070, 1200, 1250)yds


Lodestar // 
Kjerstin Rovetta // Magpie Fiber Co.: Solstice DK

Yarn weight: DK-weight 
Gauge: 
21 sts & 31 rows = 10cm / 4" over St st worked in the round on 4mm needles, after blocking
Needle size: 4mm / US 6 circular needle, 60-80cm / 24-32" length and needles suitable for working small circumferences in the round AND 4.5mm / US 7 needles suitable for working small circumferences in the round AND 3.5mm / US 4 circular needle, 80cm / 32" length and needles suitable for working small circumferences in the round
Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Finished chest (fullest point) circumference: 78.5¬†(89, 96.5, 108, 118, 125.5, 137.5, 147.5, 157.5)cm¬†/ 31 (35, 38, 42¬Ĺ, 46¬Ĺ, 49¬Ĺ, 54, 58, 62)" - to be¬†worn with 0-7.5cm / 0-3" of positive ease
Yardage: approx. 908 (989, 1086, 1212, 1330, 1412, 1578, 1716, 1855)m / 993 (1081, 1189, 1326, 1455, 1544,1726, 1877, 2027)yds

 
Ardea // Ksenia Naidyon // Juniper Moon Farm: Zooey 

Yarn weight: DK-weight
Gauge: 24 sts & 32 rows = 10cm / 4" over St st on 3.5mm needles, after blocking
Needle size: 3.5mm / US 4 circular needle, 80cm / 32" length and 40cm / 16" length and needles suitable for working small circumferences in the round
Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Finished chest (fullest point) circumference:¬†77.5¬†(86.5, 95, 104, 113, 122, 131, 140, 148.5, 157.5)cm /¬†30¬Ĺ (34, 37¬Ĺ, 41, 44¬Ĺ, 48, 51¬Ĺ, 55, 58¬Ĺ, 62)" - to¬†be worn with up to 9cm / 3¬Ĺ" positive ease
Yardage: CROPPED: approx. 450 (505, 570, 635, 700, 770, 835, 910, 990, 1065)m / 490 (555, 625, 695, 765, 840, 915, 995, 1080, 1165)yds; LONG: approx. 650 (730, 820, 905, 990, 1085,1180, 1275, 1370, 1470)m / 710 (800, 895, 990,1085, 1185, 1290, 1395, 1500, 1610)yds

 
Picdae // Allison Lutes // CoopKnits: Socks Yeah

Yarn weight: fingering-weight 
Gauge: 34 sts & 40 rows = 10cm / 4" over St st worked in the round on 2.25mm needles after blocking
Needle size: 2.25mm / US 1 knitting needles suitable for working small circumferences in the round
Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4)
To fit foot circumference: 18 (20.5, 23, 25.5)cm / 7 (8, 9, 10)"
Yardage: YARN A:¬†approx. 45 (50, 60, 70)m / 45 (55, 65, 75)¬†yds; YARN B:¬†approx. 180 (230, 265, 315)m / 200 (255,¬†290, 345)yds; YARN C:¬†approx. 55 (60, 70, 75)m / 60 (65, 75, 80)¬†yds. Please note that yarn estimates are based on a foot length¬†of 23 (25.5, 28, 30.5)cm / 9 (10, 11, 12)". You may¬†need more or less yarn depending on foot length.¬†For the best fit, knit socks 1cm /¬†¬Ĺ" shorter than¬†actual foot length.

 
Passerine // Chloe Elizabeth Birch // De Rerum Natura: Penelope

Yarn weight: sport-weight 
Gauge: 22 sts & 32 rows = 10cm / 4" over St st on 3.5mm needles, after blocking
Needle size: 3mm / US 2.5 knitting needles AND 3.5mm / US 4 knitting needles
Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Finished chest (fullest point) circumference:¬†91 (98, 109, 118, 129, 136, 147, 156, 167)cm / 36¬†(38¬Ĺ, 43, 46¬Ĺ, 51, 53¬Ĺ, 58, 61¬Ĺ, 66)"
Yardage: approx. 1005 (1117, 1229, 1341, 1452, 1564, 1676, 1788, 1899)m / 1099 (1222, 1345, 1466, 1587, 1710, 1833, 1955, 2076)yds


Soul Bird // 
Sari Nordlund // Kelbourne Woolens: Mojave

Yarn weight: DK-weight 
Gauge: 
22 sts and 36 rounds = 10cm / 4" over lace pattern on 3.5mm needles in the round, after blocking
Needle size: 3mm / US 2.5 circular needle, 80-100cm / 32-40" length and 40cm / 16" length AND 3.5mm / US 4 circular needle, 80-100cm / 32-40" length
Sizes: 
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Finished chest (fullest point) circumference:¬†96 (104, 114, 124, 134, 142, 152, 162, 172) cm /¬†37¬ĺ (41, 45, 48¬ĺ, 52¬ĺ, 56, 59¬ĺ, 63¬ĺ, 67¬ĺ)" ‚Ästto be worn with up to 20cm / 8" positive ease
Yardage: approx. 540 (595, 650, 715, 790, 870, 995, 1050, 1155)m / 585 (645, 710, 780, 860, 945, 1040, 1145, 1255)yds


Avifauna // Kjerstin Rovetta // The Uncommon Thread: Linum

Yarn weight: fingering-weight 
Gauge:
28 sts & 35 rows = 10cm / 4" over St st on 3.5mm needles, after blocking
Needle size: 3.5mm / US 4 knitting needles
One size: 216cm / 85" wide x 48cm / 19" deep
Yardage:
YARN A: approx. 256m / 280yds; YARN B: approx. 640m / 700yds; YARN C: approx. 220m / 240yds


Hoopoe // Valerie Rachel // BC Garn: Bio Balance

Yarn weight: sport-weight 
Gauge: 22 sts & 30 rows = 10cm / 4" over St st worked flat on 3.25mm needles, after blocking
Needle size: 3.25 mm / US 3 circular needle, 80cm / 32" length and 40cm / 16" length
Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Finished chest (fullest point) circumference:¬†89 (98, 108, 117, 127, 137, 148, 158, 167, 178)cm /¬†35 (38¬Ĺ, 42¬Ĺ, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 70)" - to be¬†worn with approx. 7.5-15cm / 3-6" positive ease
Yardage: YARN A: approx. 422 (472, 526, 578, 627, 684, 757, 830, 900, 997)m / 462 (516, 575, 631, 685, 748, 827, 907, 983, 1090)yds; YARN B: approx. 43 (49, 58, 65, 72, 81, 94, 105, 117, 128)m / 47 (54, 64, 71, 79, 88, 102, 115, 128, 140) yds; YARN C: 31 (37, 44, 50, 56, 64, 76, 87, 96, 106)m / 33 (41, 48, 55, 61, 70, 83, 95, 105, 116)yds

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In addition to 9 knit and crochet patterns, a recipe, an article, and a tutorial are nested into the pages of PPQ37! Fiona Churchman blew us away with her recipe for Feather Bread (a pandan coconut milk loaf) inspired by the treats she used to buy from London's Chinatown bakeries before lockdown! Be sure to read Solène Le Roux's insightful musings on how birds and humans can adapt to their surroundings. And Nuria Casadella-Puigvert of GANXXET walks you through how to make colourful chains for your sunglasses and face masks for when you're out and about this summer! Included in your digital download of PPQ37 is a bonus tutorial from Nuria which shows you how to make a chain for your binoculars or camera - perfect for spotting birds and snapping a photo of them.   

With thanks to this issue's wonderful models, Cassie Courtney + Heather Gallagher, to Riley Reed of Woke Beauty for her photography, and to Erica Grey who was the hair and make up artist for this issue. We are also grateful to Peter Hicklin who offered his ornithological expertise. 

Issue 37 is now available for pre-order, or you can subscribe to a whole year of Pom Pom here. We expect pre-ordered and subscriber copies to arrive through letterboxes around the world from late May onwards. Digital-only editions of this issue will be available from 3rd June 2021. On this date, the digital download code inside print copies will be redeemable and the issue will be for sale in LYSs. Please see our Shipping FAQs page for Brexit and Covid-related postal information. 

Projects from Issue 37 are very welcome in our year-long KAL! Read this blog post to find out how to enter. 

If you wish to view the patterns on Ravelry, you can do so here.  

Wishing you all wonderful summers, the Pom Pom Team xx