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Roots + Branches
Issue 38: Autumn 2021
The magic of trees is that they simultaneously reach skyward and stay grounded. Between those two extremes, there’s a whole universe of life and, as the leaves begin to fall, that world becomes more and more apparent. We find ourselves fascinated with the life we see on and around roots and branches; mosses and lichens, fungi, ivy, and all manner of smaller plantlife are part of a tree’s ecosystem, while roots weave themselves into and around their environment to gather the nutrients the tree needs.
Roots and branches offer endless inspiration for knitwear: roots can become cables; branches, colourwork; lichen, a textural stitch pattern. Roots and branches echo symmetrically, with surprising little deviations. Zooming in on bark, or on the soil around roots, we are welcomed into a world of repeating patterns and unexpected colour pops.
This issue will be enveloped in a palette of moody blues, darker greys and browns, and desaturated shades - think of trees seen through the mist. But we are also looking for bright colours shining through the mist, like chartreuse and the patinated minty green of some lichens, the high contrast of branches against sky, and all manner of mushroom and mossy shades. As this is an Autumn Issue, we will be looking for transitional pieces to take us from warmer to cooler days, as well as accessories for crunchy walks among fallen leaves.
Deadline: Please submit your ideas by Sunday 7th February, midnight BST, via the form below. If your design has been selected, you will be notified by mid-February 2021. Finished patterns, samples, and articles will then be due in early May 2021 for publication in August 2021.
Compensation/support: Compensation is offered on a scale of difficulty of the pattern/length of article, etc. We provide yarn support. You can also rest assured your pattern will be presented in the best light possible, with professional tech editing, beautiful photography, and brilliant graphic design. Payment is by bank transfer in the UK, PayPal or Transferwise if you are abroad. Each contributor will receive a printed copy of the magazine.
Articles: Click here for article proposal information.
At Pom Pom we are also interested in other crafts, music, food, art, and culture. If you have any tutorials or article ideas within these realms which you think might be of interest to our knitting and crochet audience, let us know. See below for contact details.
Pom Pom celebrates and supports diversity in our pages, our community, and our team. All races, religions, abilities, sexualities, genders, and bodies are encouraged to submit, and we are here to help if you need any particular accommodations.
Ready to submit?
We will need information about your design, suggested yarns, design inspiration and how it will work with our issue theme. Click 'Submit your design' below to be taken to our submissions form.
Be sure to read the form carefully and include all necessary elements including a sketch on a body and an image of your swatch. You will be able to upload a PDF including your sketches, swatches, and other information to support your submission. Only PDF files up to 10 MB in size will be accepted. This form will automatically save your place, even if you close the tab or window.
Once you’ve submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email. You may submit as many ideas as you like, but you will need to upload each separately.
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