Hi Pomcats!

Just like two yarns plucked from your stash and striped together to make the perfect combo, we’ve blended a mix of news, reviews, an interview, and knitting merriment for your enjoyment. As well as your favourite features, we’re joined by the fabulous Pam Allen, founder of Quince & Co. So why not indulge your ears with over an hour of fun chit-chat, we’re certain you’ll feel the same happiness that you get from casting on a new WIP. 

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Thanks to Scheepjes for supporting our giveaway this month (read on for how to enter!).


It’s no surprise that we’re feeling pretty darn excited about the release of Issue 25! Stripes are the flavour of the season and we’re discussing our picks of the patterns, which you can see on Ravelry here. Our favourites included Tarmac, Macklin and (pictured below) Judoka.

Cotton and linen fibers are the focus of many of the yarns for Issue 25, and we’re very happy to say that thanks to Scheepjes, we have some summery yarn to giveaway! You could win a garments worth of their Linen Soft, perfect to knit Leiden.

To enter, comment below letting us know your must knit pattern from Issue 25! Competition will close midnight GMT on 10th June 2018 – Good luck!


Speaking of Issue 25, Sophie is working on her Tarmac (in a stripey mix of Quince and Co. Sparrow and BC Garn Alba), plus her pattern productivity has gone through the roof as she’s finished her Boum Tank and Kipper Socks.

Lydia has been busy sewing the Trapeze dress by Merchant and Mills  in a block printed cotton (which is also from Merchant and Mills!). Here she is on the Issue 25 shoot being a professional palm leaf arranger.

And her go to quick project is the Simple House Slippers – such an easy project for gifts!


We’re looking at Baa Ram Ewe Pip Colourwork! This blend of British fibres spun in Yorkshire is great for, well, colourwork! We spotted Rachel Coopey has used it for her hat pattern Brooklime.


Our international correspondent Meghan Fernandes is reporting for us again, this episode she’s joined by Quince & Co. founder Pam Allen. We’ve been huge fans of Quince’s yarns for many years here at Pom Pom, so you will have certainly seen them appear in many Pom patterns! For Issue 25 you can see their cotton Willet used for Nasreen by Lana Jois. Find out more about Quince & Co. here.


Wool, what does it mean? We at t’mill uncovering the meaning of the phrase ‘cloth eared’. We said, ‘CLOTH EARED’.


Have we mentioned that we’re into stripes? What else could be the theme of this month’s top three but our favourite stripey things?

We’ll see you next month Pomcats! Happy knitting!

Pom Pom xxx

44 Responses to POMCAST 51 + PAM ALLEN!

  1. Alex June 1, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    I am obsessed with Leiden! As soon as I’ve whittled down the WIPs a bit (I’ve got six at the moment), I will be casting that baby on! Following close behind for me are Herrera and Bayadere.

  2. Jeraldine June 1, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

    Leiden is my choice— would love to get it started before the summer is over!

  3. Ibone June 1, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

    So hard to choose! Nasreen or Herrera, perhaps…

  4. Ashley Little June 1, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

    I added Leiden to my Ravelry faves IMMEDIATELY. I usually ignore stripes, but these are unique and really fun!

  5. Naomi June 1, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

    I want to knot judoka, the bag

  6. miss agnes June 1, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

    Judoka is high on my list, but first I plan to swatch for a Nasreen. I have quite a lot of cotton in my stash that will be perfect for it, in black and pastel colors. Leiden is one of my favorites too, so would be thrilled to win the yarn for it.

  7. Lianne June 1, 2018 at 9:27 pm #

    Issue 25 might be one of the best collections of patterns I’ve ever seen! I want to knit everything. Hard to choose, but my very favourites and must-knits are Anni, Leiden, and Judoka.

  8. Sharis June 1, 2018 at 9:41 pm #

    I would love to knit the Nasreen!!

  9. Andre June 1, 2018 at 10:52 pm #

    My favourite has to be Tarmac by Anna Maltz, I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and even ordered the yarn from America…should be here soon. Great collection this month love them all. I only wish we could have more crochet coming through. Would be thrilled to win x

  10. Mary June 1, 2018 at 11:15 pm #

    ooh, I’m torn between Leiden and Vasarely. And Tarmac is also looking pretty good. So, I fail the pick-one instruction.

  11. Madeleine Fidler June 2, 2018 at 12:23 am #

    Tarmac AND Anni – both amazing! And possibly also judoka.

  12. Michelle June 2, 2018 at 1:37 am #

    I’d like to knit a Leiden, but I’m also really interested in Nasreen, if I can determine how to select a yarn that won’t pull down too much over time.

  13. Diane P. June 2, 2018 at 2:06 am #

    My copy is sitting here with me. I hope to figure which to do first very soon. I look forward to every issue and I love the podcast.

  14. Richelle Krotts June 2, 2018 at 4:39 am #

    This was an awesome issue, so picking is HARD! I’ve been torn between Riley and Leiden most recently.

  15. Pamela June 2, 2018 at 6:42 am #

    Ohhh, so difficult. I’m torn between Leiden and Anni, but Herrera is calling my name pretty loudly, too.

  16. Hannah June 2, 2018 at 7:59 am #

    I already have a leiden on the needles. It’s do fun to knit! This weekend I plan to also cast on judoka and then when I finish one of these I want to knit tarmac. So excited that all these patterns are in one gorgeous magazine! Thank you pompom

  17. emily June 2, 2018 at 9:25 am #

    choosing just ONE is indeed difficult! but to start… and for the same reason miss agnes chose Nasreen, I’m choosing Deauville. I have more worsted in my modest little stash and this one is quite economical – plus the stitch is interesting optically!

  18. Julia June 2, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    My must knit pattern is the Judoka bag. I’m also going to use up some of my stash to do it. Fab Fab.

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  20. Betsy June 2, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    I’d like to cast on Judoka. You can’t have too many bags.

  21. Annette June 2, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

    Vasarely is so lovely! My favourite next to Leiden.

  22. Christiane June 2, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    I would love to make the Judoka bag! When I finish the three projects I am currently knitting…

  23. Madeleine June 2, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

    Tarmac and Anni – both amazing! And also Judoka maybe.

  24. Alia June 2, 2018 at 10:57 pm #

    I just love the Nasreen top! I can’t wait to knit it. I love the shape, the texture of the stripes and the contrasting color possibilities!

  25. Nico June 3, 2018 at 12:42 am #

    I’m loving so many of the patterns in issue 25! But if I had to choose, I would say Herrera tops my list and qualifies as a must-knit

  26. Tamara June 3, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    Hi! Thanks for another great giveaway! I got my issue 25 this week, and Leiden is at the top of my list, for sure. I’m looking forward to listening to the newest Pomcast, and hearing from Pam Allen :-) I’m a big fan of her designs.

  27. Nicole Acuna June 4, 2018 at 1:21 am #

    I’m in love with Leiden! But all of these patterns are beyond gorgeous :)

  28. Nico June 4, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    I love so many of the patterns in this issue! But if I had to choose one stripey thing it would be Herrera.

  29. Nico June 4, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    I love so many of the patterns in this issue! But if I had to choose one stripey thing, it would be Herrera.

  30. Katharina June 4, 2018 at 8:39 pm #

    I desperately want to knit Vasarely! Unfortunately, I have no idea where to get the suggested yarn (Milky Way) – do you have any suggestions for alternatives?
    xoxo, Katha

  31. Meagan Radford June 5, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

    I can’t wait to knit Tarmac, I love the short crop with the billowy bottom, so lovely for summer.

  32. Jules June 5, 2018 at 9:38 pm #

    My must knit from Issue 25 is Herrera by Paula Pereira because I just love the angular shaping of the stripes on the front paired with the flowy, boxy shape of the top. Also, the open back with an ichord across the top is something I’ve never made before, but would love to wear!

  33. Megan Rowe June 6, 2018 at 12:26 am #

    This is absolutely my favorite Pom Pom to date and I have sooo many patterns on my wish list, but my favorite has to be Herrera! Perfect for hot Houston summers!

  34. Nico June 6, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    I just cast on for Herrera! That one is my favorite from this issue but I love many of the other designs

  35. Erin Greenwood June 7, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

    I can’t wait to knit the Leiden! It’s the perfect addition to my wardrobe.

  36. Sarah Kretschmar June 7, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

    I really want to make the Leiden tee.

  37. Peyton June 7, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    I can’t wait for my PPQ 25 to get here tomorrow *obsessively checks tracking number*. It’s hard to pick a fave; I think I’m torn evenly between Leiden and Herrera!

  38. Catherine Mandle June 7, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

    Leiden! I love that construction. Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Lucy Henley June 7, 2018 at 10:57 pm #

    I’d love to knit Leiden!

  40. Cassandra June 8, 2018 at 12:58 am #

    My must knit pattern is definitely Leiden!

  41. Alexa June 8, 2018 at 8:48 am #

    “Competition will close midnight GMT on 10th May 2018 – Good luck!” I hope you mean the 10th of June, since the blog is placed on the 1st ;)

    I can’t wait to cast on Judoka, Leiden and Anni! So many lovely designs in this issue, I just can’t choose!

  42. Jenna June 8, 2018 at 5:13 pm #

    True story: when one of you said, “wall of mustard,” my first thought was something like this: http://images.foodepedia.co.uk/articles/2014/maille_mustard/Kaper—La-Maison-Maille-Boutique_IMG_6925.jpg.

    Thanks for another fun episode. Listening to Pam really piqued my curiosity in terms of finding ways to develop this industry we benefit from so greatly.

  43. Gretchen June 11, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

    I love the patterns of Leiden and Anni! Can’t decide which one to do first. Both very cool! thanks.

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