Herati mittens in the 22nd edition of Pom Pom Quarterly were my first ever magazine published pattern. I was so nervous when submitting my idea for the magazine last spring, thinking I was only going to make a fool out of myself, and 100% sure I would never get picked. But the old truth is, if you don’t try, you will never get anything you want. When the email came and said my design had been chosen, I was over the moon joyous, as you can believe.
The old truth is, if you don’t try, you will never get anything you want.
The test version of the mittens was knitted with Knitting for Olive’s Merino, with shades Kitt and Mork okker. I really love working with this yarn and the shades it comes in are absolutely gorgeous, just my style. The ones in the PPQ photos have a similar color scheme, but the yarn I was provided with was Quince & Co Finch in Egret and Honey. (Yes, I knitted the mittens twice! I’m also thinking about a third pair, maybe with white on a black background for a graphic look…)
The working name for the mittens was Gatsby, because the inpiration for the pattern I created came from looking at old art deco wall papers. The theme of the submission call was graphic and bold patterns, which made me think of the golden lines on the Gatsby movie posters. I started to play around with lines and directions and the Gatsby chart was born. The name of the pattern was later changed to Herati, which is a motif often used in Afgan rugs. Quite fitting, when looking at the styling of the photoshoot! I really love the styling of the photoshoot and the photos are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you Juju Vail and Nicole Mlakar for the beautiful representation of my work!
I’ve been writing patterns for a while already, but it’s somehow different to self publish a pattern on Ravelry compared to it being printed in a real magazine. I was extra careful when writing the pattern, double checking and triple checking all my calculations and graphs. It all felt really unreal until I held my own copy of the magazine in my hand. Oh, who am I kidding! It still feels unreal. So much that I haven’t really even read my copy yet, just peeked inside. Part of me is still convinced that my pattern might somehow magically disappear from the pages…
It all felt really unreal until I held my own copy of the magazine in my hand. Oh, who am I kidding! It still feels unreal.
I’m so happy about this opportunity to work with a big knitting magazine such as Pom Pom Quarterly. This experience has taught me so much about designing, writing patterns, and believing in myself (which I’m still learning…).
Stay tuned for a couple of new patterns, I’m about to release a new mitten pattern by the end of the month and also, the newest issue of Laine magazine has something designed by me. Can’t wait for its release on September 28th!