PLUMP & CO
Jacinta Stevenson of Plump & Co collaborates with knitters to offer free patterns, including cool Christmas designs, which can be made with the brand’s chunky yarn.
What inspired you to offer complimentary patterns?
We’re all about collaboration and community. For us, it’s about showing other people’s work off. All of our patterns are complimentary because we like people to share them. We’ve never paid or charged for patterns as it always comes back to being a community.
Tell us about the festive patterns.
We wanted a Christmas focus so we said to people that we work with lots, like Pony Mctate [who created the wreath pattern], that we really wanted to offer some cool patterns, and the knitters had lots of ideas. The pom poms evolved out of using up scraps of yarn, because we don’t like wastage. We like to make sure that everyone uses up every little bit.
What do you love about using a chunky yarn to knit?
With a big yarn, you can knit smaller items on a giant scale. It’s really nice because it’s super quick as well. Rather than having to wind the yarn for pom poms for ages, or frantically knit a wreath, it gives you instant gratification.
What do you love about this time of year?
I love that it’s time spent with family, and I get to have a nice-smelling extra plant in my house! I holiday in the South Island and it reminds me of special times I had as a kid. I don’t think about Christmas in the commercial sense because I’m not super into buying things for the sake of it. I don’t need stuff, I want the memories.
Why do you think handmade gifts are so meaningful?
It’s a nice way to say, “I really thought about what you would want.” People pour a little piece of themselves into it. My best friend and I always try to give each other handmade gifts. That’s a really special thing for me at Christmas time.