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.

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