While I’m not pleased about the events that prompted this project, I am pleased to introduce a new (and FREE) pattern in Knitty, everyone’s favorite online knitting magazine. It’s the Fumin’ Womb, the tiniest, angriest little uterus ready to take on anyone who wants to tell her what to do in 2022.
It almost feels like this project doesn’t need any explanation, but I’ll say that I’ve been suppressing my rage every day since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, followed by all the state restrictions and talk of national bans on abortion in the United States.
So when Knitty asked me to design a tiny uterus for their 20th Anniversary issue (congratulations to Knitty! 🥳), inspired by recent events and their much-loved Womb pattern by MK Carroll (from the Winter ’04 issue), I was grateful to have a creative way to channel my rage.
Techniques used in this pattern include knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, grafting, picking up stitches, and I-cord. I used Hand Dyed Diva’s Homegrown Sock in Pink Petunia for the main color (get a skein and make a bunch of uteruses!), and Knit Picks Palette (a favorite basic of mine) for the gloves and details. (Yarn scraps from other projects work great too!)
Thank you to Amy Singer and Kate Atherley and everybody at Knitty, thank you to my tech editor, Marilyn Passmore, thank you Kate O’Leary for modeling in the photos above, and thank you to Kristine Brandel and Bonney Teti for pattern testing!
I hope you enjoy the pattern, in whatever way you’d like. It’s in great company in this issue of Knitty!
(This version is coming soon too!)