Portuguese Knitting – Rosa Pomar
Rosa Pomar is the founder of Retrosaria (Portuguese for haberdashery), a yarn shop at Rua do Loreto, in the heart of Lisbon.
Rosa Pomar spends her time between the shop, where she teaches most of Retrosaria’s classes, and her field research of Portuguese textiles. One of Retrosaria’s products of this work is their range of yarns, some of which are handspun by skilled artisans using traditional tools and methods.
Rosa’s book Portuguese Knitting gives an insight into the history and practice of knitting in Portugal, with 20 beautiful, traditionally-inspired patterns. More than just a history book or a handicraft manual, Portuguese Knitting is a journey into Portugal’s knitting heritage.
Traditional patterns and techniques are brought up to date in the form of beautiful modern pieces such as socks, hats, shawls, cowls, pot holders and leggings. Portuguese knitting differs from regular knitting in the way the wool is held; it can either be passed through a special Portuguese knitting pin attached to the knitter’s clothes, or looped around the neck and then over a finger. Easy-to-follow instructions and clear illustrations allow beginners or more experienced knitters to recreate historical pieces in an original, contemporary way. You can make the projects as they are shown, or use other colours to create your own unique and original gifts.