Every time I sit down to design, ideas and images push and pull me along different tangents. This time my inspirations were comic book colours, The Big Bang Theory, Ronald McDonald, Roy Lichtenstein … and onomatopoeic words.

Onomatopoeia knitting pattern designed by Holli Yeoh


I’ve always loved the word onomatopoeia, especially that it’s such a long word to describe the often one-syllable words that suggest sounds in our written language. Pop! Bam! Pow! I think there’s a similarity between onomatopoeia and intarsia colourwork—it takes more work but packs a great visual punch.

Onomatopoeia knitting pattern designed by Holli Yeoh


Ronald McDonald snuck into my subconscious with his wildly coloured and striped clothes to draw the eye, but the stripes and layered colours of Onomatopoeia were really inspired by Sheldon’s wardrobe on The Big Bang Theory. And Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art images were not far from my mind with that exclamation mark on the back either.

Onomatopoeia knitting pattern designed by Holli Yeoh


Onomatopoeia was first published in Petite Purls, an online knitting magazine which—sadly—has closed its virtual doors. Due to popular demand, the pattern is now available again!

Onomatopoeia knitting pattern designed by Holli Yeoh


Sizes: 12-24 months, 2 yrs, 3 yrs, 4 yrs, 6 yrs (shown in size 3 yrs, modeled on a petite 3 yr old)

Finished Measurements:

  • Chest: 26¼ (27, 28, 29¾, 31½) inches; intended to fit with 6 inches positive ease
  • Length: 14 (15, 15¾, 16½, 18) inches
  • Sleeve Length: 8¼ (12, 12½, 13, 13¾) inches

Yarn: Use a worsted weight yarn such as Spud and Chloë® Sweater or Cascade 220.

Price: $8

Buy the Onomatopoeia knitting pattern by Holli Yeoh

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