Happy Holla Knits KAL 2016 Cast On Day!

Threads are organized, colors are picked, some have even gauged! Whether you’re joining a big group KAL or one of our hosted KALs (keep scrolling!) you won’t be knitting alone.

(Late to the game? That’s ok! This KAL doesn’t end until Friday April 29th)

ACCESSORIES!

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All 40 Accessory Patterns!

All 40 Accessory Patterns!

These include all patterns from the 2012 Holla Knits Accessories Collection2013 Holla Knits Accessories Collection, the 4 accessory patterns included in the Holla Crochet Collection, all patterns from the Home Collection, the 2014 Holla Knits Accessories Collection, the 2015 Warm Weather Accessories Collection, and the 2015 Accessories Collection.

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COLD WEATHER GARMENTS

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Cold Weather Garments!

Cold Weather Garments!

These include all the patterns from the Fall/Winter 2012 Collection, the Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, the Fall/Winter 2014 Collection, and the Winter 2015 Collection.

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WARM WEATHER GARMENTS

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Warm Weather Garments!

Warm Weather Garments!

These include all patterns from the 2012 Spring/Summer Collection, the 2013 Spring/Summer Collection, 2 garment patterns from the Holla Crochet Collection, all patterns from the 2014 Spring/Summer Collection and the 2015 Summer Collection.

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New! Hosted KALs!

Hosted KALs!

Hosted KALs!

Projects being hosted are:

Pattern Links, top left to right: Bombshell ShortsEl MatadorLady Bat. Middle left to right: Rolling ThunderLiegeFair Isle Pants. Bottom left to right:Wood You Be MineBowdoin HatSpringtastic Socks.

Thread Links, top left to right: Bombshell ShortsEl MatadorLady Bat. Middle left to right: Rolling ThunderLiegeFair Isle Pants. Bottom left to right:Wood You Be MineBowdoin HatSpringtastic Socks.

KAL PRIZES!

Everyone who finishes anything by April 29th will win a free pattern of the winner’s choosing! The pool of patterns to choose from includes all Holla Knits patterns, and also patterns from HK designers Allyson Dykhuizen, Allison Jane, Jennifer Dassau, Kirsten Singer, Teresa Gregorio, Emily Ringelman, Emma Welford, Courtney Spainhower, Kirsten Jancuk, Ashwini J, Laura Reinbach, Lee Meredith, Leah Coccari-Swift, and Emily Greene Blue.

Everyone who posts an FO will also be entered to win grand prizes including a 2015 HK subscription, signed copies of Midwestern Knits, Great Northern, and Family Friendly Knits. Prize packs featuring Marblz Fixed Circular needles, stitch markers, and needle gauges. Yarn from Bumblebirch, OMG Yarn, Unplanned Peacock, Baah Yarns, Julie Asselin, ModeKnit, Anzula, Webs, Berroco, Brown Sheep Company, The Copper Corgi, and Knit Picks. AND pattern collections from Jennifer Dassau, Teresa Gregorio, Emma Welford, Francoise Danoy, KM Bedigan, Lee Meredith, and Sarah Hurwitz.

All in all there are 32 grand prizes and counting!

HK Subscribers will get first pick of Grand Prizes, and non subscribers will be assigned prizes.

Pattern Sale & Feature Week: Kumara Cowl FO

Over the next few months Holla Knits will host Pattern Feature & Sale Weeks! Each week a new Holla Knits design will be 50% off and the designer will do something special to show that design in a new light. 

Next up is Francoise Danoy and her Kumara Cowl pattern!
Grab Kumara 50% off – $2! This week only. 

From designer Francoise DanoyHello and welcome back!

For this blog post, we are going to take a look at one of the FOs of the Kumura cowl which was posted onto Ravelry.

This lovely project comes from Laura (OhDoogs on Ravelry) who worked her project in classic black and white. She used Knit Picks Brava Worsted, the recommended yarn aside from Julie Asselin’s Sevilla, which was used in my original sample. Her FO looks so delightful snug and cozy! Perfect for bundling up in and keeping your neck warm this winter.

Laura's Kumara!

Laura’s Kumara!

She advises to do a gauge swatch beforehand as her finished gauge was off by 1 stitch. And I agree, it is super important to swatch for gauge for this project, especially between the stripes and the color work section.

Fair-isle/stranded knitting tightens gauge quite a bit, so it is recommended to go up a needle size when working on that section. So swatch beforehand to see if you need to make that switch and what needles to use to stay on gauge.

Pattern Sale & Feature Week: Kumara Cowl

Over the next few months Holla Knits will host Pattern Feature & Sale Weeks! Each week a new Holla Knits design will be 50% off and the designer will do something special to show that design in a new light. 

Next up is Francoise Danoy and her Kumara Cowl pattern!
Grab Kumara 50% off – $2! This week only. 

From designer Francoise DanoyIf you’re a beginner to two-color projects, selecting the right colors can be tricky to do. Here are two tips to help you choose the best colors for your project.

One: the Complementary Color Theory

Below is a color wheel with all the main colors. The complementary color theory states to use any two colors directly opposite each other on the color wheel. Use this theory if you want maximum contrast and stability. Some complementary color combinations are: red – green, blue – orange, violet – yellow.

Color Wheel

Color Wheel

Two: Checking Contrast

Nothing is worse than using two pretty colors in a project then realizing you can hardly see the color-work motif. To make sure that the colors have enough contrast between them, I take a photo of the yarns I want to use and lowering the saturation all the way down. You can do this on basic image viewers, such as Preview, by finding the “Adjust Color” panel.

Here’s an example of high enough contrast and not enough contrast.

Contrast

Contrast

I have three colors that are in the similar color family, bright red, pink and brown-red. I don’t know which combination works best so I lower the saturation and it immediately reveals itself. I can use the pink with either red, but shouldn’t use the reds together.

Check back on Thursday to look at some of the Kumura cowl FOs and see what colors were used!