It was a close race, with over 5000 votes, but we have a winner:
We’ll be knitting Emma Welford’s Holla Back Tank, and I, Katie Canavan, will be your lovely host! We’ll start on Monday, August 20th, and knit the tank over the next 8 weeks. If you’ve never knit a sweater before, this will be a great first project. Since there’s no sleeves to worry about, we can really take our time each week.
Allyson and I have rustled up some amazing prizes. If you complete your Holla Back Tank by the end of the KAL, you’ll be entered to win one of two Grand Prizes:
- A Year-Long Subscription to Holla Knits
- A Yarn Pack for Emma Welford’s upcoming design for the Accessories Issue of Holla Knits, debuting Fall 2012 (it’s awesome, I promise you’ll love it!)
You’ll also be entered to win one of the Runner-Up Prizes:
- The entire Holla Knits Fall Collection
- The entire Holla Knits Accessories Collection
- Yarn grab bags of Holla Knits yarn
- Emma Welford’s upcoming design for the Accessory Issue of Holla Knits
We also have an exciting mid-way prize. Anyone who is up-to-date with the KAL at the 4-week point will be entered to win a one-on-one Knitting Skype Class with Allyson and me! This is perfect for any questions you might have regarding the tank or anything else you’re knitting.
YOU’VE GOT CHOICES (YARN-WISE)
Like all Holla Knits designs, the Holla Back Tank is knit in two yarns: one affordable Knit Picks yarn, and one independent dyer.
For this KAL, our independent dyer, The Kangaroo Dyer, is offering a generous discount. If you order 3 or more skeins of Poet Seat, you get 20% off and free shipping! So this is the perfect time to treat yourself to some luxury hand-dyed yarn. Simply put the code HKKAL12 in the “Notes to Seller” when you check out.
The recommended Knit Picks yarn is Gloss Fingering, which is gorgeous and soft and comes in a variety of colors. Another option from Knit Picks is Stroll Sock Yarn. Any fingering weight wool or wool blend will work wonderfully, and I’d love to see Holla Back Tanks in Cascade 220 Fingering, Louet Gems Fingering, or Malabrigo Sock.
This is a great time to start knitting this tank. It’s the end of the Summer season, but the beginning of layering season, and the options are endless. I’m going to knit my tank in Everglade Heather, a shade of Stroll Sock, so it can be layered over a tshirt or button down when the temperatures start to drop.
So hop over the Holla Back Tank pattern page to snap up your pattern for $3, and let me know if you have any questions. I’ll be answering questions in the Holla Knits Ravelry Group, here on the blog, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Knitting!