Monthly Archives: May 2013

Holla Yarn from Gynx Yarns!

Gynx Yarn Merino Sock in Cactuar

Gynx Yarn Merino Sock in Cactuar

You’ve seen the lovely Laura of Gynx Yarns for Holla Knits before – she supported Emma Welford’s Wallpaper Cowl for Accessories last year.

GREEN! CRAZY GREEN!

GREEN! CRAZY GREEN!

Gynx Yarns is back for Holla Crochet with this fantastic Merino Sock yarn in Cactuar – the greenest green around!

Crocheting this Puppy up SOON!

Crocheting this Puppy up SOON!

I’m winding this yarn up soon to crochet up some granny squares, and it’s going to be amazing.

Can’t wait? Be sure to snag some over in the Gynx Yarn Shop!

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Meeting Point KAL Starts Monday! Let’s Swatch!

First of all, have you snagged your KAL Sale $3 Meeting Point pattern yet? Be sure you do before Monday, because it’s going back up to $6 then!

Ann is wearing size 36/38", with about 6" of positive ease!

Ann is wearing size 36/38″, with about 6″ of positive ease!

Since we are casting on Monday, let’s take this week to swatch and decide on a size.

Knit Picks CotLin in Moroccan Red!

Knit Picks CotLin in Moroccan Red!

I got my Knit Picks CotLin in Moroccan Red this weekend and it’s HOTT! Deep and bright – I can’t wait to cast on!

Swatching... ?

Swatching… ?

Now, I know I’m usually the first one to say you don’t need to swatch, but for Meeting Point I’d say swatching is next to worthless if you are planning on sticking to the pattern because you want a very loose knit sweater with a ton of positive ease. If you want to mix it up a little bit, though, pull out those needles and see what you come up with.

Loooong!

Loooong!

Just to illustrate how loose this knit is, I pulled out my size 9s and knit up a 18×22 swatch and got a pretty perfect 4″ across, but a very long 5″ row count! If your row count is off like this you will get a VERY long sweater because of the way this pattern is constructed. You follow the charts, so you can’t just knit until you get to a certain number of inches with this one.

Very Loose Stitches!

Very Loose Stitches!

But the nature of this sweater is that it is long and loose. And because the yarn creates such a loose fabric, this thing will be growing quite a bit anyway.

My plan? I’m going down 2 needle sizes and knitting this sweater up on size 7s. I’ll be knitting the smallest size, the 32/34 size, despite my 37″ bust size, because I’m going for a slightly more fitted sweater.

But when I say more fitted I really mean just a tiny bit smaller. The fabric will still be very loose, and the sweater will still be very oversized, and still be a good length because it’s still going to grow like crazy!

So you see what I mean about gauging just kinda being a crap shoot? The big thing here is to just look for a fabric you like the density of. My size 9 gauge with the CotLin looks a little loose to me, so I’m going down to size 7s just to see what happens. I like it!

kAL PRIZES!

Let’s talk prizes! If you finish your sweater and email it to me or post it on our ravelry forum before July 22nd you’ll be entered to win one of FIVE fun prizes!

1. A Holla Knits yearly subscription
2. A Meeting Point designer Courtney Spainhower pattern of the winner’s choosing
3. The Holla Knits Spring/Summer Collection
4. One of your KAL host Allyson Dykhuizen’s patterns of the winner’s choosing
5. Yarn prize pack

Sharing progress

And remember! I’m posting progress photos every week, so be sure to share pictures on social media with #HKKAL, and share pics on our Ravelry Meeting Point KAL thread.

So get swatching, and let me know if you have any questions. Happy knitting!

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Nachtfalter KAL starts next Monday! Let’s swatch!

Our Nachtfalter knitalong starts next Monday! Do you have your $3 pattern yet?

Katie's Nachtfalter Swatch

I, Katie Canavan, will be your fearless leader. Together we’ll tackle that beautiful lace pattern and have a finished sweater by July 15th!

This Week’s Nachtfalter Goal: Let’s swatch! I made two little swatches for Nachtfalter, one in Honey Bee Lace and one in the Cable Ribbing. The Honey Bee Lace is challenging, but this is a good time to practice. Designer Stefanie Pollmeier blogged some helpful hints and photos to help us easily knit that lace (Thanks, Stefanie!). I came in spot-on for stitch gauge using the recommended needles and Knit Picks Cotlin, so that’s good.

However, choosing a size was not that straight forward. Designer Stefanie Pollmeier has designed a top with a lot of positive ease. After a few questions in the Ravelry Forum, she clarified that one should choose your size based on one’s waist measurement. So check out that schematic at the end of the pattern, and choose the size with the finished measurement that’s closest to your waist measurement, if not a bit smaller. That way, the cables will be stretched tight, like pictured here.

That said, if you don’t want your sweater tight around the waist, then go for a size up!

I, personally, am a fan of negative ease, and want the bottom section tight against my middle. Therefore, I’ll be casting on a size Medium, despite my 41″ bust measurement. A quick check against the finished measurement schematic confirms that the bust will have plenty of room, and the waist will fit tight.

Let me know if you have any questions on the stitch patterns, gauge, or choosing a size here in the comments, in the Nachtfalter KAL Forum on Ravelry, or email me at katie@hollaknits.com.

If you’re following along on Instagram or Twitter, use the hashtag #HKKAL. I’m katiecanavan on both, find me here and here.

And Stefanie made us this neat button, so grab one for your blog:

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Good luck, Holla Knittas!