Monthly Archives: January 2016

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!

Flash Sale! Every Pattern is 50% Off Today Only!

We’re kicking off this year’s knit along on Feb 1st so it’s time to get planning all the great projects you’re going to complete. To help, every single Holla Knits pattern is 50% off today only by using coupon code HKKAL16! That means garment patterns are only $3 and accessories are only $2. Stock up now!

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Now Search by Type!

Now Search by Type!

To make it easier to search, I’ve created search by type at hollaknits.com! All patterns are now divided into categories to make shopping easier. Just in time for the flash sale!

Happy Flash Sale shopping!

Get it now! Sale ends at midnight!