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Holiday Break Time!

Happy holidays knitters!

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Holla Knits will be pretty quiet until January 5th so I can put my head back on straight. BUT we’ll be back with a bang! Look for two sub calls to come out that day. Why ease into the new year?!

Thanks for helping to make 2014 an awesome year for Holla Knits. Cheers to many more!

Selfish Knitting Time: More Beech Street

To wrap up our three weeks of selfish knitting, Beech Street designer Andrea Sanchez has a guest post about styling and wearing her beautiful Anzula sample and how great it is that this vest is two color brioche knit! And remember, Beech Street is on sale for only $4 until Sunday!

Designer Andrea Sanchez: One of my favorite things about the Beech Street Vest is the opportunity to play with color. Creating a vest in two color brioche knitting means you are creating two completely different looks! You can pair a simple neutral with a bright neon for a pop of color interest on one side, and flaming bright on the other.

While I was knitting the vest, I was really drawn to the Rootbeer side. I really love that the color isn’t just brown, but has rich copper tones as well. However, now that it’s finished I almost always wear it with the Seaside color out. The neutral gives me an opportunity to dress it up with other fun and colorful accessories.

The neckline on this vest is also a real show stopper. Because the inside color shows at the cowl collar when it’s being worn, it almost looks like two separate pieces.

While I won’t lie, it is quite a bit of knitting. But the squish and warmth factor is a HUGE plus (I live in the midwest. Everything needs a warmth factor!). I have worn this on chilly days with no coat and the vest and cowl keep my body and neck nice and cozy without being too bulky or getting in the way.

beech street vest

 

This is EXACTLY how I wear my vest. I am a teacher so my knits need to be school ready. I pair it with black skinny jeans (‘cause, you know, they’re stretchy and comfy and no one knows they’re jeans!), riding boots, a sparkly nude nail, a couple statement pieces of jewelry, and my favorite leather bag.

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Selfish Knitting Time: More Cape Vertigo

Today we’ve got a really special post from Cape Vertigo designer Leah Coccari-Swift, who styled out some really fun ways to wear your Cape Vertigo. You may still be in the thick of it with holiday knitting (Christmas is in ONE WEEK! GAH!), but start dreaming of when you can cast this beauty on. Be sure to snag the pattern on sale now for only $4

From designer Leah Coccari-Swift: Have you been tempted by all the amazing cape styles out there this season? I know I have. Capes are a warm, stylish, practical way to stay warm when dressing up or down. They are very versatile and it can be a little intimidating to know how to wear them.

Let’s take a look at three different ways of wearing my Cape Vertigo pattern, shall we?

The first thing you should know is that Boots are a Cape’s best friend. Got some boots? You’re more than halfway there to creating an awesome #capelyfe look.

Look 1 – Like a Boss: Cape + Jeans, Jacket, Boots

Can't Touch This

Can’t Touch This

Wear your bad-assest boots, leather jacket and snug jeans. Wrap the cape loosely around your neck starting with one end and fling the other end over your shoulder.

Cape + Jeans, Jacket, Boots

Cape + Jeans, Jacket, Boots

…Or center the cape on your neck, gathering the length into some cozy ripples. Let it hang.

Look 2 – Sweet n Cozy: Cape + Dress or Skirt, Boots, Legwarmers or Tights

Cape + Dress or Skirt, Boots, Legwarmers or Tights

Cape + Dress or Skirt, Boots, Legwarmers or Tights

Wear a sweet skirt or dress, legwarmers or tights, and your favorite boots. Wrap the cape flat and tight around your neck, keeping the rolled collar exposed, for a smooth shoulder warmer.

So adorable!

So adorable!

Look 3 – 70s Office Glam (just go with me here): Cape + Dress Pants, Blouse, Gold Belt, Gold Bracelet, Gold hoop earrings, Attitude

Cape + Dress Pants, Blouse, Gold Belt, Gold Bracelet, Gold hoop earrings, Attitude

Cape + Dress Pants, Blouse, Gold Belt, Gold Bracelet, Gold hoop earrings, Attitude

Just drape it on top, casual-like. Yeeaaah girl. Now swagger.

Let's continue to pretend I've photoshopped the remote shutter out of my hand.

Let’s continue to pretend I’ve photoshopped the remote shutter out of my hand.

Look 4 – On Your Lap: Cape + Sitting Down

Look 4 - On Your Lap: Cape + Sitting Down

Cape + Sitting Down

The coziest lap blanket of all time.

Cape Vertigo is on sale for $4 this week! Head over to the Holla Knits site to get the pattern at a discount this week only.

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