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 Allyson Dykhuizen and her Velma pattern!
Grab Velma 50% off – $3! This week only.
Velma by Allyson Dykhuizen
From designer Allyson Dykhuizen: I’ve been living in my Velma this winter!
This is exactly how I’ve been wearing my Velma: button down underneath for extra warmth, my favorite booties and cross body bag, and a super long feather necklace. Classic and simple!
But let’s take a minute to dream:
Throwing it on with a plaid mini a la Cher Horowitz, lush suede accessories and booties, and pops of grey. So fun!
Any way you hack it, Velma is a very wearable sweater and could be a great go to pullover for any wardrobe. Grab it now for only $3
This week we’re featuring two patterns from 2013 that were hot then and just as hot today. Today I’m talking more about one of my absolute favorite designs – El Matador!
It’s hard to pick a favorite design – I’ve got over 90 of them at this point
(crazy!) but El Matador has to be in my top 5 favorite designs of all time. I think it sums up my design style really well – simple shape but fun to get there. Kind of overall weird, but stylish and wearable.
I feel like people are sometimes confused about when to wear a cape, but the answer is any time! You wear it just like a jacket style cardigan. Here I’ve styled El Matador for a summer picnic, with a simple summer dress, tote, and sunhat so you’ll be playing bocce ball like a champ! Bring your El Matador to keep you warm as the party heads into evening.
And when the summer starts turning cooler, throw your El Matador on just like you would a light jacket! Here I’ve styled it with some bold skinny jeans, a striped long sleeved tee, a great cross body bag (that you’d put on before you put on your cape!), and even a hat! For me hat season starts mid September. I’ve got a TON of them so I’ve got to make it count!
This week we’re featuring two patterns from 2013 that were hot then and just as hot today. Today we’re letting designer Emma Welford take the stage with a longer look at her Just Beachy!
From designer Emma Welford: I don’t consider myself to be an uber-fashionista. Rather, I’ve cultivated my own personal style that’s evolved from my high school-era homemade goth-punk clothes to my more modern (but still diverse) wardrobe where skull print miniskirts hang next to retro sundresses. So I was surprised to hear Allyson say in a recent episode of YarnTalk that I was ahead of my time back in 2013 when I designed Just Beachy. Mesh paneled tops are all the rage now—who woulda thunk?
Lucky for me, Just Beachy has been in my rotation for 2 years now which has led to some sartorial exploration. The relaxed fit is perfect for summer lounging but can it work in a more polished look? For my style at least the answer is a resounding YES!
Day to Night
It’s easy to bring this tee from a day to night look with just a few swaps. The day look is quintessential Just Beachy with cutoff shorts, sandals, and a black lace bandeau layered underneath. If you’re not into peekaboo obliques, add a bright tank underneath instead (as seen in the original blog tour post on the Webs blog.) For nighttime shenanigans, I swapped the shorts for a leopard print high-waisted skirt, added black wedges, a wrap bracelet and a swipe of bright pink lipgloss—no change to the bandeau underneath! It also looks stellar layered over a solid colored bodycon tank dress, and jeans are a no-brainer. If you’ve got high-waisted dress shorts in your closet, I’d love to see those paired with Just Beachy for another fun night look!
Green Apple and Pacific
Persimmon and Ginger
Bright Pink and Linen
My original sample was knit in Valley Yarns Goshen in Mulberry and Linen. I still stand by this color combo but I wanted to offer a few alternatives. For a similar version with more punch, try Linen paired with the newly added Bright Pink. Another fun one for you color fiends is Green Apple and Pacific. Or, why not go tonal like the sample knit in Yarn Hollow Gemini? I’m super into the Persimmon and Ginger combo in Goshen.
As a designer, I immediately picture my designs being worn one way. There are so many more options than that! Branch out and try something different, whether that means pairing up your existing pieces in a funky way or adding a new one (like say…Just Beachy?) to help you get creative with your clothes.
A huge thank you to Emma for talking with us today about Just Beachy! And remember – it’s on sale for only $4 this week so snag it now!