It’s time to get to know the Holla Knits designers! All week I’m featuring interviews with the designers that have contributed to the Spring Summer Holla Knits collection, and last but not least is me, Allyson Dykhuizen, designer of Umbre Lovre, Put a Belt On It, and In a While, Crocodile.
1. When did you first fall in love with knitting?
I learned to knit my senior year of high school and feel in love with it immediately. I have always been crafty, but when I learned to knit it was like harps playing and birds singing. Not many days have passed in the 10 years between learning and now that haven’t included knitting time.
2. What made you want to start designing?
When I started teaching people to knit I kept having to rewrite the patterns to make them easier for beginners to read and understand, and after about a year I started cutting out the middle man. I started knitting myself garments, and figuring out what I liked to wear every day, I didn’t find a lot of overlapping content, and that is when I started getting serious about pattern writing and designing.
3. What was the best design you’ve ever knit?
Maria Leigh’s Charvet Pullover. It’s knit on the diagonal with full waist and v-neck shaping! I knit this sweater in like 11 days, I was just riveted. Knitting it was like reading an amazing book I couldn’t put down.
4. Who is your favorite designer/who are some of your favorite designers?
The first time I ever even noticed that knitwear design was a real thing was when I was given a copy of Stefanie Japel’s Fitted Knits, and it’s still one of my favorite pattern books ever. I instantly love every new thing Cirilia Rose, Jane Richmond, and Maria Leigh come out with, always.
5. If you weren’t a knitter/knitwear designer, what would you be doing?
I always joke that if I lose a hand in some freak biking accident that I’d go run a farm for rescue animals and play with three legged dogs all day. Honestly, though, that would probably be too low key for me and I’d end up moving to Detroit and starting a sports focused site that would put me in line to take over the Detroit Tigers and/or Detroit Lions official social media. I’d KILL.