Guest Post: New(ish)

Today’s guest post comes from Holla Knits veteran designer Emma Welford of Welford Designs. She is back for the Spring Collection with a fun colorblock tee I’m dying for you guys to see!

I’m thrilled to be back designing for Holla Knits, but it’s time for something a little different. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone with this one!

Emma Welford's Yarn - Valley Yarns Goshen

Emma Welford’s Yarn – Valley Yarns Goshen

If you follow my work you’ve noticed I tend towards super-fitted, body-conscious knits. What can I say–I love my clothes to slink, cling, curve and hug everything in just the right way (at least I hope it’s the right way!) My design for the spring 2013 issue is ALL ABOUT positive ease and minimal shaping. Sure, it made the pattern writing easier since I don’t have to calculate all that pesky waist shaping. Once I stopped second-guessing myself about the math, that is!

Colorblocking!

Colorblocking!

You might have noticed I love color. What can I say, I’m a Holla Knits girl and we loooove color! So don’t worry, we got two colors up in this knit! But instead of the stranded or slipped stitch colorwork that I usually tend towards, I went with colorblocking to keep it trendy and fun. That means–gasp!–trying intarsia for the first time. It’s super easy and another great technique to have in your colorwork knitting arsenal.

And CABLES! YES!

And CABLES! YES!

Of course, not everything about this design is new…that’s why it’s just new(ish). I couldn’t resist some peekaboo lace details, perfect for layering or flaunting that summer tan. (Or in my case, tattoos and summer paleness since I don’t tan!)

In short…I’m kicking off the new year with some new(ish)! How about you?

14 responses to “Guest Post: New(ish)

  1. Hey! Me too! I’m (usually) all about the fitted knits, and have just now started getting all keen on the positive ease! I’m gonna say it’s the 80s coming back for me. I didn’t get to appreciate it enough the first go-round. :)
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