The summer accessories issue of Holla Knits just went live, and it is worth checking out. What makes Holla Knits different from most knitting magazines (both online and print) is that there is no advertising. As in zero. Ads are how magazines cover their costs, so Holla Knits relies on issue and pattern purchases alone to support production and designers.
The issue is $14, which is a pretty good deal for 5 patterns (works out to $2.80 per pattern) and 4 articles, such as how to knit a wedge shape with short rows (easily the most valuable article in the group, because it explains short rows very clearly and the wedge shape is great for practicing), conquering your stash, and a great sock 101 article breaking down each component of a sock pattern and what to watch out for. And there is even a fun quiz (who can resist a quiz?!) on finding your ‘knitting spirit animal’. I’m a Raven! You’ll have to take the quiz to get it.
But back to the patterns. The links to the individual patterns contain details on yardage, needle sizes, etc. My top 3 are:
A textured mesh hat that is perfect for that special skein of sock yarn you have squirreled away. Lace is both written and charted.
You should totally knit this hat if you: love mesh, texture, one-skein projects, and knitting hats you can wear from spring into fall.
And you should totally not knit this hat if: a 12-row pattern repeat is too much for you, or if you will never wet block a swatch, not even if your life depended on it. It’s crucial to wet block this one, because the mesh grows.
Taken By the Wind
A big, dramatic shawl that is completely timeless and totally vintage all at the same time. Lace is both written out and charted.
You should totally knit this shawl if: You love big comfy shawls that have a bit of drama, little hits of lace, Stevie Nicks, admiring the moon at night, and short rows.
You should totally not knit this shawl if: You despise stockinette, and/or making fringe. Of course, you could leave the fringe off (click through the links to see what it looks like without the fringe!)
A beginner-friendly pattern that alternates garter blocks and super-simple mesh lace.
You should totally knit this shawl if: you love knitting while having conversations or watching movies, easily memorized instructions, laceweight yarn, and rectangular shawls.
You should totally not knit this shawl if: you like your knits complex and keeping you on your toes. This one will not keep your attention if you are looking for a challenge.
As usual you can buy each pattern individually for $4, or you can purchase the full magazine, with all the articles and fun stuff inside including all the patterns, for $14.
I recommend you check out all 5 patterns here, because then you can leave a comment and enter the giveaway to win a free copy of the newHolla Knits issue! Please leave a comment below, letting me know which accessory from the new collection you most want to knit right this second. Bonus entries are counted for facebook (You can comment on the post link when it goes up) and Twitter. I’ll be keeping track in a handy spreadsheet. Because I like spreadsheets (try not to judge).
Entries are accepted until midnight (EDST) on Thursday, May 21st. Good luck!
There is also a blog tour for the new issue, with stops below:
May 18: Holla Knits Warm Weather Accessories Issue Launch
May 19: The Sweatshop of Love / Knitted Bliss – pattern giveaway, issue giveaway
May 20: Ruby Submarine – fringe tutorial
May 21: Handmade by Stefanie – pattern and yarn giveaway
May 26: Doog Knits – kit giveaway
May 28: Canary Knits – issue giveaway
May 29: Laura Reinbach – pattern giveaway
June 1: Gynx Yarns Podcast – pattern and yarn giveaway
June 2: Ruby Submarine – issue giveaway
June 4: Rock and Purl – giveaway
June 8: Handmade by Stefanie – Take 5
June 9: Hands Occupied – issue giveaway
Be sure to check them all out!