Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I wrote a tutorial for Holla Knits.

Last stop on the Holla Knits Winter Issue blog tour! And yes, I know it's my second stop. I designed a pattern AND wrote an article, so that means I get to go twice.

The Winter issue of Holla Knits features a tutorial I wrote. I've had this article/tutorial in my head for over a year, and I'm really glad that I finally got a chance to write it and publish it where knitters will (hopefully) read it. My article is called Picking Up Stitches: The Sometimes, Always, Never Rule. I talk about picking up stitches (like for a collar or a button band), and I make an analogy between the "sometimes, always, never" rule about buttons on a suit coat and my own personal "sometimes, always, never" rule about which leg of a stitch to pick up a new stitch from. If that sounds complicated, it's actually not, it's just wordy. Anyway. Read my article and go forth, more confident in your knitting decision making! If you're not already a Holla Knits subscriber, you can get a copy of the magazine here so that you, too, can make good choices about picking up stitches. (It also has my AWESOME pattern for Fair Isle PANTS, so there's that incentive, too.)

To celebrate me finally writing something I've meant to since early 2014, let's have a giveaway! You can win one of my patterns that requires picking up stitches for a collar so that you can test out my rule.

Leave a comment before Sunday, November 15th, and you could win one of these sweater patterns, shown top to bottom, left to right:
Electric OasisGhost StoriesBellefonte, Tullamore
Kenner Street Pullover, Over the Fence, Fenwick IslandVistoire,
OlmstedEverett Henley.

Your choice! Tell me which sweater you like best, and be sure to leave me a way to contact you! I'll pick a random winner sometime on Sunday.

If you haven't read the other posts about this collection, here's a blog tour schedule.

Oct 26: Launch Day
Oct 27: The Sweatshop of Love - pattern giveaway
Oct 28: Cosmos and Cashmere - pattern giveaway
Oct 29: Brown Sheep Company Blog - SEG 2 balls Nature Spun Worsted Ash

Nov 3: Klever Knits
Nov 4: Canary Knits
Nov 5: Aphaia- pattern giveaway / SEG: 4 balls KP Brava Bulky

Nov 9: Ashwini J Designs - pattern giveaway
Nov 11: Cosmos and Cashmere


  1. Emily, thank you so much for the PANTS pattern! Just as I thought, my DD went ape over it and wants a pair right now. And I just bought two new pairs of boots, and long PANTS would be so cool with them! So, I must comment, but don't expect to win another giveaway. However, just for the record, my choice would be Bellefonte -- I love cardigans. AnnBan on Ravelry.

  2. Awesome, I really would have needed this article not too long ago, as I had to try to figure out how to pick up stitches for a collar on a vest I knit. Internet searches ensued, this is exactly what I'll need. Lovely patterns too!
    Rav ID: lilwestie