welcome holla knits! 

UPDATE: Comments are now closed, congratulations to our winner, MONICA from Sweet Purls

As most of you have probably noticed, the world of patterns has completely changed in the past few years. I still hold my tangible, collectible books and magazines dear, but the trend towards online publishing is exciting for many reasons. With a bit of computer savvy and great organizational moxie, a knitter can put herself at the helm of a mini-indie-media empire (say that three times fast). That is just what Allyson Dyhuizen has done, and Holla Knits is her latest project. 

Allyson has been teaching, blogging and designing for quite a while now, and I have long admired her fun and innovative approach. Even the simplest patterns contain cheeky details, like the Two Boyfriends Cardigan, where she updates the ever popular boyfriend cardigan silhouette with intentionally mismatched fronts. Does the world need another online knitting magazine? When the editor is as fun and motivated as Allyson, YES! 

So what is Holla Knits all about? It is more than a static collection of patterns. Allyson runs a fantastic blog that offers a peek into the design process, from picking yarns to sewing on that last button. By the time I met the sweaters in the first issue, I felt like I really understood the work and thought that had gone into each one. The layout is clean and easy to follow, and she has sprinkled tons of totally fun images throughout. 

The coolest feature is that each garment is knit in two yarns: one low-priced and easily obtainable option and one slightly more luxurious option. Sizes and design features are also swapped out in some cases. It takes one of the best features of Ravelry--seeing variations on different bodies--and plugs it right into the magazine! Genius! 

I was thrilled to work with Allyson providing the yarn support for Lilith Ubbelohde's adorable Romp Around the Clock design. I honestly had no doubts that a risky garment like a one-piece adult romper would not go awry under the editorial direction of Allyson. Would you believe this is Lilith's FIRST design?! She hit it out of the park. 

HiKoo Simplicity works beautifully here. It is next to skin soft, machine washable and bouncy enough to hold up summer after summer. The DK weight merino blend comes in a HUGE array of colors, and I love the romper in Seattle Skies, a charcoal gray that will go with everything. The stitch definition is perfect for showcasing the textured details Lilith worked into this adorable piece. 


We are especially excited to be able to offer a PRIZE kit for this pattern! The winner will receive a pattern, the yarn and the addi Needles to knit this romper! Start now and wear it to a Fourth of July BBQ! Comment here to enter--let me know how you would style this versatile piece. If you're already a Holla Knits subscriber, head to their blog to enter their subscriber exclusive giveaway. I will pick a winner on May 5th. Good luck either way! 

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Reader Comments (34)

I love this romper in grey. I would wear it with a light, breezy cream cardigan and some tan strappy sandals to hang out in parks all over the city this summer! Thank you for the giveaway!

Apr 24, 2012 at 7:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnn

I love the grey romper with the yellow contrast buttons! I'd pair it with a lightweight yellow cardigan for a bold summer look!

Apr 24, 2012 at 7:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterKelly

The yarn does show off the cables nicely. It's hard to believe this is Lilith's first design! I'd never think of wearing something like this on my own, but having seen it, I would love to try knitting it. I'd want to wear it with a bright, cropped jacket and Salt Water sandals or oxfords to match. Really cute pattern.

Apr 24, 2012 at 7:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I fell in love with this romper as soon as I saw it. I would wear it in gray with an unbuttoned shirt (either brightly colored or black), tights, and of course an umbrella!

Apr 24, 2012 at 7:48 AM | Unregistered CommenterRuth

I love the romper. I would definitely layer it with a pretty jacket or blouse in a bright pop of color like red.

Apr 24, 2012 at 7:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterSue

I too love the romper in grey. I would use some little red buttons instead of the yellow and wear it with my vintage cream and red cardi.

Apr 24, 2012 at 7:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterThia hobson

I love this pattern, especially the cables. I'm not positive I could pull it off, but I really want to try! I would wear it with some tights and a cute jacket or cardigan.

Apr 24, 2012 at 7:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I don't quite have the cojones to pull off a romper—plus, I take issue with any item of clothing that requires me to strip completely to use the toilet—but I love the general silhouette of Lily's design and would modify it to be more of a long sleeveless tunic type thing, maybe in the Framboise color. Words, words are good. Too bad I can't think of any right now.

Apr 24, 2012 at 7:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterAmy

love the color

Apr 24, 2012 at 8:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoxie

I would make it wear it with a belt, a little jacket and some funky tights. Also, paired with ballet flats and a fedora.

Apr 24, 2012 at 8:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I love the gray color. I think this needs to be worn with black tights. I have a pretty gray flower clip for my hair that would go nicely!

Apr 24, 2012 at 9:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

I really love the gray, but I typically lean more toward "blues". I have to admit that I've never (ever) thought I would like rompers, but this is TOO ADORABLE!!! I would pair it w/a little shrug & sandals. Congrats Lilith on your 1st design!

Apr 24, 2012 at 9:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterJennifer R.

I love this design! I would pair it with simple flat pumps and a statement necklace. I'd totally let this gorgeous design shine by itself :)

(bigdamnhero in Ravelry)

Apr 24, 2012 at 10:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterJosielefay

I would dress this down for a day of relaxing, in my typical neo-grunge fashion, because that cabling at the waist is so classy and refined! Definitely some half-unlaced Converse high-tops and metal jewelry. For my 22nd birthday dinner in July, I would slip on a bright headband and some sparkly ballet flats. This romper is so versatile!

Apr 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM | Unregistered CommenterBecka

I love how it looks on Allyson with the white blazer, but I think I would wear it with some funky, bright colored tights!

Apr 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM | Unregistered Commentercaitlin

I'd pair it with a cute t-shirt underneath, and add a colorful belt (red or orange) to highlight the waist. Shoes would be flat sandals or espadrilles, in red or orange...

Apr 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrenda C

Honestly I don't know if I could pull off the romper, but I'd probably just knit the romper as a skirt and wear it with a t-shirt underneath for a cute spring/summer look. I'm also a huge fan of all the Sweatshop of Love patterns!

Apr 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterMari

I think in light blue with a light green shrug would look fab!

Apr 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterDagny

Could I style it any better than Allyson already has? I DIE with the black sexy tights underneath. I would have never thought this could be "evening" wear, but with the tuxedo jacket, tights, and heels, she looks downright glamorous!

Apr 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterJillian

I'd go bold: make the romper in red, then pair it with a little black bolero and some cute black strappy heels. Love this look!

Apr 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterLaura
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