StoneyBrook Top from the Holla Knits! Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Stoneybrook Top
Stoneybrook Top by Rusty Baker

A few months ago we sent  out 1000 yards of ModeSock in Lazurite for a new design for Holla Knits! Spring/Summer 2014 Collection.  That lovely blue sock yarn has turned into the StoneyBrook Top,  a light, airy sweater perfect for spring and summer. It’s youthful and fun, and looks great with leggings as pictured, or would look good with a pair of jeans or even a short skirt.

Pretty openwork detail!
The asymmetrical hem is flattering.

We really like the openwork on the side and on the top, and the asymmetrical line is flattering for many body types.

Our yarn used is ModeSock, a delicious 3-ply fingering weight yarn, 60% superwash merino, 30% bamboo, and 10% nylon. Perfect for softness, easy care & strength. ModeSock is available in 100g/ 382 yard skeins, so three skeins would be needed for StoneyBrook.

The top was knitted in Lazurite, a strong blue with overtones of blue/black. We can see it knitted up in so many other colors as well. Kathleen would knit this in A Study in Pink, and Annie would probably choose Epidote or Hershel Greene.

Would you like a copy of the pattern? Leave a comment on this post telling us the color you would use to knit StoneyBrook, and you will be entered to win a copy of the pattern. We’ll use the random number generator to choose the winner on Wednesday April 16th.

Follow the blog tour for the Holla Knits! Spring/Summer 2014 Collection:

April 11: Kirsten Singer


April 15: Canary Knits
April 16: Baah Yarns
April 18: DovieJay Knits


April 22: Mari Knits
April 23: Magical Grammar
April 24: Knit York City




We’re ordered, and we’re currently awaiting, MANY more kilos of beautiful undyed ModeSock and ModeLuxe for dyeing and loving!

If all goes well, it should be here mid-next week, and be up and for sale in our store by next weekend! Our first order of business; create the ModeLuxe in the colors of the Slippy Cowl so we can fulfill the wishes of the folks who want to make that same item!

Second order of business; knit a few samples in other colors so folks can easily envision different color combinations!

This downtime is perfect for upgrading the website (now each different yarn will be accessible through drop down menus under “ModeKnit Yarn” – try it!) and soon we’ll have different selectable menus for different colorways.

Right now we only show images of yarns that are immediately available, but we have to think of ways to show all the colors AND whether they’re available in an easy to update way.

I’m using a WordPress plug in called “Catablog” – which has much more power than I’m currently using – so the time is right to figure out how to use all that extra database goodness!

AND it’s a perfect time to get some projects for other books / magazines finished, and to begin sourcing yarn for my boleros & shrugs book! If you know of an indy yarn that you really like, I’m trying to use as many indy dyers in the book, and I’m always on the lookout for great new yarn sources!

IMG_0482I’m hopeful that all of you had a MAGNIFICENT holiday, and will continue on through next week (and BEYOND!) to celebrate the light and warmth that we can create in our own lives when it’s so dark outside!

And in that spirit, I’d love to give you a wonderful Crescent Cookie recipe, gf_crescent_cookies.

I’ve made this gluten free, but it’s incredibly easy to just trade out the GF Baking mix for the flour of your choice!

I’m afraid it’s very nut heavy, but has no eggs! It is rich (buttery) but has little sugar.

This is the cookie that always makes me think it’s Christmas!