Welcome! I'm Holly Chayes.

This online space has been around in one form or another since 2010, it focuses on making, creativity and living a curious life, plus a lot of clothing.

Some of the projects I've worked on in the past 10+ years include...

Talking About Clothes with Holly Chayes

An interview podcast that's all about clothing (and also, not *really* about clothing at all). Find all the details and listen to conversations about comfort, style, change and shopping here. Or search for Talking About Clothes with Holly Chayes wherever you listen to podcasts.

Who Wears Who?

A personal style coaching and content practice devoted to helping you own and wear your clothes intentionally, instead of being worn by them. Discover your own style guidance, and learn more about the practice of intentional style at WhoWearsWho.com

The Self-Made Wardrobe Project

Predecessor to Who Wears Who, a year-long challenge in 2014/2015 where I only wore clothes I made. That year would have been a lot easier if the clothes had magically made themselves. Learn more about The Self-Made Wardrobe Project and explore the archives here.

The Shawl Geometry Book Series

Enough shawl shapes to keep you knitting for a lifetime. A multi-year exploration of math, shape and space in knitting, where I documented traditional shawl shaping, and iterated on those traditions to create new recipes of shawl shaping. Ultimately this lead to 75+ shapes, and 400+ pages of common and uncommon shawl shaping instructions. This project was inspired by a dozen individual shawl designs, each encapsulating a love of geometric lace design. You can find The Shawl Geometry Series here.


Thank you for being here with me. –Holly

It’s Been Awhile

It may have been awhile since I last posted, but I’ve been a little busy. In the past few weeks I’ve… graduated. attempted to stay on track with my hour a day of paperwork. This hasn’t gone great, but I have charted and swatched a few things, began formatting the pattern for A Study in Grey, kept in touch with all  my test knitters for the Arrowhead Stole, scheduled and re-scheduled a photo-shoot more than a few times, and am getting ready to launch Climbing Trellis in the next few days. made a very, very, teeny, tiny dent in the copy paper box full of knitting to wash and block. The second photo is my entire living room floor covered in drying knitting. the Putty Waves scarf off the needles. I’m still looking for a better name though. added a bunch of repeats to Que Sera, knit out of a...
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Busy Busy Bee

Too much to do, not enough time. No new blog posts from me until after exams are done and projects turned in. But here’s a very small (I have lots to talk about) sneak peak. Holly No related posts.

Patterning Update Today, Crafting Update Tomorrow

Hopefully I’ll get better at updating once the semester is done and there is less crazy. But for now at least sporadic updates (hopefully at least twice a week) is all I can manage. Not a huge amount has happened on the design front because I had an 8 page paper due Friday, which in reality was an 11 page paper, because I found I kept having more to say, and today I finished the first of 5 large final projects. Wednesday I charted out the pattern for the Dancing Girls Scarf, and wrote up the pattern. It turns out I had written out the pattern before, but in a very unclear and messy sort of way. So I found it easier just to rewrite the pattern. Thursday I charted, then swatched, then ripped for a dragonfly inspired tam that I have floating around in my brain. Friday my brain...
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