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Twist Style Friday: Sachertorte

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 


Even though technically January is the beginning of the year, having spent so many years either as a student, or working with youth (many of whom are in school of some variety), September always feels like the beginning of something. The pace of things changes. The light shifts. The trees start to pretty up their leaves before releasing them. The year is a wheel at at this point I am reflective, looking at the echoes of the year before and the year before that.

 

One of the reasons I like living in a place where the seasons are so distinct is that is reminds me that change is normal and important and ultimately, possible. The leaves will grow back. Not everything is for keeps.

 

I'm knitting a LOT of wedding presents right now (pretend you didn't read that, people I love who are getting hitched), which hopefully are for longtime keeping! Knits can last pretty much forever, especially if you take nice care of them and learn how to darn. This week's sweater I can imagine being passed down through generations. Oh hi there Sachertorte.

 

 

collar and front detail

 

 

The stunning cables are pretty timeless (and just pretty), and the swingy shape means the same size can be worn by folks with pretty different body sizes and shapes (excellent for sharing and heirlooming).

 

 

side shot back view

 

 

I don't have any grand recommendations except for this; wear this sweater with things you love. Wear things you love every day if you can. Forget all the rules you've been taught about what's fashionable and what's flattering.  I was working on this styling in my office on a day we have some teenage volunteers around, and so I asked them what they thought of the outfits I had put together, and they universally hated the one on the right, which is obviously my favorite, because I always like the most ridiculous things the most. One of them said "You'd have to be pretty confident to wear those pants with those shoes" which made me laugh, but I think she had it backwards. Wearing gold shoes makes me feel bulletproof. I think you should probably give it a whirl. Oh, and also try a grown-up tutu, because that's cute and also hilarious. Carry a big angular purse and you won't look like a giant child, I promise.

 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Sachertorte?

Throwback Thursday: Novak

Yesterday some of my colleagues went to have an offsite meeting at a restaurant near our office, and we decided to meet inside rather than on the patio because it was kind of chilly. 

 

This time of year my knitting impulse is going strong. I want to be ready when the cold weather gets here. This week's #throwbackthursday takes us to Fall 2009, our first anniversary issue. Say hi to Novak

 

 

Novak

 

 

She's got a slight A-line shape, and herringbone details on the dramatic collar and cuffs. Made in squishy plied worsted merino, this is also a speedy little sweater to make. I love a three quarter sleeve- you can wear long gloves and look seriously cool, and not overheat when you go inside. 

 

 

cuff detailcollar detail

 

 

The retro shape was inspired by 50s film star Kim Novak. Check out the sample on the designer, Claire Montgomerie. 

 

 

Claire Montgomerie wearing Novak

 

 

This 50s style is a classic in any era, and I know I would love to have a Novak to keep me warm when the snow flies. 

Twist Style Fridays: Meristem

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 

 

Happy Friday friends!!

 

I'm a big puddle of feelings today. I supervise a group of young women volunteers doing creative peer education and community building work (in my non-knitting life), and last night they held an event called "open mic for open hearts" where folks were invited to share music, art, poetry, comedy, or stories with the crowd. I'm not a performer and had never organized a thing like that, but it was kind of amazing. The event, and lots of my experiences working with young people, has me thinking a lot about what it means to be tough. Physical strength is a real thing, but it is only one thing. There is also resilience, and forgiveness, and healing, and teaching, and growth, and transformation. All of these are tough as heck (or tough AF, as the youths are saying these days). 

 

 

When I first started riding a bike in the city,  was so nervous. I didn't know how to take up space on the road. It was like a crash course in assertiveness (without the crash). For a while I had to repeat (in my head or our loud) the sentence "I am a vehicle!" over and over again to convince myself it was true. This event last night felt like a slow steady chant of "we are powerful." And we are.

 

 

Me, I use my clothes to remind me that I'm powerful. My clothes (and accessories, and makeup) are armor. Here is a silly shot of the aggressively sparkly shirt I wore last night to this performance. I wore purpley-black lipstick to feel extra tough (it worked).

 

 

carly, white and blond, wearing a black tank top decorated with lipstick made of sequins

 

 

One of my favorite things about the weather cooling down is that you can wear MORE CLOTHES. I am so excited about layering I can't even really explain it. You'll notice that every outfit in the set below involves layers. Dreamy!

 

 

So let's take a look at the garment, shall we? Meristem is a perfect layering piece, or a top on its own! The organic vine-y yoke is knit sideways from the center out, and the body stitches are picked up and knit downwards. Fun, right??

 

 

yoke detail of Meristem, terra cotta vest with sideways cabled yoke

 

 

I'm also a big fan of the split sideseam, and the garter edge at the bottom. This top is kind of simple, but there are lots of knitterly details to keep it interesting and make it special.

 

 

detail shot of waist shaping and split side seam

 

 

I say go forth and be layered! Be complicated and strong! Wear delightful knitted things and aggressive accessories (aggressories, as I sometimes call them)! No one will mess with you when your earrings are shark teeth or you could maybe cut them with the toe of your boot.

 

 

three layered outfits

 

 

How will you wear Meristem?

Throwback Thursday: Samsara

Hi folks! 

 

Carly here. Since we started an Instagram account, we have been noticing people posting old (and sometimes very hilarious) photos from their pasts with the hashtag #throwbackthursday. Kate and I thought it would be fun to feature patterns from past issues on the blog on Thursdays. Welcome to our first installment. 

 

This is Samsara. We first met her in out Winter 2010 issue

 

 

beige cropped jacket with cable panels on the lower front and back knit on the bias

 

 

Have you ever knitted something on the bias? Those cabled panels are knitted diagonally, and then stitches are picked up in various directions to make the rest of the jacket. The hem curves gently in the back, way before that was cool. 

 

back view

 

 

The simple one-button closure and the easy shape make this a perfect fall jacket. 

 

 

closure detail

 

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Cherrywood

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 


Happy Friday everyone!! This week finally brought my favorite weather. It's been warm in the sun and cool in the shade. I can have my nice heavy blankets on my bed. I finished my Riverdale sweater, and sometime soon (er, and once I get and attach some buttons), I can actually wear it.

 

If you pay attention to my personal knitting and wearing proclivities, you may know that the only sweaters I knitted for years and years were cardigans, but lately I have been wearing more pullovers (and pants- whoa). I have a half-finished Ravenscrag that I want to get back to business on so I can wear it when wool weather makes a real appearance. All the sweaters from Twist are gorgeous (I think!), but for sure one of the garments from the newest Twist that really jumped out at me was this stunner.

 

 

red pullover with horizontal cable details modeled by a woman with pale skin and light hair, standing in the forestback view

 

 

I'm in love with the squishy garter low around the hands, and at the hem. I think the simple horizontal cable around the hip has a big impact but keeps the lines super clean. Cherrywood seems to be like she would be just as at home with skinny black pants and sky-high stilettos as in this wood nymph scene you see above. This sweater is gorgeous.

 

 

cuff detail

 

 

For you process knitters, this one starts with the cables, cast on provisionally and kitchenered into loops, and the garter is knit down from picked up edges, and the rest knit up from another picked up edge. This method really appeals to me, and means that when you reach the shoulder join, you get one of those magic chrysalis moments where a mess of fabric suddenly becomes a sweater. I'm a sucker for a dramatic reveal. It's why I can't stop watching Pretty Little Liars.

 

As for styling, I think a little drama is probably the way to go with this one. You're going to be wearing handmade decorative rope; you can be a little daring with the rest of the outfit.

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Cherrywood?

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