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Twist Collector: Stephanie
by Stephanie K.
Hello, my name is Stephanie, I’m an insatiable knitter and I love Twist Collective! I learned to knit in 2002 with a craft store kit, books, and internet resources. Handknitting is an extension of my sewn wardrobe, which I began creating in 1994. I work in a fairly casual environment, higher education, and I wear my knits most days.
Cabling and lacework are a few of my favorite elements. I was thrilled with the premiere issue of Twist, as I found the design aesthetic fresh and modern. The level of talent was impressive; several of my favorite designers had published new patterns. Also, the photography was inspiring and informative, with clear views from different angles. So far, I have finished seven Twist sweaters, including at least one from each issue, and I have one in progress.
My Twist Collective projects include (reading left to right, starting at the top row):
●Wisteria by Kate Gilbert is fun to knit, with a clear pattern and good charts. Making a few size modifications was easy with the excellent schematic. I find myself reaching for Wisteria frequently on cold winter days as it’s quite cozy with the cables and mock turtle neck.
●Rebecca by Fiona Ellis has good charts for the body conscious cable pattern, and is a warm yet lightweight in dk yarn.
●Primrose Path by Angela Hahn is great for spring, with figure flattering ribbing and an asymmetric lace pattern.
●Chartres is another Fiona Ellis design, a gorgeous shell and fast knit, with an entertaining cable/lace motif.
●Broderie by Connie Chang Chinchio is a cardigan perfect for summer in the Mid-Atlantic, knit with a cotton blend and shortened sleeves. With intricate lace, an allover stitch pattern, and sport weight gauge, this project isn’t necessarily the easiest to execute, but it is interesting and engaging.
●Uhura by Connie is a pretty tank top with a few unexpected details, like its racer back.
●Vine Yoke by Ysolda Teague is fun, knitting up quickly with an unusual sideways construction method, and offers many sizes in a comprehensible layout. Vine Yoke has become my go-to fall sweater, with its unique style and warmth perfect for the transitional season.
●Vivian by Ysolda (in progress) is a cabled hoodie with a seed stitch background. The cabling looks elaborate, but it’s intuitive since most of the crossings occur on the same rows.
One central theme emerged while working on these projects: all the patterns were extremely well written. As a prolific sweater knitter, I appreciate a pattern that is easy to understand and does not require significant rewriting to correct errors or to obtain a garment like the one in pattern photos. I keep returning to Twist Collective patterns because I know that they will have clear text, good schematics and charts, and they will provide me with a smooth knitting experience, free of errata. Also, I am always pleased with the stellar design talent in each new issue. I love and appreciate the concept of fair compensation for designers. Another great aspect is Twist’s commitment to customer service. The few times I needed assistance with download links, Twist customer service helped quickly and efficiently.