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Designer Post: Chartreuse

headshot of Katherine Leek, blonde white woman wearing a white t shirt and a knitted cowl

 

Katherine Leek is the designer of the lovely Chartreuse from our newest issue. It's a generously sized shawl to wrap around you on chilly evenings year round. Read all about her aquatic inspiration for this lovely and fun to knit piece! Find out more about Katherine on her website

 

 

 

 

lemon colored shawl with center cable and openwork on each side. same shawl, shown from the back

 

 

 

Chartreuse is a neck down shawl inspired by the underwater flora and fauna I encountered while scuba diving off the coast of Bonaire, a tiny Caribbean island surrounded by a National Marine Park. This reef is renowned for being the healthiest in the Caribbean and is rich with aquatic life.

 

 

Katherine modeling her prototype wrapped with the point facing down her chest and the tails wrapped around like a scarfKatherine wearing her prototype wrapped flat around her back, arms crossed over her chest

 

 

The honeycomb and lace motif was inspired by the geometry of christmas tree worms (they’re cooler than they sound!), anemones, and hard & soft corals, and the central cable evokes Staghorn Coral. The long, slightly curved shape of the shawl is based on the shape of a ray’s wings, and the moving increase point of the triangular stockinette section is reminiscent of waves rolling in and lapping against the shore.

 

 

Katherine wearing her Chartreuse prototype

 


I hate skimpy shawls, so Chartreuse uses two full skeins of fingering weight yarn. The result is a versatile shawl you’ll wear again and again.

 

 

magazine shot of modeled Chartreuse

Twist Style Friday: Celosia

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 folks! It is Friday, technically, at the time I am writing this, but only because it's past midnight. I'm heading to Montreal tomorrow for the long weekend, and I have a bad habit of not sleeping the night before I go on a trip. It's partially because I'm a chronic insomniac, partially because I get excited about going on trips and so really super can't sleep, and partially because I always leave packing to the literal last second. I have a list somewhere of the things I am meaning to bring with me, but nothing is in a bag. I have not yet made any decisions about shoes or jewelry. I did just purchase a selection of earrings shaped like cougars, so likely those will make an appearance. I have decided to pack a bathing suit, although I have no plans to swim. Last weekend I was at a camp for 2.5 days, and I brought three swimsuits. I wore all of them. The water was very very cold, and I am not at all sorry. 

 

Lots of my friends have been a little bit bummed about the weather this week. It's been decidedly cool. I however, am thrilled. It feels like October outside but it won't be followed by November or December! It's a free extra October! I want it to last a long time. Actually what I want is double October, then July two times, then October again, then January, and back to double October and two more Julys. What a dream. 

 

Another dream of mine is knitting with silk. Have you ever done it? I'm not talking about a merino silk blend (though those are lovely), or a mumble-jumble yarn that has a bunch of fibers and one of them is silk. I mean JUST SILK. My mom just got back into knitting, and I turned her into a fiber snob in a few months flat. Silk is a special occasion fiber, and I think it's basically made of pure magic. It can keep you warm or cool. It has an amazing sheen and takes dye like a dream, so the colors are always rich. When you're knitting with it, you just want to make something enormous so you can wrap your whole body in it and stay like that forever. 

 

Or you could make Celosia, and still also leave your home while still wearing a layer of perfection. I'm a crusty introvert, so I am pretty happy to stay home and cocooned most of the time, but some of you like being out in the world. 

 

pale yellow silk tank with lace detail on front neckline and skinny straps

 

 

Because silk can also function as a great warmth layer, this top also makes a really great layering piece for cooler times or climates. Mostly though, I am enamored with the aesthetics. She is just so gosh darn pretty. The shape is a little swingy, and the lace edges are pretty and entirely unfussy. 

 

 

back viewfront view

 

 

If you're a small sized person, you could squeeze this whole top out of just two hanks of this stunning yarn, which I think is pretty cool. You also don't *have* to make this top in silk; it would be lovely too in linen, I think.

 

As for styling, I think this top can definitely take you day to night, and pretty much anyplace you like. So I say pick a piece of statement jewelry, comfy shoes, and a bag big enough to hold everything you need for the day, and go! Have the best time. You look amazing. It's springtime, which automatically makes everyone 30% cuter.  

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Celosia? 

Twist Style Friday: Godetia

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.


 


Today is a pretty momentous Friday, fashion fans. This weekend will likely contain my first lake swim of the season. I'm feeling pretty jazzed about getting out of the city for a minute, ignoring technology, squeezing some people I love, and jumping into some (probably extremely cold) water. It's staff orientation weekend for the camp I volunteer at later in the summer. Last summer I LIVED in my Burrard sweater, which I passed along semi-permanently to my Facebook-wife and wonderful friend Leah (someday I'll share pics of that sweater on tour), so I am going to try really hard to finish my Riverdale before camp so I can have a cozy handknit that I also get to charge with woodsmoke and friendship and hilarity of camp. For the weekend, I'm taking a sock project. Nothing too complicated.... except that they're kind of complicated! I'm making myself a pair of Lingonberry socks, but I'm ignoring all the colorwork and just using really pretty self striping sock yarn. I'll show you my progress when they start to look like something! 

 

Enough about me and my knitting, I bet you want to see this week's sweater. It's so pretty, guys. 

 

 

Godetia, coral colored tank top with a lace medallion at the back, picot edging on armholes and collar, ribbed lower hem. shown from the back, on a petite brunette model, standing in front of a background with painted squares in shades of pink, red, and coral. same sweater, model, and background, seen from the front.

 

 

You knit the lace medallion first, and then you knit the tank with a cutout in the back, and then you get to do some serious graft-magic to unite the two like the pretty megazord of summer sweaters. I love the idea of this process; I just grafted the toe of a sock last night and it made me feel invincible. Additionally, I love doilies, and this medallion reminds me of one. I have a tattoo of a doily, that's how much I love doilies.

 

Let's take a closer look at those details. 

 
 
detail shot of lace medallion
 
 
 
detail shot of neckline and picot edges
 
 
 
 
 
In a bright color like this, Godetia is cute as heck, sprightly even. In black or a pale neutral, it would be super elegant. If you want to get adventurous, you could knit the lace in a different color for extra pop. Whatever you decide, it's going to be so so pretty. 
 
 
As for styling, I think this top is pretty versatile! You could wear it like a t shirt or like a silk shell. Take her to the beach, or the mall, or the opera. 
 
 
 
three outfits
 
 
 
How will you wear Godetia

Twist Style Friday: Windley

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, and happy May!

 

A few weeks ago, a couple of friends were visiting from the west cost, and they were trying to explain to me what it's like to live in a place that, as they described it, has "no weather." The seasons are not particularly different from each other, and there are only really two of them. It rains more consistently in winter, and less in summer, but the temperature range is pretty narrow, and folks wear the same clothes throughout the year. There is a way in which this sounds pretty awesome to me. I don't love the heat or the cold, my favorite times of year are spring and fall, when things are a little more moderate. I have a fear though, that I would lose time if I didn't have the seasons to remind me that the world is always changing, and that I am too. When the weather shifts, I change how I eat, what I wear, how I travel, how I sleep. I flip though the memories in my brain of what I was doing and feeling last time winter became spring, or summer became fall. I like feeling the wheel of the year in my body and my brain. 

 

Yesterday felt like a precipice in a couple of ways and then at midnight, it was May. I think it's a great day to take a look at a decidedly springy sweater. It is my great pleasure to introduce you Windley

 

 

melon colored short sleeve pullover with lace at neckline, modeled on a slim brunette woman standing in front of a patterned wallsame sweater from the back, the same lace pattern echoed on the upper back

 

 

 

You should know that I absolutely despise cantaloupe, which is what the color of this top reminds me of, but I think the color is super pretty. I also like the slightly rolled edges, the simple shape, and the pretty lace. This, my friends, is a quick knit. You could be wearing it so soon. I hope you decide to. Yours could be grellow, or charcoal, or mermaid-teal, or that red that's actually orange! Let's take a closer look at the little lace business there. 

 

 

lace detail

 

 

Here are some more ideas for outfits. I went with simple shapes and statement shoes. Whether you're heading to a worker's rally or jumping over a fire, Windley can take you there. 

 

 

four outfits

 

How will you wear Windley

 

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Anemoi

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!! It's a happy one indeed when there is a new issue up!! I hope you have gotten a chance to sit down with a big mug of tea (or a slushie, or giant glass of iced tea, depending on climate-appropriateness) and take a long slow flip though the pages of the Spring/Summer 2015 Twist Collective. 

 

 

This issue is chock-full of stunning shawls and scarves, which are pretty awesome all-season accessories, depending on what sorts of fibers you use to make them. I was excited too, to see a whole section of kids' stuff! More and more of my pals are making new humans, and it's pretty fun to make them small-size things to wear. I also often find myself encouraging new knitters to use a baby sweater as a bridge from knitting rectangles of various sizes towards building sweater competence! You get all the skills, but at a lower yarn and time cost. Plus you get to dress a small person. The cuteness, it overwhelms. 

  

 

It's been a week of feeling super betrayed by the weather here in Toronto. We had a week of that promising sunny time where it's cool in the shade but you don't really need a jacket. Tuesday night I got hailed on, and Thursday morning it snowed. Summer is on its way though. Even with this temporary aberration, the crocuses are poking through the soil, and the sun is strong enough to burn. I just cast on for a very autumn-y sweater and it doesn't seem like the wrong time. 

 

 

This week's featured garment is not an autumn-y sweater. This is definitely springlike, and holy gosh it's pretty. I'd like to introduce you to my new crush, Anemoi

 

 

Anemoi from the back, detail of lace upper back and shoulder

 

same sweater from the front, detail of v-neckline and lace short sleeves

 

 

The shape is simple and clean. If you wear a lot of full skirts or high waisted things, you can crop it at the waist and get a whole sweater out of a pretty small quantity of yarn. That means that even if you're knitting on a budget, you can make this out of something a little dreamy and luxurious. This stunning hand-dyed from Sundara is pretty in epic proportions. I'd want mine lipstick red, but maybe also one the color of wheat, and maybe with a little sparkle? Is that crazy? If you want to get very fancy, you could use something with sparkle or sheen just for the lace part, and go for double textural contrast. 

 

 

I'll admit I was thinking about dressing some specific humans when working on the styling of this pretty little top this week. The one at the bottom is for my art-star pal Clara, and you should imagine that there is a hand-carved slingshot tucked into the back pocket of those overalls. The floral polka-dot dress is for my roombabe Lucy, who is competing next week in a comedy brawl because she is the bravest. The far right is for my mom to wear on dates (because my mom is cooler than me), and the far left is for my badass friend Zena who is a for real serious adult who sends me coloring books in the mail. I have a whole set of perfect ladies in my life, and if I was the fastest knitter in the world and had the attention span to make a pattern more than once (I can barely hack a second sock), I would make them all this sweater. Go forth and be beautiful, lady loves (you already are)! 

 

 

four outfits

 

 

How will you wear Anemoi

 

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