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Designer Post: Sheepcote

Laura ChauToday's post is brought to you by Laura Chau, designer of so many wonderful Twist patterns, including Cityscape, and Winona. Today she writes about making herself a version of the gorgeous Sheepcote pullover. You can also find this post on Laura's blog.

 

 

Original Sheepcote

 

I finished my Sheepcote! Of course, it’s about 30C too hot to wear it, but I’m sure it’ll see lots of action in the fall. I’ve photographed it with jeans, but I’d definitely wear it over a tank dress or with a nice full skirt. I made size 37 3/4″, and used the same size needles as in the pattern.

 

Laura's Sheepcote

For my version, I did a few things differently. I chose a yarn with more drape than the original Green Mountain Spinnery (which is also awesome) – I used Manos silk blend in Juniper (3043) and Nickel (3031). I love this yarn, it’s so soft and luminous! I bought all the skeins in the shop, but I was a bit short on yardage so I had to be a bit creative. I did decide to omit the waist shaping (which would have used less yarn) for a more casual body shape.

 

Laura's Sheepcote

 

I made it a little less blouse-y in the yoke, by working the first decrease round at about half the yoke height, working even for a bit longer before the second decrease round, and working fewer short rows. I was juuuust able to get enough yoke height with the amount of Juniper that I had (I think it was 6 skeins) before starting the contrast ribbed collar.

 

Closeup

Twist Style Friday: Trifle

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 Twistfans! I am extremely happy at the moment, because my sweet friend Ryan (who happens to be a super talented artist, author, and public speaker) is putting me up while the Toronto heatwave is turning my beautiful apartment into an uninhabitable oven.

Later this weekend the heat will break, and I'll be able to touch wool again. I can't wait. Given the heat, it's no coincidence that the garment I chose to style for today is just a little slip of a thing. She's the foam on your macchiato, the whipped cream on your sundae.


Meet Trifle.

 

side view

 

She's just the thing when you're feeling romantic, and want to be the girliest girl. Have a gander at some sweet outfits with ladylike dresses.

 

five dresses

 

You could also have Trifle's sweetness offer a counterpoint to something with a bit of a harder edge. The outfit in the middle was inspired by Tilda Swinton, and the two on the outside were heavily influenced by dreamboat and style icon Beth Ditto. Since I was thinking of celebrities, who are magically immune to the pain of wearing excruciating shoes, I may have gone a little overboard on the footwear. Summertime is for dreaming, okay??

 

three more

 

How will you wear Trifle?

 

full view

Twist Style Friday: Viridis

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 Twistfans! I have to tell you, this is a very happy weekend for me. This past week was my last one as a graduate student. It was a tough one, I had to spend a lot of time looking at calming manatees on the internet and listening to the soundtracks of musicals to get through my last papers.   I don't know what the next adventure will be, but I do know that knitting - and wearing knitted things - will continue to remain a major part of my life.

 

This delight is on my list. Is it on yours?

 

Viridis

 

I love the sideways lace, the welted hems, the elegant belt and off-centre closure. It's a quirky sweater, but still really easy to wear.

I see it paired with things with simple shapes, with something just a little offbeat. A lucite purse, a cutout-collar, a dip-dyed hem. See?

 

Three outfits

 

How will you wear Viridis?

Mod Corner: Little Birds

Hi everyone! Welcome to the second installment of Mod Corner, where we take a look at some of Twist readers' creative interpretations of our patterns. Today we are looking at Little Birds, Ysolda Teague's pretty cardigan from our inaugural issue.

 

Little Birds original

 

Not only are knitters still making this sweater, they are making amazing things using the pattern.

carli84 kept this top as a cardigan, but completely changed up the shape and neckline. I love that acid green she chose for the birds, and how the buttons line up and match perfectly with the leafy stripes.

 

Little Birds Cardigan

 

RobynPearl made this cool vest. I love the deep waist ribbing and the color choices, they give this top a vintage feel.

 

Little Birds vest

 

Dahlia made this great classic crew neck pullover. I love how even with so many colors, this top doesn't seem loud.

 

Little Birds crewneck

 

flyingdandelion also made a pullover, but with a finer gauge and a scooped neckline. So pretty!

 

Little Birds scoopneck

 

jojowheeler made this sweet vest. It's barely bigger than a swatch; anyone making this sweater could do one of these little cuties to test out color combinations and figure out the charts!

 

Little Birds, little vest

 

undone57 also made something wee, but with a hood and a zipper! How adorable is this?

 

Little Birds, little hood

 

Fiolinn also made a sweet top for a tiny human.

 

Little Birds, tiny sweater

 

 

Inspiring work, right? What would you do with this pattern?

 

Twist Style Friday: Merise

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.


 

Have you looked closely at this top? Like really looked at it? The details are so lush and pretty.

 

Merise front detail

 

You should probably see it from the back too.

 

Merise back detail

 

I think of this top as kind of a surprise. At a distance, it looks like a t-shirt. You maybe get a hint that it is a little special if you glimpse the lightly scalloped sleeve. Then when you get closer, the details become more apparent; the delicate cabled body, and the way the lace dips to a V in the front, making a lovely heart shape on the body.

 

Precisely because of the surprise-wow factor, you can wear this top lots of ways. With a little bling and a black pencil skirt, you're cocktail-ready. It can be a bright pop under a blazer for work. You can also wear it just like a t-shirt!

 

The last few days in Toronto have been intensely sticky and hot, so my styling choices reflect that a bit. Check out Merise, for days when you don't really want to wear clothes!

 

two outfits

 

I'm heading to a weekend of cottaging that includes a few of my Montreal knitting ladies. I can't wait to see my lovely buds and take a dip. If I have room in my bag, I'll bring along my almost finished Pont Neuf; I'm hoping that being near water, dears, and deer will get me over the sleeve-knitting sllump.

 

How will you wear Merise?

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