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Twist Style Friday: Alodia

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.



If you saw yesterday's Throwback Thursday, you know I'm covering for Carly this week while she does the amazing things she does when she's not being brilliant here on the blog. I'm glad she trusts me in her absence but I do look forward to her posts.


While she's gone, I get to pick what I want to style next and it's never easy to choose, even this late into the season. I ended up landing on Alodia. This is outerwear for sure but that doesn't mean there aren't styling options to be had.






This piece is equal parts hood and scarf which means it's the perfect accompaniment to a jacket or outfit that isn't quite warm enough to take on the cooling temps.



back view



With that deeply-textured hood, you can get the benefits of a hat minus the inevitable hat-head. For people like me, with long, frizz-prone hair, that is a mighty tempting feature of this beautiful piece.



The great thing about Alodia is that it's practical enough for everyday wear but beautiful enough to be worn out for a special occasion. That's a hard line to walk and Moira Engel pulled it off beautifully. I envision three occasions when I might pick Alodia to finish off my outfit.



three outfits



On the far left, a plaid (of course) fitted jacket with and casual outfit. This is the jacket you can wear to work or the grocery store and since it doesn't have a hood of its own, that hood and scarf combo is really going to come in handy. In the middle, a gorgeously tailored long wool coat with simple lines and a shawl collar, can go over that gown you picked out for the symphony. And at the far right, we get our sparkle on with a jacket that is more form than function. Since it won't keep you as warm as a heavy coat, Alodia keeps the outfit looking polished and you toasty warm. Bonus points for folding up small enough to tuck in a larger purse, if required.

So, how will you wear Alodia?



Throwback Thursday: Luminen

Hey all, Marnie here. Carly is extra busy at her day job and I'm pitching in until she is back to her normal workload schedule. Isn't it frustrating when the day job tramples on the rest of life? She gave me a list of suggested #throwbackthursday options but I already knew what I wanted to do because I've been looking at old patterns and this one always feels under-appreciated to me. 



Luminen by Mari Muinonen is just, wow. If you recognize that designer's name it's because she designed one of Twist's most popular patterns, Sylvi, a take on Little Red Ridinghood that is downright breathtaking. Well, Luminen is the Ice Queen's answer to Little Red's jacket and it doesn't skimp on the details.

Right away, you notice the pockets which are edged in cables that run straight up the center-front and into the hood. Give 'em a gander.


These cables are beautiful enough to stand on their own but check out the business in back.


That sound was me swooning. Look at those beautiful snowflakes.

I love this piece in white and it seems true to the vision, but since the snowflakes are knit individually, I think this would be just as stunning in almost any shade of blue from icy to navy, but really, there's no limit to the colors you could choose. It's your piece, after all.




What do you think? Is this a piece that you missed when it was first released? Check out all the details and let us know what you think using the hashtag, #throwbackthursday

It's my party and I'll offer an ebook if I want to

Today marks the first day of the last year of my thirties, so to celebrate I wanted to do a little something for all of you. It’s the busiest time of the season, for us at Twist, with the next edition in production and submissions to review for future editions, so we’ve got our eye on all things new but that doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about the hundreds of older patterns in our library; patterns that many of our readers have queued and favorited but that may have been forgotten with the hype of each new edition we’ve released.

In honor of remembering things that may be older but that we hope are still great, we’ve decided to try out something new. I’ve curated a set of 10 of my favorite older garment patterns in a variety of styles and complexity and I’ve packaged them up into a limited edition collection for a whopping 60% off the retail price. This collection will be available for the next two weeks for $28 after which it will be available until the end of the year for $39.

At the end of the year, 2015 and this collection will be gone for good.

If this ends up being a popular idea with our customers, we’d like to do this a few times a year, offering collections with a common theme, featuring some of our favorite older patterns.

Check out the collection in our Shop and don’t hesitate to let us know what you think. Thanks as always for supporting Twist Collective and for making this a great 39th birthday celebration.

kate gilbert ebook

The ebook Includes Akebia, Daniel, Halliard, Kirigami, Marnie, Paria, Peregrine, Quill, Shoofly and Wisteria so get it while it's here!

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Twist Style Friday: Farallon

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!


Here in Toronto, everyone is going bananas over the Blue Jays. I displayed my powers of sportservation on Wednesday night by exclaiming "GO LEAFS!!!!" to my housemate Marcus when he got home from game five.  To be fair,  I think I had a fever, so my brain was a little more addled than usual. 


Let's talk about clothes, shall we? This week's sweater is a lovely one, the most recent contribution to our pages from the delightful Sandi Rosner. Hello, Farallon.






This is a pretty, easy to wear pullover. The shape is simple, the lace yoke is pretty without being fussy, and the little finishing details like icord edging on the neck and sleeves and a folded hem bring a perfect polish to this sweater.



sleeve and hem detailback and shoulders



In aran weight yarn, this is also a quick knit! Despite using a hefty yarn, the finished product doesn't seem bulky.



yoke detail



I am a little scared of wearing clothes this pale, because I am a slob and I like to eat things like mustard and chocolate and I like to lay on grass and generally not worry about wrecking my clothes. But I have to admit that this sweater is lovely in this shade. Still, I think I'd make mine in a solid or semisolid bright. Petrol or amethyst please.


She gets along well with others, Farallon. I think you could wear her with just about anything. Obviously, I have a few more specific ideas.



three outfits



How will you wear Farallon?



Throwback Thursday: Stellar

Hey folks!


I like to send out this Thursday missives earlier in the day, but your faithful bloglady has a truly terrible case of cough/cold/demonic possession, and I needed to spend some extra time in bed this morning. I might go right back there after this is posted, but bring along my laptop so I can doze while watching Scandal (I know, I'm late to the party).






Today we are looking at Stellar, a super lovely raglan jacket from Spring/Summer 2011. The textured collar is squishy and cozy, an the turned hems are so polished! The first time I turned a hem like that was when I made Through the Keyhole, and I felt like I was drunk with power. It just looks so prim and perfect. I couldn't believe my hands did that.



neckline detail



I'm also pretty into the button choice, it makes the whole garment look like the perfect time in autumn. With a mostly stockinette body and worsted yarn, this is a great TV knitting project, and a great choice for a knitter new to sweater-making. 



buttons and body



Since I happen to be highly suggestible, especially in my immune-weakened state, Stellar also reminds me of this song, which was maybe kind of crucial to my late adolescence, and was definitely on a mixtape made by an ex-boyfriend.


There, brought it full circle back to #throwbackthursday. Have a Stellar day everyone!