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Designer Post: Demeter

 

 

Headshot of designer Alison Stewart-Guinee

Alison Stewart-Guinee is the designer of Demeter, the lovely swingy skirt from our most recent issue. This is her first contribution to Twist! You can also find this post on her blog, here

 

 

 

  

At last! We are in the throes of spring!  I love winter, don't get me wrong. And to be perfectly honest, I have truly loved the snowy days and deep freeze that this winter brought us.  Most people look at me like I'm a little touched when I say that, but it's true.  I love snow, I love to cozy up inside with knitting on my lap and I love to bake (and eat) hearty winter meals.  But even I am overjoyed that we are officially into spring.  This last gasp of winter hasn't been able to fool anyone. It's as if it just popped into say, "Don't forget me." And we won't, but move over winter because spring is here to stay.  It's time to wash those woolens, pack them away for next year, and break out the cotton, linen and strappy sandals.  

 

And just as if on cue, my newest design was released.  Aaaand...wait for it…in Twist Collective's Spring/Summer issue!  I am beyond thrilled. I've long been an admirer of this publication. It's always full of gorgeous designs, informative articles and just tons of fashion forward yet classic garments that I want to wear and knit.  It's been a secret goal of mine to find myself in their pages. And so this fall I screwed up my courage and sent them a proposal. I am not a trained designer and I am definitely not a trained fashion drawer, so sending out proposals always takes a bit of just closing my eyes and jumping.  And then the forgetting game...you know the one where you convince yourself that nothing is going to come of it so you should just put it out of your mind, but really you're holding your breath every time you check your email.  Do you know that game? Anyway, that's how it goes around here. And then the email came and then yarn and then this...Demeter... 

 

 

Demeter

 

 

A flirty spring and summer skirt, that's knit in the round from the top down.  Demeter is a prettified mash up of my all time favorite summer skirts.  The first: gored in eyelet fabric, sewn on the bias~the one that is so tired and bleach stained that I've taken a sharpie to it rather than retire it.  And second: my go-to wear-everyday jersey knit skirts.

 

These shots are from Twist Collective.  I really do just adore them.  Isn't the model just gorgeous?! 

 

 

Demeter from the back

 

 

I liked making this skirt so much that I actually made a second sample of Demeter…one just for me.

 

 

 

Alison in her Demeter skirt

 

 

I love how it can be dressed up or down and how comfortable it is to wear. I see myself pairing it with a tee shirt and sandals as well as dressing up with a blouse and heels.  This pattern was worked in Chesapeake by Classic Elite Yarns.  Let me tell you this yarn was made for skirt knitting.  It's drapey, without being limp and lifeless, and it has memory.  It holds it's shape wonderfully.  These pictures were taken after a very busy day in which I had been wearing the skirt all day, drove for several hours and then ran errands and went to the yarn shop and sat around knitting for several hours more.  And not a hint of sagginess in sight. Love!

 

 

Alison's Demeter from the back

 

 

I'm kind of in love with knitted skirts right now—with knitting them and with wearing them. This construction is my favorite—top down, seamless and in the round.  It allows for lots of try-ons along the way, making it incredibly easy to customize—a little longer, a tad shorter, straighter, fuller…easy peasy.  As someone who changes her mind a thousand times in the course of knitting a project, I like that kind of flexibility.  

 

You can purchase the pattern for Demeter by following the link on Ravelry or by going right to the Twist Collective shop.

 

Happy spring all! I'm off to...you guessed right...knit...OUTSIDE !!!!  

 

Twist Style Friday: Brightwood (times two!)

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!! Spring has sprung, there are fiddleheads at the market, I got a new (to me) bicycle, and the world is my sunny oyster. People, it's popsicle season. Rejoice. 

 

It's also the time of year when the sun dipping behind a cloud, or crossing onto the sunny side of the street can make a serious difference to the temperature, so layering is becoming increasingly important. Also useful are long sleeved (or long-ish sleeved) tops that are a little lacy. You feel covered up and cozy, but still get a little airflow. 

 

Brightwood, in both of it's glorious forms, is just the thing. 

 

Brightwood PulloverBrightwood cardigan back

 

 

 

Cardigan front

 

I love the vertical lines, the combination of cables and simple lace, the bright springy colors, and the deep necklines. Whether you choose the cardigan or the pullover, Brightwood is a dreamy addition to a spring wardrobe. 

 

Let's talk a little more about the cardigan. I know you could make it in any color that you like, but this acid green is really a favorite of mine. It plays really well with other colors, so pick some bright shoes, ok? 

 

 

three outfits with brightwood as a cardigan

 

 

The two outfits on the edges are kind of like city beachwear, and the one in the middle I'm calling superhero-formal. 

 

 

side view of pullover

 

 

The pullover is super versatile. It wouldn't look out of place with your most casual bottoms. But something about it made me want to style it with a little more elegance. I think it's the combination of the length of the top and the vertical lines created by the lace and cables; it creates such a lovely long silhouette. Wear something striking near your face (sparkly earrings! a statement necklace!) and heels to exaggerate that long line all the way from head to toe. 

 

 

three outfits with Brightwood as a pullover

 

How will you wear Brightwood?

 

Twist Style Friday: Ivyle

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, fashion fans. As you read this, I am probably reading silly stories out loud to my friend Jenn as we drive from Toronto to Montreal for a weekend jam-packed with wonderful friends. I just packed my weekend bag, which is a skill I have really honed over the last several years. Thanks, long distance dating! 

 

This week's featured sweater, Ivyle,  is the kind of thing I would pack for just about any trip. 

 

pale blue scoop neck sweater with lace above empire line, 3/4 sleeve, on model in front of floral background

 

 

I would wear it over a summer dress on a cool night, with a cotton skirt or comfy pants to drink coffee by a misty lake at a cottage, or out for dinner with something a little dressy. 

 

 

neckline detail

 

I love the square-ish neckline, the sleeve length, the split hem, and the simple, echoing lace. 

 

three outfits with skirts

 

 

I think all three of these looks are a little sweet, a little edgy, and a little sexy. The shoes really make all the difference. 

 

 

two more

 

 

I also know that not everyone eschews pants quite like I do, and some of you may wish to wear your lovely top with  bifurcated garment. I respect your choice. Especially if you accessorize with anything inspired by giraffes, because giraffes are wondeful and bizarre. 

 

How will you wear Ivyle

Designer Post: Aphelion

Kim Haesemeyer

Today's post is from Kim Haesemeyer, who designed this lovely top from our Spring/Summer issue. It's her first design published with us, and we're thrilled to have it. Read all about it below, and visit Kim's blog, here

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am thrilled beyond all measure to present to you my first design in Twist Collective, Aphelion

 

Aphelion modeled, detail of patterned yoke

 

It is a quick little raglan tee worked from the top down with an eyelet bib pattern that can be worn front or back. The second side has the pattern only along to raglan lines. 

 

opposite side of reversible top

 

The yarn is a crisp blend from FibraNatura called Good Earth Solids in Dive. This yarn is aran weight, 53% cotton and 47% linen, so the whole sweater knits up super quick. Once I started working with the yarn in the actual garment (instead of just the swatch), I did have to go down a needle size to keep gauge. The fabric has absolutely lovely drape and hangs beautifully. It is also much easier to work with that other cotton/linen blends I have knit with in the past. I did add waist shaping and a turned hem for even more weight at the bottom. 

 

full view of Aphelion, modeled

 

One particularly fetching characteritics of top down raglans is the ability to easily change sleeve lengths. For this sweater, I immediately went straight to the ribbing, but in no time at all instead add a short or 3/4 length sleeve for an even more versatile spring and summer sweater depending on how breezy your climate is.  The pattern is $7, has 7 different finished bust sizes from 29 1/2 to 54", and is available from Twist Collective.

Twist Style Friday: Facet

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.


 

 

It's Friday! And it's sunny out! My apartment hunting project is going pretty well, but until I actually move in to my new place, I am still sleeping in the spare rooms and on the couches of my most generous friends. The folks I'm staying with this week are the cutest little family; one of my oldest friends, Alysse, her muppety husband (don't worry, that's a compliment), and an 11 month old named Arthur Ellis whose cheeks basically require their own area code. If you're an avid and longtime Style Friday reader, you may remember him from this post. He is bigger now, and he definitely grew out of the little preemie sweaters I made him when he was freshly baked. 

 

Speaking of sweaters, let's take a gander at this week's feature. Facet is a pretty hip length top with bracelet sleeves and a unique cutout yoke! It's a great way to build a little air conditioning into your outfit. Wear sunscreen though, okay? 

 

Facet from the frontFacet from the back

 

 

This top could be super dramatic in a dark, rich color, and versatile and casual in a bright or neutral. Let's take a closer look at that yoke. 

 

 

cutout yoke detail

 

 

Me, I would do what I almost always do with sweater patterns, which is crop it at the waist and wear it over dresses with full skirts, or as a crop top with high waisted pencil skirts. That's my jam these days. I do, however, think the length is quite fetching, and makes it a versatile piece. Here are some more ideas: 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Facet

 

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