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Welcome to 2013!!!

Lavandula


Happy New Year from all of us at Twist Collective. Thanks for making 2012 a wonderful one!! We have high hopes for this coming year too. Hope 2013 is filled with creativity, warmth, and wool.


Uji


Twist Style Friday: Granville

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.



Hello all! Carly here, back for another installment of sartorial musings and awesome knitwear. I'm currently in Montreal, the city where I first met Kate, and started working with Twist. It's sure nice to be back and see old friends. Relatedly, I think you should probably all knit this sweater, because it will be like an old friend; it will always be there for you, looking wonderful and familar and comfortable. A sweater like this never goes out of style.


Granville


Did you see those stunning cables?? Take a closer look.


Cable detail


I think a zipper and hood leans this towards the casual, but I wanted to play around with casual looks that dont revolve around jeans. Layering is fun.


Three outfits


How would you wear Granville??

Design Process: Picard

Marnie MacLean

 

Marnie MacLean is sort of a household name at Twist. She does lots of things for the magazine, not the least of which is designing beautiful and wearable garments. Today she tells us about her inspiration for Picard, a non-fatal red shirt. You can also find it here, on her blog.

 

 

We all know that in the first Star Trek series, wearing a red shirt, especially if you were a person of color, was a pretty fatal proposition. Don't leave the ship, unnamed security officer, just don't.

But then came The Next Generation. The prime directive stayed the same but the red shirt got a serious upgrade.

 

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

 

Riker was making it work, too.

I've never claimed to be a true sci-fi nerd (whatever that means,) but I was a huge fan of TNG, so when I was assigned some rich red yarn for my Winter 2012 Twist Collective project I didn't need a holodeck to picture my favorite starfleet captain. For sure, I wasn't going to mimic the color blocking and shoulder pads, but I loved the angular lines and slim fit. It had to be something wearable and practical and flattering, all at once.

And so was born Picard.

 

Picard, in Twist

 

Picard is a top-down seamless raglan with short row shaping around the neck. This construction makes it really easy to modify the garment as you go, especially if you are a little tight on yarn. Once you get going, the stitch pattern is easy to memorize and flows smoothly into the hem ribbing. A little detailing on each sleeve cuff brings it all together.

 

Marnie wearing Picard

 

I finished the garment with buttons, but this would be a great design for a separating two-way zipper or even hook and eye, if you prefer.

If you like this pattern, you can view the magazine page here, the shop page here, and the ravelry page here.

And if you want some reading to pair with your TNG themed knitting, be sure to check out this blog.

Happy Holidays from Twist Collective


GeorgieCaprioZinnia


We hope that whatever you are celebrating at this time of year, you are staying warm, and getting cozy with people you like a whole lot.


Polar ChulloSnow FlurriesPapineau


We sure do like you. Here is a small selection of some of our coziest designs to help keep you warm.


CoventryArboreal BeretRiata


If giving and receiving gifts is part of your tradition, we hope you get yarn!


KnotenFoxwoodMaroni


Happy holidays.


HalliardChamomileLuminen



Twist Style Friday: Ratana

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.



You may or may not have noticed that I have been on a bit of a glitter kick lately. Depending on your personal feelings about sparkles, you could be relieved or dismayed that there will be no sequins in today's outfits. I am still a proponent of metallics mixed with knits though. The textural contrast is just so lovely!


Today we turn our attention towards other kinds of loveliness, beginning with this week's feature garment. Here she is: Ratana.


Ratana, Sleeve


Pretty right? The lace keeps things real feminine and delicate, but the sweater is hefty enough to be cozy and warm. From any angle, this cardigan is beautiful.


Ratana, back


So you've seen her with jeans, but how else might Ratana work? Day or night, she pairs nicely with dresses that nip in at the waist.


Ratana with dresses


I think it would also be really lovely as a snugglier alternative to a blazer. Here are some ways to wear it for a more businesslike setting. 


Ratana for work

How will you wear Ratana?

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