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Happy Holidays from Twist Collective


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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.


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


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


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Happy holidays.


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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?

Design Process: Zenith

Linden DownThis lovely wrap cardigan is Linden Down's first contribution to our stitchy pages here at Twist Collective. This post tells the story of how a sweater she knitted for herself became the gorgeous garment you see below. The color of her original, by the way, is wildly stunning, don't you think?? You can find this post- and much more- on her blog, Stockinette.

 

 

 

Zenith

 

My very first pattern published in twist collective! I’m still pretty giddy from the whole thing, even though the pattern was accepted months ago and I’ve had to keep my quiet about it for, like, ever. When I sent in my submission, I had actually already worked up the pattern and knitted a sweater for myself, but I also sent in a picture of my swatch and my sketch.

 

swatch and sketch

 

You can see that as the pattern evolved from the sketch I decided not to make the collar quite as deep and I shortened the ribbing on the sleeves a bit.

 

original zenith

 

After the pattern was accepted, a few more changes were made in the next version and now we have Zenith! My main inspiration for the sweater was the super-trendy chevron thing that is going on right now and I wanted to repeat that pattern for a subtle texture all over the cardigan. I was also going through a vertical twisted ribbing phase when I designed this sweater and you know I can never resist a shawl collar.

 

collar detail

 

I started with figuring out how I wanted to work the chevrons, and I settled on a simple purl bump pattern. It took me a while to decide exactly how to do the ribbed collar because I needed the edge to look nice on both sides since it would be folded over. I finally decided to go with an i-cord edge that is worked simultaneously with the body.

 

twist sample

 

As for the construction of the sweater, it is knit in 5 pieces (6 if you count the belt) and seamed. The sleeves are set in, and the shoulder seams are finished using a three-needle bind off. The ribbing for the collar is worked past the shoulder (imagine you place the shoulder stitches on a holder and then continue to knit only the ribbing so that you will have a strip of ribbing that extends past the shoulders) on both sides, then the collar pieces are joined at the center back neck with kitchener’s stitch and finally the whole collar is sewn to the back neck. I know that’s a long explanation, but I promise it makes sense as you’re doing it!

 

waist detail

 

I’m so excited about this pattern and I really hope people like it and enjoy knitting it! The pattern is written for nine sizes, ranging from 34 3/4″ to 67 3/4″ bust. The yarn I used for the twist sample was the lovely elann.com Peruvian Sierra Aran in Plum Heather (be sure to check out the yarn website where Zenith is the featured pattern for this yarn and there is another picture of the sweater!) If you’d like to take a look at even more pictures, head on over to the pattern page on twist collective. And don’t forget to look at the other amazing patterns in this issue!

 

snuggle shot

Designer Process: Burrard

Glenna CGlenna C's work is cables is lovely. You can see it in Burrard, from this most recent issue, and also in these darling socks. You can keep up with her on her blog. In today's entry, she tells us about how Smallville, Art Deco architecture, and Vancouverites inspired this recent design.  Enjoy!



Burrard cable detail


My design inspiration for Burrard goes back to February 2011, when I paid a late winter visit to Vancouver and spent a relaxing few days with some knitter friends. It is a really fabulous city, and has a moderate enough climate that, even if it is still cold and snowy in other parts of the country, by the end of February Vancouver is already showing patches of green grass. It's also such a wonderful place just to be in - no matter where you are in the urban core, you are not far from a glimpse of the water, trees, and mountains that surround the city, which is pretty great.


city of glass


I've heard Vancouver called the 'city of glass,' since so much of the recent architecture shows off a lot of glass windows and metal structures. However, there are also quite a few stone buildings built earlier in the 20th Century, including the Marine Building at the corner of Burrard and West Hastings.


Marine arch


It was one of my favourite buildings downtown. (And not just because it stands in as the 'Daily Planet' building on the 'Smallville' television series. Although if you're a television fan like me Vancouver is pretty neat overall, since you can find locations from Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, even 21 Jumpstreet!) The Marine building is one of the standout examples of Art Deco architecture in Canada. It's a beautiful tall structure with a lot of elegant detail so common to the early 20th Century style.


Entryway


archway


I wanted to use this somehow in a knitted piece, but in a garment that also suited the eclectic, comfort-driven style of so many Vancouverites. This had to be a sweater that would be a warm and comfortable layer, but still showcase some of the same kinds of vertical, elegant, and structured motifs from the architectural inspiration. Eventually I sat down to develop some design concepts in the spring of 2012, and the Burrard cardigan was born. I know I plan to get a Burrard for myself onto the needles this winter, with fond Vancouver memories to inspire my knitting. I hope you'll enjoy this knit as part of your winter wardrobe!


Burrard side

Twist Style Friday: North Wind

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.



I don't even like new years eve (too much pressure to have fun makes me anxious), but somehow as December ripens, the level of sparkle in my wardrobe that is acceptable to me steadily increases. Last night I met a friend for a delicious latke dinner- festive perhaps, but certainly not fancy- and I wore a dress that bears a strong resemblance to a disco ball. Styled with doc martens, opaque black tights, wool socks, and a cardigan in a bright solid color, I am pretty tempted to wear this dress in the daytime. In any other month this might seem outlandish to me, but these days I can't think of a good reason not to be metallic. It tickles me that I get to write this column, given that my personal style would score medium-high on a ridiculousness scale. Thank you, dear Twist readers, for taking me seriously, even if only for a moment.


Allow me to introduce this week's subject: North Wind.


North Wind


It's pretty easy, I think, to imagine this as a serious staple in your casual wardrobe. With leggings or jeans, it's autumn on the beach. It's on the way to yoga. It's the extra layer under your coat for those really brutal days. It's cozy and shapely and the details are gorgeous.


cable detail


I do contend that this sweater need not be confined to your casual wardrobe, however. Please feel absolutely free to take North Wind out on the town. Take her shopping. Take her to the movies. Take her to a festive gathering. Take her to grandmother's house. This right side of this set is inspired by little red riding hood (because duh) and the left side is a little more... glitzy. Call it Gossip Girl (top left), or Bowie-librarian (bottom left).


North Wind Styling

How will you wear North Wind?

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