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 headshop of Luise O'NeillLuise O'Neill has brought several delightful patterns to the pages of Twist Collective. Most recently, the snuggly warm Ballyfaron hat and cowl set from our current issue. In this post, Luise explains (with helpful step by step photos!) one of my all time favorite knitting techniques, knitting cables without a cable needle. It is a little terrifying when you start, but it speeds up cable knitting significantly, plus you don't have to keep track of those pesky little cable needles (or whatever thing you substitute for one when you need it! I've used darning needles, DPNs, bamboo skewers, the cartridge from inside a pen, safety matches....). Enjoy, and then go forth and cable boldly!! 



 hat backboth pieces


Knitting cables is one of my favorite things – take a peek at my Ballyfaron Tam and Cowl to see what I mean.



cowl detail



So many luscious cables! One of the things that really elevated my joy of knitting cables was learning how to work those cable stitches without using a cable needle.

There are various ways to accomplish this but I'd like to share my favorite. The following describes the steps to work a 2/2 Right Cross cable (sometimes referred to as C4B).

Setup: Work up to the stitches that make up the cable. 



Step 1: Push the tip of the Right-hand needle through the front of the 3rd and the 4th stitches on the Left-hand needle.


step 1


Step 2:  Pinch the 1st and 2nd stitches on the Left-hand needle at their base to avoid any movement of yarn while the stitches are being rearranged.


step 2


Step 3:  Carefully pull the Left-hand needle tip out of only those first four stitches; the first two of those four stitches will "float" just until the next step.


step 3


Step 4: Keeping the Left-hand needle to the back, push the Left-hand needle tip through the 2 "floating stitches".


step 4


Step 5: Bring the Right-hand needle tip to meet the Left-hand needle tip and slide the 2 stitches from the Right-
hand needle to the Left-hand needle; the 4 stitches have now been arranged in the correct order to work  the 2/2 Right Cross cable.


step 5


Step 6: Knit the 4 cable stitches and continue in pattern.


step 6


It may seem a little awkward at first and you may find yourself holding your breath at Step 3 – but as in all  things, practice makes perfect!  If you love cables, it's a great technique to add you’re your knitting repertoire.


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.


The fiber crafts in my house are exploding a little bit. I'm often working on several projects at once, but one of them these days is literally enormous (it's a secret for now, but it's my first time using thirteen skeins of the same yarn for literally anything). My dear friend and colleague David gave me (on long term loan) a ball winder, which is sort of changing my life, my scrappy knit blanket has taken up residence on the living room couch, and my housemate Lucy just took up weaving. So my job is to cover all of the humans in wool, and some of the surfaces with WIPs, and Lucy's can be to cover the walls and other surfaces with decorative weaving. Sorry to our other housemate Marcus, who has a more ambivalent (and maybe healthier) relationship with knitting and the sister arts.


Today on Style Friday, we are looking at Shannonmore, the men's version. This is a densely cabled, superwarm, classic sweater. It's stunning.



both versions together



Just look at this shoulder saddle. See how the sleeve cable runs right up to the collar? It's so perfect.



saddle shoulder



One of the things that's great about such a classic shape and style (especially if you use a workhorse yarn like this one) is that this sweater makes as much sense on a teenager as it does on an octogenarian.


Men's fashion isn't exactly an area of expertise for me, but I have it a whirl! Have a look at a few outfits for men featuring Shannonmore.


three looks



How will you wear Shannonmore?



Do you remember what you were doing in the Spring of 2011? I sure don't. My memory is terrible. But some time before that issue of Twist came out, I do remember assisting on the Better Than Basic photoshoot with Kate and Jane. Meet Mithril, today's feature on #throwbackthurday. 



neckline detail



I know I've said this before, but there is something deeply magical about holding these prototype garments in your hands. Mithril was one that surprised me. It's a fairly simple sweater, much more plain than the clothes I tend to gravitate towards. But it just felt great to touch. Surely, some of that has to do with the stunning yarn -  a blend of silk and baby alpaca - but it was more than that. The simplicity of the gathered stitch pattern, the collar detail on the deep v-neck, and the squishy garter edges made me want to snuggle that sweater and maybe never let go. 



front and cuffs



This is the sweater you will want to reach for every chilly morning because it's cozy and adorable and you can pull the edges of the cuffs over your cold hands. it's a meditative knit and a totally accomplishable project for a beginning sweater-maker. 



hem detail



Mithril is indeed a blast from the not so distant past. I hope you love her like I do. 

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've been listening to a lot of Taylor Swift you guys. My general principle about music, pop culture, and well, everything, is "no guilt for pleasure" and still, I feel a twinge of something, listening to the bubblegummiest pop. It's just so darn catchy. I blew my friend Clara away with my karaoke rendition of 22 last week. Maybe the weird part is the contrast with what seems to be happening to my fashion sense? I'm learning hard towards lumberjill these days, all jeans and boots and plaids. It's a little like I'm having a second adolescence. I'm into it.


Enough about me, let's talk about sweaters. 'Tis about the season to start thinking about wearing some! Which means it is prime time to start knitting the ones you want to be wearing in a few months (weeks, years... )! Take a little peek at this stunner.



rear view



Let's take a bit of a closer look at that cable panel, shall we? I love the way the panel runs all the way to the hem.



cables cables cables!



Leitzel is understated from the front, and stunning in the back. I'm imagining wearing mine around an autumn campfire while holding a stick attached to a marshmallow.






Leitzel is equally comfortable though, as a layer over a ballgown, especially if you choose a really fancy button for the dramatic single closure. She can also rock the office, especially over a blouse with a cute print or some kind of neck detail (a bow maybe?).



three outfits



If any of you want to get me a present, that lipstick purse on the right would be right at home in my hand. But I'll be happier if you make yourself a sweater.


How will you wear Leitzel?









It's Thursday, and you know what that means! Time to take a close look at a pattern from a previous issue of Twist Collective, for our own version of #throwbackthursday.



side view



Today we are looking at one that has been sitting expectantly in my ravelry queue since the day the Spring/Summer 2011 issue launched, and been in my heart since well before that. If my memory serves, this photoshoot was the last one I assisted on before moving away from Montreal. It was also my last hangout with the inimitable Jane Heller. The model is my lovely friend Kate (who btw, just published a book, because she is a serious brain). I try to make something from every issue of Twist, but I can't always keep up. I have, though, made TWO things (Madrigal and Trousseau) from this shoot alone. That should just tell you a little bit about how much more spectacular these things are in person. We do our very best to display them in photos, but knitting is so tactile.



full shot



Vionnet is also an example of how a knitted thing can look a bit unremarkable laid flat, but on a person, it becomes magical. Those diagonal eyelet columns and strong vertical cables just look stunning. It's like the magic of blocking a lace shawl, but on your body.



shoulder detailback



In case you were wondering, this top also looks awesome with short sleeves, or as a vest. Take a look back at our past issues sometime, you might find a treasure like Vionnet.