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Throwback Thursday: Through The Keyhole
This throwback is kind of a special one for me. It's because it's one of the first sweaters I ever made! Oh, the heady days od 2009. Do you remember Through the Keyhole? It's from Twist's inaugural issue.
I made mine in the closest colours I could to the original, because I thought it was basically perfect, and because I found a pile of stunning pink yarn on super sale because it had been left in the sun and faded a little. I learned about turned hems and bust darts and purl ridges and strategically curled edgings. It was a thrilling adventure.
Now that there are so many stunning gradient yarns on the market, I could see this pattern making a serious comeback. It would also be lovely in a single shade with the stripes only as a textural element.
Think about Through the Keyhole this winter!
Designer Post: Lithograph and Antrea
Today's post comes to us from Marnie MacLean, and it was originally written for her blog, which means you can also find it (and more info about her newest tattoo) here. Read on to find out a little about the origin stories for both of Marnie's designs from our most recent issue, Lithograph and Antrea.
The newest edition of Twist is still waiting for you, if you haven't seen it yet and as always, I feel genuinely privileged to have a place in its virtual pages.
My first of two patterns is Lithograph a half-circle shawl design worked in twisted stitches and lace. For the submission process, I made a mini-prototype to show how the increases would blend into the background of the latticework.
The final shawl is worked in Lisa Souza's Polwarth Wool and Silk yarn which is a breeze to work with and so lovely to touch. The silk gives it plenty of drape while the wool gives the piece some substance. It's a perfect choice for this pattern.
My second design is Antrea, a beanie, slouch and cowl pattern suitable for anyone. Knitters are probably aware of the general submissions process for patterns and they see the end product, but in between those points, yarn companies, designers, and the members of the publishing and editing team, all try to wrangle a zillion moving parts to make the magazine. Yarn is often being shipped to other countries and then the sample shipped back to tech editors in a third country before being handed off to the publisher for photography and anywhere in there, a missed deadline or late delivery can throw the process off kilter. So was the case with the yarn for Antrea. It was originally scheduled to go overseas, went missing, alternate yarn was shipped and the orphaned yarn, finally tracked down, needed a home. Having finished up Lithograph fairly quickly, I volunteered and was told that I may only receive one color so I should plan a design that didn't require two different shades.
A bit of virtual graph paper and a few hours of playing and I had a cable pattern suitable for a unisex set that could be worked in a single color or with a contrasting color in the ribbing.
The SweetGeorgia Superwash DK is super soft and springy with great stitch definition so the pattern pops even in a darker shade. The hats can be worked in a smaller or larger circumference and fine-tuned with a tighter or looser gauge. One skein of each color will make either hat and the cowl in opposing colors dominance.
Twist Style Fridays: Proscenium
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!
Fall is an intense time of year; so much is going on. I did some travelling this fall, and have some catching up to do in my home and work and life maintenance. Something that's been really helpful lately is PODCASTS. I'm super late to this game, but I kind of can't shut up about it? If you're curious, a few of my faves right now include The Black Tapes, Chai Chats, and West Wing Weekly. They're great for puttering to, cleaning to, walking with, and knitting with.
Speaking of knitting, have you taken a close look at Proscenium?
I'm into the squishy cables and the buttoned sides.
Scorpio season is a great time for some pointy or stompy shoes.
How will you wear Proscenium?
Throwback Thursday: Cabled Cuff Gloves
I whipped up a pair of fingerless mitts for myself a couple of weeks ago. They're things I tend to make a couple of pairs of each fall/winter, and also tend to lose a few pairs of about as often. Keeping my wrists warm is important to my cold weather life. That's why in looking back at some vintage Twist patterns, this one caught my eye. Remember the Cabled Cuff Gloves, from our premiere issue?
A dense cable over your pulse points is a great way to warm up fast and stay that way. The alpaca in this yarn holds onto warm air, and the wool gives it some stitch definition and bounce.
Stay warm out there folks! Winter is coming.
Designer Post: Carnelian
Today's post comes to us from Mary Anne Benedetto, designer of the lovely textured pullover Carnelian from our newest issue. This is her first design with Twist, and you can also find this post (and more about her work) on her blog, here.
Editor, Kate Gilbert introduces this edition with some wise words. “There’s something about knitting that brings a sense of peace. Maybe it’s the clicking sound of the needles and the soothing repetition of stitches or maybe it’s just the feel of the fiber and the wonder of something beautiful take shape in your hands. Stitches interlock, patterns form and stress leaves.” Whatever your reason for knitting is your sure to find something enticing in this issue.
I have my first design for Twist Collective in this edition. Carnelian is a casual, go-to pullover with a few interesting design elements. At first blush Carnelian appears to be a straight forward Fisherman’s Rib pullover.
Some of the details that make it unique include a split hem, with a garter band separating the hem from the body. A “twist” in the design is that the hem and the body present opposite sides of the half-fisherman’s rib pattern.
Designed as a modified drop shoulder, the sleeves are picked up at the armhole and worked down to the cuff. A detailed lace and diamond pattern are the defining design element of the sleeves. A favorite element are the thumb loops, incorporated into the extra long sleeves.
Finally, the round neck has garter ridges worked into the fisherman’s rib, adding just a bit of extra detail.
This sample is knit with The Fibre Co. Cumbria Worsted in Appleby Castle. This yarn holds stitch definition beautifully and the wool, mohair combination is a delight to work with. Thanks to Chrissy Jarvis for the great photos.
Visit Twist Collective to see Carnelian and sharpen your needles for some fall knitting.