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Design Process: Picard
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
We sure do like you. Here is a small selection of some of our coziest designs to help keep you warm.
If giving and receiving gifts is part of your tradition, we hope you get yarn!
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.
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.
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.
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.
How will you wear Ratana?
Design Process: Zenith
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Designer Process: Burrard
Glenna 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!
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.
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.