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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?

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

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