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Design Process: Whirlpool

Christina Harris Whirlpool is Christina Harris' first contribution to Twist Collective. We are pretty happy with it, and we hope you are too! In this post, she shares how this gorgeous garment came to be, from the first idea to the finished product. You can also find this post (and more about Christina!) on her blog.

 

 

 

 

Whirlpool

 

The idea for my Whirlpool vest started almost a year ago as a collection of  vaguely related sketches in my notebook.

 

a sketch

another one

a sweater?

 

 

Then I charted and knit this swatch with a certain idea:

 

too linear

 

 

I decided I wanted something that was less linear, more interlocking, but still vaguely circular. Which led to this:

 

better!

 

and this:

 

Cardigan sketch

 

I thought, at first, I would make a dk-weight stranded cardigan:

 

cardi in progress

 

and got this far. It has quite a thick fabric and might work well as an outdoor (or hockey-watching in cold arenas) jacket, but I began to think a smaller, lighter-weight sweater would be something I would wear most often, so it morphed into a vest.

 

vest sketch

 

When Twist released their gorgeous mood board for the Winter issue it included several images of naturally-occurring repetitive elements that reminded me of this project so I decided to try my luck and submit it. I'm so happy they liked it, too

 

finished versionall done!

ready to wear

 

in the pages of Twist

Twist Style Friday: Luggala

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.


 Yesterday I wore a handknit cardigan, scarf, hat, and fingerless gloves. I was basically covered in a layer of yarn from the waist up. I also went yarn shopping, which is a luxury that as a grad student I only allow myself when I have a specific project in mind. I have some exciting craft-swaps in the pipeline, so I got to choose some pretty new stuff today. I love starting projects. 

All this to say that I am feeling extra sweet on knitting these days. It's getting me through my classes, my commute, and keeping my hands busy while I worry about my grades, and wonder if my friends will still like me at the end of my degree even though I haven't seen most of them in months.

Getting dressed every morning is probably the most fun part of my day, which is less sad than it sounds. I just like treating each day like an elaborate game of dress-up. It's especially fun on days where I have businessy meetings, workshops with teenagers, and social plans, without any stops at home in between. Clothing puzzles!! Enough about me. Let's get to the styling, shall we? Today's garment of choice is the delightful Luggala.


Luggala


Is this sweater a sass machine, or is this sweater a sass machine?? Lots of variations on this exact outfit would be amazing; black slim pants with ballet flats, or bright skinny jeans with wool socks and combat boots, or those weirdly awesome spiky kneepad leggings with killer heels (if you just clicked on that link and lost all respect you once had for my sartorial prowess, believe me that I thought those were bizarre until I saw them on an actual human, and she looked really tough and really cool). This top has a classic shape, with some modern details that could read elegant or funky depending on what you wear it with. I think you could get away with just about anything as long as you watch the silhouette- don't put anything with too much volume above the hem of the sweater- you can wear it like a dressy pullover or like a hoodie.


Here. I'll show you.


Luggala lotsa ways

How will you wear Luggala?



Quick Dispatch: Bonus Pattern!! Sideswipe

Hey everyone! Just in time for your holiday knitting, a bonus pattern from Winter's Twist!

 

Toes!

 

Allow me to introduce Sideswipe.

 

Sideswipe for grown-up feet

 

These socks are knit flat, and then grafted together to make a constrasting stripe. Pretty nifty, right? Kate is always taking simple ideas and turning them inside out and upside down. Her knits aren't just beautiful, they're really fun to make.

 

Also for kidlets.

 

Spunky socks

 

 

Socks for different sorts of feet

 

 

I can't wait to see your versions. Happy knitting!

Kate on the airwaves!

In case you missed it, Kate was interviewed on Ready Set Knit through the Webs Yarn Store Blog. Have a listen to hear about how Twist got started, and what keeps it going!

Twist Style Friday: Chione

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 friends!! I have been having internet-woes at my home this past week, so until my new modem arrives, I'll be composing outfits and writing posts from local cafes. I have a knitting buddy here with me today! She is also part of the Twist family- our lovely model Kate.That's her, on the left, modelling Trousseau. She fell a little in love with that pattern during the shoot, and so I made her one to wear at her wedding last fall. Sweet, right?? She is the cutest, I am sure you will agree.


Kate modelling TrousseauKate getting married!


It snowed here in Toronto this week, and people are starting to get into the holiday spirit. I don't celebrate Christmas myself, but I sort of love all the lights and decorations. I went to a tree-trimming party last weekend, and it was really lovely to eat cheese and hang ornaments and get covered in glitter with friends. So you'll understand if this week's outfits are a little extra sparkly. Maybe you're heading to a holiday party of some sort, and looking to make your handknits a little extra-festive, without wearing a reindeer on your chest; sequins may be your new best friend (they are certainly mine). I chose Chione this week because the lacy details look like sparkles, or falling snow. See? 


Chione


The shaping is really classic and simple, there is lots of room to display blingy jewelry around your wrists or throat. It's sleek, but still cozy. Perfect, I think, for getting a little dressed up.


Chione for the holidays


Those red shoes are from the recent collaboration between H&M and Maison Martin Margiela- I found myself at the fancy Yonge street H&M last week sort of by accident and spent some time pawing through the clothes. They were mostly arty and beautiful, but not super practical. Similarly, those shoes are kind of heavy, but so gorgeous. I loved them. It could be that for your festive occasions, you want to wear a bit more color. Like this!


Chione with more brights


Zing-pop! A friend of mine who works in fashion is newly obsessed with wide leg, silky pants. They feel like pyjamas, but look elegant. Lazy-chic could be a way of life. I've been dressing pretty business-casual for my internship these last few months, so I feel like my outfit dreams just get wilder and wilder to compensate for the boring skirts and black tights I wear nearly every day. Tell me, tell me please; how would you wear Chione?




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