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Twist Style Friday: Ripplerock

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 humans!

 

My crowning fashion achievement for this week is that when I met up with my friend Alysse and her extremely adorable and recently expanded family, her six week old baby and I were both wearing denim shirts. The pictures are pretty cute.

 

The weather has been pretty up and down, even in the course of a day, so transitional garments, layers, and warm accessories has been the name of the game. Today we are looking at one such accessory- Ripplerock. Hi there pretty.

 

 

shawl shown full wingspan

 

 

I love that the edging isn't really just an edge. The lace and cables play a major role in the shawl body, but there is also enough more subtly patterned fabric to create some nice contrast. Let's have a closer look at that lace.

 

 

close up of lace panels

 

 

In sport weight yarn knit on 3.75mm needles, this is not a wispy shawl. It's delicate and awfully pretty, but the warmth factor is real. I want one with some silk in it for extra drape and shine. For extra bundling up on a cold day, or for insurance against possible chilliness on a warm one, Ripplerock is at home with all sorts of outfits.

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Ripplerock?

 

Throwback Thursday: Flux

Sweaters with an allover rib pattern are like wearing a very cozy hug. They keep their shape without clinging, they look great on all sorts of bodies, and they are visually interesting without being complicated. Sometimes though, you want a little complication; a couple of twisty turns of fabric to break up the vertical lines.

 

 

flux pullover from the backfront view, flux pullove

 

 

Do you remember Flux? This stunner of a sweater is also written in a cardigan version, so you can pick the one that suits you best. The cardigan is a little more symmetrical, if that is your sort of thing. Plus you get *both* versions when you buy the pattern, so that's a pretty sweet deal.

 

 

flux cardigan

 

 

Flux: made for our Fall 2011 issue, just as perfect today.

Twist Style Friday: Spinner

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 humans! Friday has arrived! I am sitting with my friends Claire and AK (who tangentially, under my tutelage, is becoming an excellent knitter) and their two elderly beagles, sipping tea while soup simmers on the stove. What I'm saying is, life is pretty nice.

 

I walked here while there was still a morning chill in the air, but I did not have to wear a jacket. The weather here has been a bit weird and erratic, but right now it's like October out there and I'm pretty happy about it.

 

The things that most simply facilitate jacketlessness, even before it's truly warm are scarves and shawls! Knitters, you know this well. Today we are looking at a lovely one- Spinner!

 

 

shawl shown full wingspan

 

 

Spinner is worked like a crescent, but the finished shape isn't too far from a rectangle. I'm thinking of it as a crestangle. I understand if you aren't as excited about portmanteau as I am, but probably you are excited about this real pretty object, right? There are (optional) beads.

 

 

closeup

 

 

Maybe it's the shimmer of the beads, or the deep rich color; I wanted to pair Spinner with some high drama pieces. I chose bold patterns, unusual shapes, and fancy shoes.

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Spinner?

Throwback Thursday: Kyllene

Something I have always loved about colorwork is the interplay of positive and negative space. It's wild the impact it can have on a pattern just by flipping the main and contrast colors. Kyllene (from Winter 2011) shows that so well, since the pattern flips these two partway down the yoke.

 

 

yoke detail

 

 

That keyhole in the front is also a lovely detail, but if it isn't your style, you could make that slit into a button placket, or even install a zipper!

 

 

back of sweaterfront view

 

 

Pretty, isn't she?

Twist Style Friday: Iana

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.


 

Well, now that it's March, winter has struck Toronto at full force. I was pretty grumpy about it for most of this week, but yesterday I went for a long walk and the sun was shining full force and reflecting off all the fresh clean snow. It wasn't windy so it wasn't too cold and I remembered that I actually love so much about winter. You can't really drape yourself in opulent cashmere and silk in the sticky summertime heat (unless you work in one of those offices that prefers to refrigerate it's employees).

 

 

shawl shown full wingspan

 

 

It could also be that I did aquafit twice this week and the endorphins are tipping me even further into optimism than usual. I'm pretty cheery despite a lingering cough that has me sounding like a bar mitzvah and sipping lots of warm beverages. I've been wearing cozy knit scarves and shawls wrapped close around my throat to protect me from the chilly air. I wouldn't be mad about the sudden appearance of an Iana (just saying).

 

She boasts a spined crescent shape, graphic lace, sparkly beads, and a delicate edge. This beauty is luxurious as heck. I kind of want a black one, and I barely even believe in black.

 

 

wrapped from the frontanother way to wrap

 

 

Knitted shawls are just as suited to ripped denim as they are to opera gloves. So long as you knit with colors that match or complement your most worn items (or you don't care about matching), it's hard to think of an outfit that won't benefit from being wrapped in something this pretty.

 

 

two outfits

 

 

How will you wear Iana?

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