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Twist Collector: Mollie

Today's post is brought to you by a super talented (and prolific) Twist knitter! Mollie is a scientist who studies the development of the brain, who finished her Ph.D. in October (while working on Tenaya). She lives in Melrose, Massachusetts, with her aircraft-designer husband and their rabbit, whose profession is prolific salad-eating. She taught herself to knit about five years ago, and it's kept her sane all through graduate school. You can find more of her gorgeous projects on her Ravelry page.

 

Mollie's Tenaya

 

My first Twist pattern is actually the only non-sweater Twist pattern I've ever knit. It was pretty soon after I started knitting, and it was my first time working with laceweight -- I didn't really understand that there was a pretty big difference between the worsted-weight yarn called for in the pattern and the laceweight yarn I bought. But it turned out so well! It's really soft and airy in laceweight cashmere-silk, almost as though I knew what I was doing the whole time. (Just to be clear: I totally didn't.)

 

Molly's fizz

 

I love Twist patterns in part because so many of them are basic wardrobe staples with interesting, eye-catching details, and as a result, I can use the patterns as a framework for further experimentation. For example, I knit Kerouac pretty much as written for my co-worker/best friend/frequent knitwear recipient Luciano, and then I used the basic outline of the pattern to knit it again for him as a pullover. Similarly, I knit Audrey in Unst in gray to match a yellow sundress I own, and then I knit it again in bright pink (to match a different sundress!), but substituted a different lace pattern on the bib. Both of these are such classic sweaters, and the well-written patterns give me a jumping-off point for adding a little something of my own.

 

Kerouac cardiganKerouac pullover

 

I've also learned some of my favorite techniques from Twist patterns, like the top-down short-row set-in sleeve that I learned in Parcel and have also used in Madrigal, Audrey in Unst, and Tenaya

 

Parcel

 

Hands-down, this is my favorite way to do a sleeve.

 

First Audrey

 

second audrey

 

My very favorite Twist sweater, which I have been wearing non-stop since I finished it in March, is Burrard. Everybody needs a cozy, wooly cabled cardigan, especially in an awful winter like we had in Boston this year. I made mine extra-long, with extra-long sleeves, and I basically walk in the door every night and put it on over my pajamas. 

 

Burrard

 

As for what's next, I have the patterns for Aleph and Praline, and my mother-in-law bought me a gift certificate to Twist for Christmas last year, so I might realize my dreams of knitting a Lindis with sleeves.

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Keynote

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.


 

Hey fashion-y friends! We've been having some pretty frosty weather in my little corner of the globe, so my fashion strategy has been to wear as many clothes as possible while still maintaining some range of motion. It's thawing a little bit though - starting today - and I know that spring is a ways away, but I am starting to dream about it a little.

 

This week we're looking at a great transitional sweater; Keynote! She's cozy enough to be a solid winter layer, but the delicate cables and wide, scooped neckline mean she is totally spring-able (or autumn-able).

 

Keynote full viewside view

 

My favorite details are the baby cables along the side (faux) seams and raglan lines. The cables are also kind of "faux"- no cable needle required! Knitting trickery!!

 

back

 

The shaping is simple and pretty and would look great on lots of different body shapes and sizes.

 

I styled this for casual hangouts (left), a nighttime show or party (center), and a sort of fancy workplace (left). I won't lie, I was thinking of Christine Baranski (as Diane Lockhart in The Good Wife) for that one, especially when I chose that necklace.

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Keynote?

Design Process: Ruddington

Today's post is brought to you by Fiona EllisFiona Ellis, who is basically an incontrollable volcano of creativity. She has a million ideas, and we here at Twist are lucky to help realize a few of them. Ruddington is Fiona's stunner from our most recent issue, and the subject of today's post! If you live in Toronto (home of many lovely Twist designers, and this here bloglady too), then you probably know about the yarn shop The Purple Purl, which picks a lovely garment to do a knit-a-long with a few times each year. Well folks, Ruddington has been chosen as their next KAL, so if you're a local who has been thinking about casting this pretty girl on, this might just be your moment.

 

 

 

back detail

 

 

I often joke that if Picasso had his blue period then I can certainly have my..…(insert latest obsession) period. In my post about Farthingale I talked about how this thinking has me designing in series. I frequently work in series and when I flick back through my notebooks /sketchbooks I love to see the first entry that I made about when the inspiration hit. I especially love it when that initial spark went on to become several published designs.

I thought you might like to see some of them:

a) “I wonder how many cable ideas I can come up with beginning from the same starting point / set-up”?

Here are some of the designs I generated working on that idea. I’m still working on this series but the short answer to that is - lots.

 

These all started out the same!


The blue swatch in the photo became Granville. This idea also became the basis of one of my hands-on workshops called Morphing Cables.

 

b) “I wonder if I can create vertical lines (or yoke effects) in stranded colourwork while still working back and forth or round and round in the regular fashion”

Yes you can make the patterning have a vertical effect rather than the traditional horizontal stripes seen in most Fair Isles. You can also create borders and strong colour block effects just by switching which colour is used for the ground. The swatch at the bottom of the photo became Athabasca.

 

colorwork swatches

 

c) Sometimes the spark for a series comes from things other than knitting techniques - amazingly I have many other interests like movies & books. These are designs ideas generated after reading “Pillars of the Earth” which led  to research around the subject matter of cathedral building. The yellow swatch became Chartres

 

pillars of the yarn

 

Which leads me to Ruddington,

 

Ruddington

 

which was born out of my series sparked by posing the question: “I wonder if I can create cables that appear like the ribbons threading through a corset, or mimic the effect of shoe laces”.

 

laced up swatches


In this photo the caramel swatch became Ruddington and the white one became Farthingale.

 

cable detailsleeve detail

 

My latest obsession, which I have a feeling will lead to a series of very colourful ideas, is really a return to an old one (as it goes back to my teenage years): David Bowie. I have seen the exhibition “David Bowie is” three times (I did say it was an obsession). So watch this space for some new oddities...

 

Twist Style Friday: Concertina

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 new year Twistfans!! You may have noticed that we *gasp* didn't publish a style post last week. It was the holidays, and I was on vacation in Montreal and didn't barely look at a computer screen (except for Netflix, currently completely obsessed with The Good Wife). Last Friday evening, however, I was thinking about you, dear sartorially inclined readers. I was sitting in front of a lovely fire (none of this fireplace-tv tomfoolery) at my friend Sue's place in Montreal.  She is so fabulous, I thought it might be fun for y'all to benefit from her stylishness too, so we worked on some Polyvore sets together, and she wrote a bit about hers. Today I'll share both of our styling ideas! Sue is a rad bellydancer, choreographer, kitchen dynamo, yoga teacher, great knitter, and all-around fun-magnet. She made me dinner and pie and in the morning we had a butter-pecan french toast casserole and coffee with booze. gave me pie. I win at friends.

 

I could talk about how cool Sue is for pretty much ever, so we should probably move this along and take a look at this week's featured garment: Concertina. You can wear her open or closed, depending on your mood or outfit! The single-button side closure turns an easy open jacket with barely-visible contrast pleats into a dramatic assymetrical top with vibrant stripes. Shazam.

 

openclosed

 

I think I saw a pretty lovely monochromatic version already, and I can't wait to see more knitters and the color combinations they come up with. If I was going to knit this tomorrow, I would get two yarns in the same colorway and the same weight, but different fiber content. Probably I'd choose a snuggly soft wool as the main yarn, and a silk or silk blend for the stripes. I love the way different fibers absorb dye differently, and I think that would make for subtle but interesting textural depth.

 

If I was going to wear Concertina as is, I would want to play on the lovely contrast colors; I kind of went all Cinnamon Girl on this one. We have, on the left, a sort of cowgirl-librarian (cowbrarian?), a (perhaps overly) twee grad student in the middle, and a chic museum-goer on the right.

three outfits by carly

 

I'll let Sue tell you about her styling and inspiration:

If you've never goofed around on Polyvore, you should definitely go give it a whirl. This was my first go and I may have fallen down the earring rabbit hole a little bit. For the first outfit I decided to play up the yellow tones in the contrast panel with a saffron body-con dress, while the middle outfit reads posh equestrienne. Lately I've been hooked on Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, an Aussie series about a 1920's lady detective who flies airplanes, speaks Russian, and always has a gold revolver stashed in her evening bag. Phryne Fisher is basically who I want to be when I grow up, and this last outfit is one I think she might wear.

three outfits by Sue

 

 


What about you; how will you wear Concertina?

New Pattern! Meliae

Meliae

 

If you receive our newsletter, then you've already seen the newest addition to the Twist Collective library of patterns, and here at Twist headquarters, in the northeast, a pair of warm, cashmere blend colorwork mittens seems like a perfect treat. Meliae, by Hester Nerine has tons of little details, that we think you'll love. Corrugated ribbing, braids and finished hems, and coordinating patterns on the palm and outside of each hand, make for a mitten that is just as fun to knit as it is to wear. Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga! Is a durable and luxurious blend of superwash merino, cashmere and nylon, so your mittens will feel great and look great for years to come. 

Find out more about these mittens in our shop.

 

Meliae

 

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