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Twist Style Friday Double Trouble: Nopales and Interleaf

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.



I can't even tell you how many times this week I overheard people saying things like "can you believe it's already July??" Some of us have a lot of work to do before summer is up. Some of us have a lot of relaxing we want to do before summer is up. But the general consensus seems to be that it's going a little too fast! 


I'm here to tell you that there is a silver lining to summer chugging along; perfect knitting weather is on the way. We are doubling up on styling garments this week, and if you've been paying attention to Style Friday for a while, you know what that means. 


First up is Nopales. A simple shape, dramatic neckline, some pretty lace, and welted cuffs and collar make a lovely cardigan. See? 


Nopales, olive green lace cardigan with deep v neck, closed with a brooch in the shape of a bee.



I really want you to take a closer look at some of those details, because they are really just perfect. 



detail of welted sleeve and lace pattern



This week I have a close lady friend in town from Montreal. We have been friends for 12 years, and it's such a joy to be in the same city for a few days! She has a very particular sense of style that is as girly as mine, but also somehow more practical, folksy, and whimsical. Leah can spin, dye fiber, felt, and knit. She also does marquetry and some metalsmithing. She plays several odd string instruments, including the autoharp, mountain dulcimer, banjo, and campbellin, and can call square dances. She is in two bands. She is an extremely multitalented lady, and her favorite clothes often look like they would taste like strawberry-kiwi candy. These three outfits are for her, most especially one on the far right. Yep, I put a bird on it; I put two


three outfits



The other garment we're looking at today is another beaut; Interleaf is a lovely colorblocked tank that uses stripes in clever ways. It reads a little modular and a little Mondrian and totally modern. Look! 



Interleaf, cream colored tank with alternating grey and blue stripes forming a block in the center front and center back. skinny stripes continue around the sides neckline is square. Interleaf from the back


I kept these outfits pretty simple; the stripes on this top deserve to be the stars of the show, I think. If you're going to wear something else punchy with it, I'd go with a texture (like the lace skirt on the left, below) over a print or pattern. I really cannot wait to see the color combinations knitters dream up for this top. I think almost anything could work, but I am most excited about combos that use a neutral and two brights. Make my dreams come true, Twistfans!! Also, in case the intarsia scares you, Sandi wrote a helpful technique article to take the mystery out of it for us all! 


three outfits



How will you wear Nopales? How will you wear Interleaf



Twist Style Friday: Lanai

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.


Wow, folks. It's July! Does anyone else feel like summer is pretty much flying? Gosh. We still have a few months of beach babe weather - and thank goodness -  I definitely have not had my fill of lake swimming. I'm the kind of girl that has more than one animal print bathing suit, so I need lots of occasions to wear those amazing objects. One of them has a kind of intense ruffle thing at the top, but I would totally wear my leopard bikini to the beach with this rad sweater on top. 



Lanai from the front. Sleeveless, orange sweater with a deep v neck in the front and back. Lanai from the back



Ok, so in addition to being completely adorable, Lanai seems like a really satisfying project to knit. You make the body in one piece, then make the fun short row yoke, and then attach it all together! I think it would be pretty speedy. 


Let's take one more look at the yoke details. Just a little lace, nothing fussy, and a great graphic shape. 



yoke detail



Let's have a look at some outfits. I couldn't resist some bright colors with this one, the citrusy orange was basically shouting at me for more juicy brights. 


four outfits


The general theme here was lady-shoes and shiny accessories. How will you wear Lanai


Designer Post: Belleville

Headshot of Anne Podlesak, designer of Belleville


Today's post comes to us from Anne Podlesak, designer of the lovely Belleville cardigan. This is one of those rare and wonderful garments where the big impact is in the back; and it's really something. This is Anne's first design with Twist Collective and we are thrilled to have it in our pages! You can learn more about Anne and her work - here




Belleville front view 



The idea for my Belleville sweater design was originally sparked with a conversation I had with a friend recently back from Paris.  She and her husband had taken a week to wander around the streets, drink strong coffee in small café’s and generally soaking up the ambiance of the city.  Their week was punctuated by some not-so-great weather in the form of dreary rain, but the locals kept saying “Oh, you should be here in the spring.  It’s gorgeous.”   So, having never been to Paris myself, I wondered exactly what was so gorgeous about Paris in the spring.



Eiffel tower in springtimeanother look at the tower with spring blossoms



I hit up my trusty visual research aid, Pinterest, and found a whole set of eye-catching pictures of the Eiffel Tower and flowering trees in April.  I was captivated by the steel structure of the tower juxtaposed with the pretty ballerina pink flowers.  When I saw the call for the Spring/Summer 2014 issue, the mood board had a gorgeous pink inspiration photo, and that had me sitting down with my charting software to see what might work to combine an eyelet lace pattern and an arch-shaped twisted stitch pattern. 



cherry blossoms in springtime




Belleville from the back



While wandering around Pinterest, I also found a gorgeous photo of Audrey Hepburn in a pale pink dress, standing in front of a spray of slightly darker pink flowers similar to those in the Parisian photos.  From there, it was an easy path to sketch a pretty little spring cardigan that I could envision being worn over a lovely sleeveless dress and a pair of pretty pumps.  (Although I think  it would be equally great styled with a pair of slim capris, ballet flats and a simple T – which is also very Audrey Hepburn-esque.)  I chose to keep the front fairly plain with just one column of the eyelet lace, but turn up the volume for the back, which is worked with a large lace panel.  I balanced out the otherwise simple sleeves with the same eyelet lace I used for the front. I added some waist shaping for a bit of  feminine curves, and Belleville was born.



Audrey Hepburn in front of a blossoming bush



I love the pale yellow Citrine colorway the sample was worked in, but I have to admit that I’m leaning towards a blush pink version for myself!



another back view

Twist Style Friday: Sugarbeach

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 Twistfans! This weekend is World Pride in Toronto, which means there are a zillion folks in from out of town, and about forty parties to choose from on any given night of the weekend. Last night I got rockabillied up to see a very strange play (starring Canadian indie music darling Hawksley Workman) and then went to a country western dance party with a Dolly Parton drag-lookalike contest. My life is hilarious and fun. Me and my liver might be awful tired by the end of the weekend, but I think it's going to be a pretty great time. 



Every year for Pride I get excited about getting dressed for things. As usual, the fashion is one of the most important parts. I plan my manicures around my outfits, wear an extreme quantity of animal print, and sometimes do something particularly loud to my hair. It took a few steps to get it there, but I want to all to know that at this precise moment, my hair is pretty much the exact color of this gorgeous sweater.



Model wearing Sugarbeach sweater, a cropped and cabled v neck top with short sleeves. The sweater is pale pink, the background is teal.


Last night it was swept into a funny pink pompadour. I wish you were all there; you should have seen my gold studded mini cowboy boots. 


Enough about my hilarious clothes, let's take another look at Sugarbeach



back view of Sugarbeach sweaterfront detail



Adorable, right? The ropy cables give it a little bit of a nautical feel, the neckline is super pretty, and the overall look is mad cute. I think it would be stunning in crisp white, or a beachy pale yellow. Why don't we take a gander at some outfit ideas, hm? 


Three outfits with Sugarbeach. On the left, styled with jeans, grey tennis shoes, and a canvas backpack. center outfit is with a laser-cut necklace that reads "antagonist", a black miniskirt with sharks on it, and strappy platform shoes. on the left, with a long linen skirt, mint green gladiator sandals, and gold bangles.


That shark skirt called to me. It's a bit of an aggressive outfit, but I think there is a time and a place for that, you know? Whatever your style, Sugarbeach is a lovely addition to your summer wardrobe. Especially if you make her in a color that matches your hair. Just saying. 


How will you wear Sugarbeach



Designer Post: Interleaf


headshot of designer Sandi Rosner, a white woman with long dark grey hair, wearing a green turtleneck

Sandi Rosner is the author of today's post, which is about her most recent Twist design, Interleaf. It is a clever colorblocked tank, perfect for a balmy day. Sandi is a Twist superstar; she designs so many gorgeous things, does tons of tech editing, and also finds time to write super helpful technique articles! We heart Sandi. 





photo of various striped fabrics grouped together


Stripes and knitting are a match made in heaven. Changing colors row by row in an orderly sequence is just enough variety to keep the knitter entertained. But stripes have gotten a bad rap. Women are often told that wearing horizontal stripes is bad. Well, I think you should wear whatever sorts of stripes you like. I happen to love stripes. But I also wanted to make sure that people will lots of different body types could feel comfortable and beautiful in this top. There is a magical solution; break up the horizontal line of the stripes with a little intarsia.


model wearing Interleaf top, a beige tank with blue and grey partial stripes. model has light brown skin and a gorgeous halo of dark tight curls.


Take a look at Interleaf, my latest design for Twist Collective. Stripes, right? Wide stripes and narrow stripes. But the overall impression is vertical colorblocking, not horizontal stripes! There is a little bit of asymmetry at play here, too. The blue stripes wrap around the left side to meet their partners on the back; the gray stripes wrap around the right side.


Other design features include a shaped waistline, and a square neck to show off pretty collarbones. The armholes are close enough that you don't need to worry about bra exposure.



full front shot of model wearing Interleaf top with a green full skirt that ends just above the knee. on a pale pink backgroundphoto of side/back of model wearing Interleaf top. she is looking back over her left shoulder so the side and back of the garment are displayed


The intarsia technique used in this design is as simple as can be. No intricate shapes, and no more than three sections in a row. If you are new to intarsia, or need a refresher, this issue of Twist Collective also includes an article I wrote explaining everything you need to know.


The yarn is Tahki Cotton Classic Lite - crisp, smooth, cool, and perfect for a hot summer day.

While you're clicking around, be sure to take a look at the rest of the Spring issue. My personal favorites? Belleville, a classically feminine cardy by Anne Podlesak, Sugarbeach, a girly summer aran by Fiona Ellis, and Aello, a gossamer lace shawl by Marnie MacLean.