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Designer Post: Nalina

Natalie Servant headshot

 

This post comes to you from Natalie Servant, designer of the stunning Nalina hat and cowl set from our newest issue. Learn all about how she was inspired by a building in Guelph Ontario, and how a blurry photo became the chart for this lovely pattern. You can learn more about Natalie by checking out her blog, here.

 

 

 

I am a huge fan of Art Deco art and architecture. When I am going to be traveling to or through a city I tend to Google first to find out if there are any interesting buildings to see. If there are too many, I narrow things down to the ones that I find the most beautiful.

 

What I really love are the amazing details that I get to see in person. There are tons of pictures online for the more well-known buildings, but every time I see one in person there are decorative flourishes that I get to focus on that didn't show up in the other pictures. It's kind of like the difference between watching sports on TV and being there in person: you get to look at what interests you.

 

When I visited my parents in Guelph, Ontario in the summer of 2013 I was finally there on a weekday instead of a weekend. This meant that I had a chance to peek inside the old post office building: Guelph's Dominion Building. It was built back in 1935, in the Depression era, as part of a government works program. The outside looks fairly innocuous from across the road:

 

 

exterior of Dominion Building

 


The best bits of the outside are the metal spandrels:

 

 

spandrels

 

 

I had to ask permission to take pictures inside. Sadly I only had my cell phone, but I saw some lovely details. There was a metal grille, some lovely work on the ceiling, and then I saw the metalwork.

 

 

ceiling

 

 

grille

 

 

metalwork

 

 

Sadly, the only picture that didn't turn out was the one that I worked from! In 2014 I want to create a design based on this beautiful metallic lotus, and worked until I came up with a chart. I had to kind of squint at this.

 

 

image to try to chart

 

 

 It wasn't until the Twist Collective submission call for the issue that I finally printed the chart and started knitting in July 2015:

 

 

swatch!

 

 

It's kind of funny to me that I knit the swatch in super bright contrasting colors and then the final design used tone-on-tone colors that are a lot closer to the original metalwork of the inspiration!

 

 

cowl Nalina hat

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Lovat

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.


 

 

Friday! It has arrived! You know how on vacation sometimes, it's hard to remember what day it is, because you don't have the same kinds of structured obligations as you do most of the time? Welcome to my all the time life now. Not that I'm on vacation, but the Monday-to-Friday workweek (which only ever had a loose hold on me really) no longer governs my time! I made the set of outfits below between 1 and 3am last night, and am working most of this weekend. I led a workshop on Wednesday night that ended at 11. I am routine-less, and fashion fans, it is impacting my knitting.

 

I have a serious case of startitis. I am in the midst of four different pairs of socks, two blankets, a sweater, two shawls, and a pair of legwarmers, and those are just the projects i am *actively* working on!! I have several others that are napping in a basket and may or may not ever rouse from their slumber. What prince will kiss them? I do not know.

 

So I won't be starting a Lovat today, because I am NOT ALLOWED TO (I am already knitting two patterns from the most recent Twist), but gosh is it ever pretty.

 

 

backcollar and front detail

 

 

I love how all the elements narrow at the waist. The taper of the buttonbands and the ribs at the waist all make the single closure a nice, geometric focal point. If hourglass is an appealing shape for you- those cables create wonderful lines.

 

 

waist details

 

 

Check out Kate's mockups of Lovat in some other colors, and the outfits below for some more inspiration, and then go start yours (so I can live vicariously through you)!

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Lovat?

Throwback Thursday: Mystere

Early in my life as a knitter, I decided to learn about cables by making a super pretty, densely cabled hat (this one). Obviously I would have chosen a Twist pattern (like this one, or this one or this one), but that was before this fine publication even existed (I know, can you even remember those dark dark days?). I made it with this magically soft and fuzzy Noro that I think someone gave me as a present. Now that I know some things about cables, and how magical they look in the crisp relief of smooth, round yarns, I never would have chosen that pattern and yarn combo. But you know what? I still wear this hat, because it's really pretty.

 

 

back cable panel

 

 

Mystere reminds me a little of this style of soft, subdued cabling that I stumbled upon accidentally with that yarn-pattern mismatch. Mystere is all about texture, but she whispers.

 

 

side viewfull shot

 

 

Winter 2009 sounds like an awfully long time ago, but Mystere still seems completely current.

Kate's Craftsy Class on Magic Loop Knitting is LIVE!

Hi Twist friends! Kate here. Guess what. My class on Magic Loop Knitting is live on craftsy! Woot woot! I hope to see lots of you twisters over there. Even if you’ve done magic loop before, I threw in lots of tips and tricks for making your knitting life better. Plus three patterns are included. Here’s a very special link with 50% off!

 

Magic Loop Knitting class with Kate Gilbert

 

PS The winner of the giveaway has been notified by email! Congratulations to Anabella!

Designer Post: Vinca

Headshot of Carol Feller

 

This post comes to you from Carol Feller, designer of the stunning Vinca shawl from our latest issue. Carol has also contributed such gems to our pages as this one, and this one! You can also find this post on her blog, here.

 

 

 

 

 

It has been a few years since I’ve published with the Twist Collective and I’m honored to be part of it again with their winter 2015 issue. My pattern for this issue is Vinca, a top down shawl that uses a textured stitch pattern with a gradient yarn.

 

 

Vinca, gradient shawl

 

 

In this pattern I was introduced to a new to me yarn, Lilt Sock, by Black Trillium Fibres. It was great timing for me as I’m currently going through a gradient yarn obsession :-) The gradient was in the color periwinkle which blends very smoothly from one color to the next, with very subtle color shifts from one mini-skein to the next.

 

 

front, on dress form

 

 

When working with gradient yarns I like stitch patterns that bias the fabric, using a series of increases and decreases to gently undulate the knitting so that the transition from one color to the next isn’t a straight line.
This shawl starts at the back of the neck with a delicate cream yarn in garter stitch and then flows into the leaf stitch pattern. This stitch pattern increases outwards at each side of the work and when you get to the bottom edge the pattern is exploded into a larger version before ending with garter stitch.

 

 

garter neck

 

 

To create this shawl without a gradient kit you could put together your own series of colors that transitioned well from one to the other. If the colors weren’t close enough together you could also try blending the join by alternating the colors for a few rows of the work when you started a new color to smooth the transition. This is what I did with the Dragon Flames cardigan. When I got to the final quarter of each skein I began alternating rows with the next color

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