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Twist Style Friday: Ruddington

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 folks!


Today we are looking at a gorgeous sweater- Ruddington. This design came from Fiona Ellis working on some cable experiments exploring corset lacing (Farthingale was also inspired by these experiments), but when I look at it, I see twisted wrought iron fencing. As someone who often thinks about my clothes and accessories as the armor I use to pretect myself in the world, the idea of wearing a fence is actually really appealing. Especially if it's this squishy and gorgeous.


back detail


Because The Purple Purl is my local yarn shop, and they are doing a KAL of Ruddington right now, it's also one of the Twist garments that I have gotten to see (and squish) in person. I am always surprised how much more amazing these things look in the flesh (in the wool?). It's half my incentive to knit anything I see- I want to be able to touch it. Trust me, you want to touch this.


side detail


It's juuuust starting to warm up a little where I live, but for some reason, I have been thinking a lot about the early springtime in Montreal. I lived there for almost 10 years, and every spring, I loved watching the overeager underdressers busting out their summer wardrobes as soon as the mercury crept above zero (celsius). Everyone's sun-starved skin peeking out from their dress hems or short sleeves; folks are wearing sundresses with all their wooly accessories. Nothing makes you appreciate spring and summer like a harsh and punishing winter.


four outfits with ruddington, all dresses with flat or nearly flat shoes


I was definitely inspired by the overeager underdressers when I put together this set, especially when I picked those sandals second from the left. This sweater can enable you to sneak out some spring garb, even if it's still pretty chilly.


How will you wear Ruddington?

Mod Corner: Cityscape

Hey folks!


Carly here! I probably spend more time than most folks on Ravelry. Not only do I keep extremely detailed track of my own knitting projects, but I am also always looking to see what knitters are doing with the patterns we print in this magazine. If you follow us on Twitter, you know that we tweet amazing FOs from our patterns nearly every day, so I am pretty much constantly trolling the newly completed projects looking for exciting ones. So many of you do amazing things with these patterns as a starting point, and seeing that creativity is totally inspiring.


So every once in a while, I collect a bunch of modified versions of a pattern, and assemble them here for you to ooh and aah over. Today we are looking at Laura Chau's iconic Cityscape cardigan. This is more than a sweater, this is a *concept* and some of you took this idea and ran very far with it.


Like to Middle Earth. This one is by foggy.


a knitter wears a brown cardigan with a yoke detail of a cityscape, but the buildings are meant to look like middle earth. the sky is blue, and we are looking at the knitter's back and shoulders


Travelling to other cities on this yoke was a fairly common practice. Jojowheeler took hers to Berlin.


knitter is wearing a cream cardogan with blue yoke detail, and the cityscape knitted into the yoke remembles buildings in berlin


Gldelx's is firmly rooted in Portland.


knitter is wearing a mustard cardigan with a teal skiy and white cityscape details, her sweater looks like Portland


And nonnibaloney's is a San Francisco kind of girl. Hers is also a pullover, for extra mod-fun.

coral pullover with cream yoke. cityscape resembles san francisco


A couple of other folks (Penelope on the left and spader on the right) also made lovely pullovers from this pattern.

cityscape pullover in lavender and whiteblack and cream cityscape jumper


Some of you challenged the laws of physics, and put landmarks from different cities into one yoke. Kalindriel included some sites from Europe, Marrakesh, and her very own home.


Cityscape cardigan in cream and white, including buildings from various cities in the yoke detail


GryHege decided to travel not through space, but through time, and took her Cityscape into permanent midnight. I love how you can see some of the lights on in the buildings!


this black and grey cityscape includes stars and the moon in the night sky


Rubbad decided to not make a sweater at all, and rather use the yoke chart to decorate the tops of a pair of sunset-y socks.


a sock with the cityscape yoke pattern around the leg


I love all of these projects, and choosing just these few from all the amazing versions on Ravelry was really hard! Take a look, and see if it inspires you to create a custom Cityscape of your own!


It's incredible seeing what all of you did with this pattern, which was already pretty stunning to begin with! Knitters, you amaze me. I have a creativity crush on you all. For those of who who haven't yet knitted a Cityscape, take a look at the original, and these mods above, and see what you come up with!


Cityscape original



Designer Post: The Little Details

head shot of designer Fiona Ellis.Today's post is from Fiona Ellis, designer of countless garments in Twist. Her eye for details is impeccable. Today she tells us about the little details that make garments special; both the ones we buy and the ones we make. She was inspired to write this after a Facebook post by Twist contributor Franklin Habit about his newest suit.



I always watch the Oscars to see what the stars are wearing. It is an influential affair which tends to set some of the major fashion trends especially in terms of popular colors. I follow to get a general overview of the "feeling" or mood that is being set. This year overall everything seemed pared down and un-fussy. This is when construction and details really shine. These details of course go in and of vogue and last night I picked up a focus on the hip area with several gowns having peplums. But it got me thinking about a conversation that I had with a friend at a New Year's eve party.


This friend is a scientist and not somebody I would expect to be interested in fashion but he does likes to dress well. He was marveling at how you can tell if a suit is “bespoke” by checking to see if the cuff has working buttonholes or not. I was thrilled to hear that people outside of my fashion-focused world still pay attention to these types of details. I am a big advocate of couture details and the bespoke suit has a fair number of it’s own.

After our conversation I did a little on-line research looking for information on bound buttonholes to send to him and discovered things that I hadn’t paid much attention to before now. The suit with working buttonholes is apparently called a “surgeon’s cuff” stemming from the necessity of a surgeon to be able to roll up his sleeves, especially in a military setting to say remove a bullet. I also never knew that there is such a thing as cuff buttons referred to as “kissing buttons” meaning that they are touching and ones spaced slightly further apart known therefore as “non-kissing buttons”.

There were also blog post discussions considering whether it is showing off or just “de rigueur” to leave a cuff button un-done to show that the buttonholes do in fact work and thus demonstrating that it’s a hand made (read expensive) suit.

As knitters we are big fans of the details that elevate our projects, setting them apart from the now ubiquitous cheap manufacturing practices found in store bought garments. I know that I, along with many designers, go to a lot effort to coming up with unique details for our patterns. And in general I think many knitters will go to the extra effort to work just the right buttonhole or shaping decrease. But I’m wondering if we have signals (like leaving a button undone) that we use to bring these details to the attention of other hand knitters? Here are some examples of the little details from Twist Collective sweaters that make our handknit garments just right.

Seaming details on Keynote:


closeup of cabled side and raglan seams on a lavender cardigan

Cuff detail on Thorntower:

tilted garter cuff detail on Thorntower, a bronze  asymmetrical cabled cardigan


Cuff detail on Ruddington:

closeup of cabled cuff detail on ruddington, a wine colored cabled cardigan


Shaping details on Bevel:


diagonal ribbing on Bevel, a fitted cabled pullover with a deep v neck


Cuff detail on Athabasca:

closeup of colorwork cuff on Athabasca, a stranded pullover with a high henley neckline and vertical columns of stranded patterning.


Cuff detail on Viridis:


detail of welted edging on cuffs and lower egde of viridis, wrap cardigan with lace front panel


Edging on Astra:


wavy cable edgings on Astra, a simple tunic with cable and welt details


Gores and rippled edges on Brookline:


shaping gores create an a-line shape and a rippled icord edges the cuffs and lower border of this cream colored cardigan

Twist Style Friday: Tuin

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! Friday doesn't mean the same thing to me as it does to most folks, since I almost always work on the weekend, and while most folks dread Mondays, I almost never work on those! It is a topsy-turvy world. Regardless, I still look forward to Friday, and one of the reasons is this dedicated time to talk about knitting and fashion.


This week's featured sweater is Tuin, and she is a stunner.


Back view of Tuin turtleneck sweater. The main color is deep blue, and there is colorwork around the round yoke, and the upper yoke and neck are white.


The shape is classic, the yoke is stunning, and today it was extremely windy and I wanted to be wearing three of these in layers.


blonde model with a side braid is wearing the Tuin sweater, jeans, and tall green rainboots, in front of a stone wall with a red barn doorcloseup of the neckline, yoke, and the smiling face of the model.


A few folks have made this already, and with gorgeous results. Some knitters have kept the main color steady throughout the sweater, and only had the stranded details in a contrasting color. This option makes for a top that is a little more neutral, because the contrast is less striking. Either way, Tuin is a looker.


An easy shape and turtleneck are a natural fit with jeans, but I wanted to see what would happen if I put Tuin with some skirts, and you know what? I think it works beautifully.


tuin styling


With cute flats and earrings with a little sparkle, I think this pretty top can take you just about anywhere.

How will you wear Tuin?

Twist Style Friday: Sigulda for Men

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 fans! It's been snraining in Toronto, snowing and raining alternately, or sometimes, seemingly, at the same exact time. It's what Homer Simpson would call "lousy smarch weather" and seems both like winter's last jab, and the tender beginnings of springtime. 


We're doing something a little different this week, and I have to admit, it's out of my comfort zone! We're looking at a men's sweater.


side-view of Sigulda on a male model. The sweater has a crew neck, colorwork around the yoke, and then a textured, waffley stitch for the body and sleeves. The main color is navy, and the colorwork is bright blue and cream.


This sweater is a classic. With such squishy texture, who wouldn't want to wear this? The yoke patterning is bold but not too busy. I love the geometric patterns, and I think these colors might be perfect, though I would also love to see it in foresty greens or shades of grey. Those choices would keep the sweater pretty neutral and timeless. If you are into a kitch factor, a bright ski-sweater primary combination would be striking and gorgeous.


Me, I think everyone should wear whatever they want, whether those clothes were initally designed or intentioned for a certain gender or set of humans. Part of what is so exciting about knitting garments is that you can make them fit your body (or the body of the person you're knitting for), perfectly, even if that body doesn't at all resemble the model in the photos. We have a women's version of Sigulda too, and the differences between the two are pretty slight. A different neckline, a some waist shaping. Use the shape that works for you.



Both gendered versions of Sigulda. The female model is standing in front of the male model. Her sweater is the color of oatmeal, and the colorowork is red and orange. Hers has a turtleneck, and otherwise the sweaters are the same. The paid is standing on a dirt path with trees in the background


Also, though we publish more patterns for women than for men, the men's section of our shop is bigger than you might think. Take a peek!


Two outfits with the Sigulda sweater. on the left it is with sneakers and camo pants. o the right, with a plaid shirt on top, slim jeans, and dark brown boots


This was my first time styling men's outfits on Polyvore, so be gentle, sweet readers. It was hard! I practice styling for women by getting dressed every single day (sometimes more than once in a day) but I don't have a lot of experience picking outfits for men. Also, the clothing images in Polyvore are all imported by users, and the vast majority of those are women, styling for other women. So the selection of stuff to pick from is really limited! I think these are pretty nice, but I would also love to hear what you think of them!


How will you wear Sigulda?