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Outtake

Here's one of our lovely models, being adorable between serious shots.


Outtake


Those squishy cables make me excited about cooler weather in the coming months!

Twist Style Fridays- Twill

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.



Back again, with another installment of Twist Style Fridays! We hope you're enjoying this new feature as much as we are- tell us what you think on our Facebook page!

Today, we play with Twill, Kristen Rengren's lovely jacket with herringbone details. This piece is super-versatile, since it combines elements that are casual (pockets, raglan seams) with ones that are more dressy (standing collar, high-neck closure, classic shaping).

Some people think I'm super-stylish because I wear dresses every day, or that I put way more time than other people do into getting dressed. But the secret is that mostly what I am is lazy; when you wear dresses, you only have to choose one thing! Then you put on some shoes, and maybe grab a jacket, and you're dressed. Plus, since I love color coordination so much, if I have to choose too many pieces, I get preoccupied with all the tones matching. All this is to explain why my first impulse was to style this jacket the way I would be most likely to wear it- with a girly dress and some cute sandals, for a summer evening.

Twill, with Dresses


I know that not everyone is a dress-a-day person, and not everyone is as lazy as me, so maybe you want to choose more things to go with this darling jacket. Let me tell you- it looks great with everything, as long as you don't overwhelm the collar with other collars. Here are some ideas-


Twill, with separates

So knitters, how would you wear your Twill?

Designer Process: Laresca

Corrina Ferguson

In today's post, Corrina Ferguson tells us the origin story of Laresca, a flowy, summery tank with a unique lace detail running up the sides and over the shoulders. You can also find this post on Corrina's blog, Picnic Knits. Corrina also brought us Cithara, another easy, wearable garment with gorgeous lace details.



Laresca began as most knitting things began with an idea; a “what if”. What if you took some sort of lace panel up the side of a tank and split it over the shoulders? And the perfect textured yarn made the stockinette body have some interest? So many moons ago I swatched a little something like this:


Swatch


It was a dk weight yarn, a cotton, silk and linen blend. I liked the way the lace was present, but not overwhelming. And the simplicity of the garter edging made me happy. But then I had to draw a picture – a concept sketch if you will. Drawing is not my forte. But I started drawing anyway and this is what I came up with:


Sketch


I am not sure what’s wrong with the top of her head. And despite my utter lack of drawing skills, Twist Collective was actually able to see my vision and said yes, yes, let’s make it. So they sent me yarn. Rowan Panama Yarn. I was skeptical about the yarn because of it's unusual appearance and texture, but then I started to knit with it . And the yarn was good. And I realized that Rowan Panama was the perfect Florida yarn, and that I was making a garment I could actually wear. So that made me feel good about the yarn. And the yarn and I became friends. And eventually the yarn became this:


Laresca in Twist


You know I’ve gotten much better at photography and I can usually capture decent pictures of my shawlette work, but I’m still not good with photographing models. But when I saw these pictures I was very, very happy. First off, she’s gorgeous. And I love the way Laresca looks on her, all breezy and comfortable. Exactly what you need for a hot summer.


Lace split detail


And I am so in love with the way the lace split and shoulder detailing worked out. I mean I wrote the pattern, I knit the sample, and I knew it fit and worked, but seeing it on the model and knowing that I had an awesome idea that I brought all the way to completion is kind of the best. It’s nice to know all the crazy ideas running around in my head aren’t that crazy after all.

The shoot must go on!

Even when the weather is not on our side.


Shelter from the storm


Robin provides shelter for cameras, models, furry friends, while we brave the rain.


For furry friends too

Twist Style Friday- Sylvatica

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.

 


 

 

Carly here, back again with another style Friday. Today, we look at the many ways to wear Sylvatica, Robin Melanson's lovely buttoned pullover (blogged about previously here).  With it's flattering boatneck and easy shape, you could wear this sweater with just about anything and look pretty awesome. Below are my styling ideas for kicking around town, weekend brunch, a casual date, or something else of that nature.

 

 

Sylvatica, styled casually

These could be workplace appropriate, depending on your job, but in case you're looking for ideas that are a little dressier- here are a couple!

 

Sylvatica, styled for work

If you've met me, you know how much color coordination pleases me- I may have let out an audible shriek when i came across those shoes on the left.  You can probably tell that I've been having a really good time playing with these images in Polyvore- some of you have too! We want to see your creations, so tweet them at us (@twistcollective, #twiststyle), or post them on our Facebook page.

 

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