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Twist Style Friday: Anemoi

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 everyone!! It's a happy one indeed when there is a new issue up!! I hope you have gotten a chance to sit down with a big mug of tea (or a slushie, or giant glass of iced tea, depending on climate-appropriateness) and take a long slow flip though the pages of the Spring/Summer 2015 Twist Collective. 



This issue is chock-full of stunning shawls and scarves, which are pretty awesome all-season accessories, depending on what sorts of fibers you use to make them. I was excited too, to see a whole section of kids' stuff! More and more of my pals are making new humans, and it's pretty fun to make them small-size things to wear. I also often find myself encouraging new knitters to use a baby sweater as a bridge from knitting rectangles of various sizes towards building sweater competence! You get all the skills, but at a lower yarn and time cost. Plus you get to dress a small person. The cuteness, it overwhelms. 



It's been a week of feeling super betrayed by the weather here in Toronto. We had a week of that promising sunny time where it's cool in the shade but you don't really need a jacket. Tuesday night I got hailed on, and Thursday morning it snowed. Summer is on its way though. Even with this temporary aberration, the crocuses are poking through the soil, and the sun is strong enough to burn. I just cast on for a very autumn-y sweater and it doesn't seem like the wrong time. 



This week's featured garment is not an autumn-y sweater. This is definitely springlike, and holy gosh it's pretty. I'd like to introduce you to my new crush, Anemoi



Anemoi from the back, detail of lace upper back and shoulder


same sweater from the front, detail of v-neckline and lace short sleeves



The shape is simple and clean. If you wear a lot of full skirts or high waisted things, you can crop it at the waist and get a whole sweater out of a pretty small quantity of yarn. That means that even if you're knitting on a budget, you can make this out of something a little dreamy and luxurious. This stunning hand-dyed from Sundara is pretty in epic proportions. I'd want mine lipstick red, but maybe also one the color of wheat, and maybe with a little sparkle? Is that crazy? If you want to get very fancy, you could use something with sparkle or sheen just for the lace part, and go for double textural contrast. 



I'll admit I was thinking about dressing some specific humans when working on the styling of this pretty little top this week. The one at the bottom is for my art-star pal Clara, and you should imagine that there is a hand-carved slingshot tucked into the back pocket of those overalls. The floral polka-dot dress is for my roombabe Lucy, who is competing next week in a comedy brawl because she is the bravest. The far right is for my mom to wear on dates (because my mom is cooler than me), and the far left is for my badass friend Zena who is a for real serious adult who sends me coloring books in the mail. I have a whole set of perfect ladies in my life, and if I was the fastest knitter in the world and had the attention span to make a pattern more than once (I can barely hack a second sock), I would make them all this sweater. Go forth and be beautiful, lady loves (you already are)! 



four outfits



How will you wear Anemoi


A Twist on Style Friday: Radius Color Choices

Normally on Fridays we feature a series of outfits to demonstrate some different ways of styling a particular garment from the season's collection. Sometimes I (Carly) speculate about some possible color choices for the garment of the week, and how I think that could impact the styling options that would be available to you. This week, we are taking a different tactic, looking instead at some color combinations, and speculating a little about how they could each be styled. You can find the whole Style Friday series here.


Hey everyone. This post is coming to you from Marnie and Carly and a hefty dose of photoshop from Julie Blauw , the talented designer of Radius. Back when we were assigning yarn for the Winter 2014 edition, Radius was a particularly fun pattern to choose yarn for. We generally know well ahead of time which pieces will go together and what general color theme they will share. For Radius and other patterns in the In Season shoot we wanted high contrast neutrals and a pop of color. You can really see how the yarns form a cohesive story if you look at the yarn pages at the end of each photo story.



After much deliberating, we ended up choosing a deep charcoal gray, a much lighter gray and a vivid red for the sample. This was one of four color schemes Julie suggested in her original proposal.



I'm sure you can see why we were so excited to take this design.


Now Julie's sent us some suggestions for even more color options, from the available colorways offered at Webs in their Valley Yarn Goshen line which is perfect for warmer climates, and Valley Yarn Northampton, a rugged yet soft wool. If grays and red aren't your cup of tea, we think one of these alternate options, will call out to you.


Version 1: Maritime Style

Yarn Color 1 Color 2 Color 3
Goshen Navy White Red
Northampton Navy White Red



I would wear this one with jeans and oxblood doc martens, or with a stretchy cotton mini in a pale neutral, and some striped tights. 


Version 2: Earth Tones

Yarn Color 1 Color 2 Color 3
Goshen Fawn Persimmon Natural
Northampton Chestnut Orange Sunset Natural



This one has a bit of a vintage ski-sweater vibe, in addition to being a little more granola than our original selection. I can see it with long linen skirts, jeans, or hiking shorts. 


Version 3: Turquoise at Midnight

Yarn Color 1 Color 2 Color 3
Goshen Black Steel Waterfall



This one calls for black, black, and more black, to really highlight that pop of blue. I'd choose skinny pants or a pencil skirt for clean lines and shapes in high relief. 


Version 4: Retro Chic

Yarn Color 1 Color 2 Color 3
Goshen Waterfall Fawn Natural



This one is screaming for ochre. I would look for a dark mustard denim skirt, or a pair of relaxed pants in really soft corduroy. 


Version 5: Lost on the Seaside

Yarn Color 1 Color 2 Color 3
Northampton Lake Heather Twilight Heather Natural



Because these blue tones are quite similar, I would be really tempted to go for high contrast here. A pair of bright coral shorts, or kelly green jeans would turn this into a candy pop of cuteness.  



Version 6: Totally into Marsala

Yarn Color 1 Color 2 Color 2
Northampton Merlot Heather Twilight Heather Natural



I think I'm most tempted here to go tonal, and pink something deep purple and maybe a little asymmetrical. Something a little bit witchy, with some pointy black lace up boots with a low heel and a really really big purse. 


How will you wear Radius, and what colors will you choose? 

Twist Style Friday: Leadlight

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.


Hi humans! 


Last weekend I got snowed on in Montreal and it made me super grouchy. Today is bright and cool in a way that allows for open windows and natural light. I can't explain what a relief it is. I've brought my bike, Tilda Swinton, out of seasonal retirement. Forget the days of layering multiple cardigans underneath a jacket (or my usual-of-late, two cardigans and two spring jackets). Now is the time when your cardigan *is* your jacket. This, my friends, is a time for rejoicing. 


I give you Leadlight 


colorwork and cable yoke cardigan



I'm a sucker for a boatneck, and those cables are maybe perfect. You know those image-lists that get passed around the internet of things perfectly lined up or organized in pleasingly geometric ways? I get the same kind of calming sigh from looking at these cables. 



cable detailback



I have a pretty serious block around colorwork. I fear it. I've done an okay job on a couple of stranded projects but it's definitely out of my comfort zone. I would make this cardigan though. I sort of think it's perfect. Let's take one more look at that yoke before we talk about fashion. 



back yoke detail



Let's talk about pink for a minute here. When I was a small kid, I was OBSESSED with pink. I had a pink bedroom and wanted everything I owned, read, looked at, or ate to be pink. I'm sure it was very annoying for literally everyone. My best babyfriend these days is a toddler named Arthur Ellis, and he shares my affection for all things bubblegum hued. His mum sends me pictures of him looking thrilled, clutching pink purses and umbrellas and boots and sippy cups. He is literally perfect. Later, in my teenage misogynist years, I rebelled against everything coded feminine. No lace, no frills, no dresses, and definitely no pink. I had some complicated times with gender. Now the pendulum has swung back. I like to wear "girl" with a bit of a hard edge, but there is no mistaking that I display femme.  Today's outfits are really pink. Sorry if you hate it! 


three outfits, all really really pink



Shoes with a little masculine styling keep these from being overly twee. Or maybe they're still twee and I just like it that way. Can you believe that those ice cream earrings are real? I want them. I want us all to have them. 


Me, I would wear Leadlight like a cotton candy fool. How will you? 

Twist Style Friday: Parapet

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.


This week has been a whirlwind, friends. I was in Ottawa last weekend, and I'm heading to Montreal tomorrow. I squeezed my workweek into three days and I haven't caught up on sleep yet, but I sure am having fun. I am also still in a very serious relationship with this crimping iron. I know it sounds weird, but I look really cool, I promise. I might be embarrassed  about this phase in my hair-life in a few years time, but for now, I'm so into it. It goes really well with my floral velvet crop top and my purple doc martens. Seems a bit like the time to embrace a little extra whimsy; the season is changing. It's April! Day is now longer than night, and soon it can be time for swimming in the outside places. If you're celebrating thing weekend, I hope you're doing it surrounded by folks you really like, and foods you like even more. 


This week's sweater is probably too elegant for my absurd fashion choices of late, but that's a low bar to clear. I think it's probably perfect for so many of you lovely humans! It has the makings of so many great outfits. Have you taken a close look at Parapet



closeup of sweater yoke with zigzag patterning and standup collar 



The stitch pattern is gorgeous, and the standing collar is cute and unusual. it gives it a bit of a formal edge, steers it a little between sweater and jacket. The back has a little gather, giving the top a subtle swing shape. I think of it like a denim jacket for a regent. Pinkies up! 



full view of modeled sweaterback view



Maybe it was the collar shape that drew me towards a slightly military olive as a color complement. Something about the geometric yoke and sleeves made me want round (but not perfectly) accessories. I'm feeling very drawn by grellow right now, and florals, always more florals. 



three outfits




How will you wear Parapet?


Twist Collector: Glenna

Glenna C's headshotToday's post is really exciting, guys. Once in a while we feature folks who have knitted a bunch of patterns from Twist, and ask them what they like so much about working with our patterns. We have a pretty special Twist Collector to feature today, because she is *also* a Twist designer! Glenna brought us such gems as Burrard, Brightwood, High Street, and Quo Vadis. She's been knitting for about ten years and blogging and designing for almost as long. She says that Knitting has definitely taken over from other interests (she keeps meaning to get back to that beading stash). She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and knitting is helping keep her busy and distracted while finding a full time job. You can find out more about Glenna and her work on her Rav page, or her blog




Knitting has always appealed the part of my brain that doesn’t want to be bored. Cables are probably my favourite thing to knit (and design) for that reason – they’re interesting to knit and gorgeous to look at while you’re wearing them. They are also warm, which is a big factor in choosing knits to wear during long winters. So, when I look at new Twist Collective issues I’m always looking for something that could be my next fun cabled project.


Gwendolyn was the first pattern I knitted from Twist Collective. Fiona Ellis has a fabulous cable-knitting brain and I usually keep an eye on her new patterns! The cable panels in Gwendolyn are classic but a little unique as well, and my favourite might be the sleeves, how they complement the body panels while using a different motif at the elbow. What I love about wearing it, though, is the hood. It gets cold in southern Ontario winters and having that extra amount of fabric around your neck and shoulders really makes things cozy. I’d like to knit another hoodie for myself some time! 


Glenna's Gwendolyn hoodie, knitted in bright teal, seen from the back modeled by Glenna.



The most recent Twist Collective pattern I made was the Ossel dress by Allison Green. It’s the first time I’ve knitted a dress but will not be the last. Again, this was motivated by the cold winters we’ve had the last couple of years! I really wanted to be dressed in wool from the knees up. This was a pretty straightforward knit (aside from it taking more time than a regular sweater, due to the extra fabric), and I really liked the i-cord bind-off to finish the neckline as well as the saddle shoulder details that included the sleeve cables. It’s also the first time I’ve knitted something that is a full outfit all by itself, which is pretty cool. 


Glenna wearing her Ossel dress



Both the Ossel dress and the Joist pullover by Andrea Rangel were ‘Christmas cast on’ projects started a year apart but both finished this past winter. I like casting on a new project on Christmas day, as a present to myself and also to make sure my holiday knitting time isn’t taken up just by what I’m designing for my own work. And it turns out that when my brain needs a break…it asks for all-over cables! Who would have thought. The Joist pullover was a purely covetous knit. I saw the all-over cables and just wanted it. It’s a huge amount of yardage (the Ossel dress used less yarn) and a big commitment but I’m so glad I made it. It’s so warm it’s like wearing a furnace, which is pretty much what you want when you’re in the -20C days. And the cables add a nice amount of vertical structure, more so than I might have thought at first glance. And again, I liked the finishing details of the collar, it brought the whole project together really nicely. 


Glenna's Joist



The Uji jacket by Ann Marie Jackson was another knit that I couldn’t resist due to the cables and warmth factor. I liked the fact that it was a big cabled jacket complemented by big details – big collar, big buttons, big pockets. The pockets were probably my favourite detail because they are attractive and practical at the same time. I rarely take the time to knit pockets into my cardigans but it’s so worth it when it matches the design. The main technical modification I did on this one was to change the sleeve cap decreases to decreases rather than bind-offs, so that I could do a vertical seam to finish it off. 


Glenna's Uji



I always love knitting with wool if I can help it - for warmth and because it’s kinder on the hands, and also there are so many varieties of wool yarns. One of my favourites is always Cascade 220 Heathers, which I used for Gwendolyn, Ossel, and Joist! Clearly a versatile favourite. One of my current favourites is Briggs & Little Regal, and I’d use that to make Joist again if I were to do it a second time. For Uji I used a now-discontinued chunky yarn from KnitPicks called Cadena, a wool/alpaca blend.



I’m a tall lady at 5’9”, so I make pattern modifications pretty often – it just becomes a normal part of the knitting process for me. Usually I end up adding a bit of length in the body and sleeves (I added about 3 inches to the body for Gwendolyn, about 2 ins for Ossel), although with Uji I actually removed a couple of inches from the length so that it would still sit at the upper thigh, rather than a full jacket length. The other modification I usually need to make is to add a bit of room across the shoulders. I have a bust size of 38” and a cross-shoulder of 16”, and often the size I choose for my bust has a cross-shoulder of 1 or 1.5” less than what I would prefer. I did this on Ossel as well as Gwendolyn. Getting the right fit is always a bit of a challenge but gets easier the more you practice and pay attention – and being taller usually means I always go in prepared to modify something.



There are definitely other Twist Collective knits in my future – I have a Lempicka cardigan that I started last year that I still need to finish off, and I also want to knit another High Street cardigan and Burrard cardigan for myself! (I’ve already knitted myself one Burrard but I think I need another one in another colour!) I’d also like to make the Rafters cardigan and the Boundless hooded cape (because why not). Along with my own pattern designing I will definitely not be bored for very long at a time!


Thanks Twist Collective!