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Twist Style Friday: Charleston

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.



Collars, people. Collars are a really big deal right now. I was at a cute homegrown craft fair in Montreal last weekend, and there was a whole table of collars being sold as accessories. Some of them were studded. They were pretty cute, actually. I also bought vanilla grapefruit marmalade, and a real sweet handmade greeting card to send to my boyfriend while he's away this summer.


Charleston, collar detail


This adorable jacket dances with twee, but they aren't going steady. I will admit to being a little inspired by Zooey Deschanel in my styling, who is pretty much the queen of flirting with twee-ness. Maybe also Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer. I'm a big fan of the eyelet detail on the collar, and the scalloped hemlines. I love how it's full of texture without being at all bulky or heavy.


back detail


My prescription: a slightly vintagey day-dress, t-straps, and a bag that is just a tiny bit weird (okay, the one on the far right is pretty weird, but in a good way, right?). Go see an indie band. Go to a cafe and drink something you can't pronounce. Watch Ruby Sparks on Netflix. Be slightly whimsical, like a manic pixie dream girl. Check it.


three outfits


That's just my opinion. How would you wear Charleston?

Quick Dispatch: Twist for Two

In the last week, Carly and Kate met in Montreal, 


Carly and Kate at Cafe Neve


and Mary Joy and Adriana met up in Munich!


Mary Joy and Adriana eat macarons

Twist Style Friday: Pont Neuf

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.



As you read this, I am most likely in a mostly operational car with my friend Jenn, en route from Toronto to Montreal. We two are going to see some friends this weekend, and it was kind of a last minute decision! Impromptu roadtrip! So I'm writing to you all real late Thursday night; I haven't even packed yet and we hit the road early in the morning. I'm not complaining though; I am really excited to reunite with my Montreal yarn girls, a group that includes the lovely, talented Kate Gilbert. You can be jealous if you want. We might go to a roller derby game.


I'll be jealous of you if you have made this sweater. Pont Neuf. Sigh.


Pont Neuf


I love everything about this. The garter edging, the sleeve length, the sideways lace, the off-center buttons, the slightly boat-y neckline. I think I'm in love. Let's get a bit of a closer look at that lace panel, shall we?


Lace detail



Because of the asymmetrical fronts, you will probably mostly wear Pont Neuf closed, but you could open the last few buttons to make room for a pouffier skirt, or undo the top few and let the lapel fold down in front.

Check her out with some pants and cute footwear.


two outfits


You could also try something a little swishier, summery shoes and a flirty skirt.


three outfits

How will you wear Pont Neuf?

I'll say hi to la belle province, and la belle Kate for y'all. Happy Friday!!



Knitting for Ourselves: Robin's (theoretical) Coventry

 We love showing you beautiful patterns in the pages of our magazine, but we also want to show them to you in new ways! Twist Style Fridays are one of the ways we work on this, but one of the limitations of a site like Polyvore is that all the clothes are shown on one body type! This feature is a way for us to show how we choose and adapt Twist garments to suit ourselves. You've met the Twist Team already on the blog, now you can follow this feature here if you want to know more about what we make when we knit for ourselves.

 Robin Melanson

Age: 36

Height: 5’5”

Body shape: slim and boyish

Occupation: production assistant, technical editor, knitwear designer

Hobbies: sewing, gardening, vintage shopping

Place of residence: Montreal

Personal style: I am drawn to juxtaposition and unexpectedness. I like feminine clothing but I always pair it with something a bit more utilitarian or rough-around-the-edges. I love traditional menswear-type clothing: structured jackets, tweeds, plaids, leather, riding boots. Again, there has to be something a little unusual about the pairing in order for it to be interesting to me.



If I had the luxury of time to knit something that wasn't a work project, what would it be? I have been eyeing Coventry since Carly first approached me to write a blog post in the "Knitting for Ourselves" series. I am also a designer, and I do get my garments back from Twist. I am the sample size, so I have garments that I have knit that I can wear; however, I know them all inside out, and how much fun would it be to knit something that came out of someone else's head?




Here is what I like about the shape of Coventry: while it is loose and jacket-like, it is also quite short. This appeals to me because – as a person who does not have a generous and shapely bosom – if clothing is too oversized, I feel as though I am swimming in it, and I look like a boy. However, neither do I wish to wear skin-tight clothing all the time, and when it is cold, I like to layer as much as the next girl, so a few looser pieces are a must. It's all about the balance between the elements of a garment: I think if one element is exaggerated, something else should be understated. The vertical elements of this design are also appealing on a shorter garment. I find the composition of this garment quite clever.


I would probably make my collar detachable, because while I love the look of the scarf-collar, I have a boiled wool coat that has one and I find that there is less versatility for wearing it open. I would knit a little ribbed neckband, put cool buttons on it, and matching buttonholes on the scarf edge, so that I could attach or remove it according to my whimsy.


I put together a few outfits using Polyvore, showing how I would wear Coventry and what colors I might choose to make it. I love earthy tones and warm muddy colors. I don't usually choose clear bright colors for myself. I am pale and freckly with reddish-brown hair. I tend to choose loden green, mustard, red-orange, browns and greys.


For the orange-brown version, I paired it with tan cords and Frye boots, and punched it up with some orange accessories (how cute is the gingham phone cover?) I think boots go with all outfits. I have a rather large boot collection and wear boots 90% of the time.


Orange Coventry Outfit 

I don't usually go for blues, but I do like Prussian blue –a navy with a greenish tinge. I put my blue sweater with an overprinted tartan dress by Vivienne Westwood, some burgundy leather ankle boots and a grey satchel. While Vivienne Westwood is out of my budget, I sew much of my own clothing and there is no reason I can't have a similar outfit that is within my knitwear-designer means. In fact, I am working on a draped plaid skirt right now!


Blue Coventry Outfit


I always have a hard time deciding on a color, because I want All the Colors, and I don't have All the Time (or All the Money). It's easier with sewing because it doesn't take as long as knitting, so I really could have nearly All the Colors. I had to show the sweater in a favorite shade of green as well. I paired it with a burgundy leather skirt, and accessorized with a well-worn leather bag, green high-heeled oxfords and a carved Bakelite bangle.


Olive Coventry Outfit


The purple version is matched with a textured-knit mini skirt – I think a close-fitting mini skirt is a nice option for a swingy cardigan like this one. I find mixing silhouettes is usually quite reliable for producing wearable and attractive options. I accessorized with moto boots and a studded purse because I felt the outfit was looking a little too feminine otherwise. I like how the coral purse handles provide a vigorous splash of bright color, contrasting nicely with the tough studs.


Purple Coventry Outfit


Perhaps it sounds as though I spend an inordinate amount of time contemplating the minutiae of stylish knitting. In a way it's true, but I also feel that I am entertaining myself (and hopefully some others as well) in a non-harmful and fairly productive way. Luckily, I am balancing all this frivolously girlish glee with some recent backbreaking labor in my new community garden plot (turning over a 20 by 40-foot swath of overgrown field with just a shovel). I am no bonbon-munching lollygagger! If it weren't obvious, I feel that it is okay to occupy oneself in a multitude of ways, and not all of them have to be serious business.



Designer Post: Winona

Laura ChauLaura Chau is the designer of the lovely Winona cardigan from our most recent issue. She has contributed some other gems to our pages, such as Sheepcote and Cityscape. The original Winona was made with the delicious and summery Classic Elite Yarns Soft Linen, but Laura made one for herself with yarn from her stash! Read all about it here, or on Laura's blog. Check out our Winona style post as well!



Winona original


Laura's Winona


Laura's Winona


Laura's Winona



For my version, I used stash yarn that I’ve had for a few years – Sliver Moon Farm fingering weight merino, which is super squishy and bouncy. I used less than 4 skeins in a lovely grey blue. I knit the size 36.5″, which fits me well in the shoulders with a bit of negative ease (an inch or so), but is nicely flared over my stomach and hips. It’s a more exaggerated silhouette than you might be used to, but it is so easy to wear. I’ll be wearing it over a dress (the one above is from Garnet Hill) all spring and summer.

Not a dress wearer? No worries, jeans are awesome too!


Winona with jeans