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Amy HerzogToday's post is brought to you by Amy Herzog, designer of both Cayley and Lilium from our most recent issue (in addition to several other designs for Twist, including Oscillate and Greenaway). You can also find this post here, on Amy's website. Amy shares the evolution of Cayley from idea to completion, and the twists and turns that led to the beautiful finished object.



When the current issue of Twist Collective came out, I had just started the book events and barely had time to mention it! Now that things have settled down a bit, I wanted to take a post and step through my design process and thoughts for one of my patterns in the issue, Cayley.

Getting design ideas ready for submission might be my favorite part of the whole process. It’s where I get to sketch, swatch, jot down notes, and imagine how the sweater will be worn. And of course, through my design process I always ensure the design will be easy to modify.




Cayley started with the lace pattern. I wanted to do a spring lace cardigan, but one that was more grown-up than sweet. Easier to modify than most. My solution was to keep the lace at the edges, leaving the middle of the garment in easy-to-mod Stockinette Stitch.


back detail


You might be able to see that as originally envisioned, I’d thought of Cayley in a lighter-weight yarn, with silk or perhaps even linen as a primary fiber, to support small gathers and a larger box pleat on the back. The yarn Kate chose, the wonderfully soft O-wool Legacy DK, was both thicker and fluffier than I’d originally thought. So out the pleats and gathers went. I like the result–the simplified design focuses attention on the lace panels, which are gorgeous and soft in the O-wool.

I knew I wanted the lace panel to go over the shoulders, but detailing like that has to be done carefully (in my opinion) to avoid waist-boob (that phenomenon where the detailing stretches juuuust low enough that it visually groups your bust with your waist and hips, rather than up with your neck and face).


neckline detail


Keeping it in line with the crew neck shaping does the job perfectly. And do you see those adorable buttons? They’re vintage, and were a bit of button nirvana. (Now might be the time to admit my button stash is ridiculous.)

Sleeves are always kind of dull to knit for me, so I wanted to liven these up without making the design scream “HEY! I KNIT THIS!” from across the street. A simple repeat of the lace did the trick.


sleeve detail


So there you have it! The final version of Cayley is fairly close to my original goals. It’s modern, a touch sweet, interesting to knit, easy to modify, and super-easy to wear.




I’m thinking about one in a beautiful deep blue for fall. What color would you make yours?

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 top reminds me of birthday cake.


Morisot front


But like, grown-up birthday cake. Light, delicate, carefully made, and definitely not from a box.

This yarn is super beautiful (and ohmygosh soft), but I would also love to see this in a solid or tonal yarn to really show off those shaping details. Check this out!


side detail


Morisot is super versatile too, because it's a simple, shaped tank. You can wear it lots of different ways. Here are a few of my ideas:

four outfits


How will you wear Morisot?

Hey Twistfans! Carly here. I'm introducing a new feature that you'll see on the blog now and again, where we take a look at how knitters have adapted some of our patterns to suit their needs. Let us know what you think about this idea on Facebook or Twitter!


We're kicking off this series with a pattern that has been adapted in really creative ways; Barbara Gregory's beautiful mitten pattern Perianth.




It was Barbara who sent me links to some of these projects, and we decided to show them to all of you! She told me that when she was designing these mittens, she imagined them as if cut from patterned fabric. The section between the thumb opening and the beginning of the decreases at the top was already a seamless repeat, so it wasn't a stretch to turn the chart into a repeating design. It's amazing that some knitters have recognized the potential and created new types of projects that show off the pattern.

Small changes can have a really big impact, and make your handmade objects uniquely yours. Here are a few projects that made clever tweaks to this pattern.

Ravelry user LeeRizzo made these fingerless, and they look super cute!


fingerless perianth


Consuelala flipped the MC and CC for the second mitten, making a fraternal pair that I just adore.


fraternal pair


yarnstarved added mongrammed and braided cuffs for a truly customized pair.


custom cuffs



This second set of knitters thought way outside the box. They looked at the charts of this pattern and saw some seriously innovative possibilities.


Neufriesin did a mash-up of Perianth and a pattern for a baby vest, and came out with delightful results.


baby vest



Pinneguri made this remarkable blanket.


folded blanketblanket


Many knitters have since followed suit, making amazing blankets using similar techniques, and an expanded version of the chart that Barbara has made available to those who purchase the mitten pattern. MrsSophie decided to dial up the intensity of the color palette




Last, but certainly not least is puenktchen, who made one of the most stunning sweaters I have ever seen, starting with this chart as inspiration. Can you beleive this began as a mitten pattern?




These projects all began with the same pattern, isn't that amazing? Thank you knitters, for being so creative, and showing me time and time again that pretty near anything is possible.


Perianth original





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 friends! Can you believe that it is already nearing the end of June? Whether or not the weather reflects it, summer is in full swing. The city pools in Toronto open this week, and I can't wait to spend some days lounging and swimming. 

This week's weather has actually been so dreamy for me; I love when it's hot in the sun, cool in the shade, and chilly in the morning and evening. I get to have some glowy sun on my face (SPF 30, every day) but I don't feel sticky and flushed all the time.


This is, incidentally, also perfect weather for a light little cardi that you can just toss in your bag. One this pretty, you'll be excited for a bit of a chill (or some powerful AC) so you can show off it's goergeousness (along with your own, naturally).




I love the scooped neck, the plentiful buttons, the trim sleeves. What a pretty thing. Have you ever seen anything look so refined, so elegant, while also being covered in butterflies?? Seriously.


Lyssia back


I put Lyssia with frocks of all sorts. From acid wash denim to gauzy evening gowns, Lyssia can hang out with all the coolest kids. She's basically the prom queen of sweaters.


four outfits by Carly


Marnie made a set too! Hers is a day-to-night outfit, because Marnie is clever. Just switch a couple of accessories, and poof! You're evening-appropriate.


day to night outfit by Marnie


Do you share Marnie's classic style? Like all the froth and frill of the dresses I picked? I want to see how you would wear Lyssia. Put together a set of your own with Polyvore or with photo editing software and share it on Facebookravelry or tweet it with the hashtag #twiststyle and we'll draw one name for a free pattern of your choosing. Enter by Tuesday evening, and I'll post some faves and the winner on Wednesday!

I can't decide which of the butterflies is my favorite, but I *love* that they are all different sizes. Keeps the knitting interesting too. At the moment, I'm really digging this little bitty one on the sleeve. See?


Sleeve detail


Do you have a favorite? How will you wear Lyssia? Show me, and maybe win!





Linda Wilgus

Today, Linda Wilgus tells us about her inspiration for Trigere, the lovely summer top from our newest issue. Trigere is Linda's first contribution to Twist Collective. You can find out more about her by visiting her website.




When the most recent issue of Twist Collective came out, a kind fellow knitter complemented me on my pattern in it, Trigere. A bit puzzled she wrote that she knew French but did not recognize the word Trigere. What does it mean?




I named my pattern after one of fashion history's most famous designers, the inimitable Pauline Trigère. I have been a fan of vintage fashion ever since as a teen I began to shop for pieces at thrift stores in my home town in the Netherlands. As a knitting designer I love to design patterns inspired by the shapes and colors of clothing from ages past. I enjoy taking a feature of a vintage piece or a characteristic of a fashion period and then working that idea or feature into a knitting design that is at the same time very contemporary.


collar and raglan line detail


When I began to sketch ideas for a summer top for Twist Collective I was influenced by the A-line shapes of the 1960s and particularly by those of A-line dresses designed by Pauline Trigère. I wanted to try to evoke the simple, clean lines of a mod design, while at the same time bringing this shape into a thoroughly modern design and adding something interesting for the knitter to knit. After fiddling around with yarn and needles for a while and trying different ways to create an A-line shape, I came up with the idea of decorative side panels, between which sit the increases that bring about the shape. A rolled collar and seed stitch edges complete the design.


side panel detail


The sample shown in the Spring/Summer issue is knit in a bright and warm jewel tone, which is great for the season. Since the issue was released I have had the pleasure of seeing photos of Trigere knit in many different colors by knitters on Ravelry. Other jewel tones such as a bright pink, green or red make the design stand out wonderfully, but more muted and natural colors such as a pretty light coffee or cream color also work great for the top.