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Twist Collector: Audrey



Today's post is brought to you by a Twist knitter named Audrey. She is a lawyer living in San Francisco. You can find her on Ravelry as shkitty. She has knitted from eight Twist patterns so far, and done a super lovely job of all of them. Read all about it!


I took up knitting as a productive form of stress relief. Other things I enjoy are dancing West Coast Swing, gardening, and scratching my neighbor’s cat. My grandmother taught me to knit, purl, and cast on when I was about 6. I never made anything until about 1981, when, inspired by my college roommate’s sister, an accomplished knitter, I made a single garment, an alpaca vest that I wore until the moths ate it off me. Decades later, in July 2007, I read an article in The New York Times titled The Knitting Circle Shows Its Chic. The article talked about a new crop of knitwear designers with fashionable sensibilities. Being a fashionable gal, this piqued my interest and I investigated further. I thought that the surest way to get some real swell handknitted sweaters was to coax my mother into knitting them for me. She had been knitting afghans, and I figured that knitting sweaters couldn’t be any more trouble. I bought a couple of knitting books to entice her with, and, while waiting impatiently for her to complete her first sweater (for herself, darn it!), it suddenly occurred to me that it was theoretically possible that I might make those sweaters for myself.



I have been following Twist Collective since the very first issue.  The quality of the designs, and the great technical editing, keeps me coming back again and again.  So far, I have knit Acorns, Audrey in Unst (twice!), Lalou, Lavandula, Madrigal, Skara Brae, Vivian, and Wisteria.  


Audrey's Vivian

My first Twist Collective pattern was the fabulous Vivian hoodie.  When I became besotted with that garment, I had been knitting in earnest for less than a year, and Vivian was full of things I had never done before.  But I was easily able to knit it because the pattern writing was clear and precise.  Afterward, not only did I have a fabulous garment, but I was a better knitter. (I also learned a lot knitting Acorns.  Who knew there were so many different kinds of increases!?)

Audrey's Acorns


Audrey in Unst was a pattern that I overlooked when the issue in which it appeared came out because it appeared to be so simple.  But as I read others’ pattern notes on Ravelry, talking about its interesting construction details, I decided to give it a knit and loved every minute of it.  The garment was only superficially simple.  It was not difficult to knit, but the pattern was full of perfect small details, including an i-cord bind off, and short row sleeves.  Each element of the pattern went together with wonderful, mathematical perfection.  And it resulted in a great, wearable sweater and was a perfect canvas for the hand-dyed Madelinetosh Pashmina I used.


Audrey in Audreyanother Audrey

My most recent Twist Collective knit was the versatile Lavandula.  I knit it in yummy BFL sport from Blue Moon Fiber Arts in one of their versatile nearly black colors.  All that ribbing makes me feel long and lean!  I wear it with either jeans or a skirt.


Lavandulaa closer look

One of the things I appreciate most about Twist Collective is that the patterns, whether simple or elaborate,  are so “knitterly.”  To me this means that they often use constructions that are uniquely possible with knitting as distinct from sewing.  This was true of Skara Brae.  The clever top-down construction on this one wowed me.  I knit it in a beautiful aubergine Kilcarra Tweed.  Although the dark color somewhat obscures Skara Brae’s intricate traveling stitches, it reminds me of one of those Victorian black dresses that at first glance are so severe, but you look closely and see that they are covered with pintucks and embroidery.

Skara Brae


The next two Twist Collective patterns up in my queue are the Praline cardigan, and the Pussy Willow shawl.  Of course, I have perfect yarn for both!  I know that Praline will become a wardrobe staple, and I can’t resist those unfurling buds on Pussy Willow.





Designer Post: Peking


Holli Yeoh

Today's post is brought to you by Hollli Yeoh, and you can also find it on her website, here. She is the designer who brought us the lovely Peking, as well as Dizzy. Holli did something that lots of knitters think about, but don't exactly know how to execute; she saw a sweater in a shop window, and set out to recreate her own version of it. Enjoy!



The Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Twist Collective went live over the weekend and I’m thrilled to be included in the issue.


lace detail


My design, Peking is featured in the Bonjour, Paris! story. Imagine, my sweater traveled to Paris for the photo shoot! If only I could have accompanied it.


side shot


Peking is a loose, roomy t-shirt with a shorter hemline in the front angled to a longer one in the back. Did you know this is called a “mullet” hemline?


back detail


You start by knitting two panels of lace. Once blocked, stitches are picked up along the sides of the lace panels and the rest of the garment is worked from the centre panel out towards the sleeves.




A few rows of linen stitch are worked along the sides of the neckline to keep it from stretching,




Inspiration for the design came from a top I saw on a mannequin in the window of an unlikely little shop in Vancouver. It was the panel of perforated fabric that caught my eye. I loved the drape, but somehow that shape called out for some beautiful lace to highlight it.  After percolating for a while in my subconscious it overcame its humble origins and became this lovely, oh-so-feminine garment.

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!!