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Design Process: Luggala

Aine Ryan

Today's post is brought to you by Aine Ryan, designer of the lovely Luggala and first-time Twist contributor. You can find out more about Aine (as well as this post) on her blog, here. Enjoy!





Luggala- one hand in her pocket


Way back in November 2012, I was privileged to be included in the Twist Collective Winter 2012 issue. My design was ‘Luggala’, a long-line jumper / sweater / pullover with a lacy cowl neck and kangaroo pocket.

A few years ago when I was keen to start knitting again, but tired of unflattering, outdated patterns, I did an internet search for things like ‘modern knitting patterns’ or ‘trendy knitting patterns’ or something similarly cheesy. This was when I came across Twist and specifically, their Fall 2009 issue. And I fell in love. The ‘Bus Stop‘ story completely won my heart and it wasn’t long before Ysolda’s Vine Yoke Cardigan was on my needles. I had found an up-to-date, fashionable, beautiful source of knitting patterns! Yay!

So when I decided to give designing a go, I knew exactly where I wanted to start – Twist! Aim high, I thought! When I submitted my design proposal back in April 2012, I had never designed anything before, let alone prepare a submission. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out it had been accepted and then to finally see it in print last November.


Cowl closeup


I wanted to create a cosy Winter garment that would keep the wearer warm without being too bulky or heavy. So I designed a fitted, slightly long length jumper. Raglan sleeves, because they’re may favourite and always flattering. To keep it warm and cozy, I added a cowl neck, but in lace, to keep it light and feminine.


Garment Sketch


The final touch, to make it a little bit different and fun, was the kangaroo or hoodie style pocket. I added this for a note of casual, comfy styling, but again it’s knit in lace.


Style Sketch


In the submission sketch, I just drew it simply with skinny jeans / leggings, which is how Twist styled it too in the end! I’m no fashion artist and I’ll let you in on my secret tool – Fashionary templates (psst- bloglady's note- also check out the Style Friday post where we featured Luggala).

I hope you like Luggala which can be bought directly from Twist Collective.

Finally, a note on the name. ‘Luggala’ is a place in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, where I spent many Summers as a child. Enjoy a few pics. Lots more on Flickr.


Luggala the place: hills and valleys


Luggala the place: trees


Luggala the place: architecture

Quick Dispatch: Ready for Anything

Kate has hair clips and silly faces, and she's not afraid to use them.


Kate with her photoshoot tool belt

Twist Style Friday: Dressage

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! I've been off all week, so for me, Friday came way too soon. The university calls it "reading week" but it could be more aptly named "sleeping week" and "catch up on emails, clean your filthy kitchen and do laundry week" as far as I am concerned. It's been a great balance, actually, of being cozy at home and going out with friends, which means I've gotten to dress lots of ways over the course of the week, with a blatant disregard for the words "business casual."


Carly's new silly shoesAnother view of the silly shoes


Also, yesterday I bought these truly (madly deeply) ridiculous shoes. I should know better than to walk into the sale section at Fluevog and start trying things on "just for fun." I had a chat with the lovely girl who works there about the fabulous overlap between knitters and shoe people, particularly Fluevog people. Maybe someday we can all get together to pitch the idea of a knitter's discount? A girl can dream, right? I took a page out of the (internet based) book of some of my favorite fashion bloggers, and wore these with an all-black outfit to see some experimental dance and theatre at the Rhubarb Festival. I didn't even fall. Sidenote from what is already kind of a sidenote; this new fashion blog is heavy on the handknits. You should probably give it a glance.


Let me introduce you to the squishtastic glory of this week's featured garment, Dressage.  Please feel free to bask in the cabled and ribbed coziness. I feel more relaxed just looking at it.


Dressage front view


Toggles in the cables! Brilliant. Let's have another look.


Dressage, side view


That's what fashion is really about for me; clothes can actually change the way you feel - and to some extent - the way other people react to you. You can dress to project something, or to protect something. I always wear lipstick if I have to speak in front of people, and I always wear wooly socks on (cold) days when I feel grumpy. To me, this sweater says comfortable, elegant, confident, and calm. Various outfits can make some of those elements speak louder.

I love the way this was styled for the shoot. I think a simple slim pant with a pop of color and some cute boots are great additions to this gorgeous sweater. I also think that these outfits would look fab on literally all body sizes, types, and shapes. Here are a few variations on that theme.


Three outfits with pants and boots


Maybe it's because I had my tarot read for the first time a few weeks ago, and then shortly thereafter got myself a deck of my own (and they're super beautiful and inclusive), or maybe it's because I've been watching too much Vampire Diaries, I'm having a bit of a witchy revival. Think low heeled black boots, dark lipstick, swishy fabrics, and lots of eyeliner. These next outfits were sort of inspired by that. These would be ideal with burgundy nail polish. You know, if you're into that sort of thing. I present  witch's day off (right), and witch goes to the bank (left).


Witch goes to the bank, Witch's day off


How will you wear Dressage?

Knitting for Ourselves: Carly's Maroni

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.



Hey everyone! Carly here. We've met before on this feature, when I showed you my Madrigal cardigan. Today i'm telling you about what just might be the most beautiful thing I have ever made. Someday it could be dethroned from that title, but for now, I'm feeling pretty chuffed about this object.


Maroni in the magazine


Like lots of you probably do, I take a long slow flip through each issue of Twist when it launches. Even though I'm in the (lucky lucky!!) position to participate in the creation of the magazine, and so have seen bits and pieces of the issue before launch, that first flip-through is still a really lovely ritual. Then I start dreaming about what to make. I spent a good long time stuck on the cover image from Winter's Twist- that luscious, blanket-y shawl really spoke to me. I went yarn shopping about two days after the launch.


That's where I hit my first snag. The yarn used in the pattern is wildly beautiful, but the yardage required made it a little rich for my grad student budget. I absolutely love Tanis' dye work, however, and all of her yarns are amazing. I was shopping at the Purple Purl on Queen East in Toronto, where they have a pretty vast selection of her yarns. So I made an executive decision to knit in a finer gauge, because I could get a whole lot more yardage for my buck if I chose the epic skeins of Red Label cashmere and silk. Another route if the original yarn is too pricey for you would be to use something woolier in the same weight. Me, I am a total sucker for silk, and knitting with this stuff was amazing. I've been a (bottle) blondie for a couple of years now, and somehow being a lemonhead makes wearing pink extra fun.


Maroni full view


I knew I would have to make some adjustments to the pattern in order to get a generously sized shawl while knitting at a finer gauge. I didn't think about how many additional cable crosses I would be taking on, but it never got tedious. I tend to wear my shawls wrapped around my neck, point-down, rather than across my shoulders, which means I want long tails for secure wrapping. I decided to accelerate the rate of increases along the top edge of the shawl. I didn't have a precise method for this, but I tried to keep the extra increases tucked under cable crosses where I could. I got about two or two and a half new cable columns on the edges for each one at the centre. The original I think has about 18 columns in the finished object; mine has 34. The only really tricky part was trying to make sure I would have the two sets of columns meet up at the right point to start the edging chart.


Detail of Carly's Maroni


The result is a shallower triangle that is exactly the size and shape that I wanted. The cables keep the fabric dense and lush even at a finer gauge. I ran a bit short on yarn and skipped a couple of rows between the end of the chart and the bind off, but you can't really tell! I almost didn't block it because I put it on immediately and never wanted to take it off. I think I've worn it every day since it finished drying on my hilarious wrestling-mat blocking system (you can see a piece of it in the photo below, behind the fishtank). Blocking really transformed it too, and helped stretch out those tails.


All blocked and ready


This shawl, along with these socks (see below!) taught me how to cable without a cable needle, and I have never been happier to learn a knitting skill, at least not since I learned to knit in the round! Without a cable needle to fuss with, this project became portable enough to bring to class with me. I'm in a professional masters program, so my classes follow a silly format; eight hours of class, once a month, for a total of five sessions. I don't know how my colleagues sit still for that long without something to keep their hands busy. It's made me a prolific knitter this year.


Maroni and Parade


I cannot recommend this pattern highly enough. It's clear and comprehensible, the charts are fairly intuitive. It was challenging but never frustrating. Someday I'll splurge on some Orange Label and make another one. It was really, really fun to knit. I super-duper love my Maroni. What yarn would you use to make one? Would you make changes to the pattern to suit your tastes? Would yours be hot pink? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook about your dream Twist projects, and then make them real!


Carly wearing her fancy new scarf

Twist Style Friday: Aleph

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.



I'm having a little lovefest with cables these days. I'm going to tell you more about it next week, because I just finished an extremely cable-ful Twist project that I can't wait to share with you all! I used to be so afraid of those windy stitches, but once you get the hang of cabling (especially withough a cable needle! It's so fun!), it's pretty simple, and creates amazing fabric. The effort to impact ratio is truly excellent.

This gorgeous cardigan is for more of a cable minimalist, but the impact of those few twirly tendrils is just stunning. Don't you think so?




It's pretty darn perfect with jeans. I don't even wear pants and I still want to be wearing that exact oufit pretty much now. I love the high neckline and the extended ribbing on the sleeve. The shape is easy, but not messy. I think you could dress this lots of different ways.

Here are a couple I cooked up for you:


Aleph three ways

I definitely want to know how you would wear Aleph, and I also want to know what color you would knit it in!


Let's take one more look at this garment, because it's so nice, and also because I love this photo. Laughter is gorgeous. I hope you all laugh this weekend!


Aleph full view