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Twist Style Friday: Mad Dash

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.


 

My morning routine year round involves quiet morning moments, coffee, and listening to talk radio (I <3 the CBC). This morning I got up, made coffee in my pajamas, and brought it back up to my room so I could listen to the news from my warm cozy bed. Literally the first words I heard when I flipped on the radio were these: 

 

"It's shaping up to be the coldest day of the winter so far." 

 

I'm still in my bed, but am now wearing two pairs of leggings, very thick and very tall socks, a cotton dress under a wool dress, and a wool sweater. I will add all my handknit accessories, probably a hoodie, and my warmest coat before I head out into the world for the one meeting that is preventing me from spending all day blessedly indoors. 

 

I can't really complain. My home is adequately heated, I have lots of warm clothes to wear, and I love the job that is forcing me to leave my house on this chilly day. Plus the days are legit getting longer, and I can see the spring at the end of the icy snowy tunnel. Today's sweater seems like a really great thing to have on hand in the transitional time between seasons, or as one of a thousand layers of clothing on a day like today in Toronto. 

 

 

Mad Dash is a brown cardigan knit sideways with multicolored stripes down the fronts beside the button bands. it is modeled by a petite brunette woman standing outdoors in a fall forest. she is also wearing burgundy leggings and black boots.same sweater from the back- the hem dips lower in the rear, and has gored short row panels to give it some flare.

 

 

My favorite thing about Mad Dash is it's construction, but we will get to that in a sec. First, can we talk about the back? First of all, hello hourglass! I happen to be blessed with what my mother refers to as "assets." As in, proportional to the rest of my (pretty small) body, my butt is pretty huge. The way people's hands and feet get extra cold in the winter, my butt gets cold. It's an extremity. This sweater could keep my butt warm! It could keep your butt warm. Have you ever sat on a heated seat in a fancy car? It's amazing. Let's have warm butts, okay? This shape looks great on lots of body types, but you might be particularly into it if you are *ahem* similarly blessed. Here, have a closer look at Mad Dash from the back. 

 

 

close up of sweater back- flared shape, stripes, and sideways construction

 

 

This photo brings me to my second point. See how the knitting is sideways? You cast on for this sweater from the center back! It's like an origami adventure! I love knitting sweaters in unusual ways, now that I have a little bit of sweater experience. It's a bit of an exercise is trust. You have to believe that the pattern knows what it's doing, and have a bit of faith in your pattern deciphering abilities. There is always a moment of magic, where you start to understand how it's all going to come together. The stripes also give you SO MANY possibilities for color combos. This is weird for me, but I kind of want to see it as a full solid, where the stripes would be all about texture. I think maybe that's because the shape gives me some mermaid feelings, and so I kind of want one that's super bright, super saturated greeny-blue. It could also be mod-amazing in black and white. I'm also seeing this in crayon brights as a jacket for a kid, if you have some modification skills! Get thee to the yarn store, or take a Mad Dash through your stash!

 

Okay, let's talk about styling. Even in a single solid color, this is a statement piece, so I went pretty minimal with the outfits. Solids, neutrals, and great boots are your tickets to ride. See how I made a slightly veiled equestrian reference there? If you liked that, you might especially like the outfit on the far right. 

 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Mad Dash

 

New Pattern! Hello Stratum

Hey Folks! 

 

If you get our newsletter, you already know that we added a newly released pattern to the winter lineup (and if you wish you were getting our newsletter but aren't currently, sign up in the top left corner of this page). February is the shortest month of the year, but if you live someplace snowy, it somehow always feels the longest. This here is a quickie project! Something simple and lovely to get you through the last push of winter. 

 

I give you Stratum

 

 

 

Stratum is a blue-green cowl with pleats on the bias, modeled by a brunette woman wearing a leather jacket and standing outdoors.

 

 

Loopy scarves are great because you can customize them really easily. You could make this super long and loop it a bunch of times to keep your face safe from icy winds. I kind of love this shorter length for a loop. It's a bit like a cozy necklace. I often wear a thing like this in my office on chilly days. The pleats hold onto warm air, in addition to looking cute and helping with drape. Another benefit of it being a smaller object is that you can get away with using a super luxe yarn without totally breaking the bank. Kate's sample is made with Shalimar Paulie, which combines wool, camel (!), cashmere (!!), and silk (!!!). Basically everything delicious that you will want to bury your face in like a kitten's belly. Have another look. 

 

 

Same cowl, seen closer and from the side. Pleats are featured.

 

 

If you know me (Carly) you know that I think that dividing clothes by gender is mostly silly, so I didn't need any convincing that this scarfy thing could look great on a dude. I think humans should like what they like, and wear what they like! In case you want proof though, check out how great Stratum looks on this guy. He is a friend of Kate's who put it on while she was working on the pattern writeup and they were both like, "huh, well that works pretty well actually." 

 

 

 

same cowl, worn by a dude. he has short light hair on his head and face, and is sitting indoors wearing a blue sweater

 

 

Also see previous note about kitten bellies in case you require additional motivation to make one of these. Happy Wednesday, and happy knitting everyone! 

Twist Style Friday: Siffleur

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 may be finally understanding the logic of neutrals. More than once this week I slept a little later than planned, and had to get dressed and ready super fast. It was my new years resolution at the start of 2012 that I would always give myself an hour between waking and leaving home (exceptions for brunch), and mostly I've kept that promise to myself, but February gets to me sometimes and I just want to be in my bed as long as possible!! Anyways, my strategy was to grab all of the things that were black and/or white, put on a single dangly earring, and red lipstick. I looked cute, but most importantly I looked like I got dressed on purpose, with the lights on, and like it didn't take less than three minutes. Win! 

 

You probably know that I like my fashion just a little weird. Interesting combinations of texture or pattern or color totally speak to me. That's why I can't stop looking at Siffleur. I'm used to seeing sweaters that are mostly plain, with colorwork at the yoke, or sweaters with allover cabling, or plain sweaters with cabled yokes. Siffleur has a cabled yoke and a colorwork body and it's a bit like two different sweaters mashed themselves together and it's amazing. The golden horizontal line might be my favorite detail, but you have lots of them to choose from. 

 

 

Siffleur, sweater with dark purple cabled yoke, and purple and white patterned body and sleeves. modeled by a petite brunette woman standing outside in an autumnal forest

 

 

Now I've made it sound like a frankensweater, but it's actually gorgeous. I love the colors of the original, but I would also really love to see it in charcoal and crimson, or pale grey and yellow (think about a slice of lemon meringue pie), or a version in tonal blues or greens! Also, made in super squishy merino (that stuff is like knitting with marshmallows) you will want this on your body forever. 

 

 

Siffleur from the backmodel sitting on a rock

 

 

Siffleur works perfectly as a casual top, but I think she can also keep up with the fancy ladies. The set below is dedicated to mixing metallics. 

 

 

three outfits, all with silver and gold accessories. 

 

 

How will you wear Siffleur

 

Designer Post: Hyssop

Headshot of designer Renee Callahan

Today's post comes to us from Renee Callahan, designer of the lovely Hyssop pullover. I was immediately stoked on this sweater, and picked it first to start styling this issue! You can also find this post on Renee's blog, here. This is her first Twist project, and gosh, it sure is a pretty one. Enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

I am so excited to have been included in the Winter 2014 issue of the Twist Collective.  I have long admired the publication and the designs featured have often gone straight to the top of the queue.  So when I started taking this designing thing seriously, I was super keen to submit a design to them. Imagine my surprise when they actually accepted my design–my head nearly exploded the pride!

 

 

Hyssop, mauve v neck pullover with allover lace and cables, modeled by an asian woman standing among trees, with yellow leaves on the ground and on the branches

 

 

Twist Collective sent me a lovely Polwarth wool and silk mix yarn from Lisa Souza to make the sample with – the stitch definition was really beautiful and I loved the gentle variegation of the color.

 

 

 

Hyssop from the frontsame sweater from the back

 

 

My idea was to create a seamless pullover that required no finishing -- when the final stitches were cast off, the garment was practically ready to wear. No need to pick up stitches for neck trims, or add ribbing; it was all to be part of the design.

My prototype sweater is still one of my favorites.

 

 

designer wearing her prototype, which is cobalt blue

 

 

I knit it out of some really beautiful Blue Sky Alpaca’s Suri Merino, which has turned out to be a fairly robust yarn for a single ply.

 

 

back view of prototype

 

 

It is a recipe I really like in a sweater–fitted, with a flattering deep V-neck, a combo of simple cables and simple eyelets, and a built in finish. The recipe is so great, in fact, that I am working on a few more sweaters with variations of these ingredients for publishing in 2015 (which I can’t believe is already here!).

You can buy Hyssop here.

Thanks so much to Kate and Sue and the whole Twist Collective team for all their help and support.

Happy Knitting!

 

Twist Style Friday: Nevyn

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.


 

 

Today is a good day, friends. My dear friend Eroca has been staying with me and my housemates for a little while, waiting for her visa to come through so she can embark on a round of artistically driven (and grant funded!) travel. It's been a bit of a debacle, but as of this morning she has both a passport and a Brazilian visa. Right now what I want to tell you about is Eroca's amazing style. She approaches dressing the same way she approaches knitting- conceptually. She once knitted a over a mile of scarf to use as a projection screen. In 2014 she only wore unisuits every day. Literally every single day she wore a jumpsuit, bathing suit, overall, coverall, romper, or other sort of top + bottom clothing item. 

 

I can be an outrageous dresser. I will admit to wearing leopard print every day this week, and purchasing a pair of shiny gold jeans yesterday. I even took a selfie of my shiny gold butt and posted it on Instagram.  But even I cannot bring the level of performance and deliberateness to my clothing the way this lady does. 

 

We can all agree, however, that this sweater is awesome. Look. 

 

 

Nevyn, a grey cabled cardigan that closes with a zipper, modeled outdoors by a brunette woman in red pants and glasses.

 

 

It's a basic enough cardigan that you can wear it with pretty much anything, especially in a neutral color like this. The stunning part of this one is actually the back. The cable section is super pretty, but also gives the top a little bit of an hourglassy shape. Check it. 

 

 

Same sweater from the back, has a diamond shaped cable medallion at the center back

 

 

I think Kate's styling is pretty perfect (like usual), but I like my outfits a little... well... sillier. If my clothes make my smile, that starts my day off pretty well. Below you will see a lot of things with spikes, because spikes are fun. I love slightly aggressive accessories (aggressories?). Lately I have been wearing a lot of rings, enough to make my hands feel heavy. It's great. 

 

 

three outfits with sweater open (over dresses)

 

 

I will admit that these outfits were partially influenced by this extremely strange and amusing webcomic. You should probably click that link (you're welcome). 

 

 

 

two outfits with the sweater zipped closed

 

 

That last one on the right is totally an Eroca outfit (since the year of the unisuit ended, anyways). 

 

How will you wear Nevyn

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