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Designer Post: Vinca

Headshot of Carol Feller

 

This post comes to you from Carol Feller, designer of the stunning Vinca shawl from our latest issue. Carol has also contributed such gems to our pages as this one, and this one! You can also find this post on her blog, here.

 

 

 

 

 

It has been a few years since I’ve published with the Twist Collective and I’m honored to be part of it again with their winter 2015 issue. My pattern for this issue is Vinca, a top down shawl that uses a textured stitch pattern with a gradient yarn.

 

 

Vinca, gradient shawl

 

 

In this pattern I was introduced to a new to me yarn, Lilt Sock, by Black Trillium Fibres. It was great timing for me as I’m currently going through a gradient yarn obsession :-) The gradient was in the color periwinkle which blends very smoothly from one color to the next, with very subtle color shifts from one mini-skein to the next.

 

 

front, on dress form

 

 

When working with gradient yarns I like stitch patterns that bias the fabric, using a series of increases and decreases to gently undulate the knitting so that the transition from one color to the next isn’t a straight line.
This shawl starts at the back of the neck with a delicate cream yarn in garter stitch and then flows into the leaf stitch pattern. This stitch pattern increases outwards at each side of the work and when you get to the bottom edge the pattern is exploded into a larger version before ending with garter stitch.

 

 

garter neck

 

 

To create this shawl without a gradient kit you could put together your own series of colors that transitioned well from one to the other. If the colors weren’t close enough together you could also try blending the join by alternating the colors for a few rows of the work when you started a new color to smooth the transition. This is what I did with the Dragon Flames cardigan. When I got to the final quarter of each skein I began alternating rows with the next color

Twist Style Friday: Sawteeth

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 folks!

 

I'm writing today from my friends Claire and AK's  kitchen table this morning, instead of my usual perch on my living room couch. We made a workdate! My new life as a freelancer means I can see my friends in the daytime sometimes, and it's kind of the best. I met these cool cats volunteering with them at the coolest weeklong summercamp maybe in the whole world. They are pretty much the best (and their pair of elderly beagles aren't too shabby either).

 

Winter has arrived, finally, but it is still kind of weird-winter, and not  nearly as cold as previous years have been. I have finally switched from my reasonably warm, lined leather jacket to my long wool coat (lined with leopard, natch). I haven't yet had occasion to bust out my *other* wool coat, the longer tweedy one with the fur collar (vintage, in case you were having feelings about the ethics of fur). When it gets really frosty, I am a fan of double-dressing: two pairs of leggings, two dresses, two scarves, two hats, etc. Whatever you were gonna wear, just double it!

 

 

model buttoning up her Sawteeth sweater

 

 

Sawteeth is a perfect light jacket for transitional weather, and also an excellent candidate for this double-dressing method. If you make it without a lot of ease, it's the slim jacket you wear under another jacket. If you make it with a little more, it's the sweater you wear over another sweater.

 

 

offset shoulder seamside view

 

 

I love the gentle zigzag patterning on the front and cuffs, and I really like the offset shoulder seam. It's just one of those little details that you don't find in a sweater you'd buy in a store. This bone-shade is lovely, but I think I'd want my Sawteeth in a darker shade, maybe charcoal? A hunter green would also be really lovely.

 

The clean lines and double row of buttons make this refined enough to wear like a blazer, or more casually over denim and plaid.

 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Sawteeth?

Throwback Thursday: Riata

Winter has finally struck in Toronto. A few wimpy flakes of snow have fallen earlier in the season, but haven't really stuck around. There aren't drifts or dunes or anything, but the roofs on my street look like they have been dusted with icing sugar.

 

I'm finally getting to bust out my coziest clothes, and the not-quite-warm-enough navy top I pulled on this morning reminded me of Riata. Fall 2011 seems like forever ago, but I think this sweater might be timeless.  Wish I had one of these about now!

 

 

front viewback

 

 

The allover moss stitch is so cushy and lovely, and that cable. I mean, THAT CABLE!!!

 

When I was a little kid, I went to a bunch of museums with my Bubbie (Yiddish for grandmother, my mum's mum), and I always had security guards watching me intently because I couldn't stay an appropriate distance away from the paintings. Especially giant oil paintings, that are actually three dimensional; the brush strokes aren't just visible on the flat plane of canvas, they rise out of the painting like waves. I wanted to peer at them from the side with my face flush with the frames. I knew I wasn't allowed to touch them, but I wanted to SO BAD. This sweater is like that, except you can totally touch it.

 

 

cable detail

 

 

I'm also pretty into this little neck-button detail; it's so cute!

 

 

neck button detail

 

 

The buttons are echoed on the cuffs.

 

 

buttons on the cuff

 

 

Stay warm out there Twistfans!

Throwback Thursday: Ormolu

Just this week I found myself extolling the virtues of mosaic knitting. Whether it's a technique you are already familiar with, or one you are considering experimenting with, might I recommend Ormolu? Look!

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

In purple tones, this top is positively regal.

 

 

backfront, with grapes

 

 

It's from Winter 2009 but looks totally timeless. I love the deep neckline and the allover geometric pattern. I love the third color accent around the neckline. This is like lipstick for your sweater- a little pop of color!

 

 

 

Twist Style Fridays: Chroming

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.


 

 

Last week I found myself somewhat hurriedly packing a bag to head to Florida for a funeral. A pretty substantial branch of my extended family lives in Miami, and they lost their patriarch. Because I'm a weirdo and an overthinker, I had a hard time deciding what to bring. Most of my clothes are loud. I wear bright colors and silly patterns. As I write this I am wearing a shirt emblazoned all over with tiny sharks. It was hard for me to find something appropriate. In my day to day life, appropriateness isn't something I especially value, and so it was a little confusing for me to realize, while rolling shirts into efficiently packable cylinders, that I wanted to conform for this occasion. This week has been a big one for mourning, between celebrities and people in my own family and communities. Look out for each other, okay?

 

What we wear informs how we feel, who we hold in our hearts, where we fit in, and what we hope for. Getting dressed is a tiny ritual, and we are always casting little spells for what we hope a day will bring.

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

If i had this sweater, I would be wearing it right now. Chroming totally gets me. She is simple, but not boring; Cozy, but not frumpy. The cable reminds me of hearts, or a long braid.

 

 

hem detail

 

 

Wherever you're going, Chroming can take you there-   to the couch with a bowl of popcorn, a cocktail party, or some other adventure. Plus, in this squishy merino, you'll be soft to hug.

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Chroming?

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