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Throwback Thursday: Samsara

Hi folks! 

 

Carly here. Since we started an Instagram account, we have been noticing people posting old (and sometimes very hilarious) photos from their pasts with the hashtag #throwbackthursday. Kate and I thought it would be fun to feature patterns from past issues on the blog on Thursdays. Welcome to our first installment. 

 

This is Samsara. We first met her in out Winter 2010 issue

 

 

beige cropped jacket with cable panels on the lower front and back knit on the bias

 

 

Have you ever knitted something on the bias? Those cabled panels are knitted diagonally, and then stitches are picked up in various directions to make the rest of the jacket. The hem curves gently in the back, way before that was cool. 

 

back view

 

 

The simple one-button closure and the easy shape make this a perfect fall jacket. 

 

 

closure detail

 

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Cherrywood

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!! This week finally brought my favorite weather. It's been warm in the sun and cool in the shade. I can have my nice heavy blankets on my bed. I finished my Riverdale sweater, and sometime soon (er, and once I get and attach some buttons), I can actually wear it.

 

If you pay attention to my personal knitting and wearing proclivities, you may know that the only sweaters I knitted for years and years were cardigans, but lately I have been wearing more pullovers (and pants- whoa). I have a half-finished Ravenscrag that I want to get back to business on so I can wear it when wool weather makes a real appearance. All the sweaters from Twist are gorgeous (I think!), but for sure one of the garments from the newest Twist that really jumped out at me was this stunner.

 

 

red pullover with horizontal cable details modeled by a woman with pale skin and light hair, standing in the forestback view

 

 

I'm in love with the squishy garter low around the hands, and at the hem. I think the simple horizontal cable around the hip has a big impact but keeps the lines super clean. Cherrywood seems to be like she would be just as at home with skinny black pants and sky-high stilettos as in this wood nymph scene you see above. This sweater is gorgeous.

 

 

cuff detail

 

 

For you process knitters, this one starts with the cables, cast on provisionally and kitchenered into loops, and the garter is knit down from picked up edges, and the rest knit up from another picked up edge. This method really appeals to me, and means that when you reach the shoulder join, you get one of those magic chrysalis moments where a mess of fabric suddenly becomes a sweater. I'm a sucker for a dramatic reveal. It's why I can't stop watching Pretty Little Liars.

 

As for styling, I think a little drama is probably the way to go with this one. You're going to be wearing handmade decorative rope; you can be a little daring with the rest of the outfit.

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Cherrywood?

Designer Post: Alodia

 

 

Headshot of designer Moira EngelMoira Engel is the author of today's post, and the designer of the lovely hooded shawl Alodia from our newest issue. You can also find this post (and more about Moira's work) on her website, here. This isn't Moira's first time designing a stunning scarf-like object for the pages of Twist, you might remember this lovely cowl from Winter 2014. 

 

 

 

 

closeup of cables on Alodia hooded wrap

 

 

I am so fortunate and excited to have another design in Twist Collective! The Alodia Hooded Scarf is included in their Fall 2015 release. The inspiration for this piece originally came from the sad fact  that I look really dorky in hats. With a hooded scarf I can be cozy and mysterious at the same time; a haunter of the deep forest swooping through the mist, or woodland creature bundled in wooliness with a nice warm head! Ok, probably only grocery shopping, but with an air of mystery for sure. I also wanted to see if my phone-side doodles could be translated into a knitting chart. The result is the center panel of the scarf. A twisting organic vine that springs from love of my jasmine, orchids and hoyas. Hopefully making for an engaging knitting project. 

 

 

back view with ends held out so you can see the shape of the piece

 

 

The construction is simple with only seaming on the hood and a few corners.  Edging gives the piece a nice finish and body.  I've broken up the edging so that there would always be a manageable number of stitches.  The mitred corners are simple and tidy.   I am currently wishing away the warm....actually, really really hot weather so that I can bundle myself in my woolies again!  

 

 

full shot of modeled wrapside view of hood

 

 

I enjoy the way different yarns show different dynamics of the textures. The yarn used in the off white version was Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted. Galway is 100% wool, sturdy and soft. It has that shetland wool feel and is certainly very warm. The colorway gave the cable work an ethereal look, soft and misty.  I loved having it draped across my lap while knitting this piece up.  Very nurturing woolly warmth. 

 

 

prototypesecond shot of prototype

 

 

I made my prototype in Malabrigo Rios, a superwash merino. Also sturdy and soft and a delight to work with.  I am fond of superwash! The most noticeable difference is how dynamic the cables become working with a kettle dyed yarn. It's really interesting to see how working with different yarns can totally change the overall feel of a garment.  It can really bring out the inner artist and let a knitter really bring their own personality to a design. 

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Locksmith

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 love when we put out a new issue. I love taking a slow flip through the pages, and looking on Ravelry to see which patterns are getting faved the fastest. My favorite is watching the projects tab explode as folks pick their first pattern to knit from the issue, choose their yarn, and start knitting. I feel oddly proud of these designs, even though my part in their existence is pretty miniscule. I certainly don't create them, but sometimes (I hope!) I help them find the humans who want to make them theirs. Consider me a knitting matchmaker (cue the soundtrack to Fiddler on the Roof)!

 

Well this week, friends, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce you to a pattern that is really and truly adorable. Everyone, meet Locksmith.

 

 

yoke detail of Locksmith, vintage styled pullover with key motif across yoke

 

 

If you've been keeping track of my knitting proclivities, you might know that I fear stranded colorwork, and so when I first saw this pretty thing on my laptop screen, I felt a little nugget of dread along with the immediate megacrush I have on this sweater. Maybe this will be the sweater that gets me over my fear.

 

 

back keyhole full view

 

 

Can we talk about how perfect that keyhole detail in the back is? I like it aesthetically and the wordplay also totally tickles me.

 

I do feel a little stuck on what colors to use, so I'm going to wait a little while and see what some of you come up with! I think I want a neutral and a bright. I want enough contrast for the keys to really stand out, but not for it to be too glaring. This silver and bronze combo is pretty great, so I won't be surprised if lots of you follow suit.

 

As for styling, I think you have lots of choices, depending on the colors you choose. You can pair it with plainer stuff and let the details on this top really stand out, or you can pick things that match in mood if not in color or pattern. Locksmith definitely has a retro vibe, with the high crew neck, simple shaping, and cropped sleeves, so a jaunty neckscarf wouldn't be out of place, or a great pair of cat-eye specs. If you're looking for something a little more nerd and a little less sweater girl, Locksmith would make a perfect vest if you left off the sleeves altogether and wore it over a crisp collared shirt, all buttoned up. Here are a couple of my ideas!

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Locksmith?

 

 

Twist Style Friday Three's Company: Carajillo, Chartreuse and Corallina

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.


 
Hey all, Marnie here. Carly is on vacation and she's left me in charge of the final Style Friday of the season. With the temperatures nearing triple digits in my neighborhood, I can barely stand the thought of clothing. I'm not one to spend much time au naturel, but I'm starting to see the appeal. Still, Carly's entrusted me with holding the fort while she's gone and she left me some beauties to work with, so let's see if I can't do these pieces justice.

Today we'll be talking about Carajillo, Chartreause and Corallina; three lace shawls with their own unique personality. 

 

carajillo

 

 

Monique Boonstra's Carajillo has a bit of a retro vibe to me. Maybe it's the polka dots in the background that got me thinking about the 50s but I can't help but imagine this sweet shawl with a rockabilly vibe.

 

carajillo

  

I see this shawl going on vacation, with sight-seeing in some light pants and a halter top, then dinner and dancing in the evening, followed the next day with a lounge by the pool. I love the curve-hugging details of 50s fashion and it's easy to find pieces that feel both vintage and fresh. High-heel spats, polka dot sarongs, or sailor pants can all be combined with more modern pieces to make the style your own, or play up vibe and jump in with both feet. This is the perfect chance to treat yourself to a cute petticoat and a swishy full-circle skirt.

  

chartreuse

 

 

Chartreuse, by Katherine Leek has a whole different feel to me. This is bold shawl that seems unapologetically robust. While there are lace details it's the stockinette wedges that dominate, giving it a more utilitarian instead of decorative feeling. My gut is to play up this strong bold feeling with more strong bold colors.

 

three looks

 

 

I said I find this more utilitarian but that doesn't mean it's not beautiful too. Over a short dress, it's downright elegant. Pair it with a maxi-skirt and loose tank and it's breezy and relaxed, or pair it with a structured shirt and ombre pants and wear it to almost any social gathering.

 

I might have saved my favorite for last. Lana Jois' Corallina is pure grace and elegance. The yarn is a mohair blend in a nearly black blue-green shade.

  

corallina

  

Hubba hubba, right? I want to whisk around in a silk dressing gown and practice my twirls while tossing this over my shoulder dramatically. This shawl is red lipstick and fine wine and Vivaldi playing softly in the background.

 

corallina

  

I imagined this knit in a true black and I paired it with more black and a splash of red. I love women in tuxedo-inspired outfits and this version has comfortable red ballet flats and bright red pants as well. In the middle, an evening gown with kitten heels is a classic combination that still feels comfortable enough that Cinderella can dance all night with her lovely prince or princess or self, if she prefers. Or how about a short lace dress with a plunging neckline and sky-high stilettos in black and red? Ooh, mama! What's not to love about any of these options, you know, other than the inevitable crash as I attempt to wear those heels?

   

Do you think you could use a new shawl in your wardrobe? How would you wear Carajillo, Chartreause or Corallina?

 

 

 

 

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