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Designer Process: Banach

Rachel CoopeyOur post today is brought to you by Rachel Coopey, designer of the wonderful Banach mittens, and also these super socks. She tells us about the simple pleasures of growing your own fruit, raincoats, bouncy yarn, and warm hands. You can also find it on her blog.

Autumn is upon us! We didn't really have a summer here in the UK, it was the wettest one for 100 years and it was mostly cold too so I'm quite happy to move on and leave it behind.

Autumn is my favourite time of year, there is loads of seasonal produce, fires get lit, blankets come out and knitwear gets worn in abundance.

In my garden some of the apples are ready:

Rachel's apples

I'm lucky enough to have 5 apple trees, some are cooking apples and some are eaters. The fruit is a bit smaller than usual because of the aforementioned weather but unlike the pear and plum trees, which were a complete failure this year, there are more than enough apples to go around.

Autumn also means the release of the Twist Collective Fall 2012 collection and I'm honoured to have a pattern included - Banach

Pretty patterns

They have a hemmed cuff and colourwork section followed by a twisted stitch cable pattern on the back of the hand, the palm of the hand has seed stitch detail. They are just right for the impending cold weather - the only thing worse than cold hands are cold feet!

Pretty model, pretty mittens

The photographs and styling are stunning, I've been on the look out for a yellow mac ever since I saw this one!


I used Dragonfly Fibers Djinni yarn and it was such lovely stuff to work with, the colours are beautiful and the yarn is bouncy and gave the mittens such crisp stitch definition. You can get a kit including the colours I used for the mittens shown here. I'll definitely use this yarn again, maybe for a pair of socks next time.

focus on colors

You can buy the pattern from the Twist Collective site or from Ravelry - it's great to be able to keep the pattern in your Rav library. I'd love to see any finished mittens or mittens in progress or even just theoretical colour choices in my Ravelry group.

Banach fronts and backs

All photos belong to the very talented Carrie Bostick Hoge - when I grow up I want to take pictures like her.

Twist Style Fridays: Breckenridge

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.

Knitters, friends, I may have fallen in love with this sweater. The cables are lush, the neckline is graceful and pretty, the asymmetry is adorable, the sleeve length is lovely, and the shaping keeps it sleek. Not that it's a surprise that Fiona Ellis does such wonderful work with cables (um, hello. This? Remember this? And this??).  Take a look, just to refresh your memory about how we saw this one in the pages of Twist.

Breckenridge in Twist

First up in the styling roster- a set of casual looks featuring this darling top. You might be able to tell that the one on the right is my favourite. If you wanted to take that look to a full-on 50s kitch place, tie a small square scarf around your throat, and add sheer ankle socks. Feel free to chuckle at my ability to turn the volume on neutral color pallettes up to eleven.

three casual outfits wit Breckenridge

This sweater can also definitely read dressy if you want it to!  A three quarter sleeve pretty much begs for bangles and rings, don't you think?

two dressy outfits with Breckenridge

I stuck with pearly tones and graphic patterns, but the truth is that you could wear this sweater with almost anything and it would look smashing. How would you wear your Breckenridge?

Designer Process: Sympatico

Lori Versaci

Lori Versaci is the author of today's post, which you can also find on her blog. The beautiful jacket you see below, Sympatico, is Lori's first contribution to Twist Collective. It's a little bit mod, and a whole lot lovely.

Sympatico, full view

Chic little Sympatico is a modern-day take on a 60s bolero.  Simple and elegant, it is a versatile jacket that works with pants or skirt, and it pairs easily with accessories so you can change the look for a day at the office, a night on the town, or a weekend in the city.  Sympatico’s flared bodice and darts create a fit that is flattering to most women.  Three-quarter length, loose fitting sleeves and pockets add to the jacket’s style and practicality.

Placket and Pocket

Written for sizes XS – 5X, the jacket is a moderately easy knit.  Worked in Sport/ light DK yarn on US #5 needles, the body is knit all-in-one in stockinette stitch, with seed stitch creating the tailored button band (short rows ensure a smooth transition) and bottom-edge border.  Darts – front and back – give the jacket its flared shape.  Pockets are worked up in advanced and joined. Front and back yokes are knit from the armholes up and joined. The collar stitches are then worked.  Sleeves are knit separately and set in.

Set in Sleeve

Sympatico is shown here in Halcyon Victorian Two Ply (color #117).  For the best effect, a yarn with texture — shetland, tweed, marl or heather — with a wool base should be used.   For summer, a cotton or linen mix, would also work well.

You can see more or buy Sympatico HERE!

Twist Collector: Momo

Today's post is a short interview with Momo Ando, a knitter and Twist Collective reader! She is a transplant from Tokyo Japan, and currently resides in Wayland, Massachusetts with her husband and two boys. You can find her (and her prolific, gorgeous work) on Ravelry here, where she is known as Jettshin. She has made an impressive collection of garments from Twist, including Acorns, Cottage Garden, Sandridge, and Cityscape, just to name a few.

Momo's Cottage GardenMomo's Acorns

1. What was your first Twist Collective pattern? Why did you choose it?

First attempt at Little Birds

Little Birds was the first Twist pattern I chose, and it was actually a beginning of fair isle love that still continues. I fell in love with the whimsical design at first sight, read the description of the pattern and at first gave up on the idea. I’d never attempted fair isle before, let alone steeking! But I decided to give it a go since this sweater was one I could not forget. I did many things wrong, like choosing the wrong type of yarn and not realizing that my tension between fair isle and stockinette was totally different, and so my first attempt at this sweater came out too small. Eventually after several more fair isle projects, I made a second Little Birds with much better results! I am planning to make one more and have colors picked out already.

Second attempt

2. Which is your favorite to wear?

Momo's Grown-up Roo

My version of Roo! We had a mild winter this year and I mostly only needed this sweater coat to keep me warm! I’ve always admired this pattern and wished it came in adult size. I wasn’t comfortable altering the size when the pattern came out in 2009 but recently I’ve been confident enough to do so, hence the birth of Roo for me. I followed the basic concept of the original Roo, but made many modifications to fit my body and needs, such as lenthening the coat to my knees; setting in sleeves (used the top down construction learned from Audrey in unst!); adding waist shaping; and adding pockets.

Momo's Cityscape

Momo's Sandridge

Twist Style Fridays: Fara

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 Fridays knitting loves. Your faithful stylist blogger has been thinking about fashion a lot lately- I'm going back to school and also starting an internship in an office context, and I have to think about my clothes as more than just morning dress-up playtime. We can project so much with what we choose to wear! This all relates to Style Fridays- because writing this feature has really helped me see how one clothing item on its own, even if it's something patterned, or bold, or bright, can take on totally different personalities and connotations depending on what else you wear it with. Let's look at a knitted garment, shall we?

Fara in Twist

When I first looked at this sweater, I could only see it as it is pictured above. With jeans, ideally nicely worn in ones, outside near a barn. Fara just seems so happy there! All I could imagine for variations were outfits that would also seem at home in the above frame- maybe with slightly fancy shoes so you could wear it in the city as well as near the barn. Things like this:

Fara styled simply

They totally work. The sweater is cozy and cool, and it works like a casual henley or long-sleeved tee. But people- this sweater has been calling to me. It's been telling me that it has a harder edge too. That it can be tough. I know this sort of style isn't everyone's thing, but knitters- 90's nostalgia is totally cool right now, and the word this sweater was whispering to me was this: grunge. Please please someone wear outfits like this while listening to Pearl Jam's Ten, and looking at a poster of Kurt Cobain's face. And feel totally free to sew patches onto your denim vest. Or lace inserts. Or floral panels. Or tell me what this sweater is whispering to you- or what colors you want to make it in! I can't wait. I'll be on Facebook.

Grungy Fara

How would you wear your Fara?