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Twist Collector: Irmgard

This edition of Twist Collectors features the work of Irmgard, (ravelry name, interknitty) who is a skilled knitter from Germany.

She didn't have a lot to add to her project notes, but I do think her knitting speaks for itself.

Of Robin Melanson's Stormsvale she wrote: "When I saw the new edition of twist collective I knew at once that I had to knit Stormsvale. I already had the contrasting colours [as hat leftovers] in stash."



She recently finished this delicious version of Gudrun Johnson's Vaila in Malabrigio, Frank Ochre. Irmgard wrote "As always with twist collective, the Vaila pattern is very well written and was fun to knit."


She knit Marnie MacLean's Lily, and although she found the bobble method in the pattern left her with a small hole, she found a method that worked for her knitting style, and ended up with a lovely sweater.


Irmgard also personalized Ysolda Teague's Vine Yoke (and who hasn't?) to get a smaller yarn to match up with a pattern she had to knit.  She lengthened the body and arms, but after it all she concluded "Perhaps I should have followed the pattern without modifications. I like it all the same!"


No Twist collection would be complete without a version of Wisteria by Kate Gilbert. Irmgard wrote "The ideal sweater: A beautiful pattern, fun to knit and warm for our frosty january!"


For Connie Chang Chinchio's Broderie, she played with the length of the sweater, and stabilized the front edge with a row of single crochet.


And for Kelmscott, she wrote: 

"A beautiful pattern — I love the lace pattern and the collar! . . . This is not an easy pattern — the lace is patterned on both right and wrong side, it requires a lot of finishing and I had difficulties getting the crocheted button covers right." Oh, Irmgard, if only you had Carol's button tutorial to help(scroll down two posts from here).


Thank you Irmgard, for letting me share your beautiful knitting with Twist readers. 

Style Notebook, featuring Sarabande

I remain intrigued by the wardrobe potential for Kristen TenDyke's Sarabande. We shot it for the magazine with a grand ball skirt in a luxurious lair, but I would probably get a lot more use out of it with a pair of jeans. Here's I would wear it, over a striped top with snow boots and a fun satchel. I apologize if the price of the bag throws you off, but this is fantasy after all.

Sarabande Sunday

Kelmscott: Crochet Buttons Tutorial


by Carol Sunday, originally posted to her blog, Sunday Knits.

For button covers, start with a slip knot again; this counts as the first chain. Keep it loose — it'll need to be. Chain 3 more.
Connect the circle by slip stitching into that first chain.

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Expand the circle by slip-stitching 3 more times into the same chain. Slip stitch 2 into each of the next 3 chains, slip stitch 2 into the next stitch. Continue increasing according to pattern instructions until there are 16 sts.
The crocheted disc should be nice and flat.


After slip stitching a full round and doing a few decreases ((skip 1 slip stitch 1) five times), insert button into cap. I used a flat button with holes big enough for my tapestry needle.


Once the button is inside, it's easier to hook the stitch from its top than its bottom.


Keep decreasing until there are 5 stitches left in the round. Cut yarn, pull through, and sew the button on, sewing it far enough from the edge to avoid gaping. Allow for a 3/4" to 1" overlap.


As you've come this far, the only thing left is to wear and enjoy!


Kelmscott: Crochet Trim Tutorial


by Carol Sunday, originally posted to her blog, Sunday Knits.

tutorial photographs by Robert Sunday

I've always liked the look of crocheted trim and buttons on a sweater — traditional in a very charming sort of way, so it seemed like a pretty way to finish off my Kelmscott sweater.


Crocheted edges also add some firmness to an edge and help keep it from stretching out.

I'm no expert when it comes to crochet, but that doesn't keep me from adding a little, because it's not all that difficult. For the rest of you non-crocheters, here's a little tutorial.


For a slip stitch (sl st) edge, start with a slip knot and place on hook. Insert hook into a knitted stitch at the bottom of the right front edge.

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I'm not sure if it's standard to insert into a whole stitch or into just the outside leg of a stitch, but I get the nicest looking edge by going into just one leg. One row will have a long easy leg; the next will have a short bundled — and not so easy — leg.

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As with knitting, a crochet stitch can be made by throwing or picking. Picking may be more efficient, but I'm a thrower. Wrap the yarn in front of the hook, pull the loop down through the knitted stitch then through the stitch on the hook.

For this sweater, I used a hook that's small for this weight of yarn, which makes it slow going, but does tighten up the edge nicely.

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At the buttonhole marker, end the stretch of slip stitches with a short leg — it's firmer; make a chain as follows: yo, hook the yarn, drawing it through the loop; repeat 7 times.

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Reinsert into the next short leg, and resume slip stitch.

Stay tuned for how to make the lovely crochet buttons.

Style Notebook, featuring Bright Star

Julia here.

Bright Star by Cathy Caron is a sweater that really grew on me as we were planning photography for the winter issue.  I liked it the way Cathy pitched it — on a mannequin — but how would we style it? At first I didn't know, but a little thought later, I couldn't stop thinking of ways to wear it. 

You've seen the sweater over that vintage dress with the amazing skirt as we showed it in the magazine.  The cardigan covers the halter-style top of the dress; as a strategic piece, Bright Star turns a season-and bra-specific dress into something that can be worn almost year round, into a practically indispensable wardrobe option.


Another vintage profile was this rayon dress I had on loan, but I thought it had a seriousness to it that we weren't looking for in the Faneuil Hall story. I would put this particular silhouette with brown oxfords and ankle socks for a 30's feel, like a young Judy Garland running down to the drugstore to get an egg cream.


Personally, I don't really think of myself as someone who would wear a cropped sweater, but lately, I've become somewhat enamored of the idea of smaller lighter sweaters worn as layers, with longer sleeves of jersey t-shirts showing, and maybe even a great "on trend" boyfriend jacket thrown over the whole thing with the sleeves rolled up.  Even north of 45 (as I am), I understand that it's possible to be youthful without being ridiculous. Serious boots with warm textured tights ground the whole look.

Over smart trousers, Bright Star can be polished and professional looking.  So long as you keep the under-layer longer, mixing up the proportions, you'll look stylish and intentional. This has a Murphy Brown feeling to me.


To be sure, you're going to need your Spanx for that one, but I think many knitters would look taller and leaner with a sweater fitted through the ribcage, and the illusion of a higher waist that Bright Star has. And of course, anyone is free to give it a few extra inches of ribbing to cover the trouser waistband, if they were so moved.

How would you wear Bright Star?