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Twist Style Friday: Lovat

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.


 

 

Friday! It has arrived! You know how on vacation sometimes, it's hard to remember what day it is, because you don't have the same kinds of structured obligations as you do most of the time? Welcome to my all the time life now. Not that I'm on vacation, but the Monday-to-Friday workweek (which only ever had a loose hold on me really) no longer governs my time! I made the set of outfits below between 1 and 3am last night, and am working most of this weekend. I led a workshop on Wednesday night that ended at 11. I am routine-less, and fashion fans, it is impacting my knitting.

 

I have a serious case of startitis. I am in the midst of four different pairs of socks, two blankets, a sweater, two shawls, and a pair of legwarmers, and those are just the projects i am *actively* working on!! I have several others that are napping in a basket and may or may not ever rouse from their slumber. What prince will kiss them? I do not know.

 

So I won't be starting a Lovat today, because I am NOT ALLOWED TO (I am already knitting two patterns from the most recent Twist), but gosh is it ever pretty.

 

 

backcollar and front detail

 

 

I love how all the elements narrow at the waist. The taper of the buttonbands and the ribs at the waist all make the single closure a nice, geometric focal point. If hourglass is an appealing shape for you- those cables create wonderful lines.

 

 

waist details

 

 

Check out Kate's mockups of Lovat in some other colors, and the outfits below for some more inspiration, and then go start yours (so I can live vicariously through you)!

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Lovat?

Throwback Thursday: Mystere

Early in my life as a knitter, I decided to learn about cables by making a super pretty, densely cabled hat (this one). Obviously I would have chosen a Twist pattern (like this one, or this one or this one), but that was before this fine publication even existed (I know, can you even remember those dark dark days?). I made it with this magically soft and fuzzy Noro that I think someone gave me as a present. Now that I know some things about cables, and how magical they look in the crisp relief of smooth, round yarns, I never would have chosen that pattern and yarn combo. But you know what? I still wear this hat, because it's really pretty.

 

 

back cable panel

 

 

Mystere reminds me a little of this style of soft, subdued cabling that I stumbled upon accidentally with that yarn-pattern mismatch. Mystere is all about texture, but she whispers.

 

 

side viewfull shot

 

 

Winter 2009 sounds like an awfully long time ago, but Mystere still seems completely current.

Kate's Craftsy Class on Magic Loop Knitting is LIVE!

Hi Twist friends! Kate here. Guess what. My class on Magic Loop Knitting is live on craftsy! Woot woot! I hope to see lots of you twisters over there. Even if you’ve done magic loop before, I threw in lots of tips and tricks for making your knitting life better. Plus three patterns are included. Here’s a very special link with 50% off!

 

Magic Loop Knitting class with Kate Gilbert

 

PS The winner of the giveaway has been notified by email! Congratulations to Anabella!

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?

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