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Throwback Thursday: Prosecco

Have you ever made a fabulous lacy shawl, and then kind of wished it was sweater? Prosecco might be the cardigan you have been dreaming of. 



shawl collar



The subtle pattern on the body of the sweater is sweet and understated, and lets the dramatic edgings hang on to the spotlight. 



back neck detail



I love the detail at the back; cinching the waist like this allows you to make Prosecco into a few different shapes, which means she can work with lots of body types as well as different outfits and moods! 



back detail



Can you believe this stunner is from Winter 2010? Still fresh as a daisy. 



full shot



I'll take one in lipstick red please. 

Anyolite in detail

There are so many details I love about Anyolite!

Anyolite in detail

this yoke just kills me! I love it so!

Anyolite in detail

the lovely detail up front!

Anyolite in detail

the cute little sleeves!

Anyolite in detail

and last but not least, have you seen the panels on the side?!

Twist Style Friday: Viridis 2.0

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 has arrived! My weekend began early, when I got into a car with two dancers, a huge pile of green fabric, a kiddie pool, and some very large crystals, yesterday morning. My friend Eroca has an uncanny knack for being able to talk me into things I might not otherwise do (examples include: 8am boot camp classes, karaoke, believing in magic), and this weekend I have a small role in a performance piece of hers. Eroca once wore only onesies (rompers, unisuits, coveralls - they go by many names) for a full year. She knitted a piece of fabric so long that she had to tow it behind her bicycle, rolled up in one of those trailers you can put a child in. She lives by a fashion credo: always look amazing (sometimes abbreviated to ALA), and she nearly always does this while wearing comfortable shoes. 



Viridis in pale natural



Viridis is stunning asymmetrical cardigan with lace fronts and a button and belt closure.



lace detail



You knit the body in one piece, and then knit the lace sideways by picking up stitches along the front edges.






She is one of the garments in our Déjà-Vu collection, which means that I've styled her before. This time, I thought about Eroca; that means brights, prints, layers,  flat shoes, quirky accessories, and a big purse. 



How will you wear Viridis? 

Throwback Thursday: Andover

In my early twenties, I had a birthday party with a theme; folks were asked to come dressed as what they wanted to be when they grew up when they were little kids. My friend Krista - whose birthday I celebrated tonight - came as a Nobel laureate. Today, despite the hot sunny afternoon, there was a chill in the air on the walk home from our celebratory dinner, and I wished I could both wear and also give to her a version of this cardigan



Andover from the side



The waffley texture is perfectly cozy and a little bit rustic, but the shawl collar and elbow patches lend a kind of professorial flair. 



full shot



For the classroom or the cottage, Andover can keep you warm and cool at the same time. 



elbow detail



If you're thinking you might like to have one of these for yourself when the autumn comes, you should know that the yarn used in the original is on sale right now, and comes in a ton of great colors!  


Designer Post: Reticella

headshot of Fiona Ellis

Today's post comes to us from Fiona Ellis, and it's a spotlight on her newest Twist design, Reticella! I will admit that I had not looked closely at the details on this stunning cardigan until I got an email from Fiona that she had written a post about the sweater and the technique used to make it so special. It kind of blew my socks off. Find out more about the pattern here, more about the yarn used here, and more about Fiona's work with hand-dyed yarns here





yoke detail from the back



Reticella - a type of needle lace dating from the 15th  century which  remained popular up until the 17th century.

Originally a form of cutwork, involving  threads being pulled (removed) from linen fabric to make a grid. Using mostly buttonhole stitch a pattern was then stitched onto this foundation. 


step 1

The technique is worked by first knitting a panel of Stockinette. 


step 2



Then hand stitching is worked into ladders formed from stitches that have been allowed to drop down within the panel.



step 3 



A full photo tutorial is included in the pattern instructions.


In designing for ready-to-wear knits many fashion houses like to include embellishment techniques but it seems that they are often over looked in the hand knit world.


So when I decided to experiment with new types of embellishment I looked back to my childhood days of sewing on even-weave cloth.  I then did some research on drawn thread work and hit on the idea of creating ladders to use as the foundation for the embroidery. 



shoulder detail from the front



Drawn thread work was mostly used to decorate everyday items such as tablecloths or bed linens. Even today you see small scale, machine worked patterns on pillow covers and so on, which harks back to the history of this kind of embellishment.



full shot of modelled sweater



With that in mind I designed an everyday cardigan, one that you can throw on with a skirt or jeans. Embellished with simple hand worked stitching makes it as beautiful as it is practical.