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Twist Collective Blog

Designer Post: Illicium

Christine Guest

 

Christine Guest is the author of today's post, and you can find it (and so much more) on her website, here. Check out some sketches, some thoughts on reversible motifs, and some lucky kids being paid to model! 

 

 

 

 

Illicium is up today in the Twist Collecive!  It has complete written instructions as well as complete stitch charts for all three medallion motifs, and a construction schematic with color suggestions and seaming strategy for 6 sizes.

 

 

kid and blanket

 

 

My geeky soul was delighted with the reversibility of each motif: though they aren’t identical on either side. I’d flip my double pointed needles over when working on an octagon, and there would be another star anise, an even prettier one.

 

 

sketches and yarn

 

 

I love the name too, the shrub that grows star anise.  As  you read through the issue, you can find more spicy names and motifs – as well as gorgeous, interesting patterns.

 

 

more sketches

 

 

When we weighted the afghan for shipping, it was just over 3 lbs.  I watched all the Tutor Farm episodes while I worked on it, and several Backyardigans with K.  I have a history of carpal tunnel syndrome, so I proceeded carefully.  The editor actually phoned me to make sure we got a size for the photo shoot that would be big enough to look lovely wrapped around the model (and does it ever!) but not kill my hands.  I set up a quota of knitting (a skein a day), and took Sundays off.  I was also really good about going to the Y to swim and lift weights; and use good posture while knitting.  Liberty wool is a light worsted, and on the smooth side, just right for avoiding trouble.  I think getting my Celiac diagnosed (and never eating gluten on purpose) has really, really helped my wrists too, I haven’t worn my splints in 3 years.

 

 

blanket as cape

 

 

Although I used a blocking station, I still had to touch up the corners with steam in the end.  Probably because I pinned stacks of octagons, and basically eyeballed them…ahem.

 

 

 

blocking

 

 

We were hyper careful not to spill anything on it. K is holding an empty cup in this photo.

 

 

kid and blanket

 

 

Both kids were saving money for something at the time, so I did pay them.  Matt got bored and the sun was in his eyes, so he pretended to sleep. I was experimenting with light throughout the day to see what picked up the texture and that elusive red.

 

 

 

blanket in the sunshine

 

 

Everyone at the Twist Collective was lovely to work with!

Wash it weekend, the third!

I'm getting a bit of a late start, but I said it was wash it weekend, so let's go! 

Wash It Weekend

 

Spring is coming (or for some of you luckier people, already here) and it's time to get everything nice and clean so you can put away the heavy duty woolens and make room for your spring/summer knit wardrobe (hint hint). 

Need a refresher (pun intended)? See our blocking article and our tutorial on darning!

Mend it! Wash it! Put it away! I'm starting right now. Who's with me?

Throwback Thursday: Skalva

I know I've been a kind of intense TwistFan from the beginning, but you guys, I have such a distinct memory of the first time I saw this sweater. I basically became a cartoon and my eyes turned into hearts and popped right out of my head and became giant and floated away. Remember Skalva

 

 

collar and yoke

 

 

The details of this tunic are so crisp and deliberate. The whole thing is quite sleek, while also still seeming super cozy. Did I mention POCKETS??? 

 

 

full view

 

 

Obviously, I want this in a saturated deep tone like eggplant or petrol or navy, but you do you, readers. Consider a Skalva this spring! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning

With Spring around the corner, we know people will be looking for the new edition of Twist Collective. This year, we’ve decided to take the Spring/Summer season off to regroup and reorganize and work on some new ideas. We hope you will continue to browse our past editions and enjoy the nearly 800 patterns in our library.

Thank you all for your continuing support and stay tuned for what’s next!

Throwback Thursday: Azami

Spring is here and it's a great time to revisit Azami.

 

azami hood

 

 

This piece is beautiful from every angle but that striking cascade of lace formed by the hood, is a real statement without feeling fussy.

 

azami neckline azami cuff

 

 

Little bits of lace and garter are perfectly placed throughout, tying the hood together with the rest of the garment. The entire piece feels well-thought-out, wearable and beautiful.

 

azami front

 

Be sure to read Carol's blog post discussing the design process of this elegant piece.

 

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