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Twist Style Friday: Shannonmore for guys

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.


The fiber crafts in my house are exploding a little bit. I'm often working on several projects at once, but one of them these days is literally enormous (it's a secret for now, but it's my first time using thirteen skeins of the same yarn for literally anything). My dear friend and colleague David gave me (on long term loan) a ball winder, which is sort of changing my life, my scrappy knit blanket has taken up residence on the living room couch, and my housemate Lucy just took up weaving. So my job is to cover all of the humans in wool, and some of the surfaces with WIPs, and Lucy's can be to cover the walls and other surfaces with decorative weaving. Sorry to our other housemate Marcus, who has a more ambivalent (and maybe healthier) relationship with knitting and the sister arts.


Today on Style Friday, we are looking at Shannonmore, the men's version. This is a densely cabled, superwarm, classic sweater. It's stunning.



both versions together



Just look at this shoulder saddle. See how the sleeve cable runs right up to the collar? It's so perfect.



saddle shoulder



One of the things that's great about such a classic shape and style (especially if you use a workhorse yarn like this one) is that this sweater makes as much sense on a teenager as it does on an octogenarian.


Men's fashion isn't exactly an area of expertise for me, but I have it a whirl! Have a look at a few outfits for men featuring Shannonmore.


three looks



How will you wear Shannonmore?



Throwback Thursday: Mithril

Do you remember what you were doing in the Spring of 2011? I sure don't. My memory is terrible. But some time before that issue of Twist came out, I do remember assisting on the Better Than Basic photoshoot with Kate and Jane. Meet Mithril, today's feature on #throwbackthurday. 



neckline detail



I know I've said this before, but there is something deeply magical about holding these prototype garments in your hands. Mithril was one that surprised me. It's a fairly simple sweater, much more plain than the clothes I tend to gravitate towards. But it just felt great to touch. Surely, some of that has to do with the stunning yarn -  a blend of silk and baby alpaca - but it was more than that. The simplicity of the gathered stitch pattern, the collar detail on the deep v-neck, and the squishy garter edges made me want to snuggle that sweater and maybe never let go. 



front and cuffs



This is the sweater you will want to reach for every chilly morning because it's cozy and adorable and you can pull the edges of the cuffs over your cold hands. it's a meditative knit and a totally accomplishable project for a beginning sweater-maker. 



hem detail



Mithril is indeed a blast from the not so distant past. I hope you love her like I do. 

Twist Style Fridays: Leitzel

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.


I've been listening to a lot of Taylor Swift you guys. My general principle about music, pop culture, and well, everything, is "no guilt for pleasure" and still, I feel a twinge of something, listening to the bubblegummiest pop. It's just so darn catchy. I blew my friend Clara away with my karaoke rendition of 22 last week. Maybe the weird part is the contrast with what seems to be happening to my fashion sense? I'm learning hard towards lumberjill these days, all jeans and boots and plaids. It's a little like I'm having a second adolescence. I'm into it.


Enough about me, let's talk about sweaters. 'Tis about the season to start thinking about wearing some! Which means it is prime time to start knitting the ones you want to be wearing in a few months (weeks, years... )! Take a little peek at this stunner.



rear view



Let's take a bit of a closer look at that cable panel, shall we? I love the way the panel runs all the way to the hem.



cables cables cables!



Leitzel is understated from the front, and stunning in the back. I'm imagining wearing mine around an autumn campfire while holding a stick attached to a marshmallow.






Leitzel is equally comfortable though, as a layer over a ballgown, especially if you choose a really fancy button for the dramatic single closure. She can also rock the office, especially over a blouse with a cute print or some kind of neck detail (a bow maybe?).



three outfits



If any of you want to get me a present, that lipstick purse on the right would be right at home in my hand. But I'll be happier if you make yourself a sweater.


How will you wear Leitzel?









Throwback Thursday: Vionnet

It's Thursday, and you know what that means! Time to take a close look at a pattern from a previous issue of Twist Collective, for our own version of #throwbackthursday.



side view



Today we are looking at one that has been sitting expectantly in my ravelry queue since the day the Spring/Summer 2011 issue launched, and been in my heart since well before that. If my memory serves, this photoshoot was the last one I assisted on before moving away from Montreal. It was also my last hangout with the inimitable Jane Heller. The model is my lovely friend Kate (who btw, just published a book, because she is a serious brain). I try to make something from every issue of Twist, but I can't always keep up. I have, though, made TWO things (Madrigal and Trousseau) from this shoot alone. That should just tell you a little bit about how much more spectacular these things are in person. We do our very best to display them in photos, but knitting is so tactile.



full shot



Vionnet is also an example of how a knitted thing can look a bit unremarkable laid flat, but on a person, it becomes magical. Those diagonal eyelet columns and strong vertical cables just look stunning. It's like the magic of blocking a lace shawl, but on your body.



shoulder detailback



In case you were wondering, this top also looks awesome with short sleeves, or as a vest. Take a look back at our past issues sometime, you might find a treasure like Vionnet.



Designer Post: Trondheim


headshot Heather Pfeifer

Today's post comes to you courtesy of Heather Pfeifer, designer of the stunning Trondheim pullover from our newest issue. This is Heather's first design with Twist, and we are thrilled to have it. Having a diagonal cable across the front of the sweater makes it a teeny bit more complicated if you want to customize the shape or fit of this sweater, but Heather is here to help! Read about her inspiration and her ideas for shaping mods below. Find more of her designs here.





Working with Twist for the first time has been an exciting adventure down a new path in my life. I worked in clothing retail for more years than I care to remember, dressing the bodies of babies, kids, and men but primarily women – from young adults, to pregnant moms-to-be, to seniors. I’ve seen pretty well every body shape and noticed a few tips along the way.



back and shoulders



When I began knitting in 2007 and designing in 2012, I pulled those tips out of the dusty corner and got to work. If I was going to take the time and knit a garment for myself, then it had to be just right. I know exactly what I do and don’t like about sweaters. I do like ones that cover my bottom, but I don’t like needing to pull them down every time I stand up. I prefer visual lines that make me seem taller. It’s all about those proportions. For Trondheim, a vertical cable was the only way to go.

But to fit the triple cable, a perfectly vertical, off-centre panel would have created a wider horizontal view, which was definitely not what I wanted. Asymmetry and diagonal features work both vertically and horizontally, disrupting a continuous view of hip-width and adding interest to distract from a narrower bust width. I don’t like sweaters that fall across my widest point, I prefer ones that begin just below or just above that point. 



cable and front



Trondheim uses A-line shaping to move from a wide hip to a narrow bust. A double-curve shaping just wouldn’t work with the diagonal cable. It would have resulted in the cable panel moving left or right at unexpected places and pull or pucker.


The sweater is meant to be comfortable and not very clingy, so positive ease is worked into the sizing. It’s alright to have more ease at the bust than the hip, so when choosing a size pick one that is an inch or two larger than your hip measurement. If the bust measurement is within 3” of your body bust, the sweater will have the intended fit.



full sweater shot



If the measurements seem too great of a difference and you want to modify the shaping, here are my tips.


-the number of rows worked must not change for the hip size you choose. The cable begins at a calculated point so it ends at the left shoulder;


-more side decreases could be added but this affects the shoulder back width, the neck opening and ultimately the number of stitches remaining for the left shoulder; so if you decide to do this, it's best to work to the next bust size then follow those instructions for splitting the sleeves and neck opening.



sleeve and hem detail



Two different sleeves also add to the asymmetry of the tunic. The sleeves can easily both be stockinette, particularly if you wish to shorten the underarm length. Whether the cabled sleeve is on the right or left is also a personal preference.