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Twist Style Friday: Tarian

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 Twistfans!

 

It looks like a snow-globe outside my window right now. On days where the temperature isn't colder than Mars (it really happened!), I actually sort of love winter. I love hot beverages and wool and velvet. I love snow and scarves and excuses to snuggle. My the middle of February, I'm usually ready for it to be over, but in the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the sparkle-dusted streets and opportunity to flaunt my handknit accessories.

 

I finished my Burrard cardigan last weekend. I think I've worn it five of the last seven days. I don't have any great pics of me wearing it, or I'd post one here, but I think it's the best thing I have ever made for myself. It's also my fourteenth Twist project! I try to knit something from every issue, but that goal may be slightly beyond my reach.

 

Enough about me. Let's talk about texture-treat Tarian.

 

lower detail

 

It's simple, but complicated! Plain, but not at all boring! Fun to make and easy to wear. This top is calling me, people.

 

full shotside view

 

I'm not knocking this white, I think it shows off the texture beautifully, and is super easy to wear. But folks... imagine the color possibilities!! I'm thinking about a tonal charcoal, or something saturated like a kelly green, or watermelon pink.

 

I think it's pretty easy to see how Tarian is the dreamiest thing to wear with sweats or jeans or whatever you happen to have on when you wake up, so I wanted to take her out a little. Someplace a little dressier. Someplace a little sexier.

 

four outfits

 

How will you wear Tarian?

Twist Style Friday: Greek Steps

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.


 

Hello Twistfans! The bright spot in my week was knitting with friends last night, something that used to be a weekly ritual when I lived in Montreal (more when I lived with my buddy Mara, who is an *amazing* knitter, highly skilled fixer of knitting mistakes, and expert in untangling the tangliest yarns). We ate tasty snacks and compared projects and sipped beverages and it was so so nice. I hope that you all get to share this craft with people you love.

 

We also chatted about styling this week's sweater, Greek Steps. Let's have a look.

 

full viewback detail

 

At a glance, it's a simple top. The sleeve length, wide neckline, and slashed hems make it a sort of elegantly casual tunic. The mosaic panels in the front, back, and cuffs provide some pretty detail.

 

What really makes this sweater exciting to me is the construction. If you're familiar with how sweaters are generally constructed, you should check out this pattern. It might turn your brain a little inside-out. 

 

cuff and side seam detail

 

 

There are only a couple of seams to sew, but this thing is an adventure in knitting. First, you make the slip-stitch panels for the front and back. Then you pick up stitches along the long edges and knit sideways to the side seams, which are sturdy three-needle bind-offs (Check out that sideways stockinette in theimage above). The sleeves you knit seperately, and then seam into place. Doesn't that sound fun? Plus when it's done you get to wear it. 

 

This top also gives you an opportunity to use a smallish amount of a pretty handdyed or variegated yarn and produce something that's not at all busy. What colors would you use? I'm thinking charcoal and chartreuse, or pale grey and cranberry.

 

For styling options, we went with a look for the office (left), a comfy casual look (right), and something a little witchy in the middle. I was thinking about Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer when I was putting that one together. You could swap out the intense Vivienne Westwood witch boots for low heeled ankle boots, you know, if you wanted to.

three looks

 

How will you wear Greek Steps?

 

 

 

Twist Collector: Mollie

Today's post is brought to you by a super talented (and prolific) Twist knitter! Mollie is a scientist who studies the development of the brain, who finished her Ph.D. in October (while working on Tenaya). She lives in Melrose, Massachusetts, with her aircraft-designer husband and their rabbit, whose profession is prolific salad-eating. She taught herself to knit about five years ago, and it's kept her sane all through graduate school. You can find more of her gorgeous projects on her Ravelry page.

 

Mollie's Tenaya

 

My first Twist pattern is actually the only non-sweater Twist pattern I've ever knit. It was pretty soon after I started knitting, and it was my first time working with laceweight -- I didn't really understand that there was a pretty big difference between the worsted-weight yarn called for in the pattern and the laceweight yarn I bought. But it turned out so well! It's really soft and airy in laceweight cashmere-silk, almost as though I knew what I was doing the whole time. (Just to be clear: I totally didn't.)

 

Molly's fizz

 

I love Twist patterns in part because so many of them are basic wardrobe staples with interesting, eye-catching details, and as a result, I can use the patterns as a framework for further experimentation. For example, I knit Kerouac pretty much as written for my co-worker/best friend/frequent knitwear recipient Luciano, and then I used the basic outline of the pattern to knit it again for him as a pullover. Similarly, I knit Audrey in Unst in gray to match a yellow sundress I own, and then I knit it again in bright pink (to match a different sundress!), but substituted a different lace pattern on the bib. Both of these are such classic sweaters, and the well-written patterns give me a jumping-off point for adding a little something of my own.

 

Kerouac cardiganKerouac pullover

 

I've also learned some of my favorite techniques from Twist patterns, like the top-down short-row set-in sleeve that I learned in Parcel and have also used in Madrigal, Audrey in Unst, and Tenaya

 

Parcel

 

Hands-down, this is my favorite way to do a sleeve.

 

First Audrey

 

second audrey

 

My very favorite Twist sweater, which I have been wearing non-stop since I finished it in March, is Burrard. Everybody needs a cozy, wooly cabled cardigan, especially in an awful winter like we had in Boston this year. I made mine extra-long, with extra-long sleeves, and I basically walk in the door every night and put it on over my pajamas. 

 

Burrard

 

As for what's next, I have the patterns for Aleph and Praline, and my mother-in-law bought me a gift certificate to Twist for Christmas last year, so I might realize my dreams of knitting a Lindis with sleeves.

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Keynote

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.


 

Hey fashion-y friends! We've been having some pretty frosty weather in my little corner of the globe, so my fashion strategy has been to wear as many clothes as possible while still maintaining some range of motion. It's thawing a little bit though - starting today - and I know that spring is a ways away, but I am starting to dream about it a little.

 

This week we're looking at a great transitional sweater; Keynote! She's cozy enough to be a solid winter layer, but the delicate cables and wide, scooped neckline mean she is totally spring-able (or autumn-able).

 

Keynote full viewside view

 

My favorite details are the baby cables along the side (faux) seams and raglan lines. The cables are also kind of "faux"- no cable needle required! Knitting trickery!!

 

back

 

The shaping is simple and pretty and would look great on lots of different body shapes and sizes.

 

I styled this for casual hangouts (left), a nighttime show or party (center), and a sort of fancy workplace (left). I won't lie, I was thinking of Christine Baranski (as Diane Lockhart in The Good Wife) for that one, especially when I chose that necklace.

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Keynote?

Design Process: Ruddington

Today's post is brought to you by Fiona EllisFiona Ellis, who is basically an incontrollable volcano of creativity. She has a million ideas, and we here at Twist are lucky to help realize a few of them. Ruddington is Fiona's stunner from our most recent issue, and the subject of today's post! If you live in Toronto (home of many lovely Twist designers, and this here bloglady too), then you probably know about the yarn shop The Purple Purl, which picks a lovely garment to do a knit-a-long with a few times each year. Well folks, Ruddington has been chosen as their next KAL, so if you're a local who has been thinking about casting this pretty girl on, this might just be your moment.

 

 

 

back detail

 

 

I often joke that if Picasso had his blue period then I can certainly have my..…(insert latest obsession) period. In my post about Farthingale I talked about how this thinking has me designing in series. I frequently work in series and when I flick back through my notebooks /sketchbooks I love to see the first entry that I made about when the inspiration hit. I especially love it when that initial spark went on to become several published designs.

I thought you might like to see some of them:

a) “I wonder how many cable ideas I can come up with beginning from the same starting point / set-up”?

Here are some of the designs I generated working on that idea. I’m still working on this series but the short answer to that is - lots.

 

These all started out the same!


The blue swatch in the photo became Granville. This idea also became the basis of one of my hands-on workshops called Morphing Cables.

 

b) “I wonder if I can create vertical lines (or yoke effects) in stranded colourwork while still working back and forth or round and round in the regular fashion”

Yes you can make the patterning have a vertical effect rather than the traditional horizontal stripes seen in most Fair Isles. You can also create borders and strong colour block effects just by switching which colour is used for the ground. The swatch at the bottom of the photo became Athabasca.

 

colorwork swatches

 

c) Sometimes the spark for a series comes from things other than knitting techniques - amazingly I have many other interests like movies & books. These are designs ideas generated after reading “Pillars of the Earth” which led  to research around the subject matter of cathedral building. The yellow swatch became Chartres

 

pillars of the yarn

 

Which leads me to Ruddington,

 

Ruddington

 

which was born out of my series sparked by posing the question: “I wonder if I can create cables that appear like the ribbons threading through a corset, or mimic the effect of shoe laces”.

 

laced up swatches


In this photo the caramel swatch became Ruddington and the white one became Farthingale.

 

cable detailsleeve detail

 

My latest obsession, which I have a feeling will lead to a series of very colourful ideas, is really a return to an old one (as it goes back to my teenage years): David Bowie. I have seen the exhibition “David Bowie is” three times (I did say it was an obsession). So watch this space for some new oddities...

 

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