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Twist Style Friday Double Feature: Sarannis and Silverstone

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.


 
Yes, sartorially inclined readers, this is our third consecutive double feature fashion friday. Yes, this means Winter (the issue, not the season... although... you know) is coming. I biked to work today and my fingers were awfully chilly. It's supposed to snow here this week. I have to admit that I never grew out of the wonder little kids feel about the first snowfall. I mean, sparkles literally fall from the sky; it is sort of amazing.

We're looking at two lovely garments this week. First up is Silverstone, an understated cabled henley that can be buttoned up into a cozy turtleneck.

 

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To me, especially in this color, this top seems like a really really pretty version of a long underwear top. Perfect for outdoor activities in the cold, or snuggling up to a fire with a cup of hot cocoa. In a saturated color (especially a jewel tone!!) it would be more like a pretty blouse. You could wear it with a knee length skirt and suede heels. Or charcoal cigarette pants, ballet flats, and a big chunky silver cuff. Or like this.

 

Silverstone

 

See that burgundy leather jacket?? See it? It's perfect. With Siverstone, or just about anything else.


Well maybe not with Sarannis, since that is also a jacket. A really, really cute jacket. See?

 

SarannisBack

 

Maybe we need to go in for a little closeup. There is some seriously squishy texture going on in there.

 

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Make it with a little extra ease and wear it over a hoodie or other sweater and jeans for when the weather is really biting, or knit it closer to your measurements and wear it like a smart little cardigan to bring your summery dresses into a few more seasons.

Don't forget to wear cute shoes.

 

Sarannis

 

How about you? How will you wear Sarannis and Silverstone?

 

Five Questions with Amy Christoffers

Amy ChristoffersAmy Christoffers is our featured designer in our ongoing anniversary interview series! You can follow the whole series here. Amy has contributed seven wonderful designs to our pages. Her work is detailed and understated, knitterly and extremely wearable. Keep track of Amy here. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 Some of Amy's designs

(Lanata, Fara, Chime)

 

 
1. How did you learn to knit?
 
From a library book.
 

2. What's your favorite thing to knit?
 
Wool sweaters.


3. What is your worst knitting habit?

After I weave in ends... I don't trim them unless they show.

 

4. If you weren't a designer, what do you think you'd be doing with all the extra time you'd have?
 
Knitting! I need more hands so I can knit all the things.
 


5.  Finish this sentence:  If everyone knew how to knit...

the world would be a better place?

 

 

More of Amy's work

(Caprio, Clearwing, Fireside)

Twist Style Friday Double Feature: Charette and Bosun

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 dear readers. It's the end of daylight savings time this weekend, and although I will be sad to see the night descend while it's really still afternoon, I will be very happy to see the light of day when I wake up in the morning. It just seems deeply wrong somehow to get up while it's still dark.

 

A friend from summer camp when I was a teenager told me about a town in Massachussetts where daylight savings time is optional, so it could be possible for your office to be running on "fast time" and your kid's school to be running on "slow time" and you would have to have clocks in different rooms read different times. Was he pulling my leg, or is this a real thing?


Either way, time is ticking by, and that's why again this week, I'm styling TWO gorgeous sweaters. Bosun and Charette are both cozy layers, perfect for the season we're in *and* the one that's quickly approaching.

Charette features squishy, all-over cables and a generous collar that you can leave draped over your shoulders, or buttoned up to keep your neck warm. You can make it in any color you like, of course, but this berry tone is epic, don't you think?

 

Charette

 

Let's take a bit of a closer look at some of those details.

 

backcollar detail

 

Like most cardigans worn with a little bit of ease (this pattern recommends 2-4"), you can treat it like a blazer or a hoodie. Either way it's a gorgeous warm addition to any outfit. Here are a few ideas!

 

three outfits

 

Bosun is a clever update to a classic boyfriend cardigan, with patterning and shaping to create or accentuate an hourglass shape.

 

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Gorgeous, right?

 

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In that closeup shot, you can see how the chevon bands alternate stockinette and reverse stockinette between the columns of travelling stitches. It's a subtle textural detail from a distance, but it really makes a yarn like this sing. Here are some outfit ideas.

 

three more

 

How will you wear Bosun? What about Charette?

Designer Post: Farthingale

 

Fiona EllisToday's post is brought to you by Fiona Ellis, designer of the fetching Farthingale, as well as a number of other wonderful designs from previous issues (a few of my personal faves are this one, this one, and this one, just in case you were curious). If you want to know more about Fiona, check out her website or follow her on twitter.

 

 

 

rear view

 

 

If you have ever met me or have followed my work you will know that  I have a thing for I-cords. I even wrote a blog post about it here.

So it wasn’t a giant leap for me to start looking at corset lacings as inspiration for cables. When this little obsession hit I will admit that I spent a lot of time of Pinterest looking at the myriad ways one can lace a corset. As I set out to design cable that mimicked the effect I knew that I didn’t want to simply have I-cords threaded through the fabric. So I started to develop ways of crossing cables to give the effect of lacing but have them as an integral part of the fabric.

 

original swatch



As usual as I begin work on a new idea, there was much swatching at this stage and many samples that didn’t quite work. But working diligently through these false starts I find that you gradually find what is possible. When I am in the middle of one of these “periods” I spent lots of time trying to approach my initial idea from several different angles. This leads me to what I call “work in series”. Which mean that often times I come up with several different designs originating from the same source material. In the past I have had my Tree Bark period, my Celtic Knot period, my Morphing Cables period and so on…and that’s just the cable designs. So I began my Corset Lacing period- Farthingale is one of the resultant designs, but watch out for others coming along.

 

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To further re-enforce the idea of corsetry, I placed the cabling at the sides of the garment and set waist shaping either side of the panels so that the cables appear to cinch the sweater in at the waist. The eyelet patterning is a reference to the lace that I think always goes hand in hand with corsets.I was thrilled when I saw the photos of Farthingale, as they showed it with just the perfect amount of sexiness that I had hoped for.

 

Finished Farthingale



Yes Farthingale’s name is a reference to corsetry but really a Farthingale is a large hooped device worn under dresses in the 16th & 17th centuries, but hopefully you can grant me some poetic license on it.


 

Designer Post: Vinland

 Elizabeth McCartenElizabeth McCarten brought us the lovely Vinland accessory set, which you can read more about below. She is also the designer of this ladylike cardigan, and this great unisex one. Read all about her inspiration for her newest Twist pattern, and keep up with Elizabeth on her blog, here

 

 

 

 

Every winter, at the time when colour and light are precious, I inevitably end up browsing through one of my all-time favourite knitting books, "Poetry in Stitches", now sadly out of print. The lush photography of Scandinavian knits and winter countryside never fail to inspire. It was around this time of the year in 2012 that I designed my Trellis Vest. Last winter, I wanted a special hat and pair of  mitts. Clearly there's some connection between the dead of winter and my need to work colourful stranded knitting.


I'm also a fan of the art of William Morris, the artist and medievalist who influenced the Arts and Crafts movement and writers such as J.R.R. Tolkein. Looking out my window was all I needed to do to see reminders of his work.

 

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Hydrangeas basking in the early morning November sunshine

 

crabapples

Crabapples lingering in the January snow

 

My new hat and mitt set was inspired by Morris' work, not in imitation of it. I wanted to evoke the dense botanical look of his art, but in a simplified version,

 

hat! another look

 

and I wanted to create a rich texture on top of the colour pattern. The hat has a picot edge and Latvian braid, as well as little french knot "berries". The latter developed out of an experiment to incorporate the knots from my Buttonbox Waistcoat into a colourwork format. After the prototype you see above was knitted, I did some further tweaking of the design to give the hat a slightly more pillbox silhouette, as you can see in the final version.
 
The prototype mittens were knitted using colours from my stash.
 
 
yarn!
 
 
Imagine my delight when the colours Kate chose for the magazine model echoed Morris's wallpaper design, "Seaweed".
 
 
wallpaper 
 
From my copy of "William Morris, Artist, Craftsman, Pioneer", by Ormiston and Wells
 
And where does the name of my design come from? Well, the reference to vines is obvious from the vines and berries pattern. But look closely, and you'll see there are waves too, especially in the hat. And there was a Scandinavian influence. So, add all three up, and what do you get? The land discovered by the Vikings along the east coast of Canada--Vinland!

 

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