Twist Collective Blog
Designer Post: Cabling without a Cable Needle- Helpful for Ballyfaron!
Luise O'Neill has brought several delightful patterns to the pages of Twist Collective. Most recently, the snuggly warm Ballyfaron hat and cowl set from our current issue. In this post, Luise explains (with helpful step by step photos!) one of my all time favorite knitting techniques, knitting cables without a cable needle. It is a little terrifying when you start, but it speeds up cable knitting significantly, plus you don't have to keep track of those pesky little cable needles (or whatever thing you substitute for one when you need it! I've used darning needles, DPNs, bamboo skewers, the cartridge from inside a pen, safety matches....). Enjoy, and then go forth and cable boldly!!
So many luscious cables! One of the things that really elevated my joy of knitting cables was learning how to work those cable stitches without using a cable needle.
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.
Just look at this shoulder saddle. See how the sleeve cable runs right up to the collar? It's so perfect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?).
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.
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.