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headshot of designer Sandi Rosner, a white woman with long dark grey hair, wearing a green turtleneck

Sandi Rosner is the author of today's post, which is about her most recent Twist design, Interleaf. It is a clever colorblocked tank, perfect for a balmy day. Sandi is a Twist superstar; she designs so many gorgeous things, does tons of tech editing, and also finds time to write super helpful technique articles! We heart Sandi. 





photo of various striped fabrics grouped together


Stripes and knitting are a match made in heaven. Changing colors row by row in an orderly sequence is just enough variety to keep the knitter entertained. But stripes have gotten a bad rap. Women are often told that wearing horizontal stripes is bad. Well, I think you should wear whatever sorts of stripes you like. I happen to love stripes. But I also wanted to make sure that people will lots of different body types could feel comfortable and beautiful in this top. There is a magical solution; break up the horizontal line of the stripes with a little intarsia.


model wearing Interleaf top, a beige tank with blue and grey partial stripes. model has light brown skin and a gorgeous halo of dark tight curls.


Take a look at Interleaf, my latest design for Twist Collective. Stripes, right? Wide stripes and narrow stripes. But the overall impression is vertical colorblocking, not horizontal stripes! There is a little bit of asymmetry at play here, too. The blue stripes wrap around the left side to meet their partners on the back; the gray stripes wrap around the right side.


Other design features include a shaped waistline, and a square neck to show off pretty collarbones. The armholes are close enough that you don't need to worry about bra exposure.



full front shot of model wearing Interleaf top with a green full skirt that ends just above the knee. on a pale pink backgroundphoto of side/back of model wearing Interleaf top. she is looking back over her left shoulder so the side and back of the garment are displayed


The intarsia technique used in this design is as simple as can be. No intricate shapes, and no more than three sections in a row. If you are new to intarsia, or need a refresher, this issue of Twist Collective also includes an article I wrote explaining everything you need to know.


The yarn is Tahki Cotton Classic Lite - crisp, smooth, cool, and perfect for a hot summer day.

While you're clicking around, be sure to take a look at the rest of the Spring issue. My personal favorites? Belleville, a classically feminine cardy by Anne Podlesak, Sugarbeach, a girly summer aran by Fiona Ellis, and Aello, a gossamer lace shawl by Marnie MacLean.