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headshot of designer Marnie MacLean. she is wearing an apron and holding a rolling pin. Today's post is brought to you by Marnie MacLean, who is kind of a superstar. She has published a whopping 20 designs with us (21 if you count the men's and women's Doppler sweaters as two separate designs). Her style is effortless elegance; classic shapes with just the right amount of detail. Her pieces are fun to make, and gorgeous to wear, and her top from this most recent issue is no exception. You can also find this post on Marnie's blog, here




The new edition of Twist Collective came out, recently. Did you get a chance to see it? If not, grab a cup of your favorite warm or cold beverage, and take a few minutes to flip through its virtual pages, because there are so many fantastic pieces. I feel like I can't even pick favorites because I like so many of them for so many different reasons. The shawls, in particular, are really inspiring. Every last one is a winner and they look like they'd be a heck of a lot of fun to knit, too. And if you are a mitten person, especially if you are a colorwork mitten person, I really think you'll love what the designers have come up with. And of course, there are tons of garments, some socks, hats, mitts and cowls. So go take a look.


My piece is called Heyday. It's a sort of yoke/raglan hybrid, with body darts and a split neck. Just a few short rows over each sleeve, help shape the yoke around the shoulders. A simple cable/bobble pattern is worked around the hems and yoke and the neck is finished with some basic crochet. If you are a knit-only person, you can always substitute i-cord.



Marnie wearing Heyday, a cobalt blue pullover in rev. stockinette with a cable pattern along the yoke and hems



Worn open, the split neck makes a flattering v-neck, tied close, the neck is more of a ballet style, with a keyhole opening. Since the garment has so few details it's really a breeze to alter. Do you want to eliminate the split? Just work the yoke in the round. Do you want to make the neck narrower? Add more decrease rounds. Wider? Take out some decreases. This is really a piece you can customize and make your own.



Second modeled shot of Heyday; split neck is tied closed to make a keyhole



My original swatch and proposal, even suggested subbing the small bobble for a glass bead. I didn't think Sundara's stunning Sport Merino Two in this richly hued colorways, needed any extra adornment, but for a subtler colorway like one of her Vintage shades, a little glimmer might be just the thing.



marnie's submission sketch for Heyday



I really enjoyed both designing and knitting this piece. It's my first yoke-ish design and I was happy to see it come together without any big challenges. It's always a risk, taking on a new construction, under deadline, but I couldn't think of a better way to show of that swag-like stitch pattern. 



back view of the same top



You can find the yarn here with new colors coming all the time. I would love to know what your favorite piece in the edition is. Can you pick just one?