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Headshot of designer Renee Callahan

Today's post comes to us from Renee Callahan, designer of the lovely Hyssop pullover. I was immediately stoked on this sweater, and picked it first to start styling this issue! You can also find this post on Renee's blog, here. This is her first Twist project, and gosh, it sure is a pretty one. Enjoy! 





I am so excited to have been included in the Winter 2014 issue of the Twist Collective.  I have long admired the publication and the designs featured have often gone straight to the top of the queue.  So when I started taking this designing thing seriously, I was super keen to submit a design to them. Imagine my surprise when they actually accepted my design–my head nearly exploded the pride!



Hyssop, mauve v neck pullover with allover lace and cables, modeled by an asian woman standing among trees, with yellow leaves on the ground and on the branches



Twist Collective sent me a lovely Polwarth wool and silk mix yarn from Lisa Souza to make the sample with – the stitch definition was really beautiful and I loved the gentle variegation of the color.




Hyssop from the frontsame sweater from the back



My idea was to create a seamless pullover that required no finishing -- when the final stitches were cast off, the garment was practically ready to wear. No need to pick up stitches for neck trims, or add ribbing; it was all to be part of the design.

My prototype sweater is still one of my favorites.



designer wearing her prototype, which is cobalt blue



I knit it out of some really beautiful Blue Sky Alpaca’s Suri Merino, which has turned out to be a fairly robust yarn for a single ply.



back view of prototype



It is a recipe I really like in a sweater–fitted, with a flattering deep V-neck, a combo of simple cables and simple eyelets, and a built in finish. The recipe is so great, in fact, that I am working on a few more sweaters with variations of these ingredients for publishing in 2015 (which I can’t believe is already here!).

You can buy Hyssop here.

Thanks so much to Kate and Sue and the whole Twist Collective team for all their help and support.

Happy Knitting!