headshot Patty Lyons


Today's post comes to us from the blog of Patty Lyons, designer of the darling, retro-inspired Ziarre cardigan from our most recent issue of Twist! Read all about how Patty was influenced  by vintage sweaters, and also plants! Enjoy. 




The new Twist Collective came out recently, and I thought I’d give you a glimpse at the elements that went into inspiring Ziarre. As with my last Twist Collective Design, Sachertorte, I was inspired by a vintage silhouette (read about my last Design Inspiration) as well as a bit of nature.



full shot of Ziarre, modelled 

 vintage inspiration



I’ve always loved the cropped look of those fab vintage sweaters. There’s something so fresh and adorable about a sweater that hits you right at the waist. I can be paired with a swing skirt, a pencil skirt or a pair of skinny jeans (for a mix of vintage and modern).



back and sleeve



I LOVE a nice half sleeve. It’s universally flattering, and very versatile.



another vintage cardigan



I also love a wide rib at the waist.


I’ve always wanted to design an adorable little classic cardi. I didn’t want to make it too fussy or complicated.  I decided on a simple little lace pattern for the fronts and the sleeve. I was taken by the morning glory vines that wrap and climb around anything nearby.



morning glory vines



I had originally swatched it using single decreases and increases, but it didn’t pop the way I wanted, so I reswatched using double decreases and increases and yipee, I got my twisting vines.



swatches of vine pattern



I’m insanely happy with the way Twist Collective has styled this sweater (wish they could come over and help me get dressed every morning.)