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headshot of Angela Hahn, white woman with dark wavy hair to her shoulders, wearing a while turtleneckToday's post is brought to you by Angela Hahn, designer of the gorgeous peekaboo yoked top Facet from our newest issue. You can also find this post on Angela's blog, here, and find my styling post about Facet here. Angela has designed a number of lovely things for us here at Twist, including this gorgeous vest and this super cozy shawl. 





The Facet Pullover just came out in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Twist Collective! Often my most recently released design becomes my new favorite, but I'm especially fond of the Facet Pullover because it's playful and unusual. And I really enjoyed the process of designing it and working out the challenges of that unique perforated yoke.


model wearing Facet pullover



When I first submitted the idea for this pullover, I was thinking I would keep the open diamonds to the front and back only, placing groups of three between the raglan seams (hence the working name, "Three of Diamonds"). But when the editors at Twist Collective suggested placing the diamonds all around the yoke, I liked the idea a lot, so I agreed to change the shaping from raglan to a round yoke, so that decreases could be placed between the open areas.



Facet sweater from the back



With that attention-getting yoke, I knew that I wanted the rest of the pullover to be simple, so I used rolled edges for the hem and cuffs and just added gentle waist shaping. I used 3/4-length sleeves to take advantage of mild spring weather, and to show off wrist accessories. I did have to rip back the first couple of inches of the body, after I realized that there was enough color variation between skeins of the O-Wool Balance yarn that the transition from one skein to the next was very obvious. So I had to alternate skeins every few rounds (which is not unusual when using hand-painted yarn), which is why there is a visible striping effect (which I did not originally plan, but grew to like!). 



detail photo of sweater yoke, with diamond-shaped cutouts




Everything then went smoothly until the yoke, where I had to figure out how many stitches were needed for each size before starting the diamonds. This would normally be straightforward, but in this case, as soon as the first cable cross round is completed, the circumference of the yoke is decreased dramatically by all those crossed stitches, so I had to make sure I didn't start out with too few stitches, and end up with a too-tight yoke.



Facet sweater on a dressform, from the front



Then came the diamonds! Each section between the diamonds is worked flat, one at a time, with the cable crosses at the halfway point pulling the fabric sideways to create the diamond-shaped negative spaces. There are a lot of sections, but working them actually went faster than I expected (although I was still happy to join them and return to working in the round, once the diamonds were completed). I did end up incorporating the yoke decreases into the cabled sections, where they blended quite nicely into the lines of the cables (see below).


 Facet sweater on a dressform, from the front


After that, my only design decision was how many decreases to add before binding off the stitches around the neck opening. I've found from past experience that going by a stitch gauge obtained from measuring a swatch lying on a flat surface will often yield a neck opening that is larger and looser than desired: the weight of the garment and the shape of the shoulders will tend to stretch the neckband stitches. So I used a "slightly stretched" gauge to calculate my expected neck circumference, decreased more than I originally thought would be necessary, and ended up with the neckline sitting just where I wanted. On the second try. (On the first try, the neckband was still too loose.)


I'm now thinking about wearing Facet when the sample is returned! I dislike strapless bras, but I dislike exposed bra straps even more. So I think I may baste a layer of flesh-colored batiste or other semi-sheer fabric to the wrong side of the yoke, so I don't have to wear Facet over another layer. Can't wait!

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.



Happy Friday Twistfans, and welcome to another installment of Style Fridays. Marnie stepped in for me last weekend with a post about our newest pattern Conservatory, and she did such a stunning job!! I'm happy to be back in the saddle though, now that my move is done! I have a new home folks! I spent a *long* time today unpacking and organizing my stash and unfinished projects; I may be developing a medium sized collection of extremely beautiful single socks, including the in-progress first of my newest love, Barolo. I am kind of in love with these socks. Or maybe I should say "this sock" as history tells me I may only make the one. 



I had been in housing limbo for a little while, staying with friends until I could find a place I was excited to move into, so I'd been living out of a suitcase and with a limited quantity of my shoes, lipsticks, and clothes. I can't tell you how happy I was to fill my (BIG) new closet with all of my dresses. If you follow Style Fridays, you know that I have a strong (basically exclusive) fondness for dresses. While unpacking I made the somewhat questionable decision to count them all. Folks, I have 87. I could wear a different dress every day for nearly three months without repetition. 



This is awesome. You know what else is awesome? This sweater. Check out Megunticook


Model wearing Megunticook sweater, a blue three quarter sleeve cardigan that ties in the front at the waist


Things I like about this sweater include: the little pleat at the sleeve; the low neckline; simple shaping; the textured edges and tie; the easy fit; how it just seems like the perfect thing to wear over just about anything.


Take a look from another angle, would you?


Same sweater from the back- plain stockinette with textured trim at hem, neckline, and sleeves.  



I would like to wear this to the potluck picnic I am going to tomorrow afternoon. Ideally with gingham and maryjane flats. 


That idea pretty much inspired the set below. 


three outfits featuring Megunticook sweater with dresses, sandals, and metallic jewelry


I thought I might also try something a little dressier, but still kind of breezy and cool. 


two dressier outfits with Megunticook



I think this top could take you all sorts of places. How will you wear Megunticook

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.


Marnie here, filling in for Carly, on another Style Friday. This week, I'm featuring a brand new design, released about a week ago. Conservatory, by Kate Gilbert, is a stunner of a stole. Long vines of paired eyelets evolve into a shower of leaves at each end. And the yarn, Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label Cashmere Sock, features cashmere and nylon in this merino blend, making it durable and elegant. You can pair it with your most formal outfits, or wear it like a scarf for casual, work or outerwear. And being so light, you can pack it away in your bag, if it gets too warm. This is really an all-seasons piece, and would really compliment almost any wardrobe.




While we don't normally style accessories, on Style Friday, I thought I'd show you some outfits that would pair just wonderfully with Conservatory.



three outfits for Conservatory


Stoles are incredibly versatile. A little online sleuthing will lead you to a variety of ways to tie a scarf, and many would work just as well with a knitted stole, and of course, you can unfurl it at any time to wrap it gracefully around your shoulders.


While Kate and I were meeting, we even joked about pairing it with silver hot pants. I don't know, I almost think it could work.

three outfits for Conservatory


 How would you wear Conservatory?


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.


Happy Friday everyone!! We sailed right past a landmark day, folks. We have done over a hundred Style Friday blog posts!! Can you believe it? Sometimes I get nerdy about numbers, so here is some amusing fashion column math (Jewish readers- this is totally a nod to that part in the Passover Seder when you go through all that funny biblical math about the number of plagues). 


105 is how many Style posts we have created, including this one;

117 is how many Twist Collective patterns we have styled in these posts;

151 is how many "sets" of outfits we have created on Polyvore;

465 is the total number of outfits we have suggested as possible ways to wear those 117 garments; 

128 of those (28%) were outfits based on pants or shorts (versus skirts or dresses);

30 is the number of pairs of red shoes I used in those sets (shockingly low, I think!);

17 is the number of items in those sets that are leopard print (my favorite color)!


Was that fun? Did I just make math fun? If I knew how to use fancy computer programs, I would tell you funnier things too, like how many of the shoes I recommended were wildly impractical, or how many of the purses retail for more than $1000USD. Ooh, now I want to make some of these things into graphs! Pie charts! Hmm, now I just want to eat pie. 


I'm in a funny mood today, can you tell?


Let's get to today's garment. If you read the blog regularly, it should be super fresh in your mind, because we just ran Alison's post about her design, the lovely Demeter skirt. 


Demeter skirt


The swirling vines and leaves are striking details, but minimal enough that the skirt isn't at all busy. The picot hem is just cute enough, but if you wanted something a tiny bit sleeker or more formal, you could leave that off. The shape is swingy and easy and would look super cute on lots of different kinds of bodies. I want one. Actually, I want three: charcoal grey, deep red, and something bright and a little silly, like chartreuse or orange. 


I bet you want to see it from another angle or two. 


close upback view


This one is made in a clever cotton/wool blend (Classic Elite Chesapeake) so it's got some shape-holding bounce but won't make you a sweatball when the sun shines. I think it would also be totally lovely in linen on hemp, or another plant based blend with a bit of wool in it. 


I know what you really want to know though; how will you wear this darling skirt?? I have ideas. Given the mood I am in today, and how hot it is finally getting here in Toronto, consider yourselves lucky that this set only includes ONE crop top. You're welcome. 


four outfits featuring Demeter skirt


How will you wear Demeter






Headshot of designer Alison Stewart-Guinee

Alison Stewart-Guinee is the designer of Demeter, the lovely swingy skirt from our most recent issue. This is her first contribution to Twist! You can also find this post on her blog, here





At last! We are in the throes of spring!  I love winter, don't get me wrong. And to be perfectly honest, I have truly loved the snowy days and deep freeze that this winter brought us.  Most people look at me like I'm a little touched when I say that, but it's true.  I love snow, I love to cozy up inside with knitting on my lap and I love to bake (and eat) hearty winter meals.  But even I am overjoyed that we are officially into spring.  This last gasp of winter hasn't been able to fool anyone. It's as if it just popped into say, "Don't forget me." And we won't, but move over winter because spring is here to stay.  It's time to wash those woolens, pack them away for next year, and break out the cotton, linen and strappy sandals.  


And just as if on cue, my newest design was released.  Aaaand...wait for it…in Twist Collective's Spring/Summer issue!  I am beyond thrilled. I've long been an admirer of this publication. It's always full of gorgeous designs, informative articles and just tons of fashion forward yet classic garments that I want to wear and knit.  It's been a secret goal of mine to find myself in their pages. And so this fall I screwed up my courage and sent them a proposal. I am not a trained designer and I am definitely not a trained fashion drawer, so sending out proposals always takes a bit of just closing my eyes and jumping.  And then the forgetting know the one where you convince yourself that nothing is going to come of it so you should just put it out of your mind, but really you're holding your breath every time you check your email.  Do you know that game? Anyway, that's how it goes around here. And then the email came and then yarn and then this...Demeter... 






A flirty spring and summer skirt, that's knit in the round from the top down.  Demeter is a prettified mash up of my all time favorite summer skirts.  The first: gored in eyelet fabric, sewn on the bias~the one that is so tired and bleach stained that I've taken a sharpie to it rather than retire it.  And second: my go-to wear-everyday jersey knit skirts.


These shots are from Twist Collective.  I really do just adore them.  Isn't the model just gorgeous?! 



Demeter from the back



I liked making this skirt so much that I actually made a second sample of Demeter…one just for me.




Alison in her Demeter skirt



I love how it can be dressed up or down and how comfortable it is to wear. I see myself pairing it with a tee shirt and sandals as well as dressing up with a blouse and heels.  This pattern was worked in Chesapeake by Classic Elite Yarns.  Let me tell you this yarn was made for skirt knitting.  It's drapey, without being limp and lifeless, and it has memory.  It holds it's shape wonderfully.  These pictures were taken after a very busy day in which I had been wearing the skirt all day, drove for several hours and then ran errands and went to the yarn shop and sat around knitting for several hours more.  And not a hint of sagginess in sight. Love!



Alison's Demeter from the back



I'm kind of in love with knitted skirts right now—with knitting them and with wearing them. This construction is my favorite—top down, seamless and in the round.  It allows for lots of try-ons along the way, making it incredibly easy to customize—a little longer, a tad shorter, straighter, fuller…easy peasy.  As someone who changes her mind a thousand times in the course of knitting a project, I like that kind of flexibility.  


You can purchase the pattern for Demeter by following the link on Ravelry or by going right to the Twist Collective shop.


Happy spring all! I'm off guessed right...knit...OUTSIDE !!!!