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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.


Hello Twistfans! The bright spot in my week was knitting with friends last night, something that used to be a weekly ritual when I lived in Montreal (more when I lived with my buddy Mara, who is an *amazing* knitter, highly skilled fixer of knitting mistakes, and expert in untangling the tangliest yarns). We ate tasty snacks and compared projects and sipped beverages and it was so so nice. I hope that you all get to share this craft with people you love.


We also chatted about styling this week's sweater, Greek Steps. Let's have a look.


full viewback detail


At a glance, it's a simple top. The sleeve length, wide neckline, and slashed hems make it a sort of elegantly casual tunic. The mosaic panels in the front, back, and cuffs provide some pretty detail.


What really makes this sweater exciting to me is the construction. If you're familiar with how sweaters are generally constructed, you should check out this pattern. It might turn your brain a little inside-out. 


cuff and side seam detail



There are only a couple of seams to sew, but this thing is an adventure in knitting. First, you make the slip-stitch panels for the front and back. Then you pick up stitches along the long edges and knit sideways to the side seams, which are sturdy three-needle bind-offs (Check out that sideways stockinette in theimage above). The sleeves you knit seperately, and then seam into place. Doesn't that sound fun? Plus when it's done you get to wear it. 


This top also gives you an opportunity to use a smallish amount of a pretty handdyed or variegated yarn and produce something that's not at all busy. What colors would you use? I'm thinking charcoal and chartreuse, or pale grey and cranberry.


For styling options, we went with a look for the office (left), a comfy casual look (right), and something a little witchy in the middle. I was thinking about Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer when I was putting that one together. You could swap out the intense Vivienne Westwood witch boots for low heeled ankle boots, you know, if you wanted to.

three looks


How will you wear Greek Steps?




Today's post is brought to you by a super talented (and prolific) Twist knitter! Mollie is a scientist who studies the development of the brain, who finished her Ph.D. in October (while working on Tenaya). She lives in Melrose, Massachusetts, with her aircraft-designer husband and their rabbit, whose profession is prolific salad-eating. She taught herself to knit about five years ago, and it's kept her sane all through graduate school. You can find more of her gorgeous projects on her Ravelry page.


Mollie's Tenaya


My first Twist pattern is actually the only non-sweater Twist pattern I've ever knit. It was pretty soon after I started knitting, and it was my first time working with laceweight -- I didn't really understand that there was a pretty big difference between the worsted-weight yarn called for in the pattern and the laceweight yarn I bought. But it turned out so well! It's really soft and airy in laceweight cashmere-silk, almost as though I knew what I was doing the whole time. (Just to be clear: I totally didn't.)


Molly's fizz


I love Twist patterns in part because so many of them are basic wardrobe staples with interesting, eye-catching details, and as a result, I can use the patterns as a framework for further experimentation. For example, I knit Kerouac pretty much as written for my co-worker/best friend/frequent knitwear recipient Luciano, and then I used the basic outline of the pattern to knit it again for him as a pullover. Similarly, I knit Audrey in Unst in gray to match a yellow sundress I own, and then I knit it again in bright pink (to match a different sundress!), but substituted a different lace pattern on the bib. Both of these are such classic sweaters, and the well-written patterns give me a jumping-off point for adding a little something of my own.


Kerouac cardiganKerouac pullover


I've also learned some of my favorite techniques from Twist patterns, like the top-down short-row set-in sleeve that I learned in Parcel and have also used in Madrigal, Audrey in Unst, and Tenaya




Hands-down, this is my favorite way to do a sleeve.


First Audrey


second audrey


My very favorite Twist sweater, which I have been wearing non-stop since I finished it in March, is Burrard. Everybody needs a cozy, wooly cabled cardigan, especially in an awful winter like we had in Boston this year. I made mine extra-long, with extra-long sleeves, and I basically walk in the door every night and put it on over my pajamas. 




As for what's next, I have the patterns for Aleph and Praline, and my mother-in-law bought me a gift certificate to Twist for Christmas last year, so I might realize my dreams of knitting a Lindis with sleeves.



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.


Hey fashion-y friends! We've been having some pretty frosty weather in my little corner of the globe, so my fashion strategy has been to wear as many clothes as possible while still maintaining some range of motion. It's thawing a little bit though - starting today - and I know that spring is a ways away, but I am starting to dream about it a little.


This week we're looking at a great transitional sweater; Keynote! She's cozy enough to be a solid winter layer, but the delicate cables and wide, scooped neckline mean she is totally spring-able (or autumn-able).


Keynote full viewside view


My favorite details are the baby cables along the side (faux) seams and raglan lines. The cables are also kind of "faux"- no cable needle required! Knitting trickery!!




The shaping is simple and pretty and would look great on lots of different body shapes and sizes.


I styled this for casual hangouts (left), a nighttime show or party (center), and a sort of fancy workplace (left). I won't lie, I was thinking of Christine Baranski (as Diane Lockhart in The Good Wife) for that one, especially when I chose that necklace.


three outfits


How will you wear Keynote?

Today's post is brought to you by Fiona EllisFiona Ellis, who is basically an incontrollable volcano of creativity. She has a million ideas, and we here at Twist are lucky to help realize a few of them. Ruddington is Fiona's stunner from our most recent issue, and the subject of today's post! If you live in Toronto (home of many lovely Twist designers, and this here bloglady too), then you probably know about the yarn shop The Purple Purl, which picks a lovely garment to do a knit-a-long with a few times each year. Well folks, Ruddington has been chosen as their next KAL, so if you're a local who has been thinking about casting this pretty girl on, this might just be your moment.




back detail



I often joke that if Picasso had his blue period then I can certainly have my..…(insert latest obsession) period. In my post about Farthingale I talked about how this thinking has me designing in series. I frequently work in series and when I flick back through my notebooks /sketchbooks I love to see the first entry that I made about when the inspiration hit. I especially love it when that initial spark went on to become several published designs.

I thought you might like to see some of them:

a) “I wonder how many cable ideas I can come up with beginning from the same starting point / set-up”?

Here are some of the designs I generated working on that idea. I’m still working on this series but the short answer to that is - lots.


These all started out the same!

The blue swatch in the photo became Granville. This idea also became the basis of one of my hands-on workshops called Morphing Cables.


b) “I wonder if I can create vertical lines (or yoke effects) in stranded colourwork while still working back and forth or round and round in the regular fashion”

Yes you can make the patterning have a vertical effect rather than the traditional horizontal stripes seen in most Fair Isles. You can also create borders and strong colour block effects just by switching which colour is used for the ground. The swatch at the bottom of the photo became Athabasca.


colorwork swatches


c) Sometimes the spark for a series comes from things other than knitting techniques - amazingly I have many other interests like movies & books. These are designs ideas generated after reading “Pillars of the Earth” which led  to research around the subject matter of cathedral building. The yellow swatch became Chartres


pillars of the yarn


Which leads me to Ruddington,




which was born out of my series sparked by posing the question: “I wonder if I can create cables that appear like the ribbons threading through a corset, or mimic the effect of shoe laces”.


laced up swatches

In this photo the caramel swatch became Ruddington and the white one became Farthingale.


cable detailsleeve detail


My latest obsession, which I have a feeling will lead to a series of very colourful ideas, is really a return to an old one (as it goes back to my teenage years): David Bowie. I have seen the exhibition “David Bowie is” three times (I did say it was an obsession). So watch this space for some new oddities...


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 new year Twistfans!! You may have noticed that we *gasp* didn't publish a style post last week. It was the holidays, and I was on vacation in Montreal and didn't barely look at a computer screen (except for Netflix, currently completely obsessed with The Good Wife). Last Friday evening, however, I was thinking about you, dear sartorially inclined readers. I was sitting in front of a lovely fire (none of this fireplace-tv tomfoolery) at my friend Sue's place in Montreal.  She is so fabulous, I thought it might be fun for y'all to benefit from her stylishness too, so we worked on some Polyvore sets together, and she wrote a bit about hers. Today I'll share both of our styling ideas! Sue is a rad bellydancer, choreographer, kitchen dynamo, yoga teacher, great knitter, and all-around fun-magnet. She made me dinner and pie and in the morning we had a butter-pecan french toast casserole and coffee with booze. gave me pie. I win at friends.


I could talk about how cool Sue is for pretty much ever, so we should probably move this along and take a look at this week's featured garment: Concertina. You can wear her open or closed, depending on your mood or outfit! The single-button side closure turns an easy open jacket with barely-visible contrast pleats into a dramatic assymetrical top with vibrant stripes. Shazam.




I think I saw a pretty lovely monochromatic version already, and I can't wait to see more knitters and the color combinations they come up with. If I was going to knit this tomorrow, I would get two yarns in the same colorway and the same weight, but different fiber content. Probably I'd choose a snuggly soft wool as the main yarn, and a silk or silk blend for the stripes. I love the way different fibers absorb dye differently, and I think that would make for subtle but interesting textural depth.


If I was going to wear Concertina as is, I would want to play on the lovely contrast colors; I kind of went all Cinnamon Girl on this one. We have, on the left, a sort of cowgirl-librarian (cowbrarian?), a (perhaps overly) twee grad student in the middle, and a chic museum-goer on the right.

three outfits by carly


I'll let Sue tell you about her styling and inspiration:

If you've never goofed around on Polyvore, you should definitely go give it a whirl. This was my first go and I may have fallen down the earring rabbit hole a little bit. For the first outfit I decided to play up the yellow tones in the contrast panel with a saffron body-con dress, while the middle outfit reads posh equestrienne. Lately I've been hooked on Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, an Aussie series about a 1920's lady detective who flies airplanes, speaks Russian, and always has a gold revolver stashed in her evening bag. Phryne Fisher is basically who I want to be when I grow up, and this last outfit is one I think she might wear.

three outfits by Sue



What about you; how will you wear Concertina?