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Lori Versaci

Lori Versaci is the author of today's post, which you can also find on her blog. The beautiful jacket you see below, Sympatico, is Lori's first contribution to Twist Collective. It's a little bit mod, and a whole lot lovely.

Sympatico, full view

Chic little Sympatico is a modern-day take on a 60s bolero.  Simple and elegant, it is a versatile jacket that works with pants or skirt, and it pairs easily with accessories so you can change the look for a day at the office, a night on the town, or a weekend in the city.  Sympatico’s flared bodice and darts create a fit that is flattering to most women.  Three-quarter length, loose fitting sleeves and pockets add to the jacket’s style and practicality.

Placket and Pocket

Written for sizes XS – 5X, the jacket is a moderately easy knit.  Worked in Sport/ light DK yarn on US #5 needles, the body is knit all-in-one in stockinette stitch, with seed stitch creating the tailored button band (short rows ensure a smooth transition) and bottom-edge border.  Darts – front and back – give the jacket its flared shape.  Pockets are worked up in advanced and joined. Front and back yokes are knit from the armholes up and joined. The collar stitches are then worked.  Sleeves are knit separately and set in.

Set in Sleeve

Sympatico is shown here in Halcyon Victorian Two Ply (color #117).  For the best effect, a yarn with texture — shetland, tweed, marl or heather — with a wool base should be used.   For summer, a cotton or linen mix, would also work well.

You can see more or buy Sympatico HERE!

Today's post is a short interview with Momo Ando, a knitter and Twist Collective reader! She is a transplant from Tokyo Japan, and currently resides in Wayland, Massachusetts with her husband and two boys. You can find her (and her prolific, gorgeous work) on Ravelry here, where she is known as Jettshin. She has made an impressive collection of garments from Twist, including Acorns, Cottage Garden, Sandridge, and Cityscape, just to name a few.

Momo's Cottage GardenMomo's Acorns

1. What was your first Twist Collective pattern? Why did you choose it?

First attempt at Little Birds

Little Birds was the first Twist pattern I chose, and it was actually a beginning of fair isle love that still continues. I fell in love with the whimsical design at first sight, read the description of the pattern and at first gave up on the idea. I’d never attempted fair isle before, let alone steeking! But I decided to give it a go since this sweater was one I could not forget. I did many things wrong, like choosing the wrong type of yarn and not realizing that my tension between fair isle and stockinette was totally different, and so my first attempt at this sweater came out too small. Eventually after several more fair isle projects, I made a second Little Birds with much better results! I am planning to make one more and have colors picked out already.

Second attempt

2. Which is your favorite to wear?

Momo's Grown-up Roo

My version of Roo! We had a mild winter this year and I mostly only needed this sweater coat to keep me warm! I’ve always admired this pattern and wished it came in adult size. I wasn’t comfortable altering the size when the pattern came out in 2009 but recently I’ve been confident enough to do so, hence the birth of Roo for me. I followed the basic concept of the original Roo, but made many modifications to fit my body and needs, such as lenthening the coat to my knees; setting in sleeves (used the top down construction learned from Audrey in unst!); adding waist shaping; and adding pockets.

Momo's Cityscape

Momo's Sandridge

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 Fridays knitting loves. Your faithful stylist blogger has been thinking about fashion a lot lately- I'm going back to school and also starting an internship in an office context, and I have to think about my clothes as more than just morning dress-up playtime. We can project so much with what we choose to wear! This all relates to Style Fridays- because writing this feature has really helped me see how one clothing item on its own, even if it's something patterned, or bold, or bright, can take on totally different personalities and connotations depending on what else you wear it with. Let's look at a knitted garment, shall we?

Fara in Twist

When I first looked at this sweater, I could only see it as it is pictured above. With jeans, ideally nicely worn in ones, outside near a barn. Fara just seems so happy there! All I could imagine for variations were outfits that would also seem at home in the above frame- maybe with slightly fancy shoes so you could wear it in the city as well as near the barn. Things like this:

Fara styled simply

They totally work. The sweater is cozy and cool, and it works like a casual henley or long-sleeved tee. But people- this sweater has been calling to me. It's been telling me that it has a harder edge too. That it can be tough. I know this sort of style isn't everyone's thing, but knitters- 90's nostalgia is totally cool right now, and the word this sweater was whispering to me was this: grunge. Please please someone wear outfits like this while listening to Pearl Jam's Ten, and looking at a poster of Kurt Cobain's face. And feel totally free to sew patches onto your denim vest. Or lace inserts. Or floral panels. Or tell me what this sweater is whispering to you- or what colors you want to make it in! I can't wait. I'll be on Facebook.

Grungy Fara

How would you wear your Fara?

For any of you who are in the Montreal/Vermont/Upstate New York area, the Roxham Woolgathering is this weekend. It's on a beautiful farm where we often do photoshoots. Robin and I will be there and hope to see you! Say hi!

Sometimes, to get the best light, you shoot at dawn.


Early morning light on handknits