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Twist Style Friday: Corvina

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 fans! 

 

It's September (can you even believe it??) which means it's the one month that I splurge and get myself a Vogue magazine. This has been an annual tradition for me since I watched this movie 3 years ago. The September issue is always massive; it literally weighs several pounds and has close to a thousand pages. Although I will probably never be able to afford anything those pages contain (or if I could, would still probably not choose to spend $900 on metallic sneakers or $2400 on a dress covered in squirrels), there is something oddly wonderful and decadent about just flipping through the shiny pages. Since fashion is part of my *job* I figure it's my responsibility to be in touch with the fashion world at least a little. That's right readers, I did it for you.  I learned that shoes get weirder all the time, and that everyone rich loves Paris.

 

This week - in addition to lamenting the weather in Alberta -  we are looking at Corvina, the lovely raglan cardigan from our newest issue. Take a look. 

 

 

full shot of Corvina, modeled. Sweater is purple raglan cardigan with split cables. ending at the hip.back view

 

 

I love the way the lace pattern breaks at the split for the body and sleeves, and continues down both. The wide neck keeps it from being too prim. Corvina is pretty, understated, and cozy! I think she is a super top to be worn as above, just with some jeans, but I also think you could take Corvina out on the town. Just wear some shoes with a little punch, and maybe an odd piece of jewelry. Keep the shapes simple and the colors rich, and you can't really go wrong. 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Corvina

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Heyday

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 hello! 

 

Happy Friday fashion fans!! I'm not afraid to tell you all that I missed you these last few weeks. The internet was down in my apartment for a while, and then I moved (yes, again!) and Marnie has been kind enough to fill in for me! I'm saying thanks (well, in addition to actually saying "thanks!") by featuring one of her stunning designs this week. It is nice to be back. It feels celebratory even! I have a lovely new home, two delightful housemates, my bedroom walls are teal and my closet is big enough to hold all (70 or so) of my dresses. I even have an office! Well, a kind of office/overflow closet/shoe library/yarn storage room place. 

 

Do you know what else feels celebratory? This top. Heyday is pretty much bringing her own party. You just have to go along for the ride. 

 

Heyday!

 

The yoke, hem, and sleeve pattern reminds me of hanging streamers, or maybe little paper lanterns. There is a sweetness to it, but it's not remotely twee. This top reminds me of birthday cake, but also of drinking cold cream ale on a patio in late summer as the sun sets. 

 

sleeve and hem detailyoke detail, from the back

 

 

I don't know about you folks, but this time of year, as the weather cools a little, makes me want to buy so many new clothes. I have mostly been quelling the urge, or sating it with swaps with friends, but I did buy a pair of pants last week (so unlike me). They are kind of harem-y, really voluminous and high waisted (or low crotched, depending on how you wear them), and I maybe kind of love them? The pair on the right in the set below are a little like them, except mine are in my favorite neutral- leopard. So far I have only actually worn them at home, but I think they might make their debut sometime soon. I hope you all know that writing this column has challenged me to be more adventurous with my clothes! Has reading it done the same for any of you? 

 

Heyday

 

 

Let's keep up this celebration motif, shall we? The outfits above are all for women celebrating something. The one on the right is celebrating her small human's first day of kindergarten. The girl in the center is celebrating the first day of her last year in grad school (she is studying library science), and the one on the left is celebrating her best friend's birthday. There may be karaoke in the cards. Whatever the occasion, Heyday is totally there for you. 

 

So, how will you wear Heyday

Twist Style Friday: Cliona

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.


 

 

Carly is currently without internet access (I know! How does that even work? Does she have to ride a dinosaur to work too?) So she sent me a message by carrier pigeon and asked if I'd do another Style Friday until she's back online.

 

If you are on our mailing list, you know that we just released a new pattern, Cliona. And if you are not on our mailing list, you can sign up over there to the left.

 

 

I don't know about you guys, but I think this design is really worth the wait. Let's give it a look.

 

Front view of Clionaback view of Cliona

 

Check out those beautiful cables climbing up the center front and joining, perfectly, at the center back. I've always loved v-necks and this cardigan doesn't just have the one in front, it has another one in back, that perfectly mirrors the shape of the cables. The rest of the piece is worked in seed stitch, which gives just a bit of texture without competing for attention.

 

cliona button detail

 

The first outfit I put together pays homage to my 90s-era teen years. I was channeling my inner Daria and pairing Cliona with some plaid, black tights and, of course, some clunky boots. Where are you all going? Wait, no, come back!

 

Ok, so if you aren't stuck back in the 90s like *ahem* some of us, then maybe you'd be more comfortable in a cotton tank, jeans and some seriously cute accessories. Red and green are complimentary colors but they can read a little Christmasy, so shifting to a pinker shade, still gives a bit of pop, but feels less jolly, more chic. And if you're looking to get your pretty on, throw this cardigan over a dress with a similar shape neck, pair it with a few accessories and you can pretty much go anywhere.

 

Styling Smartie

 

As I said last time, while the cat's away, the mouse will put together some sort of unapologetically over-the-top outfit and this week's version was inspired by those shoes.

Styling Smartie

Those shoes! I'm not even a shoe person but I'm oddly drawn to them. And let's be honest, if I wore those, I'd probably snap my achilles and face plant before I got to my front door, but were I a person who could wear shoes like this, I'd pair them with leather pants and gold and black accessories and probably look like a real housewife of somewhereville in the process. And you know what? I would strut it, or face plant. Maybe sitting would be best.

  

So what do you think? How will you wear Cliona

Twist Style Friday: Smarty

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, trying to fill Carly's always-fashionable shoes. This week, I want to take a look at Alison Green's Smarty. The name was inspired by the candy (either the chalky American version or the superior coated chocolate variety many other countries know). Those clever cables intertwine in the sweetest way and bring to mind colorful candy pieces. But the name, Smarty, suits the piece in other ways. Worked, as the sample was, in a soft neutral shade, with two of your favorite accent colors, this could really be a wardrobe staple. That's what I call, smart. I love that the two shades used in this piece, are fairly close in color and saturation, but this would be pretty striking in two colors with more contrast, too. 

 

Front view of Smartyback view of Smarty

 

And did you see that sleeve detail? Sometimes a little goes a long way. Alison has an eye for just enough to be bold without being busy.

 

smarty sleeve detail

 

I really think this sweater has versatility. Worn with a pencil skirt and a button-up top, this is perfect office wear, and back when I spent a lot more time in an office, this could be in regular rotation. I've always been fond of a lot of black or gray and a pop of color, and boy, does this sweater deliver on that. In the middle and on the right, I wanted to play up the use of analogous colors. With the red and orange in the sweater, we can add one more color to the right or left of the color wheel (yellow and purple respectively) and get a whole new look. Either of these outfits would be suitable for day events and casual get-togethers with friends.

 

Styling Smartie

 

I've decided that any time Carly leaves these style posts in my hands, I'm going to post at least one absolutely ridiculous outfit, just to remind you all why we leave this sort of thing to the professionals (i.e. the fashionable), so tell me what you think? Could you take Smarty out for a hot date?

Styling Smartie

I don't know about you, but when the night chill comes on, I would love to throw something soft and pretty over my dress. Of course, these days, a hot date night is generally over by 9, but 27 year-old Marnie would have been all over that asymmetrical hemline and sparkles everywhere.

 

 

What say you? How will you wear Smarty

Designer Post: Heyday

headshot of designer Marnie MacLean. she is wearing an apron and holding a rolling pin. Today's post is brought to you by Marnie MacLean, who is kind of a superstar. She has published a whopping 20 designs with us (21 if you count the men's and women's Doppler sweaters as two separate designs). Her style is effortless elegance; classic shapes with just the right amount of detail. Her pieces are fun to make, and gorgeous to wear, and her top from this most recent issue is no exception. You can also find this post on Marnie's blog, here

 

 

 

The new edition of Twist Collective came out, recently. Did you get a chance to see it? If not, grab a cup of your favorite warm or cold beverage, and take a few minutes to flip through its virtual pages, because there are so many fantastic pieces. I feel like I can't even pick favorites because I like so many of them for so many different reasons. The shawls, in particular, are really inspiring. Every last one is a winner and they look like they'd be a heck of a lot of fun to knit, too. And if you are a mitten person, especially if you are a colorwork mitten person, I really think you'll love what the designers have come up with. And of course, there are tons of garments, some socks, hats, mitts and cowls. So go take a look.

 

My piece is called Heyday. It's a sort of yoke/raglan hybrid, with body darts and a split neck. Just a few short rows over each sleeve, help shape the yoke around the shoulders. A simple cable/bobble pattern is worked around the hems and yoke and the neck is finished with some basic crochet. If you are a knit-only person, you can always substitute i-cord.

 

 

Marnie wearing Heyday, a cobalt blue pullover in rev. stockinette with a cable pattern along the yoke and hems

 

 

Worn open, the split neck makes a flattering v-neck, tied close, the neck is more of a ballet style, with a keyhole opening. Since the garment has so few details it's really a breeze to alter. Do you want to eliminate the split? Just work the yoke in the round. Do you want to make the neck narrower? Add more decrease rounds. Wider? Take out some decreases. This is really a piece you can customize and make your own.

 

 

Second modeled shot of Heyday; split neck is tied closed to make a keyhole

 

 

My original swatch and proposal, even suggested subbing the small bobble for a glass bead. I didn't think Sundara's stunning Sport Merino Two in this richly hued colorways, needed any extra adornment, but for a subtler colorway like one of her Vintage shades, a little glimmer might be just the thing.

 

 

marnie's submission sketch for Heyday

 

 

I really enjoyed both designing and knitting this piece. It's my first yoke-ish design and I was happy to see it come together without any big challenges. It's always a risk, taking on a new construction, under deadline, but I couldn't think of a better way to show of that swag-like stitch pattern. 

 

 

back view of the same top

 

 

You can find the yarn here with new colors coming all the time. I would love to know what your favorite piece in the edition is. Can you pick just one?

 

 

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