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Throwback Thursday: Loure

Yesterday, I woke up before sunrise to get to a camp near Huntsville to facilitate some training. Halfway through my session I asked my friend Christina, who had invited me to train her staff, to bring me something warm to wear. Between it being quite early in the morning, being close to the water, and being a little underslept, I was freezing. I should have worn wool socks. Note to self: always wear wool socks. 

 

Like these. Remember Loure

 

 

Loure socks

 

 

These toe-up socks have pretty twisted stitch patterns and gussets for a close fit. 

 

 

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Socks are an awesome all-season knit, and a great portable project. Cast on a pair today, and take them everywhere you go. When winter returns, you'll have socks that are not only warm because of their woolliness, they will be imbued with the best times you had all summer. Give Loure a shot! 

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Flechir

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.


 

It's Marnie here. Carly's put me in charge of Style Friday this week and even though she's done a magnificent job of styling two of my pieces, already, this season (check them out here and here,) I'm going to go ahead and style my new shawl, Flechir, as well because I'm shameless and no one can stop me.

 

I don't know if you can tell but I love designing shawls and over the past few years I've tried to take partial-circle shawls in various directions with combinations of knitted, purled, cabled and openwork stitches that don't come directly out of a stitch dictionary. My original process is a bit like doodling and I refine and rework the stitch pattern while I knit the sample. It means the end product is often a surprise, even to me. But this time around, I had a fairly good idea where I was going, since the individual repeats were relatively simple and I was able to knit up a wedge and play around with different configurations in Photoshop. Here's part of my submission, showing how a single repeat could be combined in a variety of ways to get a different look to the finished shawl. Kate chose the three-quarter view and assigned me the perfect tweedy yarn and away I went.

 

 

submission swatch

 

 

I just love the way Kate styled this whole shoot. The gradient of flowers in the backdrop give a warm, springy feel and appeals to that side of me that loves everything girly, frilly and bright. Since the shawl is a three-quarter circle it's a cinch to wear. Drape it over your shoulders or wrap it around your neck and it stays in place without a need for shawl pins or constant adjustment.

 

 

full shawl

 

 

So how would I style this shawl? I can see it working with a lot of outfits, and this sky-blue colorway compliments a surprising number of colors. On the left, I offer a little nod to my college years. Are Doc Martins ever truly out of style? I don't know but I wore them almost constantly in the late 90s. In the middle is pure aspirational styling for me. I have a long torso and short legs so jumpsuits are generally not an option for me. I'll let you imagine why. Let's just say that hemming isn't the issue. And check out those shoes. That's certain destruction for me and I want them so much. I'm sure the ER would admire them as they are cutting them off my broken ankles. On the right is a simple, day outfit suitable for the office. Shawls can be fancy, but a DK-weight piece worked in a good wool blend can also be functional and utilitarian even as it ads a bit of chic sophistication to an outfit.

 

 

 

 

That's how I see this shawl being worn, how would you wear Flechir

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Zori

The pattern we are throwing back to this week, the lovely Zori cardigan from Winter 2011, has a trajectory that I like very much. You start with the most complicated bit when you have the most excitement for the project, and maybe the most patience for making mistakes. First, you work the stunning, densely cabled yoke side to side. 

 

 

yoke

 

 

You pick up stitches for the body and knit it downwards, and then do the same from the armholes to make the sleeves. 

 

 

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Did you notice the twisty edging? Pretty cool. 

 

 

edging detail

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Cedri

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.


 

Friday has arrived!! My mom gets off early on Fridays in the summertime, so we are meeting for lunch. Last night my dinner was extremely delicious tacos, eaten while sitting in the grass with a dear friend. What I'm saying is that the weekend is off to a pretty nice start (after a tough week). The sun is out, my garden is growing things, and it's summertime for real. 

 

This top is perfect for this time of year. Have you taken a close look at Cedri

 

 

yoke detail

 

 

Cute as heck, am I right?? I'm really into the color, but any solid bright would be dreamy. The yarn is discounted right now, just so you know! 

 

 

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You can knit her a little longer if crop tops are not your style- but really, I am of the mindset that crop tops can (maybe should?) be everyone's style. I'm loving the scoop neck and cap sleeves, and the simple geometric lace. If you have never made a sweater before, this is an excellent place to start. The shaping is minimal, the lace is easy to read, and it's a quick knit! This is a confidence building project (yes, I am talking to you, momma b). 

 

My recipe for a cute outfit featuring Cedri is this: a straw purse, scrappy flats, and a piece of jewelry that makes you smile. 

 

 

 

 

How will you wear Cedri

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Hazelwood

If you know me, you know I am a sucker and a half for unusual construction. There is just something really fun about making something in a way that isn't intuitive. It takes me out of my brain more than following a pattern that makes sense to me. You have to trust the pattern. You can trust this one. Hi there Hazelwood

 

 

hazelwood full shot

 

 

Let's take a closer look at that texture, shall we? 

 

 

closeup

 

 

I love the hard line down the centre back. It's a three needle bind off! 

 

 

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Like a denim jacket, only with a little more squish, this jacket has a boyish quality that is cute as heck! Wear Hazelwood well. 

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