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Twist Style Friday: Channa

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 folks!!

 

It is always a good week when we drop a new issue, and winter is such a juicy time to be a knitter.  Even though to some extent I get to watch these issues develop from the inside (looking through submissions, helping with naming patterns), new issues as a whole still feel like a delicious surprise.

 

If you read this column often you may know that I try to knit something from every issue of Twist. I'm not totally there, and since time keeps moving forward, catching up may never be fully possible. But I cast on a project from the new issue last night. I just couldn't stop myself. Four episodes of Nashville later (yup, I'm still fully on that train), I have the hem and the short rows for the dipped back.

 

 

Carly's channa hem

 

 

This pattern is a good deal more plain than the projects I usually choose to knit for myself. There is no fancy lace, no twisty cables. Channa has a simple shape and some little details I just love.

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

At a glance I thought the sweater front was in garter stitch, but it's closer to half-garter, half-stockinette. That means you get the textural impact of the purl ridges that are such a squishy and wonderful part of knitted garter, but the gauge difference between the front and back is not nearly as pronounced.

 

The hems too, are a little bit special. That's ribbing you see there, but it's framed with a little bit of garter. It's somehow polished and rustic at the same time. I think this sweater is just lovely.

 

 

side viewback

 

 

 

Since I'm making my Channa in soft merino with a little sprinkle of cashmere (lucky clearance find last year!), likely I will want to wear it against my skin, plain and simple (except electric orange). But I also really loved Kate's styling in the shoot above, and the slight A-line shape and boat neck of this top make it really conducive to one of my fave fashion opportunities: LAYERING.

 

Especially in a gentle neutral, Channa can handle some loud patterns, like how a blanket of snow over a city makes it seem peaceful even when it's still bustling (can you tell that I actually *like* winter?).

 

 

three loud layered outfits

 

 

How will you wear Channa?