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Twist Style Friday: Merise

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.


 

Have you looked closely at this top? Like really looked at it? The details are so lush and pretty.

 

Merise front detail

 

You should probably see it from the back too.

 

Merise back detail

 

I think of this top as kind of a surprise. At a distance, it looks like a t-shirt. You maybe get a hint that it is a little special if you glimpse the lightly scalloped sleeve. Then when you get closer, the details become more apparent; the delicate cabled body, and the way the lace dips to a V in the front, making a lovely heart shape on the body.

 

Precisely because of the surprise-wow factor, you can wear this top lots of ways. With a little bling and a black pencil skirt, you're cocktail-ready. It can be a bright pop under a blazer for work. You can also wear it just like a t-shirt!

 

The last few days in Toronto have been intensely sticky and hot, so my styling choices reflect that a bit. Check out Merise, for days when you don't really want to wear clothes!

 

two outfits

 

I'm heading to a weekend of cottaging that includes a few of my Montreal knitting ladies. I can't wait to see my lovely buds and take a dip. If I have room in my bag, I'll bring along my almost finished Pont Neuf; I'm hoping that being near water, dears, and deer will get me over the sleeve-knitting sllump.

 

How will you wear Merise?

Twist Collector: Joelle

Today's Twist Collector post comes to you from Joelle, a super talented (and prolific) knitter and Twist fan. She has completed *ten* projects from Twist patterns so far, and with really lovely results. She even shared some of these projects with people she likes; lucky them! Joelle is a homemaker and homeschooling mom to one lovely daughter.  Her husband works in theatre, and is often not home at night, leaving her with many evenings to knit.  When not knitting Joelle volunteers, gardens and cooks.  She also makes commisioned upcycled clothing quilts to help with the yarn budget.  You can find her on Ravelry as gnomeknits, and learn more on her blog. Enjoy!!

 

Twist Collective has been my favorite knitting magazine since it first came out.  Every time a new issue is released I sit here and oooh while my knitting queue grows and grows.

 

gytha

 

My first Twist pattern was Gytha (totally had to look this up on Ravelry and I'm amazed that it was four years ago!).  I wanted to knit a sweater with color work but was wary of an all over color work sweater for both personal style and skill.  Gytha was perfect it's color work is simple enough for a beginner and with the striping it's interesting without being too busy.  I still wear this sweater regularly.

 

roo from the back

 

My second Twist pattern was Roo, and  is one of my favorites for a few reasons.  It's adorable and it was the first nice sweater I made The Bug. She wore it for three winters before growing out of it. The swing front is so great on little kids; it gives them that extra moving space they need so much.

 

roo

 

Can you believe that is my big girl?!  She really liked this sweater.  It's the reason she always asks for a sweater jacket when we are discussing each year's sweater.

 

pyorre

 

Another favorite of mine is Pyorre. So again not actually mine but it was mine to knit.  I'm showing my product knitting tendencies here.  The pieces I make my family, the ones they like the most, tend to end up being the ones I like the most.  Pyorre was the first sweater I knit Mr. Gnome that he actually and truly liked.  It's casual, it's a bit big, it's simple, but for my knitting needs, not too simple, really a good sweater to make for a guy. 

 

Cascata, unfurled

 

The Twist piece I wear the most is Cascata.  I've realized that I really like stoles.  While I like the idea of a shawl I just move around too much for something to sit nicely on my shoulders.  I always end up wrapping them around my neck and stoles can handle this sort of treatment so much better than a triangle shaped shawl.  Cascata does fit nicely on the shoulders and sometimes I'll wear it that way if I'm cold and sitting in a restaurant.

 

cascata wrapped

 

 But that crescent shaping that keeps it on the shoulders so well also helps it lay nicely when wrapped around ones neck like a scarf.  The bolder lace looks nice and doesn't get lost when bunched up as a scarf. 

 

Athabasca

 

I am the most proud of Athabasca.  It took me a long time but it was worth it.  When I saw it I fell in love, both with the look and the color of the modeled garment.  I'm really glad Webs was out of the blue when I ordered, making me decide on a different color, purple. It makes it mine.  There is color work and all over but it isn't too busy or too feminine.  Just my style.


The next two sweaters I plan on making are both from Twist Collective and both are cardigans.  One is Granville with the fleece I've been spinning up.  I love cables and have mixed feelings about the zipper; excited and scared.  The other is  Roseling.  I've been wanting to do more stripes.

 

 

Designer Post: Cayley

Amy HerzogToday's post is brought to you by Amy Herzog, designer of both Cayley and Lilium from our most recent issue (in addition to several other designs for Twist, including Oscillate and Greenaway). You can also find this post here, on Amy's website. Amy shares the evolution of Cayley from idea to completion, and the twists and turns that led to the beautiful finished object.

 

 

When the current issue of Twist Collective came out, I had just started the book events and barely had time to mention it! Now that things have settled down a bit, I wanted to take a post and step through my design process and thoughts for one of my patterns in the issue, Cayley.

Getting design ideas ready for submission might be my favorite part of the whole process. It’s where I get to sketch, swatch, jot down notes, and imagine how the sweater will be worn. And of course, through my design process I always ensure the design will be easy to modify.

 

submission

 

Cayley started with the lace pattern. I wanted to do a spring lace cardigan, but one that was more grown-up than sweet. Easier to modify than most. My solution was to keep the lace at the edges, leaving the middle of the garment in easy-to-mod Stockinette Stitch.

 

back detail

 

You might be able to see that as originally envisioned, I’d thought of Cayley in a lighter-weight yarn, with silk or perhaps even linen as a primary fiber, to support small gathers and a larger box pleat on the back. The yarn Kate chose, the wonderfully soft O-wool Legacy DK, was both thicker and fluffier than I’d originally thought. So out the pleats and gathers went. I like the result–the simplified design focuses attention on the lace panels, which are gorgeous and soft in the O-wool.

I knew I wanted the lace panel to go over the shoulders, but detailing like that has to be done carefully (in my opinion) to avoid waist-boob (that phenomenon where the detailing stretches juuuust low enough that it visually groups your bust with your waist and hips, rather than up with your neck and face).

 

neckline detail

 

Keeping it in line with the crew neck shaping does the job perfectly. And do you see those adorable buttons? They’re vintage, and were a bit of button nirvana. (Now might be the time to admit my button stash is ridiculous.)

Sleeves are always kind of dull to knit for me, so I wanted to liven these up without making the design scream “HEY! I KNIT THIS!” from across the street. A simple repeat of the lace did the trick.

 

sleeve detail

 

So there you have it! The final version of Cayley is fairly close to my original goals. It’s modern, a touch sweet, interesting to knit, easy to modify, and super-easy to wear.

 

cayley

 

I’m thinking about one in a beautiful deep blue for fall. What color would you make yours?

Twist Style Friday: Morisot

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.


 

This top reminds me of birthday cake.

 

Morisot front

 


But like, grown-up birthday cake. Light, delicate, carefully made, and definitely not from a box.

This yarn is super beautiful (and ohmygosh soft), but I would also love to see this in a solid or tonal yarn to really show off those shaping details. Check this out!

 

side detail

 


Morisot is super versatile too, because it's a simple, shaped tank. You can wear it lots of different ways. Here are a few of my ideas:

four outfits

 

How will you wear Morisot?

Mod Corner: Perianth

Hey Twistfans! Carly here. I'm introducing a new feature that you'll see on the blog now and again, where we take a look at how knitters have adapted some of our patterns to suit their needs. Let us know what you think about this idea on Facebook or Twitter!

 

We're kicking off this series with a pattern that has been adapted in really creative ways; Barbara Gregory's beautiful mitten pattern Perianth.

 

perianth

 

It was Barbara who sent me links to some of these projects, and we decided to show them to all of you! She told me that when she was designing these mittens, she imagined them as if cut from patterned fabric. The section between the thumb opening and the beginning of the decreases at the top was already a seamless repeat, so it wasn't a stretch to turn the chart into a repeating design. It's amazing that some knitters have recognized the potential and created new types of projects that show off the pattern.

Small changes can have a really big impact, and make your handmade objects uniquely yours. Here are a few projects that made clever tweaks to this pattern.

Ravelry user LeeRizzo made these fingerless, and they look super cute!

 

fingerless perianth

 

Consuelala flipped the MC and CC for the second mitten, making a fraternal pair that I just adore.

 

fraternal pair

 

yarnstarved added mongrammed and braided cuffs for a truly customized pair.

 

custom cuffs

 

 

This second set of knitters thought way outside the box. They looked at the charts of this pattern and saw some seriously innovative possibilities.

 

Neufriesin did a mash-up of Perianth and a pattern for a baby vest, and came out with delightful results.

 

baby vest

 

 

Pinneguri made this remarkable blanket.

 

folded blanketblanket

 

Many knitters have since followed suit, making amazing blankets using similar techniques, and an expanded version of the chart that Barbara has made available to those who purchase the mitten pattern. MrsSophie decided to dial up the intensity of the color palette

 

rainbow!

 

Last, but certainly not least is puenktchen, who made one of the most stunning sweaters I have ever seen, starting with this chart as inspiration. Can you beleive this began as a mitten pattern?

 

cardigan

 

These projects all began with the same pattern, isn't that amazing? Thank you knitters, for being so creative, and showing me time and time again that pretty near anything is possible.

 

Perianth original

 

 

 

 

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