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Designer Post: Ziarre

headshot Patty Lyons


Today's post comes to us from the blog of Patty Lyons, designer of the darling, retro-inspired Ziarre cardigan from our most recent issue of Twist! Read all about how Patty was influenced  by vintage sweaters, and also plants! Enjoy. 




The new Twist Collective came out recently, and I thought I’d give you a glimpse at the elements that went into inspiring Ziarre. As with my last Twist Collective Design, Sachertorte, I was inspired by a vintage silhouette (read about my last Design Inspiration) as well as a bit of nature.



full shot of Ziarre, modelled 

 vintage inspiration



I’ve always loved the cropped look of those fab vintage sweaters. There’s something so fresh and adorable about a sweater that hits you right at the waist. I can be paired with a swing skirt, a pencil skirt or a pair of skinny jeans (for a mix of vintage and modern).



back and sleeve



I LOVE a nice half sleeve. It’s universally flattering, and very versatile.



another vintage cardigan



I also love a wide rib at the waist.


I’ve always wanted to design an adorable little classic cardi. I didn’t want to make it too fussy or complicated.  I decided on a simple little lace pattern for the fronts and the sleeve. I was taken by the morning glory vines that wrap and climb around anything nearby.



morning glory vines



I had originally swatched it using single decreases and increases, but it didn’t pop the way I wanted, so I reswatched using double decreases and increases and yipee, I got my twisting vines.



swatches of vine pattern



I’m insanely happy with the way Twist Collective has styled this sweater (wish they could come over and help me get dressed every morning.)


Twist Style Fridays: Jaali

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.



I have to tell you, fashion fans, this issue's Swatch It sweater feature tickles me. I love a new take on a pattern we haven't seen in a little while (one of the reasons I love working on the Throwback Thursday blog posts), but more than that, these sweaters are like little artifacts of Twist Collective history.  



Fall 2008, Spring/Summer 2016



Jaali was originally published in our inaugural issue, Fall 2008. I joined up with Kate near the end of that year, mostly doing odd jobs, sometimes assisting on photo shoots, helping with yarn assignments, and assorter gopher-type tasks. It was a pretty big thrill for me to be working on such an amazing publication.


Showing the patterns with different clothes and on different bodies was something that we talked about from the beginning. One of our first ideas about how to manifest this plan was to have a bunch of people wear the samples with their own clothes, and take photos for the blog. For starters, a "bunch of people" was me and my knitting friends. Kate gave me a rubbermaid full of sweaters and shawls, and my darling friend Mara and I headed to Sue (our most recent cover girl!!!)'s place, and we spent a whole day trying on these amazing things and taking photos. Here is a silly one of the three of us (those are Ardent, Rebecca, and Stormsvale, in case you were curious). 



Carly, Sue, and Mara skipping in the snow



This was February 2009. Call it a coincidence if you like, but I made one of the sweaters I modelled that day, and so did Mara



Carly wearing the original Jaali Sue wearing the new version of Jaali



I loved wearing that sweater. I never wanted to take it off. It was cozy and sexy and felt a little decadent. I thought a little about that feeling of decadence when I was putting together outfits for this week. 


How will you wear Jaali? 

Throwback Thursday: Simsbury

The last two mornings, I had my breakfast and coffee in my backyard. This morning I needed a sweater, because it was a little cloudy and the breeze was chilly. I just held onto my warm mug of americano and gazed at the robin hopping around my yet-unplanted garden. 


I am a firm believer in making your own sunshine when the world isn't offering you any, so for those chilly mornings and cloudy afternoons, maybe you'd like  Simsbury



side view of Simsbury, orange v neck pullover with lace at sleeve hems and pocketsback



The lace detail at the hems is adorable, the deep v-neck is lovely, and friends, there are pockets. Pockets



pocket and hem detail



You could make her in a neutral if you like, but I think this color, or another bright saturated one, are really the way to go. 



Color Me: Kimberlite

It's another grey day here in Montreal. I'm sitting in front of a space heater, but I'm trying to believe that ONE OF THESE DAYS it will actually be warm and I will be able to feel the sun on my face and walk around... with limes on my head? Why not. I would walk around balancing limes on my body right now if it would make spring finally show up for real! Let's imagine Kimberlite in a bunch of colors. And think about how nice it would be to feel the sun warming that spot on your back... ahhhhhhh. Dale is mostly known for wools, but this is a lovely merino cotton blend. It would be great for a sunny afternoon on a terrace. Check out all the lovely colors over here and let me know if I missed your favorite!


Flechir in detail

This grey day is making me want to wrap some tweedy cashmere around my neck. If it were as pretty as my pal Marnie's Flechir, that would make it even better. Let's check her out in detail.


Let's start at the very beginning. It's a very good place to start.




Lacey chevrons... or arrows (hence the name "flechir")




I'm a sucker for a shawl with multiple points.