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Throwback Thursday: Luggala
Do you remember this lovely cowl-neck sweater?
A lacy cowl on a plain sweater is such a lovely and light detail, and the kangaroo pocket is also pretty charming.
In the alpaca-silk blend shown here, this is a warm and drapey dream. In a plant based blend (I'm thinking linen), this could be a lovely warm weather coverup.
Consider a Luggala for your favourite season!
Twist Style Friday: Reticella
very 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'm not much of a party guy, so celebration can look like fizzy beverages and strawberry shortcake, or like extra naps. Once in a while I feel compelled to join some kind of celebratory thing that is happening outside my apartment, and if that happens this weekend, I'll wear wool, so I can stay warm even if I get rained on. This weekend last year, I got very, very rained on. I don't have this sweater, but I wish I did!
If you're looking at those columns that surround the pretty lace patterns, and wondering what the heck sort of stitch pattern is going on there, you friend, are very astute. They aren't exactly knitted. Those are columns of dropped stitches that have been embroidered using a simple technique, and aren't they lovely? Fiona wrote a blog post about this technique if you'd like to see some process pics.
Since this sweater has some stunning details, you can use her to spice up an otherwise simple outfit...but that's not what I would do. I'd want to play off the design elements of stripes and ornate patterns. More is more, and too much is not a real thing.
How will you wear Reticella?
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?
These toe-up socks have pretty twisted stitch patterns and gussets for a close fit.
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.
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.
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.
You pick up stitches for the body and knit it downwards, and then do the same from the armholes to make the sleeves.
Did you notice the twisty edging? Pretty cool.