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Twist Style Friday: Cassabana

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 humans. Happy Friday indeed. 

 

Yesterday I worked at a cafe in my neighbourhood with my friend Doug, and partway through our time there, they opened up the big garage style door and let all the sun and air into the cafe. I felt the spring in my bones and grinned like a fool for a while before returning to my furious typing. 

 

I bet you noticed another sign of spring this week; we released a new issue! I always find new issue day pretty thrilling, but this one was even moreso! It's our 25th issue, which is kind of a big deal, and our cover girl is my stunning friend Sue, who is one of the people who made me the knitter I am today! She taught me (and retaught me, and retaught me) circular knitting, and cables, and she dabbled in socks long before I could take on that challenge. I talk all the time about how knitting is sometimes a solitary pursuit, but has also connected me to some truly lovely humans. AWWWWW! 

 

As always, my prescription is a big steamy mug of something (coffee, mulled wine, cider, tea, hot water with lemon; you do you!) and a slow flip through the new issue. You'll find a whole bunch of springy new gems, and some revisited classics looking fresh. 

 

 

back

 

 

Let's take a look at one of our new patterns, shall we? I would like to introduce you to Cassabana. She stood out to me right away. It could be because she is hot pink, or because she has some great lines, and a slightly unusual shape. I hope you agree she is cute as heck. 

 

 

front

 

 

Cassabana is a real easy pullover to toss on over jeans or whatever, and also a great layering piece for when you want to wear a summery top, but your office is air conditioned, or there might be a cool breeze at the baseball game. I also think you should try wearing her over something sparkly. The ladders will show just a little peek of glitter like you're secretly a mermaid and that will make your whole day just a little bit magical. 

 

 

stitch pattern detail

 

 

I wanted to see if Cassabana would be at home at an art opening (left), for a stroll along a pier (right), or uh, in the 90s. The answer was yes. Velvet chokers are back you guys, and I couldn't be happier about it. I'm cool again... I'm cool for the first time! I'll never be cool but my clothes sometimes are. 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Cassabana

 

 

Color me: Channa

It's snowing here in Montreal today, my brain is already hanging out in spring time. So for the last post of the winter season (hint! hint!) I thought I'd give you all a little taste of what Channa could look like in other colorways. If you enjoy this series, let me know and I'll try to make more of them happen in the spring season! The yarn is Fibre Company Acadia and available at WEBS.

Did you see Carly's bright red Channa? Love it!

Twist Style Fridays: Kielo

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 Friday! While you are reading this, I am probably in a car with some lovely humans, on my way to Ottawa for the weekend. I'm staying with my (first? only?) Twitter friend! Adventure!

 

We have been looking at shawls lately on Style Friday, and today is no exception! I just read over the construction notes for Kielo, and got *really* excited. The crescent is made by knitting the lace section first, and then the plain shawl body at the end! I love things that are made like this, where the pace of the project starts slow and speeds up! For me, that helps prevent project fatigue.

 

 

purple crescent

 

 

That said, I am super not allowed to start any more projects until I finish some or frog some. Commitment! You, however, are not subject to my self-imposed and highly arbitrary rules. You can do whatever you want. You can make the crescent *and* the rectangle if you want to. You can cast on for both at the same time if you really want to throw caution to the wind. YOLO is what the kids are saying these days, right?

 

 

mint stole

 

 

You all know how to wear a scarf or shawl. I have no real wisdom to share; just a serious love of patterns and slightly odd shoes. Go forth and be fabulous in your very own Kielo!

 

Here are some ideas of things to wear with the crescent:

 

 

three outfits

 

 

And here are some with the stole (was I dressing Carrie Bradshaw? Maybe just a little).

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Keilo?

 

Throwback Thursday: Finial

 

 

shoulder cables

 

 

We had what you might call a cold snap in Toronto this week. It may be April, but as far as the weather was concerned, this week was decidedly January. I've put my winter coat into hibernation, which means I was really pulling out all the woollies this week to stay warm.

 

 

snuggled up

 

 

Finial is your best friend in chilly weather. She's got a cozy cowl-neck, snuggly cables, and in this delicious wool/silk/alpaca blend, a comforting weightiness.

 

 

back of sweaterfull shot

 

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Kizzlekazzle

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.


 

Hey all, Marnie here. It couldn't be any busier for those of us working at Twist. We're hard at work on the Spring issue and reviewing submissions for Fall, so having a moment to reflect on the beautiful Winter 2015 pieces is a welcome respite. All the scrambling and reviewing and hours of work are done for these pieces and having a chance to admire the results of all that work is a great motivator for the editions ahead.

This week, I'm looking at Kizzlekazzle. I remember reviewing Lana Jois' submission and thinking that those densly textured herringbones looked like so much fun to knit. Let's take a look.

 

 

shawl shown full wingspan

 

 

Even though its knit in fingering-weight yarn, it looks almost like giant singles in some ultra-soft blend, braided together. Basically, this shawl screams, 'cozy' to me, not because it isn't beautiful, but because it is so wonderfully warm, soft and insulating. The pattern offers three variations; two scarves and a triangular shawl, so you can make the shape and size that suits your wardrobe.

 

 

scarfshawl

 

 

No doubt, this would make a beautiful and functional edition to a wardrobe but that soft, squishy, snuggly design got me thinking about how I'd wear this piece, and since I work from home and spend most of my days in my pajamas, this seems like the perfect way to stay warm without turning up the heat. So this set is in honor of those days when you might binge-watch your favorite show, snuggled up with a pet or three, and have a nice big mug of your favorite warm drink.

 

 

let's get comfortable

 

 

How will you wear Kizzlekazzle?

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