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Kate Gilbert flying on a broom over a desolate landscape and a starry sky


It takes nothing short of magic to put an issue of Twist Collective together. Check out "Kate Potter" getting her wizarding levels on! Here is a closer look: 


closeup of previous shot


Do you think she is ready for a game of Quidditch, or should she stick to knitting?


This post is brought to you by a long day of shooting-induced silliness!



Quick Dispatch: Picnic Pause

A rare moment of rest in the flurry of getting our Spring/Summer issue ready for you all to see!


photographer and assistants take a break to have a picnic lunch


We can't wait to share it with you!

Twist Style Friday: Sigulda

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.


By some amazing alignment of stars (and schedules), two of my closest  friends and I are able to meet for breakfast every Wednesday morning. From there our lives diverge in a lot of ways, but these ladies have been pretty much family for a long time and I am so grateful to have them to talk to and share pancakes with. This week were were talking about spring fashion, and though we have totally different styles and body types, somehow we were all in agreement about what we wanted to be wearing when the warm weather arrives. Our consensus: crop tops. Take that as you will.


I can't wait til summer. In the meantime, we knitters have more time to keep working on that blanket project that may have to be pushed aside in warmer weather, and to keep on wearing our wooly sweaters and accessories. This week's sweater is a cozy delight. I recommend wearing a crop top underneath, like a summer secret.


turtleneck with stranded yoke and textured sleeves and body


Waffle textured shirts are a staple for me in cool weather. They grab onto warm air and keep it close to you. Plus they look squishy and wonderful. I love how the yoke of Sigulda breaks up the texture and draws the eye towards your face. A neutral background is a great place for a pop of color too. It's like the sweater is wearing lipstick. In terms of styling, my principal prescription is quirky shoes.


three outfits. one with a patterned skirt and red flats, one with coral jeans and floral sneakers, and one with a dark denim pleated skirt and lavender oxfords


How will you wear Sigulda?

The Purl Girls knit Floriston

We got a super sweet email from some knitters who made Floriston as a group project, and couldn't wait to share their lovely creations with you all. Take a look!


back view of sweater- it has a pleat detail with lace in itfront view of Floriston, an open cardi with lace and cable detail around the collar and front bands


Dear Twist Collective, My knitting group "The Purl Girls" decided to do the "Floriston" sweater as a group project. Here are our results!  We all loved knitting this sweater. Great instructions and detail!




Lovely work, ladies. Thanks for sharing!

Designer Post: Cypri

Today's post comes to us from Amanda Sheuzger, designer of the dazzling Cypri from our Winter issue (not to mention these lovely mittens, this gorgeous hat, and this striking tank). You can also find it (and more) on her blog, here. Amanda gives us a peek into the designing process, and how rejection can lead to inspiration. Enjoy!



cypri shawl held open by a model, in front of a geometric graffiti'd wall


I have been amazed with the wonderful response I have received for my latest design for Twist Collective, Cypri, mainly because it actually began with a rejection letter.  A year earlier, I had submitted a design idea for a shawl that didn’t make the cut.  I felt strongly about the idea – slip stitch cables on a striped background.  They create a strong graphic and are really fun to knit.  So I went back to the drawing board and reworked the design. 


First, I changed the shape.  The original was a top down triangle; this one would be a crescent shape (which is what I would actually prefer to knit for myself.)  I liked the idea of lots of detail at the bottom edge, and less detail in the short row shaping portion. 


Next I looked at the cable design.  The pattern in the original submission was inspired by a traditional twisted-stitch pattern.  This design needed something unique, so I began sketching.  I started with the idea of a long strand of gems hanging from a chain.


pencil sketches of swirly lines, plans for the cables on this shawl


The first sketches (above, left) were okay, but when I turned one upside down, I liked it much better.  The design started to fall into place.  I refined the shapes and they began to remind me of lady’s slipper orchids (above, right).


The next step was to turn the sketch into something knittable.  I lightly sketched the shapes on graph paper, trying to keep in mind the scale and potential gauge.  Then I charted the cable symbols right over the sketchy lines.  This step involved a lot of erasing as I worked out the cable crossings.  I refined it bit more as I knit the swatch.  It was finally ready to submit.


final sketch and swatch of cypri shawl submitted to Twist



The sample I knit for Twist is in Breathless by Shalimar Yarns.  It is a superwash merino/cashmere/silk blend that is very soft and creates a fabric with the perfect drape for this shawl.  While I love the colors of the sample, byzantium and mole, I want to knit my own in bing and scarab, a purple and teal combo similar my swatch.  Or maybe glacier and driftwood, or copper pennies and black truffle.  I could go on and on, there are so many colors to choose from.