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Twist Style Friday: Cappadocia

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 fashion fans!!

 

Those of you south of the border are heading into a long weekend, which might just be a fantastic time to start a brand new knitting project. That is, unless you're cooking for a zillion of your favorite folks. I hope that however you are spending your time, you get to see some of your nears and dears, and hopefully get a few stitches in.

 

I went on a bit of a destashing spree this week. I frogged a bunch of projects I haven't touched in ages, and swapped a bunch of yarn I didn't have big dreams for. In exchange I got some very ethical coffee, postage stamps, some stunning yarn I *do* have big dreams for, and some nail decals shaped like tiny tiny snacks. I also frogged a hat I have already ripped and reknitted three times. I think I finally know how to make it perfect, and I'm pretty impressed that the yarn still looks kind of great. 

 

Here is something else that looks kind of great (by which I mean super great, actually).

 

 

collar detail

 

 

Cappadocia has a simple shape and is the perfect layering piece for unpredictable weather. I love the way the simple lace makes the ribs ripple slightly. The pattern looks a bit like staggered blossoms on a trellis.

 

 

side shotback

 

 

In a yarn like this one, with a generous shot of silk, you might not even mind if you make some mistakes and have to knit it again and again.

 

Wear it like a blazer, over a crisp collared shirt and slim pants, over a flowy dress, or with some serious glitter.

 

 

four outfits

 

 

How will you wear Cappadocia? I hope it's with sparklepants!

Throwback Thursday: Argyle Jacket

 

We have been thinking lots about color this week at Twist (I mean, a little bit always). Kate just started a new blog series showing some of our designs in alternate colorways, I picked a color for the Channa sweater I'm knitting, and we are always thinking an issue (two, really) ahead; choosing colors and textures of yarn for future projects.

 

So I thought it might be fun to look at a garment with a lot of possibilities around color this week for #throwbackthursday. Remember Argyle Jacket?? It's from Fall 2009, but still looks so current!

 

 

argyle jacket, modeledargyle panel detail, sleeve

 

 

Jenn, the designer, also wrote a blog post (back in the day) with some swatches of alternate color combinations. Here are my favorites-

 

 

bluesgrey, lime, forest greenblack and white and red all over

 

 

I hope you find the perfect color combination that inspires you to give this Argyle Jacket a whirl!

Color me: Lovat

Hi. Kate here. Choosing colors for garments in each issue is always a funny thing. Sometimes I end up picking a color that isn't MY personal favorite, but I'm not the only person who reads Twist Collective (thankfully!) so I try to pick a variety of colors through the year. Inevitably, I end up looking at some patterns and saying to myself "Great pattern, but what color would I want this in?" So I've decided to play around in photoshop and show you a project in other available colors. Let me know what you're into!

First up: Lovat. I love(at) this sweater (see what I did there?), but I'm not a blue-green person. Thankfully Valley Yarns Northampton is available in about a zillion (37!) colors. Many of them are complex and heathered so they're a bit difficult to mock up quickly in photoshop, but I think you'll get the idea!

Lovat color options

Which is your favorite? Or what color should I have tried Lovat out in?

Twist Style Friday: Channa

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 folks!!

 

It is always a good week when we drop a new issue, and winter is such a juicy time to be a knitter.  Even though to some extent I get to watch these issues develop from the inside (looking through submissions, helping with naming patterns), new issues as a whole still feel like a delicious surprise.

 

If you read this column often you may know that I try to knit something from every issue of Twist. I'm not totally there, and since time keeps moving forward, catching up may never be fully possible. But I cast on a project from the new issue last night. I just couldn't stop myself. Four episodes of Nashville later (yup, I'm still fully on that train), I have the hem and the short rows for the dipped back.

 

 

Carly's channa hem

 

 

This pattern is a good deal more plain than the projects I usually choose to knit for myself. There is no fancy lace, no twisty cables. Channa has a simple shape and some little details I just love.

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

At a glance I thought the sweater front was in garter stitch, but it's closer to half-garter, half-stockinette. That means you get the textural impact of the purl ridges that are such a squishy and wonderful part of knitted garter, but the gauge difference between the front and back is not nearly as pronounced.

 

The hems too, are a little bit special. That's ribbing you see there, but it's framed with a little bit of garter. It's somehow polished and rustic at the same time. I think this sweater is just lovely.

 

 

side viewback

 

 

 

Since I'm making my Channa in soft merino with a little sprinkle of cashmere (lucky clearance find last year!), likely I will want to wear it against my skin, plain and simple (except electric orange). But I also really loved Kate's styling in the shoot above, and the slight A-line shape and boat neck of this top make it really conducive to one of my fave fashion opportunities: LAYERING.

 

Especially in a gentle neutral, Channa can handle some loud patterns, like how a blanket of snow over a city makes it seem peaceful even when it's still bustling (can you tell that I actually *like* winter?).

 

 

three loud layered outfits

 

 

How will you wear Channa?

 

 

Winter 2015 Launch

 

Normally on Thursdays take a little trip down memory lane and show you something delightful from our archives, but today is not a day for looking backwards! We just launched a new issue, did you see?

 

cover image

 

 

Inside you will find thirty delicious new patterns!

 

 

zepp sockschanna sweater

 

 

This is just a sprinkling of some of my early faves, but of course, we will be showcasing these designs on the blog all  season long.

 

 

nalina setkizzlekazzle

 

 

 

We want to keep you cozy all winter, and well entertained by your knitting projects!

 

 

chance and comet mittsbesom

 

 

This weekend (or right now!) I hope you have time to take a slow flip through our pages and really drink it in. We are so happy to share this issue with you!! Enjoy it.

 

 

 

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