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Twist Style Friday: Vinca

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 seemed a little like winter was never going to come to Toronto this year, and then it showed up this week in a sort of intense way. We have the first tender buds of spring, covered with a half-inch of ice. It's not slushy at least, and normally I don't mind a little dusting of snow on the rooftops, but holy wow am I ever ready for spring.

 

These transitional times, these unpredictable weather times, these chilly breeze times all add up to the importance of a solid shawl. You can wrap it around your shoulders like a blanket, scrunch it up around your throat, drape it dramatically, or stuff it in your bag when the sun is out.

 

Meet Vinca.

 

wingspan from the back

 

 

This pattern makes excellent use of a lovely gradient, but you could also knit it in contrasting stripes, or one or two solid colors. Just make sure it's something soft and lovely that you want snuggled around your face and throat;might I suggest something with a touch of silk or cashmere? Purr.

 

 

snuggled up

 

 

I knit a lot of lace, but I have to say, I love that this shawl isn't lacy! It looks sturdy and cozy but still has a measure of delicacy. I also think this would make a fantastic cuddly shawl knit in a heavier yarn in a dense gauge; squish!

 

 

back

 

 

My longing for spring is pretty evident in this set of outfits, I think. I was really drawn to citrus brights and breezy fabrics.

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Vinca?

Throwback Thursday: Barolo

Winter has returned to Toronto, and the timing is awfully unfortunate. A lot of folks I care about are spending a lot of time outdoors these days, and it's been awfully wet and chilly! I hope everyone who is out there in the chilly air is wearing warm socks. If my fingers were the fastest, I would make everyone I love a pair of handknit socks. I give a fair number of socks to other people, but I'm also pretty invested in having a solid set of ones to keep my own feet warm. Now that I know the glory of foot-sweaters, I wear them all but the hottest days of the year.

 

These ones - Barolo - are some of the prettiest socks I have ever seen.

 

 

barolo from the side

 

 

I love the way the pattern flows into ribbing along the leg in a kind of stair-step way. I love the little eyelets, and the anatomical toe.  I love everything about these, actually.

 

 

front view

 

 

The pattern is mirrored, so those of you who really dig symmetry should be pretty stoked on these.

 

 

heel and back

 

 

The heel pattern looks like braided hearts to me, pretty sweet. You don't even have to travel back in time to get this pattern from Winter 2011, you can find it right here, in the Twist shop.

 

 

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Ripplerock

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!

 

My crowning fashion achievement for this week is that when I met up with my friend Alysse and her extremely adorable and recently expanded family, her six week old baby and I were both wearing denim shirts. The pictures are pretty cute.

 

The weather has been pretty up and down, even in the course of a day, so transitional garments, layers, and warm accessories has been the name of the game. Today we are looking at one such accessory- Ripplerock. Hi there pretty.

 

 

shawl shown full wingspan

 

 

I love that the edging isn't really just an edge. The lace and cables play a major role in the shawl body, but there is also enough more subtly patterned fabric to create some nice contrast. Let's have a closer look at that lace.

 

 

close up of lace panels

 

 

In sport weight yarn knit on 3.75mm needles, this is not a wispy shawl. It's delicate and awfully pretty, but the warmth factor is real. I want one with some silk in it for extra drape and shine. For extra bundling up on a cold day, or for insurance against possible chilliness on a warm one, Ripplerock is at home with all sorts of outfits.

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Ripplerock?

 

Throwback Thursday: Flux

Sweaters with an allover rib pattern are like wearing a very cozy hug. They keep their shape without clinging, they look great on all sorts of bodies, and they are visually interesting without being complicated. Sometimes though, you want a little complication; a couple of twisty turns of fabric to break up the vertical lines.

 

 

flux pullover from the backfront view, flux pullove

 

 

Do you remember Flux? This stunner of a sweater is also written in a cardigan version, so you can pick the one that suits you best. The cardigan is a little more symmetrical, if that is your sort of thing. Plus you get *both* versions when you buy the pattern, so that's a pretty sweet deal.

 

 

flux cardigan

 

 

Flux: made for our Fall 2011 issue, just as perfect today.

Twist Style Friday: Spinner

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.


 

 

Hello humans! Friday has arrived! I am sitting with my friends Claire and AK (who tangentially, under my tutelage, is becoming an excellent knitter) and their two elderly beagles, sipping tea while soup simmers on the stove. What I'm saying is, life is pretty nice.

 

I walked here while there was still a morning chill in the air, but I did not have to wear a jacket. The weather here has been a bit weird and erratic, but right now it's like October out there and I'm pretty happy about it.

 

The things that most simply facilitate jacketlessness, even before it's truly warm are scarves and shawls! Knitters, you know this well. Today we are looking at a lovely one- Spinner!

 

 

shawl shown full wingspan

 

 

Spinner is worked like a crescent, but the finished shape isn't too far from a rectangle. I'm thinking of it as a crestangle. I understand if you aren't as excited about portmanteau as I am, but probably you are excited about this real pretty object, right? There are (optional) beads.

 

 

closeup

 

 

Maybe it's the shimmer of the beads, or the deep rich color; I wanted to pair Spinner with some high drama pieces. I chose bold patterns, unusual shapes, and fancy shoes.

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Spinner?

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