Twist Collective Blog
Design Process: Simsbury
I hope you all have a (orange) crush on this sweater. Simsbury is Tabetha Hedrick's second contribution to Twist Collective (her first was this dish). Today she shares her design process for this lovely sweater, her desire to swim in yarn, and her faves from the Winter issues. You can also find this post (and much more) on Tabetha's blog. Enjoy!
Each design in the issue begs to be knit and is easily styled for the Winter wardrobe. I am particularly drawn to Fiona Ellis' Granville and Glenna C's Burrard, with their stunning use of cables and comfort. Faina Goberstein's Astra, Julia Trice's Esme, and Amy Miller's Dressage are enchanting, too! The models and photography (thanks, you guys!) are stunning throughout every page. You will not be disappointed one bit!
The design features a plunging v-neck that showcases itself really well, but would highlight layered pieces beneath. The main body and sleeves are worked in Stockinette stitch, for a faster workup, but it is the hem, cuffs, and pockets that are the real heroes - delicate, yet firm, the twisted stitch and eyelets draw the eye in.
When I swatched for Simsbury, I quickly discovered that the yarn needed a good twist to uphold the integrity of the twisted stitches, yet stand well on its own in Stockinette stitch. In addition, a subtle vintage coloring (where the color softly fades in and out) would really make the lace pop.
When Glory Days yarn arrived in the mail from Briar Rose Fibers, I was awed by the HUGE skeins of luxury that filled the box. 500 yards skeins of fluffy yarn nearly made me want to swim naked in it (i did not, but a girl can dream!)... The results were amazing; beautiful texture, comfort, wearability, but most important, a fun project for any level of knitter.
Design Process: Whirlpool
Whirlpool is Christina Harris' first contribution to Twist Collective. We are pretty happy with it, and we hope you are too! In this post, she shares how this gorgeous garment came to be, from the first idea to the finished product. You can also find this post (and more about Christina!) on her blog.
The idea for my Whirlpool vest started almost a year ago as a collection of vaguely related sketches in my notebook.
Then I charted and knit this swatch with a certain idea:
I decided I wanted something that was less linear, more interlocking, but still vaguely circular. Which led to this:
I thought, at first, I would make a dk-weight stranded cardigan:
and got this far. It has quite a thick fabric and might work well as an outdoor (or hockey-watching in cold arenas) jacket, but I began to think a smaller, lighter-weight sweater would be something I would wear most often, so it morphed into a vest.
When Twist released their gorgeous mood board for the Winter issue it included several images of naturally-occurring repetitive elements that reminded me of this project so I decided to try my luck and submit it. I'm so happy they liked it, too
Twist Style Friday: Luggala
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.
Yesterday I wore a handknit cardigan, scarf, hat, and fingerless gloves. I was basically covered in a layer of yarn from the waist up. I also went yarn shopping, which is a luxury that as a grad student I only allow myself when I have a specific project in mind. I have some exciting craft-swaps in the pipeline, so I got to choose some pretty new stuff today. I love starting projects.
All this to say that I am feeling extra sweet on knitting these days. It's getting me through my classes, my commute, and keeping my hands busy while I worry about my grades, and wonder if my friends will still like me at the end of my degree even though I haven't seen most of them in months.
Getting dressed every morning is probably the most fun part of my day, which is less sad than it sounds. I just like treating each day like an elaborate game of dress-up. It's especially fun on days where I have businessy meetings, workshops with teenagers, and social plans, without any stops at home in between. Clothing puzzles!! Enough about me. Let's get to the styling, shall we? Today's garment of choice is the delightful Luggala.
Is this sweater a sass machine, or is this sweater a sass machine?? Lots of variations on this exact outfit would be amazing; black slim pants with ballet flats, or bright skinny jeans with wool socks and combat boots, or those weirdly awesome spiky kneepad leggings with killer heels (if you just clicked on that link and lost all respect you once had for my sartorial prowess, believe me that I thought those were bizarre until I saw them on an actual human, and she looked really tough and really cool). This top has a classic shape, with some modern details that could read elegant or funky depending on what you wear it with. I think you could get away with just about anything as long as you watch the silhouette- don't put anything with too much volume above the hem of the sweater- you can wear it like a dressy pullover or like a hoodie.
Here. I'll show you.
How will you wear Luggala?
Quick Dispatch: Bonus Pattern!! Sideswipe
Hey everyone! Just in time for your holiday knitting, a bonus pattern from Winter's Twist!
Allow me to introduce Sideswipe.
These socks are knit flat, and then grafted together to make a constrasting stripe. Pretty nifty, right? Kate is always taking simple ideas and turning them inside out and upside down. Her knits aren't just beautiful, they're really fun to make.
Also for kidlets.
I can't wait to see your versions. Happy knitting!
Kate on the airwaves!
In case you missed it, Kate was interviewed on Ready Set Knit through the Webs Yarn Store Blog. Have a listen to hear about how Twist got started, and what keeps it going!