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Designer Post: Lithograph and Antrea

Marnie MacLean

 

Today's post comes to us from Marnie MacLean, and it was originally written for her blog, which means you can also find it (and more info about her newest tattoo) here. Read on to find out a little about the origin stories for both of Marnie's designs from our most recent issue, Lithograph and Antrea

 

 

 

The newest edition of Twist is still waiting for you, if you haven't seen it yet and as always, I feel genuinely privileged to have a place in its virtual pages. 

My first of two patterns is Lithograph a half-circle shawl design worked in twisted stitches and lace. For the submission process, I made a mini-prototype to show how the increases would blend into the background of the latticework.

 

 

prototype

 

 

The final shawl is worked in Lisa Souza's Polwarth Wool and Silk yarn which is a breeze to work with and so lovely to touch. The silk gives it plenty of drape while the wool gives the piece some substance. It's a perfect choice for this pattern.

 

 

Marnie wearing Lithograph

 

 

My second design is Antrea, a beanie, slouch and cowl pattern suitable for anyone. Knitters are probably aware of the general submissions process for patterns and they see the end product, but in between those points, yarn companies, designers, and the members of the publishing and editing team, all try to wrangle a zillion moving parts to make the magazine. Yarn is often being shipped to other countries and then the sample shipped back to tech editors in a third country before being handed off to the publisher for photography and anywhere in there, a missed deadline or late delivery can throw the process off kilter. So was the case with the yarn for Antrea. It was originally scheduled to go overseas, went missing, alternate yarn was shipped and the orphaned yarn, finally tracked down, needed a home. Having finished up Lithograph fairly quickly, I volunteered and was told that I may only receive one color so I should plan a design that didn't require two different shades. 

A bit of virtual graph paper and a few hours of playing and I had a cable pattern suitable for a unisex set that could be worked in a single color or with a contrasting color in the ribbing.

 

 

Antrea hat and cowl

 

 

The SweetGeorgia Superwash DK is super soft and springy with great stitch definition so the pattern pops even in a darker shade. The hats can be worked in a smaller or larger circumference and fine-tuned with a tighter or looser gauge. One skein of each color will make either hat and the cowl in opposing colors dominance.

 

 

hat back

Twist Style Fridays: Proscenium

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! 

 

Fall is an intense time of year; so much is going on. I did some travelling this fall, and have some catching up to do in my home and work and life maintenance. Something that's been really helpful lately is PODCASTS. I'm super late to this game, but I kind of can't shut up about it? If you're curious, a few of my faves right now include The Black Tapes, Chai Chats, and West Wing Weekly. They're great for puttering to, cleaning to, walking with, and knitting with. 

 

Speaking of knitting, have you taken a close look at Proscenium

 

 

upper back detail

 

 

I'm into the squishy cables and the buttoned sides. 

 

 

profilesleeve and side detail

 

 

Scorpio season is a great time for some pointy or stompy shoes. 

 

 

 

How will you wear Proscenium?

 

Throwback Thursday: Cabled Cuff Gloves

I whipped up a pair of fingerless mitts for myself a couple of weeks ago. They're things I tend to make a couple of pairs of each fall/winter, and also tend to lose a few pairs of about as often. Keeping my wrists warm is important to my cold weather life. That's why in looking back at some vintage Twist patterns, this one caught my eye. Remember the Cabled Cuff Gloves, from our premiere issue? 

 

 

glove closeup

 

 

A dense cable over your pulse points is a great way to warm up fast and stay that way. The alpaca in this yarn holds onto warm air, and the wool gives it some stitch definition and bounce. 

 

 

full shot

 

 

Stay warm out there folks! Winter is coming. 

Designer Post: Carnelian

Mary Anne Benedetto

 

Today's post comes to us from Mary Anne Benedetto, designer of the lovely textured pullover Carnelian from our newest issue. This is her first design with Twist, and you can also find this post (and more about her work) on her blog, here

 

 

 

 

 

full shot

 

 

Editor, Kate Gilbert introduces this edition with some wise words. “There’s something about knitting that brings a sense of peace. Maybe it’s the clicking sound of the needles and the soothing repetition of stitches or maybe it’s just the feel of the fiber and the wonder of something beautiful take shape in your hands. Stitches interlock, patterns form and stress leaves.” Whatever your reason for knitting is your sure to find something enticing in this issue.

I have my first design for Twist Collective in this edition. Carnelian is a casual, go-to pullover with a few interesting design elements. At first blush Carnelian appears to be a straight forward Fisherman’s Rib pullover.

 

 

side slit and hem detail

 

 

Some of the details that make it unique include a split hem, with a garter band separating the hem from the body. A “twist” in the design is that the hem and the body present opposite sides of the half-fisherman’s rib pattern.

 

 

back

 

 

 Designed as a modified drop shoulder, the sleeves are picked up at the armhole and worked down to the cuff. A detailed lace and diamond pattern are the defining design element of the sleeves. A favorite element are the thumb loops, incorporated into the extra long sleeves.

 

 

sleeve detail

 


Your hands will be toasty warm as you head out for those long walks in the crisp autumn air. Of course, if thumb loops are not your thing you could easily just bind off at your usual sleeve length.

 

 

neck detail

 

 

Finally, the round neck has garter ridges worked into the fisherman’s rib, adding just a bit of extra detail.

This sample is knit with The Fibre Co. Cumbria Worsted in Appleby Castle. This yarn holds stitch definition beautifully and the wool, mohair combination is a delight to work with. Thanks to Chrissy Jarvis for the great photos.

Visit Twist Collective to see Carnelian and sharpen your needles for some fall knitting.

Twist Style Fridays: Rocaille

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 not quite the season yet, but I have to admit, I'm hibernating a little. This fall has contained a lot of intensity and tumult and grief, and it's making me want to snuggle puppies and watch The Hunger Games. The bright side is that I'm gonna get done a lot of knitting. One of my besties is commissioning a pair of mitts for a gift, so I'm looking a the wealth of stunning Twist patterns for just the right thing. 

 

Maybe you want to knit yourself a snuggly long sweater with some stunning details? I'm thinking about Rocaille

 

 

back neck detail

 

 

This cute droplet patterning is great. I also like the neckline, and the way that reverse stockinette shows the depth of this lovely yarn. 

 

 

neckline detailprofile

 

 

Because Rocaille has these refined details, I wanted to see what she would look like in outfits that are a little fancier. I want everyone to see you wearing this beauty. 

 

 

How will you wear Rocaille

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