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Designer Post: Trigere


Linda Wilgus

Today, Linda Wilgus tells us about her inspiration for Trigere, the lovely summer top from our newest issue. Trigere is Linda's first contribution to Twist Collective. You can find out more about her by visiting her website.




When the most recent issue of Twist Collective came out, a kind fellow knitter complemented me on my pattern in it, Trigere. A bit puzzled she wrote that she knew French but did not recognize the word Trigere. What does it mean?




I named my pattern after one of fashion history's most famous designers, the inimitable Pauline Trigère. I have been a fan of vintage fashion ever since as a teen I began to shop for pieces at thrift stores in my home town in the Netherlands. As a knitting designer I love to design patterns inspired by the shapes and colors of clothing from ages past. I enjoy taking a feature of a vintage piece or a characteristic of a fashion period and then working that idea or feature into a knitting design that is at the same time very contemporary.


collar and raglan line detail


When I began to sketch ideas for a summer top for Twist Collective I was influenced by the A-line shapes of the 1960s and particularly by those of A-line dresses designed by Pauline Trigère. I wanted to try to evoke the simple, clean lines of a mod design, while at the same time bringing this shape into a thoroughly modern design and adding something interesting for the knitter to knit. After fiddling around with yarn and needles for a while and trying different ways to create an A-line shape, I came up with the idea of decorative side panels, between which sit the increases that bring about the shape. A rolled collar and seed stitch edges complete the design.


side panel detail


The sample shown in the Spring/Summer issue is knit in a bright and warm jewel tone, which is great for the season. Since the issue was released I have had the pleasure of seeing photos of Trigere knit in many different colors by knitters on Ravelry. Other jewel tones such as a bright pink, green or red make the design stand out wonderfully, but more muted and natural colors such as a pretty light coffee or cream color also work great for the top.


Twist Style Friday: Charleston Redux

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.


Last week I styled Charleston, Fiona Ellis' adorable spring jacket. Fiona got in touch with me to let me know that she had also done some styling, as had Susan K, her test knitter. First let's take a look at Charleston as she was styled in the magazine.




I included t-strap shoes in all my Charleston outfits, just because I think they are cute and retro in a way that fits the style of the sweater. Fiona told me a tidbit that confirmed my longtime suspicion that I might be a little psychic; t-straps came about in the roaring twenties, to make sure ladies' shoes didn't go flying when they flung their legs about dancing the Charleston!

She learned about this at the Bata Shoe Museum's Twenties exhibit. I can't even believe I live in a city with a shoe museum and I have never been there!! I'll have to go sometime and report back. Toronto is also getting an exhibit about David Bowie. Basically you should all come visit and we can knit in museums all summer. Okay?
Fiona's outfit
As you can see, Fiona's outfit also involves twenties-inspired shoes so you can dance the night away without taking out anyone's eyes. They're Fluevogs, of course.
Susan K took a more Gatsby-esque approach, with a head scarf and espadrilles.
Susan K's outfit
I love that they both chose similar color schemes, and used polka dots! Anyone else have ideas about how to style Charleston? Tweet them at us!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Twist Collector: Audrey



Today's post is brought to you by a Twist knitter named Audrey. She is a lawyer living in San Francisco. You can find her on Ravelry as shkitty. She has knitted from eight Twist patterns so far, and done a super lovely job of all of them. Read all about it!


I took up knitting as a productive form of stress relief. Other things I enjoy are dancing West Coast Swing, gardening, and scratching my neighbor’s cat. My grandmother taught me to knit, purl, and cast on when I was about 6. I never made anything until about 1981, when, inspired by my college roommate’s sister, an accomplished knitter, I made a single garment, an alpaca vest that I wore until the moths ate it off me. Decades later, in July 2007, I read an article in The New York Times titled The Knitting Circle Shows Its Chic. The article talked about a new crop of knitwear designers with fashionable sensibilities. Being a fashionable gal, this piqued my interest and I investigated further. I thought that the surest way to get some real swell handknitted sweaters was to coax my mother into knitting them for me. She had been knitting afghans, and I figured that knitting sweaters couldn’t be any more trouble. I bought a couple of knitting books to entice her with, and, while waiting impatiently for her to complete her first sweater (for herself, darn it!), it suddenly occurred to me that it was theoretically possible that I might make those sweaters for myself.



I have been following Twist Collective since the very first issue.  The quality of the designs, and the great technical editing, keeps me coming back again and again.  So far, I have knit Acorns, Audrey in Unst (twice!), Lalou, Lavandula, Madrigal, Skara Brae, Vivian, and Wisteria.  


Audrey's Vivian

My first Twist Collective pattern was the fabulous Vivian hoodie.  When I became besotted with that garment, I had been knitting in earnest for less than a year, and Vivian was full of things I had never done before.  But I was easily able to knit it because the pattern writing was clear and precise.  Afterward, not only did I have a fabulous garment, but I was a better knitter. (I also learned a lot knitting Acorns.  Who knew there were so many different kinds of increases!?)

Audrey's Acorns


Audrey in Unst was a pattern that I overlooked when the issue in which it appeared came out because it appeared to be so simple.  But as I read others’ pattern notes on Ravelry, talking about its interesting construction details, I decided to give it a knit and loved every minute of it.  The garment was only superficially simple.  It was not difficult to knit, but the pattern was full of perfect small details, including an i-cord bind off, and short row sleeves.  Each element of the pattern went together with wonderful, mathematical perfection.  And it resulted in a great, wearable sweater and was a perfect canvas for the hand-dyed Madelinetosh Pashmina I used.


Audrey in Audreyanother Audrey

My most recent Twist Collective knit was the versatile Lavandula.  I knit it in yummy BFL sport from Blue Moon Fiber Arts in one of their versatile nearly black colors.  All that ribbing makes me feel long and lean!  I wear it with either jeans or a skirt.


Lavandulaa closer look

One of the things I appreciate most about Twist Collective is that the patterns, whether simple or elaborate,  are so “knitterly.”  To me this means that they often use constructions that are uniquely possible with knitting as distinct from sewing.  This was true of Skara Brae.  The clever top-down construction on this one wowed me.  I knit it in a beautiful aubergine Kilcarra Tweed.  Although the dark color somewhat obscures Skara Brae’s intricate traveling stitches, it reminds me of one of those Victorian black dresses that at first glance are so severe, but you look closely and see that they are covered with pintucks and embroidery.

Skara Brae


The next two Twist Collective patterns up in my queue are the Praline cardigan, and the Pussy Willow shawl.  Of course, I have perfect yarn for both!  I know that Praline will become a wardrobe staple, and I can’t resist those unfurling buds on Pussy Willow.





Designer Post: Peking


Holli Yeoh

Today's post is brought to you by Hollli Yeoh, and you can also find it on her website, here. She is the designer who brought us the lovely Peking, as well as Dizzy. Holli did something that lots of knitters think about, but don't exactly know how to execute; she saw a sweater in a shop window, and set out to recreate her own version of it. Enjoy!



The Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Twist Collective went live over the weekend and I’m thrilled to be included in the issue.


lace detail


My design, Peking is featured in the Bonjour, Paris! story. Imagine, my sweater traveled to Paris for the photo shoot! If only I could have accompanied it.


side shot


Peking is a loose, roomy t-shirt with a shorter hemline in the front angled to a longer one in the back. Did you know this is called a “mullet” hemline?


back detail


You start by knitting two panels of lace. Once blocked, stitches are picked up along the sides of the lace panels and the rest of the garment is worked from the centre panel out towards the sleeves.




A few rows of linen stitch are worked along the sides of the neckline to keep it from stretching,




Inspiration for the design came from a top I saw on a mannequin in the window of an unlikely little shop in Vancouver. It was the panel of perforated fabric that caught my eye. I loved the drape, but somehow that shape called out for some beautiful lace to highlight it.  After percolating for a while in my subconscious it overcame its humble origins and became this lovely, oh-so-feminine garment.

Twist Style Friday: Charleston

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.



Collars, people. Collars are a really big deal right now. I was at a cute homegrown craft fair in Montreal last weekend, and there was a whole table of collars being sold as accessories. Some of them were studded. They were pretty cute, actually. I also bought vanilla grapefruit marmalade, and a real sweet handmade greeting card to send to my boyfriend while he's away this summer.


Charleston, collar detail


This adorable jacket dances with twee, but they aren't going steady. I will admit to being a little inspired by Zooey Deschanel in my styling, who is pretty much the queen of flirting with twee-ness. Maybe also Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer. I'm a big fan of the eyelet detail on the collar, and the scalloped hemlines. I love how it's full of texture without being at all bulky or heavy.


back detail


My prescription: a slightly vintagey day-dress, t-straps, and a bag that is just a tiny bit weird (okay, the one on the far right is pretty weird, but in a good way, right?). Go see an indie band. Go to a cafe and drink something you can't pronounce. Watch Ruby Sparks on Netflix. Be slightly whimsical, like a manic pixie dream girl. Check it.


three outfits


That's just my opinion. How would you wear Charleston?