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Design Process: Zenith
This lovely wrap cardigan is Linden Down's first contribution to our stitchy pages here at Twist Collective. This post tells the story of how a sweater she knitted for herself became the gorgeous garment you see below. The color of her original, by the way, is wildly stunning, don't you think?? You can find this post- and much more- on her blog, Stockinette.
My very first pattern published in twist collective! I’m still pretty giddy from the whole thing, even though the pattern was accepted months ago and I’ve had to keep my quiet about it for, like, ever. When I sent in my submission, I had actually already worked up the pattern and knitted a sweater for myself, but I also sent in a picture of my swatch and my sketch.
You can see that as the pattern evolved from the sketch I decided not to make the collar quite as deep and I shortened the ribbing on the sleeves a bit.
After the pattern was accepted, a few more changes were made in the next version and now we have Zenith! My main inspiration for the sweater was the super-trendy chevron thing that is going on right now and I wanted to repeat that pattern for a subtle texture all over the cardigan. I was also going through a vertical twisted ribbing phase when I designed this sweater and you know I can never resist a shawl collar.
I started with figuring out how I wanted to work the chevrons, and I settled on a simple purl bump pattern. It took me a while to decide exactly how to do the ribbed collar because I needed the edge to look nice on both sides since it would be folded over. I finally decided to go with an i-cord edge that is worked simultaneously with the body.
As for the construction of the sweater, it is knit in 5 pieces (6 if you count the belt) and seamed. The sleeves are set in, and the shoulder seams are finished using a three-needle bind off. The ribbing for the collar is worked past the shoulder (imagine you place the shoulder stitches on a holder and then continue to knit only the ribbing so that you will have a strip of ribbing that extends past the shoulders) on both sides, then the collar pieces are joined at the center back neck with kitchener’s stitch and finally the whole collar is sewn to the back neck. I know that’s a long explanation, but I promise it makes sense as you’re doing it!
I’m so excited about this pattern and I really hope people like it and enjoy knitting it! The pattern is written for nine sizes, ranging from 34 3/4″ to 67 3/4″ bust. The yarn I used for the twist sample was the lovely elann.com Peruvian Sierra Aran in Plum Heather (be sure to check out the yarn website where Zenith is the featured pattern for this yarn and there is another picture of the sweater!) If you’d like to take a look at even more pictures, head on over to the pattern page on twist collective. And don’t forget to look at the other amazing patterns in this issue!
Designer Process: Burrard
Glenna C's work is cables is lovely. You can see it in Burrard, from this most recent issue, and also in these darling socks. You can keep up with her on her blog. In today's entry, she tells us about how Smallville, Art Deco architecture, and Vancouverites inspired this recent design. Enjoy!
My design inspiration for Burrard goes back to February 2011, when I paid a late winter visit to Vancouver and spent a relaxing few days with some knitter friends. It is a really fabulous city, and has a moderate enough climate that, even if it is still cold and snowy in other parts of the country, by the end of February Vancouver is already showing patches of green grass. It's also such a wonderful place just to be in - no matter where you are in the urban core, you are not far from a glimpse of the water, trees, and mountains that surround the city, which is pretty great.
It was one of my favourite buildings downtown. (And not just because it stands in as the 'Daily Planet' building on the 'Smallville' television series. Although if you're a television fan like me Vancouver is pretty neat overall, since you can find locations from Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, even 21 Jumpstreet!) The Marine building is one of the standout examples of Art Deco architecture in Canada. It's a beautiful tall structure with a lot of elegant detail so common to the early 20th Century style.
Twist Style Friday: North Wind
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.
I don't even like new years eve (too much pressure to have fun makes me anxious), but somehow as December ripens, the level of sparkle in my wardrobe that is acceptable to me steadily increases. Last night I met a friend for a delicious latke dinner- festive perhaps, but certainly not fancy- and I wore a dress that bears a strong resemblance to a disco ball. Styled with doc martens, opaque black tights, wool socks, and a cardigan in a bright solid color, I am pretty tempted to wear this dress in the daytime. In any other month this might seem outlandish to me, but these days I can't think of a good reason not to be metallic. It tickles me that I get to write this column, given that my personal style would score medium-high on a ridiculousness scale. Thank you, dear Twist readers, for taking me seriously, even if only for a moment.
Allow me to introduce this week's subject: North Wind.
It's pretty easy, I think, to imagine this as a serious staple in your casual wardrobe. With leggings or jeans, it's autumn on the beach. It's on the way to yoga. It's the extra layer under your coat for those really brutal days. It's cozy and shapely and the details are gorgeous.
I do contend that this sweater need not be confined to your casual wardrobe, however. Please feel absolutely free to take North Wind out on the town. Take her shopping. Take her to the movies. Take her to a festive gathering. Take her to grandmother's house. This right side of this set is inspired by little red riding hood (because duh) and the left side is a little more... glitzy. Call it Gossip Girl (top left), or Bowie-librarian (bottom left).
How will you wear North Wind?
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