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Designer Post: Interleaf

 

headshot of designer Sandi Rosner, a white woman with long dark grey hair, wearing a green turtleneck

Sandi Rosner is the author of today's post, which is about her most recent Twist design, Interleaf. It is a clever colorblocked tank, perfect for a balmy day. Sandi is a Twist superstar; she designs so many gorgeous things, does tons of tech editing, and also finds time to write super helpful technique articles! We heart Sandi. 

 

 

 

 

photo of various striped fabrics grouped together

 

Stripes and knitting are a match made in heaven. Changing colors row by row in an orderly sequence is just enough variety to keep the knitter entertained. But stripes have gotten a bad rap. Women are often told that wearing horizontal stripes is bad. Well, I think you should wear whatever sorts of stripes you like. I happen to love stripes. But I also wanted to make sure that people will lots of different body types could feel comfortable and beautiful in this top. There is a magical solution; break up the horizontal line of the stripes with a little intarsia.

 

model wearing Interleaf top, a beige tank with blue and grey partial stripes. model has light brown skin and a gorgeous halo of dark tight curls.

 

Take a look at Interleaf, my latest design for Twist Collective. Stripes, right? Wide stripes and narrow stripes. But the overall impression is vertical colorblocking, not horizontal stripes! There is a little bit of asymmetry at play here, too. The blue stripes wrap around the left side to meet their partners on the back; the gray stripes wrap around the right side.

 

Other design features include a shaped waistline, and a square neck to show off pretty collarbones. The armholes are close enough that you don't need to worry about bra exposure.

 

 

full front shot of model wearing Interleaf top with a green full skirt that ends just above the knee. on a pale pink backgroundphoto of side/back of model wearing Interleaf top. she is looking back over her left shoulder so the side and back of the garment are displayed

 

The intarsia technique used in this design is as simple as can be. No intricate shapes, and no more than three sections in a row. If you are new to intarsia, or need a refresher, this issue of Twist Collective also includes an article I wrote explaining everything you need to know.

 

The yarn is Tahki Cotton Classic Lite - crisp, smooth, cool, and perfect for a hot summer day.



While you're clicking around, be sure to take a look at the rest of the Spring issue. My personal favorites? Belleville, a classically feminine cardy by Anne Podlesak, Sugarbeach, a girly summer aran by Fiona Ellis, and Aello, a gossamer lace shawl by Marnie MacLean.

 

Twist Style Friday: Calendula

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 Friday! This is a funny work week for me, and I have a long day of work tomorrow, so Friday doesn't feel like the kind of sweet relief that Fridays often are. I'm still happy to see it here again. Pity me, a little, but then let it go and focus on Calendula. 

 

 

full shot of model wearing Calendula sweater

 

This sweater looks like fun. Fun to make, fun to wear. I have been thinking about making one for myself, even though it's not totally my usual style. I'm mostly a product knitter; I knit the things I want to wear (or want to give someone else to wear). Don't get me wrong, I totally want to wear Calendula, but the thing that makes it a tempting project is that I want to knit it. 

 

That vertical line down the center front and back; that's a three needle bind-off! The sweater is constructed by making two pieces from cuff to center body, and then joining them in the middle. Doesn't that sound exciting? The whole thing is knit sideways. You can see that a little more clearly in this shot. 

 

detail of back neckline and shoulder area

 

The boat neck is also lovely, and don't you think the lace is so pretty?? I really like how it goes down the sleeves seamlessly from the neckline. 

 

Side view

 

Ok, onto the really fun part; styling it! Here are some ideas of how to wear Calendula in a bit of a dressy context. The recipe is pretty much Calendula + straight cut, patterned skirt + gold accessories + sexy shoes = awesome. 

 

Now that is some math I can get behind. 

 

three dressy outfits with Calendula sweater

 

 

I also wanted to show off Calendula's versatility, so here are some more casual looks.  I have to confess to a deep love for the combo of orange and pink, even though "fashion" will tell you they clash. I say, clash away. Listen to The Clash while clashing. Get into some trouble- deep deep trouble

 

three casual outfits

 

 

How will you wear Calendula

Design Process: Facet

headshot of Angela Hahn, white woman with dark wavy hair to her shoulders, wearing a while turtleneckToday's post is brought to you by Angela Hahn, designer of the gorgeous peekaboo yoked top Facet from our newest issue. You can also find this post on Angela's blog, here, and find my styling post about Facet here. Angela has designed a number of lovely things for us here at Twist, including this gorgeous vest and this super cozy shawl. 

 

 

 

 

The Facet Pullover just came out in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Twist Collective! Often my most recently released design becomes my new favorite, but I'm especially fond of the Facet Pullover because it's playful and unusual. And I really enjoyed the process of designing it and working out the challenges of that unique perforated yoke.

 

model wearing Facet pullover

 

 

When I first submitted the idea for this pullover, I was thinking I would keep the open diamonds to the front and back only, placing groups of three between the raglan seams (hence the working name, "Three of Diamonds"). But when the editors at Twist Collective suggested placing the diamonds all around the yoke, I liked the idea a lot, so I agreed to change the shaping from raglan to a round yoke, so that decreases could be placed between the open areas.

 

 

Facet sweater from the back

 

 

With that attention-getting yoke, I knew that I wanted the rest of the pullover to be simple, so I used rolled edges for the hem and cuffs and just added gentle waist shaping. I used 3/4-length sleeves to take advantage of mild spring weather, and to show off wrist accessories. I did have to rip back the first couple of inches of the body, after I realized that there was enough color variation between skeins of the O-Wool Balance yarn that the transition from one skein to the next was very obvious. So I had to alternate skeins every few rounds (which is not unusual when using hand-painted yarn), which is why there is a visible striping effect (which I did not originally plan, but grew to like!). 

 

 

detail photo of sweater yoke, with diamond-shaped cutouts

 

 

 

Everything then went smoothly until the yoke, where I had to figure out how many stitches were needed for each size before starting the diamonds. This would normally be straightforward, but in this case, as soon as the first cable cross round is completed, the circumference of the yoke is decreased dramatically by all those crossed stitches, so I had to make sure I didn't start out with too few stitches, and end up with a too-tight yoke.

 

 

Facet sweater on a dressform, from the front

 

 

Then came the diamonds! Each section between the diamonds is worked flat, one at a time, with the cable crosses at the halfway point pulling the fabric sideways to create the diamond-shaped negative spaces. There are a lot of sections, but working them actually went faster than I expected (although I was still happy to join them and return to working in the round, once the diamonds were completed). I did end up incorporating the yoke decreases into the cabled sections, where they blended quite nicely into the lines of the cables (see below).

 

 Facet sweater on a dressform, from the front

 

After that, my only design decision was how many decreases to add before binding off the stitches around the neck opening. I've found from past experience that going by a stitch gauge obtained from measuring a swatch lying on a flat surface will often yield a neck opening that is larger and looser than desired: the weight of the garment and the shape of the shoulders will tend to stretch the neckband stitches. So I used a "slightly stretched" gauge to calculate my expected neck circumference, decreased more than I originally thought would be necessary, and ended up with the neckline sitting just where I wanted. On the second try. (On the first try, the neckband was still too loose.)

 

I'm now thinking about wearing Facet when the sample is returned! I dislike strapless bras, but I dislike exposed bra straps even more. So I think I may baste a layer of flesh-colored batiste or other semi-sheer fabric to the wrong side of the yoke, so I don't have to wear Facet over another layer. Can't wait!

Twist Style Friday: Megunticook

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 Twistfans, and welcome to another installment of Style Fridays. Marnie stepped in for me last weekend with a post about our newest pattern Conservatory, and she did such a stunning job!! I'm happy to be back in the saddle though, now that my move is done! I have a new home folks! I spent a *long* time today unpacking and organizing my stash and unfinished projects; I may be developing a medium sized collection of extremely beautiful single socks, including the in-progress first of my newest love, Barolo. I am kind of in love with these socks. Or maybe I should say "this sock" as history tells me I may only make the one. 

 

 

I had been in housing limbo for a little while, staying with friends until I could find a place I was excited to move into, so I'd been living out of a suitcase and with a limited quantity of my shoes, lipsticks, and clothes. I can't tell you how happy I was to fill my (BIG) new closet with all of my dresses. If you follow Style Fridays, you know that I have a strong (basically exclusive) fondness for dresses. While unpacking I made the somewhat questionable decision to count them all. Folks, I have 87. I could wear a different dress every day for nearly three months without repetition. 

 

 

This is awesome. You know what else is awesome? This sweater. Check out Megunticook

 

Model wearing Megunticook sweater, a blue three quarter sleeve cardigan that ties in the front at the waist

 

Things I like about this sweater include: the little pleat at the sleeve; the low neckline; simple shaping; the textured edges and tie; the easy fit; how it just seems like the perfect thing to wear over just about anything.

 

Take a look from another angle, would you?

 

Same sweater from the back- plain stockinette with textured trim at hem, neckline, and sleeves.  

 

 

I would like to wear this to the potluck picnic I am going to tomorrow afternoon. Ideally with gingham and maryjane flats. 

 

That idea pretty much inspired the set below. 

 

three outfits featuring Megunticook sweater with dresses, sandals, and metallic jewelry

 

I thought I might also try something a little dressier, but still kind of breezy and cool. 

 

two dressier outfits with Megunticook

 

 

I think this top could take you all sorts of places. How will you wear Megunticook

Conservatory

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.


 

Marnie here, filling in for Carly, on another Style Friday. This week, I'm featuring a brand new design, released about a week ago. Conservatory, by Kate Gilbert, is a stunner of a stole. Long vines of paired eyelets evolve into a shower of leaves at each end. And the yarn, Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label Cashmere Sock, features cashmere and nylon in this merino blend, making it durable and elegant. You can pair it with your most formal outfits, or wear it like a scarf for casual, work or outerwear. And being so light, you can pack it away in your bag, if it gets too warm. This is really an all-seasons piece, and would really compliment almost any wardrobe.

 

Conservatory

 

While we don't normally style accessories, on Style Friday, I thought I'd show you some outfits that would pair just wonderfully with Conservatory.

 

 

three outfits for Conservatory

 

Stoles are incredibly versatile. A little online sleuthing will lead you to a variety of ways to tie a scarf, and many would work just as well with a knitted stole, and of course, you can unfurl it at any time to wrap it gracefully around your shoulders.

 

While Kate and I were meeting, we even joked about pairing it with silver hot pants. I don't know, I almost think it could work.

three outfits for Conservatory

 

 How would you wear Conservatory?

 

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