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Throwback Thursday: Pinecote

I'm knitting a lot of big things right now. More than one blanket, a couple of large shawls, and a sweater. Knitting is slow magic, and once in a while, I really like to take a break from the long-term projects and pick something I can crank out in a couple of evenings of TV. If you have a hankering for some instant gratification knitting, consider Pinecote

 

 

Pinecote from the front

 

 

I love the graphic travelling stitches in this hat, and the beautiful decrease pattern on the crown. If you made this in a kelly green, it could be a lucky clover that you take with you everywhere. 

 

 

crown

 

 

Just as pretty as when we first released it! 

Twist Style Friday: Regent Revisited

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!! This weekend marks the beginning of one of my favorite things about spring and summer; leaving town for the weekend! I volunteer at a pretty amazing weeklong summer camp, and this weekend is our staff orientation. It's supposed to be chilly and cloudy, with a small chance of snow, and I am defiantly packing a swimsuit. 

 

I am also packing wooly sweaters and socks, including several I've made Twist patterns (Channa, Riverdale, Empoisonnee). I do find myself wishing I had made one of these though. Hello again, Regent

 

 

Regent, in off-white, beltedRegent, pinned closed

 

 

I have strong and specific memories of styling this sweater when we first published this lovely pattern in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue. It was shortly after we started doing Style Fridays, and I was still learning how to use Polyvore. I definitely remember clicking something by accident and deleting all my work. Oops! 

 

 

cuff and ruffleback, in eggplant

 

 

Whatever yarn you choose for your Regent, this is a sweater that can take you anywhere. It's a swimsuit coverup in linen, an elegant formal sweater in silk/cashmere, or a feminine blazer in wooly tweed. In a neutral like this, I feel like Regent can stand up to some bright colors and bold patterns! 

 

 

 

How will you wear Regent

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Fara

Today, we are looking back at one of my favorite sweaters we have ever published. It's from Fall 2012, and I like it so much.  Take a look for yourself, at Fara

 

 

Fara, modeled, also with a chicken.

 

 

The pattern is a little bit striped, and a little bit floral. It's almost argyle and not quite plaid. In these faded tones, it reads 90s grunge to me. In pale pink and icy grey, it would be perfect with a tulle skirt and heels. With a self-striping yarn in primary tones, you're ready for Coachella. Choose your Fara adventure

 

 

pattern closeup

 

Designer Post: Ziarre

headshot Patty Lyons

 

Today's post comes to us from the blog of Patty Lyons, designer of the darling, retro-inspired Ziarre cardigan from our most recent issue of Twist! Read all about how Patty was influenced  by vintage sweaters, and also plants! Enjoy. 

 

 

 

The new Twist Collective came out recently, and I thought I’d give you a glimpse at the elements that went into inspiring Ziarre. As with my last Twist Collective Design, Sachertorte, I was inspired by a vintage silhouette (read about my last Design Inspiration) as well as a bit of nature.

 

 

full shot of Ziarre, modelled 

 vintage inspiration

 

 

I’ve always loved the cropped look of those fab vintage sweaters. There’s something so fresh and adorable about a sweater that hits you right at the waist. I can be paired with a swing skirt, a pencil skirt or a pair of skinny jeans (for a mix of vintage and modern).

 

 

back and sleeve

 

 

I LOVE a nice half sleeve. It’s universally flattering, and very versatile.

 

 

another vintage cardigan

 

 

I also love a wide rib at the waist.

 

I’ve always wanted to design an adorable little classic cardi. I didn’t want to make it too fussy or complicated.  I decided on a simple little lace pattern for the fronts and the sleeve. I was taken by the morning glory vines that wrap and climb around anything nearby.

 

 

morning glory vines

 

 

I had originally swatched it using single decreases and increases, but it didn’t pop the way I wanted, so I reswatched using double decreases and increases and yipee, I got my twisting vines.

 

 

swatches of vine pattern

 

 

I’m insanely happy with the way Twist Collective has styled this sweater (wish they could come over and help me get dressed every morning.)

 

Twist Style Fridays: Jaali

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 have to tell you, fashion fans, this issue's Swatch It sweater feature tickles me. I love a new take on a pattern we haven't seen in a little while (one of the reasons I love working on the Throwback Thursday blog posts), but more than that, these sweaters are like little artifacts of Twist Collective history.  

 

 

Fall 2008, Spring/Summer 2016

 

 

Jaali was originally published in our inaugural issue, Fall 2008. I joined up with Kate near the end of that year, mostly doing odd jobs, sometimes assisting on photo shoots, helping with yarn assignments, and assorter gopher-type tasks. It was a pretty big thrill for me to be working on such an amazing publication.

 

Showing the patterns with different clothes and on different bodies was something that we talked about from the beginning. One of our first ideas about how to manifest this plan was to have a bunch of people wear the samples with their own clothes, and take photos for the blog. For starters, a "bunch of people" was me and my knitting friends. Kate gave me a rubbermaid full of sweaters and shawls, and my darling friend Mara and I headed to Sue (our most recent cover girl!!!)'s place, and we spent a whole day trying on these amazing things and taking photos. Here is a silly one of the three of us (those are Ardent, Rebecca, and Stormsvale, in case you were curious). 

 

 

Carly, Sue, and Mara skipping in the snow

 

 

This was February 2009. Call it a coincidence if you like, but I made one of the sweaters I modelled that day, and so did Mara

 

 

Carly wearing the original Jaali Sue wearing the new version of Jaali

 

 

I loved wearing that sweater. I never wanted to take it off. It was cozy and sexy and felt a little decadent. I thought a little about that feeling of decadence when I was putting together outfits for this week. 

 

How will you wear Jaali? 

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