Subscribe



Receive HTML?

Twist Collective Blog

Twist Style Friday: Locksmith

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 love when we put out a new issue. I love taking a slow flip through the pages, and looking on Ravelry to see which patterns are getting faved the fastest. My favorite is watching the projects tab explode as folks pick their first pattern to knit from the issue, choose their yarn, and start knitting. I feel oddly proud of these designs, even though my part in their existence is pretty miniscule. I certainly don't create them, but sometimes (I hope!) I help them find the humans who want to make them theirs. Consider me a knitting matchmaker (cue the soundtrack to Fiddler on the Roof)!

 

Well this week, friends, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce you to a pattern that is really and truly adorable. Everyone, meet Locksmith.

 

 

yoke detail of Locksmith, vintage styled pullover with key motif across yoke

 

 

If you've been keeping track of my knitting proclivities, you might know that I fear stranded colorwork, and so when I first saw this pretty thing on my laptop screen, I felt a little nugget of dread along with the immediate megacrush I have on this sweater. Maybe this will be the sweater that gets me over my fear.

 

 

back keyhole full view

 

 

Can we talk about how perfect that keyhole detail in the back is? I like it aesthetically and the wordplay also totally tickles me.

 

I do feel a little stuck on what colors to use, so I'm going to wait a little while and see what some of you come up with! I think I want a neutral and a bright. I want enough contrast for the keys to really stand out, but not for it to be too glaring. This silver and bronze combo is pretty great, so I won't be surprised if lots of you follow suit.

 

As for styling, I think you have lots of choices, depending on the colors you choose. You can pair it with plainer stuff and let the details on this top really stand out, or you can pick things that match in mood if not in color or pattern. Locksmith definitely has a retro vibe, with the high crew neck, simple shaping, and cropped sleeves, so a jaunty neckscarf wouldn't be out of place, or a great pair of cat-eye specs. If you're looking for something a little more nerd and a little less sweater girl, Locksmith would make a perfect vest if you left off the sleeves altogether and wore it over a crisp collared shirt, all buttoned up. Here are a couple of my ideas!

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Locksmith?

 

 

Twist Style Friday Three's Company: Carajillo, Chartreuse and Corallina

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.


 
Hey all, Marnie here. Carly is on vacation and she's left me in charge of the final Style Friday of the season. With the temperatures nearing triple digits in my neighborhood, I can barely stand the thought of clothing. I'm not one to spend much time au naturel, but I'm starting to see the appeal. Still, Carly's entrusted me with holding the fort while she's gone and she left me some beauties to work with, so let's see if I can't do these pieces justice.

Today we'll be talking about Carajillo, Chartreause and Corallina; three lace shawls with their own unique personality. 

 

carajillo

 

 

Monique Boonstra's Carajillo has a bit of a retro vibe to me. Maybe it's the polka dots in the background that got me thinking about the 50s but I can't help but imagine this sweet shawl with a rockabilly vibe.

 

carajillo

  

I see this shawl going on vacation, with sight-seeing in some light pants and a halter top, then dinner and dancing in the evening, followed the next day with a lounge by the pool. I love the curve-hugging details of 50s fashion and it's easy to find pieces that feel both vintage and fresh. High-heel spats, polka dot sarongs, or sailor pants can all be combined with more modern pieces to make the style your own, or play up vibe and jump in with both feet. This is the perfect chance to treat yourself to a cute petticoat and a swishy full-circle skirt.

  

chartreuse

 

 

Chartreuse, by Katherine Leek has a whole different feel to me. This is bold shawl that seems unapologetically robust. While there are lace details it's the stockinette wedges that dominate, giving it a more utilitarian instead of decorative feeling. My gut is to play up this strong bold feeling with more strong bold colors.

 

three looks

 

 

I said I find this more utilitarian but that doesn't mean it's not beautiful too. Over a short dress, it's downright elegant. Pair it with a maxi-skirt and loose tank and it's breezy and relaxed, or pair it with a structured shirt and ombre pants and wear it to almost any social gathering.

 

I might have saved my favorite for last. Lana Jois' Corallina is pure grace and elegance. The yarn is a mohair blend in a nearly black blue-green shade.

  

corallina

  

Hubba hubba, right? I want to whisk around in a silk dressing gown and practice my twirls while tossing this over my shoulder dramatically. This shawl is red lipstick and fine wine and Vivaldi playing softly in the background.

 

corallina

  

I imagined this knit in a true black and I paired it with more black and a splash of red. I love women in tuxedo-inspired outfits and this version has comfortable red ballet flats and bright red pants as well. In the middle, an evening gown with kitten heels is a classic combination that still feels comfortable enough that Cinderella can dance all night with her lovely prince or princess or self, if she prefers. Or how about a short lace dress with a plunging neckline and sky-high stilettos in black and red? Ooh, mama! What's not to love about any of these options, you know, other than the inevitable crash as I attempt to wear those heels?

   

Do you think you could use a new shawl in your wardrobe? How would you wear Carajillo, Chartreause or Corallina?

 

 

 

 

Twist Style Friday Shawl Bonanza: Antares and Calyx

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.


 
What a happy Friday it is indeed. I have to tell you, sartorially inclined humans, I am having a hard time sitting still to write to you this morning. I'm too excited. Of course this means I'm going to ramble for a bit and eventually show you two stunning shawls I want you to knit this summer (one of them is in the midst of a knit-a-long RIGHT NOW- you can still join in the fun). Here are some pics just to give you a preview of the prettiness we are getting into today.

 

 

AntaresCalyx

 

 

I'm restless because I leave this afternoon for 10 days in my favorite place, and not only am I thrilled to the gills about it; I haven't packed. I spend a week each summer as a volunteer camp counselor at a camp for kids from LGBTQ families and communities, and it is seriously the coolest, most inspiring, sparkliest week of the year. One of the camp mainstays is a pretty seriously stocked dress-up bin, and I was lucky enough to connect with a friend who wanted to donate some dresses she was holding on to but knew she wouldn't wear again; her wedding gown and two bridesmaid's dresses. She dropped them off at my place a few weeks ago, and this big bag has been sitting untouched in my office ever since. Until last night, when in a fit of procrastination, I decided to try on these three dresses.

 

The first two were pretty great. In fact, they fit me so well I had a fleeting moment of feeling sad about putting them in the dress-up bin. But I truly have no use for two very elegant, floor length gowns, even though the deep teal one sort of made me look like a mermaid pinup. But then, people, I made the rash decision to try on the wedding gown. You should know that not only do I have no plans for marriage in my own life, but most of the weddings I have attended have been non traditional to some degree. The bride (or brides) have worn green, dusty rose, purple, yellow, and seafoam at some of the nuptials I've witnessed. The closest I had been to an honest-to-goodness, big white frothy wedding gown was watching Say Yes To The Dress with my cousin Laurie while she recovered from a snowmobiling accident.

 

Here is what I learned; the only thing harder than getting into a wedding gown on your own is getting OUT of a wedding gown on your own. If you should ever find yourself alone, late at night, with a wedding gown in your size or thereabouts, I would like to humbly recommend that you do not try it on.  Let me have made this mistake on your behalf. I had a brief vision of that scene from Grey's Anatomy. After failing at lifting the dress vertically over my head (too heavy!) and getting a little bit panicky myself, I considered wandering sheepishly into the room of my very asleep housemate and asking for his help. I'm good in a crisis though, and my creative problem solving skills are pretty ace, so I made it out on my own, and am now sharing my triumph and light mortification with you all.

 

These two radiant beauties would certainly be right at home around the shoulders of a blushing bride. I, however, would wear them otherwise.

 

 

closeupthis one too, closer

 

 

Let's start with Antares. You met her earlier this week, and maybe you decided to join in the KAL that Laura, the designer, is hosting on our Ravelry group. This beaut comes in three sizes for maximum versatility, and until you get to the exciting lace-and-beads section, it's all garter based smooth sailing.

 

 

full wingspan

 

 

Laura was inspired to do some styling of this shawl too, here are her ideas for how to wear Antares!

 

five outfits by Laura

 

Here are a few of mine-

 

three outfits by Carly

 

 

Next up is Calyx. She is more of a semicircle/crescent shape, and my favorite detail is the lace along the top (neck) edge. Look how pretty this is!!

 

 

lace at neck

 

 

I also really like how the lace motifs on the border are BIG. This isn't a little repeated chart, this is kind of epic. The flowing lines make your knitting simple enough to read if you have a little experience knitting lace, so it's still a lovely and very accomplishable relaxing summer project.

 

big lace

 

Especially in a silk yarn that shines and drapes like this one does, Calyx drips elegance, so I styled it pretty fancy.

 

 

three fancy outfits

 

 

How will you wear Calyx? How about Antares?

 

Design Process: Antares... and BONUS KAL

 

headshot Laura Patterson

Today's post is brought to you by Laura Patterson, designer of the lovely Antares shawl from our most recent issue. You can find out more about Laura's work here. This thing is a breezy knit, starting with lots of plain garter, and then the end bit is lacy and beaded and tons of fun. We like it so much we are hosting a KAL through our group on Ravelry. Kate cast on for hers on Friday, and you can watch her progress on the KAL or our Instagram. Here is a taste of her rusty version in squishy DK.

 

 

 

Kate's Antares progress shot

 

 

 

The first time I saw examples of Estonian lace knitting I was smitten. Truly, it was love at first sight. I got a book about it, then another, then... I’ve used a number of their stitches for a variety of designs since that first book landed at my doorstep. I’d already seen the lovely waterlily stitch used by other designers, and now I had the basic instructions for making it myself. Hooray!

 

Time passed... I’d been looking for a good excuse to use the lovely waterlily stitch on something for quite some time. Last summer I had a bit of time between projects, and spent some of it swatching with the waterlily stitch, and came up with a idea for using it in a triangular shawl.

 

 

swatch

 

 

I try to keep at least half an eye on new lace designs as they hit Ravelry, and there have been quite a few triangles that are stockinette or garter stitch at the top, with the lace only at the bottom. Though I have designed crescent shawls that are like that, I hadn’t done a triangle with those specifications yet. I thought a simple garter stitch top would set off the waterlily lace to perfection, but the waterlilies absolutely had to flow out of the garter stitch, instead of starting abruptly. Done.

 

 

full view

 

 

Now all I needed was a pretty border. There’s little lacier and simpler than left- and right-leaning decreases, each separated with a yarn over. The yarn that I used for the swatch was so light and airy that I added beads to the border not only for bling, but also to add a tiny bit of weight to help the shawl drape nicely.

 

 

beading detail shot

 

 

I’ve found that whenever possible, it’s good to have an idea or two laying around, fully formed, waiting for just the right submission call. I took a couple of days and started a submission for my waterlily triangle, though I didn’t know who it was going to. I’ve found that it can be helpful to name the submission, even if that name isn’t used for the design release. After searching online for a bit I named this design Antares, because it’s the name of a night-blooming waterlily. Perfect!

 

 

modeledmodeled from the back

 

 

Everything was done, ready, and waiting when the design call from Twist Collective hit my inbox. A match made in heaven! I made a couple quick adjustments to my submission, and sent it to Kate the very first week. I was delighted when she accepted my proposal, and I got to work with the fine folks at Twist Collective.

 

Click here to join in the KAL! All you need (for the smallest size- there are three choices!!) is 550 yards of laceweight, and if you're into that sort of thing, some beads. Antares knits up quick and pretty!

 

Twist Style Friday Double Trouble: Galatea and Acanthus

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 humans! This was a week with two - in fact two *consecutive* - days of literally perfect weather. It was warm in the sun and cool in the shade. This is the time of year I spend as much time outside as possible. I got to go on a teeny tiny road trip to a lake with some extremely wonderful humans, I sat on patios, I biked around town. It was pretty great. 

 

 

Before I was a knitter, I only wore scarves in the dead of winter. I understood their usefulness for defending against gusty winds but I also found them annoying. Now that I can make my own, and I can make them exactly the size and shape and weight and density that I want, a scarf or shawl is my go-to on days with variable weather. You can wrap it around your neck or shoulders in evening breezes or air conditioned offices. You can lay it out like a beach blanket on sandy or grassy surfaces. It folds up smaller than a jacket, and if you're like me and carry a borderline massive bag pretty much always, you can definitely fit it in your purse.

 

 

We're looking at two scarves today, Acanthus and Galatea. Everyone, meet Acanthus.

 

 

lacy green stole

 

 

There was a time in the late 90s (maybe the early 2000s?) when the coolest accessory scarves were these skinny little ribbony things. They looked cute on some of my friends, but for some reason, I always really hated them. I like to think of Acanthus as the (really really pretty) carnivorous plant that ate all those tiny weird scarves and absorbed their power; the Audrey 2 of stoles.

 

 

You can drop all those stitches as you go, or (I think this is the superior option if you have the patience to manage it) you can wait until the last possible moment, and drop all the ladders right before you bind off, and watch the fabric transform before your eyes!!!! This is one of those knitted things that can show you the magic of blocking.

 

 

lace detail

 

 

How should you wear Acanthus? Probably with anything and everything. I was a little bit inspired by old timey soda shoppes for this set.

 

three looks

 

 

 If you're looking for some other yarn ideas, check out this issue's Swatch It for some pretty neat yarn combinations.

 

Time to check out this week's other special lady, Galatea. Hello there.

 

 

ruffles!!

 

 

She is a garter based rectangle, with pointy ends and a veritable explosion of ruffles. In this duo of brights, she is a pretty jazzy piece. If you want something a little more elegant, you could knit Galatea in tonal greys, or a buttery yellow and golden hay color. I'm pretty into the pizzazz of this combo though.

 

 

garter base scarf

 

 

A more sensible person than I might want to wear this with a really simple outfit to let the piece shine, but I think maybe zazz-on-zazz is the way to go here. I say go with prints, sequins, textured fabrics, and statement shoes. Make it so that someone looking at you says "wow" three times as they take in the whole outfit.

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Acanthus and Galatea?

 

 

 

 

Subcategories