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Sandi RosnerWhether she is bringing us a modern classic design, or writing a helpful article about technique, Sandi Rosner brings a lot to Twist Collective. Today she shares just how worthwhile it can be to stick with an idea that doesn't work out right the first time. You can also find this post on her blog, here.




The new issue of Twist Collective was released last week, and I have a new design to share.


Meet Porto...


Porto, full view


This pullover came about because I was curious about the possibility of shaping a sweater with cables. As you may know, the twisting action of cables draws the knitting in, making the fabric narrower.  Instead of the usual increases and decreases to shape the waist, could I achieve the same shaping with a cable motif? I charted and swatched to figure out just how much cable was needed to produce the shaping I wanted. Then I knit the sweater.

And it wasn't right.

The scale was off. The cable medallion produced the waist shaping I wanted, but it was too small to make the visual impact needed.

I had three choices:
1. Take a trip down the river Denial and leave it as it was.
2. Remove the sleeves, take out the shoulder seams, and unravel the body of the sweater to the beginning of the cable, then re-knit.
3. Cut off the sweater at the bustline, unravel and re-knit the lower body of the sweater with revised cables panels, then graft the sections back together.
Monty, I'll take door number 3, though number 1 is very tempting.

I don't have photos of the surgery in process (it's just too much like taking photos of a crash at the side of the road). As you can see, the operation was successful. The re-scaled cables are so much better than the original. After blocking, even I can't find the line where the pieces were grafted together.


Cable detail

The sweater has a deep V-neck with cabled decreases for just a touch of sexy detail.

For the yarn, I wanted to use something a bit luxurious. Something soft and warm, with good stitch definition to show off the cables, but without bulk. Lorna's Laces Honor was perfect. It is 70% baby alpaca and 30% silk. The yarn is drapey, but not droopy. It caresses your skin in the most wonderful way. And the nearly solid color adds depth and richness.


Neckline detail


At some of the wineries in Napa Valley, tastings of port are offered with small squares of dark chocolate - truly a match made in heaven. In my fantasy life, I'd wear this casually elegant sweater in front of a crackling fire, bathed in candlelight, curled up on the couch with a charming man, sipping port and letting squares of chocolate melt on my tongue.

Click on over here to buy the pattern and begin making your own fantasy.

Also in this issue, I have an article on knitting myths and why you might choose to ignore them. I had a lovely e-mail in my box this morning from the one and only Cat Bordhi, thanking me for the article. Made my day.

Audry Nicklin


Today's post was written by Audry Nicklin, designer of the amazing Celestarium, the starry shawl from our newest issue. In this entry Audry explains how she knitted the sky. Literally.  You can also find it on her website.




Celestarium detail


Celestarium started it's life in early 2011 with the question, "Wouldn't it be cool if there was a shawl that was also a star chart?" Of course knitting a star chart seemed utterly crazy. How do you even chart something circular that has no pattern repeats. Although the idea was neat enough to earn a sticky note on what my brother lovingly refers to as the "Beautiful Mind" wall, it seemed impossible, so I tried my best to think about other things.


Sticky Note


Except that the idea kept bugging me. It seems obvious now, but it took me 6 months to determine that the only way to chart the sky accurately was to make a circular chart. After an unsuccessful search for a circular pi shawl chart, I ended up building one in Illustrator using a polar grid as a starting point. Eventually the chart was printed out, taped together, and hung on my window so I could refine the design.


chart taped to the window


Being from the northern hemisphere, Polaris seems like the logical center of the shawl. That ended up being the only easy star to chart. As it turns out, there is no standardization to constellations, so several sources had to be checked for each constellation before adding them to the chart.


Source material


The next big job was to make the piece knit-able. A big circular chart is wonderful for graphing, but an absolute nightmare to knit from. I toyed with different ways to keep track of star placement, but settled on placing a stitch marker every 36 stitches. Star positions were refined to make sure there were exactly 36 stitches in between each marker. No marker has to be moved in order to get the star placement correct. Additionally, all increase rounds do not have any stars, which makes the knitting go much smoother. As a bonus, the pattern includes a chart of the constellations so you know exactly what you have knit.




After 18 months of development, I finally was able to knit up the first version. Call it a coincidence or Providence, but right as I was looking into publishing the pattern Twist Collective's mood board landed in my inbox. One of the themes was macrocosmos with an image of stars. The rest is history.



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.

Hello sartorially inclined readers! Carly here with our first installment of Style Fridays since the (oh so recent) launch of the Winter issue. I had trouble deciding where to start styling, there are so many gorgeous garments in this issue. I hope you've had a chance to leaf through it slowly and drink in all the pretty. It's so exciting to be part of a community that creates so much beauty- all you knitters included!

So. Onto the clothes. We begin in Koleine. Check her out; she's a dish.


Right?? I mean reallly. The graduated welts, the simple cables, the generous collar; this sweater is cozy and elegant and super flattering. I don't use the word "flattering" a lot, because often what people mean by that is something like "makes you look skinnier than you are" and I don't personally think that skinnier is always better, or that people have to work towards concealing things about their bodies. I think all bodies are good bodies, and when I say that I think a garment is flattering, I mean that I think it would look beautiful on a large variety of body shapes and sizes. That said, I want to give you a closer look at that waist detailing; check it out. Curvy ladies- this sweater was made for you.

Waist Detail

So we've seen Koleine casually, and I wanted to play with this sweater in ways that were a little dressier; even (dare I say) business-casual.

Three outfits

All you really need is a knee length skirt and a smart bag to take her to the office. How would you wear your Koleine??

Or the winter issue is, at least. It's a good time to get going on some new knits so you can be nice and toasty when the cold arrives in your neck of the woods!

winter preview

Close your eyes and count to one hundred. No peeking.


tiny preview