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Twist Style Friday: Concertina

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 new year Twistfans!! You may have noticed that we *gasp* didn't publish a style post last week. It was the holidays, and I was on vacation in Montreal and didn't barely look at a computer screen (except for Netflix, currently completely obsessed with The Good Wife). Last Friday evening, however, I was thinking about you, dear sartorially inclined readers. I was sitting in front of a lovely fire (none of this fireplace-tv tomfoolery) at my friend Sue's place in Montreal.  She is so fabulous, I thought it might be fun for y'all to benefit from her stylishness too, so we worked on some Polyvore sets together, and she wrote a bit about hers. Today I'll share both of our styling ideas! Sue is a rad bellydancer, choreographer, kitchen dynamo, yoga teacher, great knitter, and all-around fun-magnet. She made me dinner and pie and in the morning we had a butter-pecan french toast casserole and coffee with booze. gave me pie. I win at friends.

 

I could talk about how cool Sue is for pretty much ever, so we should probably move this along and take a look at this week's featured garment: Concertina. You can wear her open or closed, depending on your mood or outfit! The single-button side closure turns an easy open jacket with barely-visible contrast pleats into a dramatic assymetrical top with vibrant stripes. Shazam.

 

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I think I saw a pretty lovely monochromatic version already, and I can't wait to see more knitters and the color combinations they come up with. If I was going to knit this tomorrow, I would get two yarns in the same colorway and the same weight, but different fiber content. Probably I'd choose a snuggly soft wool as the main yarn, and a silk or silk blend for the stripes. I love the way different fibers absorb dye differently, and I think that would make for subtle but interesting textural depth.

 

If I was going to wear Concertina as is, I would want to play on the lovely contrast colors; I kind of went all Cinnamon Girl on this one. We have, on the left, a sort of cowgirl-librarian (cowbrarian?), a (perhaps overly) twee grad student in the middle, and a chic museum-goer on the right.

three outfits by carly

 

I'll let Sue tell you about her styling and inspiration:

If you've never goofed around on Polyvore, you should definitely go give it a whirl. This was my first go and I may have fallen down the earring rabbit hole a little bit. For the first outfit I decided to play up the yellow tones in the contrast panel with a saffron body-con dress, while the middle outfit reads posh equestrienne. Lately I've been hooked on Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, an Aussie series about a 1920's lady detective who flies airplanes, speaks Russian, and always has a gold revolver stashed in her evening bag. Phryne Fisher is basically who I want to be when I grow up, and this last outfit is one I think she might wear.

three outfits by Sue

 

 


What about you; how will you wear Concertina?

New Pattern! Meliae

Meliae

 

If you receive our newsletter, then you've already seen the newest addition to the Twist Collective library of patterns, and here at Twist headquarters, in the northeast, a pair of warm, cashmere blend colorwork mittens seems like a perfect treat. Meliae, by Hester Nerine has tons of little details, that we think you'll love. Corrugated ribbing, braids and finished hems, and coordinating patterns on the palm and outside of each hand, make for a mitten that is just as fun to knit as it is to wear. Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga! Is a durable and luxurious blend of superwash merino, cashmere and nylon, so your mittens will feel great and look great for years to come. 

Find out more about these mittens in our shop.

 

Meliae

 

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Meliae

Twist Style Friday: Folki

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 everyone! I wish i had today's featured garment right now. I would like to be wearing it while typing this and listening to the radio. This is my morning ritual; coffee, CBC radio (it's a Canadian thing, but you can get lots of the shows on satellite radio if you want to!), sometimes an attempt at a crossword puzzle. Yesterday on this show Q, Will Shortz was interviewed, the editor of the New York Times crossword, who is basically a professional word nerd. Today they're interviewing these folks who run a gigantic, drop in style choir that has been getting kinda famous in Toronto. It's a pretty neat concept; no auditions, no mandatory rehersals. You just show up and sing, with 80 or so people you may or may not know.

 

But I digress. Let me show you the sweater I'd like to be wearing right now. Hello, Folki.

 

Folki

 

This thing is a little odd, and a lot awesome. It's like a slouchy, cozy version of a little black dress. A roomy tunic with a wide neckline and exposed seams on the sleeves. It's also one of those things that photos have trouble capturing, but there are garter panels down the front and back that add an extra dimension to the fabric.

 

shoulder detail

 

For sure you could wear this with leggings and boots, and even within that narrow group of clothing items, you could have pretty different looks. I tried something a little different with the last one (far left)- I imagined this as a second layer over a sparkly holiday dress. The tunic length could allow a couple of inches sparkly hem at the bottom, and the slash neck let's a little of the dress' shoulder and neckline peek out. It's not that I'm saying you *should* tone down a dress that's 100% sequins, but in case you want to, this could be an offbeat (and warm!) way to do it.

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Since this sweater/dress is a little slouchy, I think a carefully chosen and somewhat chunky accessory (a cuff or big ring) will keep you from looking like you stepped out in your jammies. 

 

How will you wear Folki?

 

 

 

 

Designer Post: Tuin

 

Tori Seierstad

 

Today's post is brought to you by Tori Seierstad, and can also be founs on her blog, here. Tuin, the gorgeous yoked turtleneck from our newest issue. This is Tori's first design with Twist, and it sure is a pretty one.

 

 

 

You might have noticed by now, that I have a sweater pattern published in the Winter Issue of Twist Collective, Tuin. Isn't that just so cool!?! I'm really proud!

 

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When I saw this old Slovak embroidery  (38 weeks ago, according to Pinterest ), I knew I somehow had to use this in a knitting pattern. I spent a long time thinking about it, wondering what to make, a cowl, a pillow, pattern on the bottom of a sweater... before I suddenly realized it had to be a yoked sweater. I thought it would work, although it would be a challenge to incorporate the yoke shaping into the pattern.

So I first made a small scale swatch, to see if the chart and the increases would work out:

 

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Here it is, it did work out. (This is now on my needles going to be a child sweater.)
 
Then to find a yarn for the adult version. I wanted a gauge around 20 sts per 10 cm. Which can result in very heavy garments, which I did not want. So I chose to use two strands of yarn, both from Pickles: Pickles Merino Tweed, and Pickles Pure Thin Alpaca. It's super soft and warm without feeling to thick and bulky. It weighs 517 grams.  
 
A while before, I had read a blogpost from Áine Ryan, describing the design process for a sweater she made for last year's Twist Collective's Winter Issue, Luggala. "Aim high", she wrote, having never designed a sweater before, and decided to submit it to Twist Collective. So I thought, if she can, so can I. And the rest is history...
 
Well, there was a lot of thinking and calculations and knitting. And waiting. First for the answer from Twist, of course. Then for the yarn to knit the sample sweater to arrive from the US. Then for the confirmation that the finished sweater had arrived in the US (it's a bit scary to send off a sweater across the Atlantic like that, I can tell you).  Then waiting for the publication day. All the time thinking that they would get back to me saying that the sample was not good enough, or that the pattern had so many serious flaws they could not publish it, or something else. But it didn't happen, and the reception has been a great one, I think. There is even one finished sweater already!
 
 
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The first Tuin was worked without short row shaping in the back. So it can be worn both sides. The final pattern has short row back neck shaping, with the tulip in the middle on the front. There was an error in the first published version, so on Pinneguri's sweater, the rose is in the front. I like both versions, but I just had to make a choice.
 
 
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The yarn that Twist Collective sent me, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted, was amazing. The blue colour was made specifically for this project. The yarn was really nice to work with, soft and bouncy and with a great stitch definition. I used 525 grams for a sweater size 40. If you have the chance to get your hand on the yarn, I highly recommend it. If you're interested in reading about the targhee sheep, you can find some information here (wikipedia) and here (US Targhee Sheep Association). The yarn can be found in the Blue Moon online store.
 
 
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Twist Style Friday: Peloponnese

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.


 


Readers, I am in a bit of a silly mood today. Maybe it's because the holidays are rapidly approaching, and for the first time (maybe ever!!) I am getting time off to celebrate, and am still going to be paid. This whole gainful employment thing is kind of great.


I'm also feeling really nice and fuzzy about being part of a knitting community. I used to be part of a knitting circle in Montreal that met every week, and those ladies are still some of my nearest and dearest, but the internet has also expanded the capacity for creating community online. I'm doing knitting swaps across oceans, getting really amazing (knitted and not knitted) things in return, and this week, I got an unsolicited knitted gift from the designer of this week's featured garment, Sandi Rosner. They're legwarmers, but they warmed my heart too. Sandi is one of the lesser-sung heroes of Twist Collective, unless you've ever had trouble with a pattern and emailed us about it. If you're one of those folks, then you know just how kind, patient, and clever she is. She designed this. Isn't it gorgeous??

 

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So maybe it's thinking about community, particularly communities of women (that's my experience, I know there are tons of amazing guys who knit too!) that made me think of girl gangs. Maybe I've been listening to too much Beyonce and Bikini Kill. But this morning, when I looked at Peloponnese... I saw a modernized, super sleek version of the pink ladies jacket from Grease. Can you imagine, a group of knitters, wearing these in slightly mismatched ways? Like they all share a color scheme, but arrange the colors differently, or they all use the same main color, but everyone has their own contrast color? This mental image is giving me life today.

 

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The best part of this cardigan (well, for colorwork wimps like me) - it's not stranded - it's a slip-stitch pattern! It's also a great way to use a bright or variegated yarn without making a garment that's overwhelming. I am always drawn to the boldest colors, and this is a way to use them in a garment that's still really polished and pretty. Of course, I also want to see folks knit this in a solid bright, with a neutral as the contrast color. That could be really fun. I think a tonal version could also be gorgeous. Two shades of grey, or a true blue and a greeny blue? You'd basically be knitting a mermaid. Please go knit a mermaid.

 

Ok, so back to Grease. I actually don't love the film, as a whole. The lesson is pretty gross, actually. But the music is boss and the clothes are kind of amazing, so let's just pretend that last part didn't happen, okay? Imagine your own ending where everyone gets to be exactly who they are. Care of this gorgeous sweater, I give you (from the left) Sandra Dee, Frenchy, and Rizzo. Updated a little, of course.

 

three outfits

How will you wear Peloponnese?

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