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Twist Style Friday: Channa

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 folks!!

 

It is always a good week when we drop a new issue, and winter is such a juicy time to be a knitter.  Even though to some extent I get to watch these issues develop from the inside (looking through submissions, helping with naming patterns), new issues as a whole still feel like a delicious surprise.

 

If you read this column often you may know that I try to knit something from every issue of Twist. I'm not totally there, and since time keeps moving forward, catching up may never be fully possible. But I cast on a project from the new issue last night. I just couldn't stop myself. Four episodes of Nashville later (yup, I'm still fully on that train), I have the hem and the short rows for the dipped back.

 

 

Carly's channa hem

 

 

This pattern is a good deal more plain than the projects I usually choose to knit for myself. There is no fancy lace, no twisty cables. Channa has a simple shape and some little details I just love.

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

At a glance I thought the sweater front was in garter stitch, but it's closer to half-garter, half-stockinette. That means you get the textural impact of the purl ridges that are such a squishy and wonderful part of knitted garter, but the gauge difference between the front and back is not nearly as pronounced.

 

The hems too, are a little bit special. That's ribbing you see there, but it's framed with a little bit of garter. It's somehow polished and rustic at the same time. I think this sweater is just lovely.

 

 

side viewback

 

 

 

Since I'm making my Channa in soft merino with a little sprinkle of cashmere (lucky clearance find last year!), likely I will want to wear it against my skin, plain and simple (except electric orange). But I also really loved Kate's styling in the shoot above, and the slight A-line shape and boat neck of this top make it really conducive to one of my fave fashion opportunities: LAYERING.

 

Especially in a gentle neutral, Channa can handle some loud patterns, like how a blanket of snow over a city makes it seem peaceful even when it's still bustling (can you tell that I actually *like* winter?).

 

 

three loud layered outfits

 

 

How will you wear Channa?

 

 

Winter 2015 Launch

 

Normally on Thursdays take a little trip down memory lane and show you something delightful from our archives, but today is not a day for looking backwards! We just launched a new issue, did you see?

 

cover image

 

 

Inside you will find thirty delicious new patterns!

 

 

zepp sockschanna sweater

 

 

This is just a sprinkling of some of my early faves, but of course, we will be showcasing these designs on the blog all  season long.

 

 

nalina setkizzlekazzle

 

 

 

We want to keep you cozy all winter, and well entertained by your knitting projects!

 

 

chance and comet mittsbesom

 

 

This weekend (or right now!) I hope you have time to take a slow flip through our pages and really drink it in. We are so happy to share this issue with you!! Enjoy it.

 

 

 

Twist Style Friday Double Dipping: Shannonmore and Boreas

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!!! Even happier because you probably know what it means when we start doubling up on style posts, if you're a regular Twist reader. hint hint.

 

We are looking at two stunning sweaters today, Shannonmore and Boreas.

 

 

green cabled sweater modeled outdoors on a petite brunette womandusty purple cabled cardigan with zipper, modeled by a willowy lady wearing a flower crown near some trees

 

 

They'e both cabled, hip length sweaters with cozy high necks, but they really have different flavors. Shannonmore is a real classic. Dense cables all over, saddle shoulders, and a little bit of positive ease for the snuggliest sweater.

 

 

back view

 

 

 

Kinda stunning, I think. I love knitting BIG cables like this. It's kind of meditative, especially since the patterns here are predictable enough to not just be squinting at a chart the whole time.

 

Boreas is almost a jacket, the cables more plantlike than knotlike, growing organically from the ribbing as a backdrop.

 

 

back view

 

 

 

Both are versatile pieces that you can dress up or down. Here are some of my ideas! For Shannonmore, my recipe is understated bottoms and shoes that turn up the volume.

 

 

 

three outfits with shannonmore

 

 

The Boreas outfits I worked on while watching Nashville, so I may have been gently influenced by some of the characters. That's Scarlet O'Connor in the middle there, and Rayna James on the left. The one on the right miiiight be Maddie Conrad.

 

 

three outfits with Boreas

 

 

How will you wear Boreas? How about Shannonmore?

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Jaali

Thursday means we are firmly in the home stretch of the week! I don't know if it's been that way for you all, but this week has been a bit of a bear, so I'm not too sorry to see it nearing an end.

 

We are throwing back today to our inaugural issue from Fall 2008, to one of the first sweaters from Twist that I not only held in my hands, but also got to try on. Now, you don't *have* to make this in a yarn that has 20% cashmere, but I promise that you won't be sorry if you do. Wearing this was like being snuggled by a million baby bunnies, and looking pretty fine while doing it. Remember Jaali?

 

 

arm cablessleeve detail

 

 

I love the way the front cable continues around the deep V neckline, and is echoed along the hemline.

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

I hope all of you are working on something cozy as the cooler weather closes in! If you haven't started something luscious to wear this winter, think about Jaali!

Twist Style Friday: Hemingway for Men

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 folks!

 

I spent the afternoon yesterday at The Room, a very fancy fashion boutique inside of the Queen Street Bay store downtown in Toronto. I just walked around and looked at things, touched a few. I've been interested in the world of fashion since I started watching Jeanne Beker on Fashion TV when I was a little kid. When I stand in a room full of Oscar de la Renta and Prabal Gurung and Moschino clothies, I feel both like I am in a room full of celebrities, and also in a museum full of works of art. It sure isn't shopping- even if those clothes were made for bodies like mine, I definitely couldn't afford them- but there is something weird and peaceful and inspiring about being in a room with that much beauty.

 

Speaking of beauty (and totally changing the subject), have you seen this sweater?

 

 

both versions together

 

 

Hemingway is a stunning classic pullover. The shawl collar and button placket are lovely details, and the allover basketweave makes the sweater extra cozy and also keeps the knitting process interesting.

 

 

front

 

 

I love this deep heathered green, because it's neutral enough without being overly plain. This would also be lovely in navy blue, burgundy, and any undyed natural.

 

 

back

 

 

In pretty stark contrast to that fancy fashion room full of (mostly unattainable) possibility, the selection of stuff on Polyvore for masculine folks is SLIM, and a little boring?  I know some dudes who are pretty snappy dressers, and I try to think of them when I am styling menswear for this column. My favorite piece (probably obviously) is that pair of red and gold shoes. BLING!

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Hemingway?

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