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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?

Throwback Thursday: Stormsvale

We are having a little reprieve from cold weather in Toronto. I biked to work the last two days, and without a jacket or scarf!! It's been lovely to be outside in springlike weather, but also with the stunning falling leaves. I was wearing a pretty snuggly sweater today, but it was open at the neck, and once it was dark, I will admit to being lightly chilly for my ride home. It was dark at 6pm, because daylight spending time is the literal worst. 

 

I pictured this exact sweater in my head. I wished I was wearing Stormsvale.

 

 

full shot

 

 

In addition to being  classic and pretty, the colorwork bands over your throat and wrists are nice and toasty. Keep those pulse-points warm, people!! Also the allover herringbone texture is really lovely, don't you think? Let's take a closer look at those stranded bits, shall we?

 

 

waistline colorworkcollar color

 

 

I don't know if you share my fear of steeks, but if you do, this might be a great project to cut your teeth (cut your steeks!) on. The colorwork bands for the neck and waist and knitted in the round and then sliced open like magic. I believe in you.

 

 

Robin also wrote an amusing and very helpful blog post about Stormsvale, which includes a bunch of other possible color combinations, in case choosing from an infinite selection of colors seems overwhelming to you. There is some math, which I found charming.

 

 

This beauty is from our second issue ever, from Winter 2008! It's a special issue to me, because it's the first one that I had any hand in! I wasn't on the masthead yet, but you can see my name nestled in the thank-yous. Happy #throwbackthursday everyone!

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Sissonne

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.


 

It's Friday!

 

I had to bust out my fingerless gloves last night, some volunteers I work with were hosting a walking tour of neighborhood history, so we were a group of weirdos walking around in the cold night air for a few hours. I think after being alive for close to 32 years, I may have finally figured out how to dress warmly, so with my assorted woolens, I was fine. In some ways I have always been old for my age; tonight I was everyone's granny. I brought a couple of extra pairs of gloves in case someone was underdressed. They came in handy (see what I did there?).

 

Sweater season is totally here, in Toronto anyways. I'm sort of thrilled about it. I am thinking about pulling my Ravenscrag WIP out of hibernation so I can actually wear it this season! If you don't already have a sweater on the needles (ok ok, even if you do...), consider this delightful prospect.

 

 

collar and yoke detail

 

 

Sissonne is an asymmetrical cabled cardigan with a pretty curved hem and a cozy folded collar. The cables are lush but also minimal, and this stunning yarn is an excellent combo of workhorse polwarth wool and a sprinkle of silk.

 

 

curved hem

 

 

That mitered edge on the buttonbands is the kind of tiny detail that my knitter brain just LOVES. So tidy, so precise.

 

 

backsleeve detail

 

 

I think the collar makes this a statement piece no matter what else you're wearing, so you decide if it's the only bold piece you want to wear, or if bold on bold is more your style. The color combo of this stunning pale ocean with cool grey and pinky red was really talking to me, so I did some variations on that as a theme.

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Sissonne?

 

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