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Designer Post: Pavers

Nikki Wagner headshot

Today's post is from Nikki Wagner, designer of the stunning unisex accessory set Pavers from our newest issue. You can also find it here, on her blog. If you knit Paverns, Nikki would love you to tweet or 'gram about your projects with the tags #KnitPavers and #NikkiWagnerKnits. You can also find her on Ravelry as NikWagner





It has been my dream to have a pattern in the Twist Collective and now this dream has become a reality. Meet Pavers Accessories set, published in Twist Collective, Fall 2016 – I just love it!



Pavers goes canoeing



Pavers unisex accessories set includes a hat, mittens and a cowl. The hat and mittens are written with 3 adult sizes and the cowl includes 2 sizes, which gives you plenty of options for the best fit. These three accessories are covered in diamond cable stitches that flow really well together. The interlocking cable pattern on the cowl makes for especially stunning accessories piece.



hat closeup



Pavers is available for sale directly from Twist Collective (click here) or you can purchase it through Ravelry (click here). The great thing about Twist Collective is that they provide fair payment to their designers. When you purchase a pattern from Twist Collective you know that you are supporting a publication that loves independent designers. They also provide wonderful technical editing, layouts, pictures which results in a publication of exceptional quality.



all three accessories together



For the love of Cables: I am becoming a cable-loving junkie. Those intertwined, accented stitches are worked together like a puzzle piece, and it’s so cool!  Looking back at a cable-stitch path that I knit is very similar to how I feel when I hike to a mountain overlook. There is a deep sense of accomplishment there, and I love to take it all in. For Pavers I did some cable-work magic to make the diamond cable designs flow well with the decrease shaping for the hat and mittens. I think it the end result is beautiful. The cables on the cowl are interlocked in a repeating double-diamond cable pattern.  I love designing interlocking stitch patterns, so it was a real delight to have the opportunity to create this design. The pattern includes written and charted cable instructions (woo-hoo!). I try to provide both when I can, for whatever knitting preferences you happen to have (I am a chart follower, myself).



interlocking cables



Perfect for Fall: When I think about knitting, I almost always think of fall. I love when my patterns release for fall knitting, because I can then associate them with warm drinks, cool days, and changing colors. Accessories are especially wonderful to wear in the fall because you never know how the weather will change from morning-to-afternoon-to-night. So having the option to take off or pull on warm accesories is just so great. Accessories easily fit in a bag, trunk or tucked under your chair for when you need them next.  I also love fall because it reminds me that holiday knitting is underway.  Pavers provides such a variety of sizes and pieces, and is unisex – all of which make it a great pattern for holiday knitting. You can pick and choose which pieces would best fit your loved ones (which is super thoughtful of you).







Twist Style Fridays: Sangria

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 fashion fans! 


I wore a sweater yesterday. This one, actually.  I am so excited for this delightful weather. It's the time for wool, people. This is our time. 



Take a look at this delight. 





The sleeve details are probably my favorite, but I also really like the neckline and the cables that bracket the button band. 



neckline detail



In a squishy, springy merino like this one, your cables with be round and crisp, and your sweater will hold it's shape beautifully. I want to wear Sangria with really amazing shoes and at least one statement accessory. More is more people, more is more  



How will you wear Sangria



Throwback Thursday: Ceylon

Remember this sweetheart? Hi Ceylon



yoke detail



Details of note: adorable neckline detail, the literal cutest sleeves ever, hemline patterning, simple shape. Cute, cute, cute. 






This cotton-alpaca blend makes a lovely summer fabric, or make it in wool for a layering piece. Imagine her over a collared shirt? 

Designer Post: Dulcia

Headshot of Warren Agee


Today's post is from Warren Agee, first time Twist contributor, and designer of the lovely square-necked cardigan Dulcia from our newest issue. You can also find this post on Warren's blog, and check him out also on Twitter @wageeeeee





full shot of Dulcia



I am happy to announce the publication of my brand-new pattern in the Fall 2016 Twist Collective: Dulcia.


Dulcia took a long and winding road to reach the public. I originally started designing this cardigan back in late summer of 2013 after I came across an unusual shade of Madelinetosh Tosh DK at my LYS: a pale gold shade called Winter Wheat. It was lonely sitting there on the shelf so I took it home. After doing a lot of swatching and digging through stitch dictionaries, I fell in love with a simple honeycomb stitch. I came up with the basic design and started knitting. And ripping. And knitting. And ripping. OMG so much trial and error to get it right! As I knitted the prototype I scribbled down the pattern. Then I went back and did all the calculations to grade the pattern for all the different sizes. I use a spreadsheet for this. I then hired a terrific technical editor so that all mistakes could be corrected and wording rewritten so everything made sense. The entire process (knitting, ripping, writing, & editing) took about a year (!!) due to other stresses in my life and the fact that I do this in my spare time.





Near the end of the tech editing process I ran out of steam. I decided to change directions completely. I put away the pattern, left the design world, and studied portrait photography. Roughly a year later, after attending Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA in February 2016, I realized how much I dearly missed the warm and fuzzy knitting industry. I gave it another chance. My day job had changed, creating more space in my life for knitwear design. So I dusted off Dulcia and cast about for a way to publish it. I didn’t want to self-publish Dulcia; I wanted something different. I had never submitted a design to a major publication before, even though I had designed a few things for yarn companies, and a couple of those ended up in magazines. I knew the competition would be tough and the likelihood of getting accepted was slim, but I went for it. About the same time I noticed that Twist Collective had posted a call for submissions in the Ravelry Designers forum. “Oh boy, wouldn’t it be great to get into Twist – my absolute favorite knitting publication,” I thought. I wrote up my proposal and included photos I had taken of the sweater prototype (seen above). I was nervous and readied myself for rejection. I waited. And waited. And waited….






And then in late April I got an email from Kate Gilbert, Editor-In-Chief and Publisher of Twist. It started with the words “Dear Warren, I’m pleased to write you to accept…” That’s as far as I got. My heart stopped. I had been accepted! Joy! My mind raced, and in the next moment I was filled with panic: I’m gonna have so much work to do! What have I gotten myself into?

There was nothing to worry about, I would later discover. I received the yarn directly from Madelinetosh: Tosh DK in Prairie Fire, the most beautiful shade of pink I’d ever seen. And I’m not a pink person! I knitted up the sweater in about 4 weeks (with a couple days to spare), shipped it off, and worked at getting the pattern into shape according to their specifications. A couple months later, it was published in the Fall 2016 issue of Twist Collective!

I’m thrilled with the styling and photography, expertly shot by Crissy Jarvis.



button band and cuff detailsback



You may view and purchase the pattern by visiting Twist Collective. I appreciate your support!

Twist Style Fridays: Zellige

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.




Howdy friends. I'm feeling some weather related smugness this week. I'm still in Vancouver, hanging out with some of my favorite humans. It feels like September here, cool in the mornings, warm in the day, and chilly at night. I wore long sleeves and a wooly shawl to go get an ice cream sundae last night. Meanwhile, my home town is having heat warnings and my friends are all melting. Sorry Toronto friends. I know I say this every year, but OMG FALL you guys. It's the right weather for leather and velvet and corduroy and tweed. It's layers and vests and knitted socks. 




yoke detail



Zellige is a fabulous all season sweater that you should probably add to your wardrobe. She's lightweight, knit at a gauge just a hint looser than a pair of socks. On her own she's exactly the thing for a chilly spring morning. As a layering piece she'll add warmth to your ensemble without added bulk. 



full shot



She's also seamless, and with just a hint of simple colorwork around the yoke, Zellige is a pretty simple knit. I love the raspberry tone of the contrast color, and the slightly boat-y neckline. Maybe you want to show off that single skein of really special sock yarn on the yoke of something just like this? I also love a bracelet sleeve, but make them full length if you're looking for more of a winter sweater. 



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You already know what a crush I have on autumn, so it shouldn't surprise you that in styling this pretty lady, I went with denim and plaid and boots (and those cassette tape earrings?? Gimme). 


How will you wear Zellige