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New Twist and Interweave!

I totally admit that I’m a terrible pattern collector.  I will buy any book or magazine that I think I might want to make something out of someday (you know, just in case.)  Nothing makes me happier that a month with lots of new patterns!  I’ve already shown you Amber and the new Knotions (not out yet, but probably next week – I’m making those mittens out of bright red baby cashmerino.)  This week we got the new issue of the twist collective, and a preview for the winter IK.

Of course, I’m kind of picky too… I know what kinds of things will look good on me, as well as what I’m actually likely to knit (I’m a fan of worsted weight yarns, unlikely to knit sport and smaller.)  I thought that Twist, overall, was very good quality.  There were several designs that were just lovely.  I’m likely to knit KingScot, Vivian, and Garbo (below.)

Vivian is my favorite.. isn’t it gorgeous?  The cables remind me of my Honey sweater, and who doesn’t love a hoodie?  Garbo I would probably not have looked at, except the shape is similar to my minimalist cardigan, which I have been wearing constantly  Apparently I like this sort of jacket.  And Kingscot… well, I know I said no more Norah Gaughan, but I just love that front design so much!  Of course, the back has something weird going on.

It’s not ribbing exactly, it looks like some sort of cable (I haven’t bought the pattern yet to confirm.)  I would make this with a plain back, because I think the front already has enough going on.  Probably the stitch count would need adjusting, but it doesn’t look too bad.

There are two other sweaters in the issue that I think are lovely, Sylvi and Valia.

I have a pretty firm “No knit coats” policy, because I have more regular coats that anyone should ever need (it’s my other sickness) and because I don’t like knitting things that big.  On the other hand, this is bulky yarn, and that flower motif is some serious loveliness.  I may yet make this one!  Valia is knit in Malabrigo, which of course I love.  I think it’s a little big on the model there – it’s modeled with something like 3″ of ease.   I would make negative ease (either the 29 or 32″ size,) which would totally change the look of the sweater.  Love the long cuffs and the neck!

There are several other lovely patterns – a pretty cowl by Pam Allen, and some lovely colorwork mittens (colorwork and I are in a fight… I cannot knit with my right hand without pain, and it’s too slow the other way.)

Since when it rains it pours, and a whole host of other cliches, we also got the new Interweave preview this morning.  I’ll tell you right off the bat that I have been displeased with the last two issues of interweave (three if you include the Gifts issue.)  This one is better, but it’s still missing something for me.  My favorites below.

Out of these I am likely to make the Climbing vines pullover (because it looks like a Phildar pattern I own, but without the reverse stockinette… and again, it would look better with negative ease, and possibly more shaping?  I would need to see the pattern.)  I like the welt and rib sweater and Elaine’s Blouse (without the buttons on the back.)  Welt and Rib is knit in a lovey yarn (Manos silk blend) and would look nicer in a less boring color, but that’s true for lots in this issue (see all the pinky lavender?  I hate pinky lavender.)  I have to admit that I am drawn to bright colors, and in this way the Twist Collective really spoke to me, while this does not (I know you can change the colors of course, and I would, but my initial impression includes the sample color.)  On the other hand, I am probably attracted to the Blooming Cardigan (the first sweater above) because of the color – I am not a huge fan of belted cardis, and I already have a similar one by Kim Hargreaves in my queue.)  Same with the vest, although I might think it was lovely anyway – I would like to see it styled with pants, because I would never wear it the way it is modeled in the magazine.

I will await the galleries, which have frequently changed my opinion on sweaters.  I would like to see Interweave do something like vogue is doing now – a video of the clothes being modeled, which shows movement and all angles.  Twist is doing a fashion show with their sweaters, and there will be a video posted.

Now that most of the winter patterns are out, I can finally make that WEBs order I have been plotting.  I do love shopping for yarn on the net… I can take all the time I want, and I am a slow shopper by nature.

I am 3/4 finished with Polly (I love chunky yarn!)  I have a quick comment for anyone knitting this – keep in mind that it will relax a lot with blocking, since it is a sort of ribbed fabric.  My back grew from 14″ to 19″, and only shrank back to 18″ when dry (I did expect this, I wasn’t hoping for a 14″ back – in fact, I was praying for some serious stretch the whole time I was knitting!)

13 thoughts on “New Twist and Interweave!

  1. Thank you *so* much for mentioning that the new Twist Collective patterns are up!! I also really, really liked the IK preview this time (last time? um, not so much) and liked the same patterns you did.

  2. It’s always fun to hear your take on the knitting patterns/publications. And thanks for mentioning Garbo – my contribution to Twist. It’s interesting that you compare it to the Minimalist Cardigan…because that design appealed to me too. I’m all into cozy, comfy cardigans.

  3. I always look forward to your pattern previews/reviews, and this time is no different. I’ve been stalking the twist collective site, and I STILL heard about it first here…

  4. I picked out most of the same patterns (and I love Amber!). I also agree about being disappointed in the recent issues of IK. I so loved the Fall 2007 issue (I think I’ve made five sweaters from that issue) that I’ve been letting them slide, but it is nice to see some patterns I’ll actually make again.

  5. I’m definitely leaning towards Vivian & Sylvi in the new Twist. I do have concerns over the back section of vivian. With the way the cables there is a very real chance that my hiney will look w-i-d-e.

  6. I am so in love with Sylvi. Its summer here atm so I’m thinking this will be my autumn knitting taken care of. Im hoping a few ppl knit in the meantime so I can see their versions.

  7. I’m also in love with the new twist! If only it wasn’t $7 per pattern.. Am hoping they’ll put a group deal out someday. Love the same patterns as you do – and had the same thought on Norah’s cardi. I love love the red jacket, but as a 40 yr old, am hoping I can knit it for my daughter – just imagine the 9 yr old joy at that flower!

    Cannot wait to get my IK — tks for the heads up! love hearing your feedback on the patterns – you have a good radar 🙂


  8. I saw Climbing Vines today also and that’s the one that spoke to me – can’t wait to get my issue in the mail.
    All the Twist patterns are gorgeous, it’s so hard to choose. I look forward to see what you decide to knit

  9. I love the sleek shape of Vivian, and also its practicality. I like Garbo because of its comfortable fit and it looks like you could wear it anywhere. Stacking up against the last two issues of TC against IK, I’d pick TC any day. Now, if we were talking about the 2007 fall issue of IK, I’d have a much harder time, but things are just…weird at IK, although I really love Connie Chang’s patterns in that mag.

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