Friday, 19 April 2013

Twist Collective Spring 2013: A Review

Let's have a look at Twist Collective's Spring 2013 issue.

I very much like the Viridis jacket which has a beautiful lace front panel and good overall proportions and modern lines, but it's one that will have to be worn closed, because when worn open the front pieces are going to sag and the waist tie will trail. If you want to make this cardigan be prepared for that, and also be aware of the bulk it will add to the front of you as double-breasted styles inevitably do.

Twist Collective has offered the beautiful lace Castanea shawl in both a rectangular and a circular shape so that you have the choice of the shape you like best. That's a terrific perk for their customers and one I would like to see offered more often.

The Eliza sweater is a smart little lace-patterned number. If you don't like to emphasize your waist, you might want to decrease the height of the cabled waist section, or just make another sweater, since the waist section is what gives this design its visual interest.

Love the Sprocket baby blanket. It's original, striking, cute and it's backed with fleece which makes it reversible and all the cosier. And if you want your baby to grow up to be a robotics engineer, you can't start programming too early.;-)

The Alvinda design is a nice little fitted lace cardigan. As with the Eliza pattern, you'll want to decrease the height of the waist ribbing if you don't want your waist to be a focal point.

The Lilium cardigan is a sharp little number that will serve its wearer well for years to come. I like that the back looks as sharp as the front. I think designers tend to focus on the front view of their designs, forgetting that in real life one is always seen in a multi-dimensional and dynamic way. Those around you will view you from the side and the back just as often as they do from the front, and it's well to make each aspect give a little something to the eye.

The Romanesco shawl is attractive and seems to drape well, but all I can think when I look at it is that those holes at the pointed edges around the hem look like accidental holes that shouldn't be there.

The Alenia cardigan is quite pretty and will be wearable and flattering for most women. The narrow belt tie won't work on everyone, but it's easily omitted. I would do something a little different with the neckline edging though, such as adding a bit of crocheted edging, because it looks unfinished the way it is.

I love "the twenties middy gone modern" look of the Charleston cardigan. The top-buttoned cardigan style isn't for everyone's figure or taste but you could easily add as many buttons as you like.

The Trifle shrug is one of those very feminine little confections that will look really piquant and pretty on the right person and with the right outfit. It will probably suit the girly type the best, and it's a daywear look. Knitting it in one colour would upgrade it to possible evening wear.

The Tendrils shawl isn't going to be warm or practical, but it is exquisitely delicate. And like the Castanea shawl above, it's rendered in both the rectangular stole and crescent shawl shapes so you can make the one you like best.

Love the Pont Neuf cardigan with its lace panel and side buttons and vintage vibe. Of course, you will want to wear something under this and you will need to wear it closed.

The Cays socks are my kind of sock pattern. Though I might admire intricately colour-patterned socks on someone else, I don't really like the idea of making my feet a focal point. Textured socks with professional-calibre shaping does it for me.

The Galleria tam is a lovely piece of work. Of course I suspect I like it just as much for the colour of its yarn as for its design, though I have no fault to find with the latter. Mmmm, that lovely sea glass blue.

The Wavelettes shawl has a beautiful and interesting texture and drapes well.

The Peking top has a beautiful lace front panel, but unfortunately the rest of the sweater doesn't live up to it. The shaping is sloppy and isn't going to flatter anyone (it's not doing this model any favours whatsoever) and with a neckline that open and a shape that loose, the wearer will be giving every interested and uninterested onlooker regular viewings down the front of her top, which is overkill given that much is visible through the front lace panel already.

The Rosewood design is another beautifully textured and well-shaped pair of socks.

The Cayley cardigan is another pretty and useful cardigan with interesting back detail.

The Haussmann cardigan is a romantic little piece for the girly type. You'll have to wear it closed, but it's so light and lacy and open it's not like you run the risk of getting too overheated in it. I would want to make that tie considerably shorter because it's going to be getting caught on or falling into everything. Such as the toilet.

The Merise top is a pretty and totally wearable little top. It will look good on almost any woman and show some skin without showing her undergarments. Well, okay, I can see some white bra straps there, but you have to look closely to see them and a skin-tone bra would be even less visible.

The Lyssia cardigan is a lovely piece of which I have just one nitpick to make: that the neckline looks a little unfinished and rough. But I really admire the technique used for the butterflies, and I was taken aback to realize how simple it was: the whole sweater is done in the same shade of yarn with the butterflies knitted in stockinette stitch against a reverse stockinette stitch background. So easy and subtle, and yet so innovative and striking.

I want to praise the Fine Kettle shawl because I admire the technical proficiency that went into its creation, and yet I can't. I find this piece really unattractive visually. It looks for all the world like a section cut from a late sixties-era bedskirt. Doing it in another colourway might help.

The Trigere top is a simple little thing with some great side detailing to give it the polish and distinction it needs. This will go to work with a skirt and take a woman through the weekend when paired with jeans. You may want to watch that doesn't wind up being too big through the waist and hips or tight through the chest, but it'll be easy to control the fit by adjusting those side gores.

The Spoletto stole isn't terribly striking but it's attractive and wearable enough. The pattern description says it has some beading on it but I'm not sure I see any in the pictures.

The Lindis sleeveless top is another great little simple yet detailed summer top that'll go anywhere and always look polished and smart.

This Floriston cardigan lies beautifully smooth on the model and has that terrific cabled lace around the neckline and front edges, and then in the back it has that fantastic back detailing. I don't know how they got the pleat to keep those sharp creases, but if it actually stays that way through a day of real life wear, it's quite a technical accomplishment. This piece is my idea of the ultimate design: it's an almost universally flattering item, it's simple and wearable enough that it'll be a go-to wardrobe piece for years, and yet it's so distinctive and technically accomplished that it'll never fail to impress those who really look at it.

Not at all enthusiastic about the Winona cardigan. I don't think the extra width around the hips is going to flatter anyone. It's not doing anything for even this tall, slim model.

The Morisot tank looks simple to the first glance but actually owes its fit and flattering to some very able shaping in front and back. You'll want to make this one in a variegated yarn as the sample knitter did, because it'll help hide the shaping.

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