Showing posts with label Twist Collective. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Twist Collective. Show all posts

Monday, 9 July 2018

Twist Collective July 2018: A Review

Twist Collective has released their July 2018 issue, and it so happens to be their tenth anniversary issue. Let's congratulate them and have a look at it, shall we?

Metropolis. Not a bad little jacket. The collar sits well and the cable and pleat detail on the back make for a finished look.

Rockefeller. Nice, wearable piece. A sleeveless knit top with some interesting detail is such a useful piece for summer, because it can be dressed up or down, worn with nearly anything, and go nearly anywhere.

Heliotrope. Not bad. The ribbing detail gives the piece a contemporary feel.

Greenwich. This is quite a vivid, interesting piece. I'd put this shawl over a simple outfit.

Intrepid. Classic cabled cardigan.

Bellflower. Beautiful lacework in this one.

Alinea. This one's a rather interesting, modern-looking design. And though it has dropped shoulders, I think this is one of those rare exceptions when the dropped shoulders work so well with the design that it's unnecessary to fix them.

Deloraine. Pretty little lacy cardi for the warmer seasons.

Primp. This is cute, and has a couple of interesting twists. The ribbed cuffs and bottom are a nice touch, as is the way the triangular buttons echo the triangular lace motifs.

Concourse. Fabulously punchy. I couldn't not notice this one if I saw it on someone.

Windjammer. A crisp and lovely take on the classic Breton-stripe sweater.

Osculation. A very appealing contemporary-style wrap. I've used a photo that shows the entirety of the shawl, but as you can see from the other photos on the design's Ravelry page, it looks very good on.

Liminal. I like the back wrap detail, and the eyelet edging, but I've got my concerns about how flattering that A-line shape is likely to prove.

Eigengrau. That fair isle pattern is fantastic.

Aerial. This one has a certain minimalist appeal.

Solaris. Rather a nice piece with some pretty lace detailing.

Glint. What a darling little capelet.

Donastia. I would work the lace pattern in the sleeves all the way to the top of the raglan for this one rather than having the top part of the sleeve in stockinette, which creates a dropped shoulder effect.

Awelan. This is a rather graceful, flowy, layering piece.

Casablanca. Another eye-catching, contemporary-style shawl.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Twist Collective May 2018: A Review

In today's post we're going to have a look at Twist Collective's May issue.

Sway. This unstructured, minimalist piece is not my kind of design, but I have to admit that that it seems to hang fairly well (important, because how much time is the wearer going to spend clutching it about herself?) and that the play of colour is visually interesting.

Gloxinia. A fabulous piece of lacework.

Petrina. A simple summer or layering piece with just enough detail to make it interesting.

Chilston. Another exquisite lace shawl.

Esplanade. This one is fun and smart and sporty, and very wearable.

Montpelier. Another beautiful shawl, with a modern twist in its stripe pattern. I'm not too thrilled with this colour palette (I think it's the yellow, which I'd replace with damn near any other colour), but that's easily corrected.

Prickly Pear. This has an unfinished and ill-fitting look. Finishing the edges would help it sit better at the bottom, and it could probably do with some waist-shaping.

Harlow. I particularly like this one. The stitchwork on the front has an Art Deco-like appeal.

Allium. Not bad. I think this is one I'd do in a more interesting yarn.

MacGregor. Nice piece. I like all the detail around the edges and up the sides. I think I'd fix those dropped shoulders though, which would both make the shoulders more flattering and neaten up the fit a bit.

Delphic Grove. The stitchwork in this wrap is gorgeous, and it drapes beautifully.

Bette. This one's a simple, wearable piece, though I think I'd neaten up the fit a bit. The edgings and the back buttoned style give it a bit of interest.

Talaitha. A fourth beautiful shawl. This one reminds me of an Edwardian chemise, probably because of the combination of white and eyelets.

Sunapee. This well-shaped and nicely detailed, and the split lace sleeves are interesting, though I'm not sure how wearable they'd prove. For me at least -- the one time I made a dress with split cap sleeves, I wound up stitching them together because I couldn't stand them flapping limply about and showing the wrong side of the fabric. These are split on the bottom, don't show their wrong side, and seem to hang pretty well, so I think they are pretty workable.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Twist Collective March 2018: A Review

In today's post, we're going to have a look at Twist Collective's March 2018 issue.

Rainier. This design has a detailed back, a plain front, and garter stitch side seams. And a mullet hem, but for some reason I'm not as ready to advise fixing it as I generally do. (I hope this doesn't mean that I'm softening on mullets in general, because that is one treacherously slippery slope.) This is overall a very decent, polished design.

Lusca. This shawl is both delicately pretty and visually interesting.

Verden. A classic cable and lace pullover with a very slight mullet hem.

Ninfa. This is quite a pretty and intricately stitched cowl.

Gramercy Park. Quite a pretty summer sweater. The lace work is really lovely.

Trinket. I like the alternating diagonal lace and garter stitch panels in this scarf, which gives it a contemporary feel.

Maida. The front view isn't bad, but the back does have an unfortunate patched-together look.

Inachis. Another cable and lace effort. It's not bad. It's a little small on this model, which is detracting a bit. Good fit is so important.

Birdwatcher. Love this mitts and cowl set, with its elegant and fanciful birds and tree branch design. This would have been my pick for the cover design.

Farnia. Not too taken with this one. I'm not a fan of the "edge loop" buttonhole style, because the side edges tend to pull apart (as they are doing here), which makes the sweater look too small on its wearer. I also don't tend to like the rolled edge effect on necklines and sleeves and hems, because it looks unfinished. The stitchwork around the bottom is quite attractive, but otherwise this cardi looks like it needs some more work.

Barling. This is quite fetching. I'm liking the effect created by the horizontal sleeve and yoke lacework construction, and the simple detailing through the body.

Damhsa. The "candy floss and split pea soup" colourway of this shawl isn't for me, but once I look past that I love the design. Garter stitch tends to have a "beginner project" look and it's always nice to see an accomplished designer turn out a carefully polished and finished garter stitch project. The shaping of this shawl is excellent and it consequently sits and drapes beautifully, the edges are crocheted, and the decorative cable running along the hem is all the detail it needs.

Woodbury. A classic and well-shaped eyelet lace sweater.

Coppice. This is ever so cute. The shaping and stitchwork are all good, and those contrasting buttons really make the look. I'm getting a sudden urge to make a cardi with fun buttons.

Chimera. This one's a bit afghan-y for my liking, but I must admit that this wrap drapes well in all the shots on this design's Ravelry page, that the lacework is very attractive, and that it would be fun to put together a colourway for this project.

Brooksby. This is a pleasant little number. The shaping and stitchwork are good, and the slight flare in the cuffs gives the pullover a bit of verve.

Reveal. Another nice summer cardi, with some inventive cable detailing.

42nd Street. A classic pair of lace and cable socks.

Italic. This is decent, but I can't help thinking a more finished type of edging would have done more for this sweater than these rolled edges.