The new winter issue of Twist Collective is online! Winter is the season for knitters – even those of us who lay our needles down during the summer find ourselves picking them up and looking for new projects once we feel that certain chill in the air. With great patterns, shopping ideas, and informative articles, Twist Collective delivers plenty of inspiration to keep us all knitting through the dark winter nights. Here are some highlights from this pattern-packed issue.
The first story, “Icing,” has a collection of snuggly sweaters and accessories to keep you or a happy recipient toasty warm.
Luggala is a raglan-sleeved sweater with a lacy cowl neckline and kangaroo pocket for interest – knit this up in a drapey worsted weight yarn like Rowan Lima.
Everyone needs a chic little cardi in their wardrobe – knit Lavandula in your favorite sport weight hand dye like The Fiberists Audubon Sport.
Chione is a pretty pullover with delicate cable & lace detail – try a DK weight yarn like SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Merino DK. The set-in sleeves will give it a great fit.
The colorwork in the Chamomile hat & mittens give you a chance to play with color combinations – go subtle or wild to make them your own! Use your favorite fingering weight hand dye like Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock.
The sumptuous Ratana cardigan’s lace and ribbing are worked in a silky aran weight yarn – try The Fibre Company Organik.
The second story, “Afternoon Out,” is a cozy collection of sweaters suitable for walking in a winter wonderland or getting you warmly through the work week.
The stranded colorwork of the cute Whirlpool vest lets you show off your favorite color pairings, whether it’s classic black & white, trendy grellow, or something all your own! Use your favorite smooth fingering weight yarn like Miss Babs Northumbria Fingering for crisp color changes or go for a softer effect with Brooklyn Tweed LOFT.
Pinion gives you another opportunity to play with color – you’ll want a sportweight yarn like Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino to make the feather pattern and contrast edging pop. Go naturally subtle or peacock bright!
Boldly go for a springy plied DK like Filatura di Crosa Zara to set off the twisted stitch pattern in Picard – or change the look with Rowan Tweed. (Check out this awesome style guide on ways to wear Picard!).
The Berwick pullover has hand warming pockets and a big buttony cowl neck – it will be soft & cozy in an aran weight like Imperial Yarns Columbia.
Another great assortment of sweaters and accessories awaits in the next story, “Complementary Colors.”
The shapely Koleine cardigan’s cables and striped stitch patterns call for a smooth DK weight yarn like Filatura di Crosa Zara – knit from the top down, this sweater can be worn with either side showing for a different look! (Check the style guide for more ideas!)
The Chime hat, cowl, and mitts in soft, luxurious The Fibre Company Canopy Fingering will brighten anyone’s day – make one or all three for a lucky recipient (or yourself!)
Knitters love cabled hoodies! Granville might just be your new favorite, worked up in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Worsted. This is popping up in a lot of Ravelry queues – is it in yours yet?
Knit a shawl that charts the winter night sky! Circular Celestarium‘s sparkling beads are added with a crochet hook so you don’t have to prestring them. Choose your favorite fingering weight yarn for a special gift! (Read about the design process for Celestarium and how the designer figured out how to turn constellations into a knitting chart.)
Shoofly gives a simple sweater pops of color at the edges. Choose your favorite colors of sport weight Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino or go for a hand dyed look with The Fiberists Audubon Sport.
Cables and pockets and ribs, oh my! The Aleph cardigan will be warm and lofty in US-made heavy worsted Imperial Yarn Columbia.
Haven’t found the perfect project yet? The next story, “Daybreak,” brings even more sweaters and accessories to choose from.
Burrard is a classic cabled cardigan updated with set in sleeves and waist shaping for a flattering fit. At a pattern gauge of 5 stitches to the inch in stockinette, you have plenty of yarn choices from heavy DK to light worsted weight – Stonehedge Fiber Mills Shepherd’s Wool and Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER are both great options!
The leafy 3-color pattern of the Aldershot hat and mittens works up quickly in worsted weight – with 32 colors to choose from, Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER is the perfect choice for this pattern as well! (Pick a coordinating color of Brooklyn Tweed LOFT for the cuff facings.)
The pretty Porto pullover will be perfect in a drapey DK like The Fibre Company Acadia – flattering waist shaping is created with delicate cable panels at the sides. (Read about the design process for Porto – the designer cut the sweater in half at one point!)
More colorwork is yours! Whether you make them matching or contrasting, the Knoten socks will be a fun project in your favorite fingering weight like Spud and Chloe Fine.
The top-down raglan Dressage features sleek side cables and a scrumptious ribbed cowl neck. Knit it in a cozy aran weight like Cascade Eco Wool.
The Coesite hat and cowl are another great gift option – pick a luxurious fingering weight yarn like The Fibre Company Canopy Fingering to chase away chills.
With so many gorgeous patterns to choose from, this issue of Twist might have you knitting right through till next winter! (At least until the spring issue comes out to distract you…) Which project do you plan to start first?