Even though the weather is still lovely and we are trying to eke out every last bit of the good weather, we knitters know that fall knits are really our time to shine. Next in the fall collection launches is Twist Collective, with their big Fall 2015 collection of 20 different patterns. Lots of garments and accessories, for a variety of tastes!
The new issue features 3 collection sections that have their own story and aesthetic. I’ve chosen to highlight two patterns from each section. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Cherrywood is a stunning pullover that is knit from the cable band first, with the stitches for the body and sleeves picked up and knit bottom up, with the garter stitch hem and cuffs picked up from the other side of the cable band and knitted down. The set-in sleeves are a clever trick with shaping- there is no seaming there, it is knitted in the round!
You should totally knit this sweater if: You are intrigued by the construction, like knitting in the round, and love sweaters that look classic and go with everything but stretch your knitting muscles a tiny bit.
You should definitely not knit this sweater if: You hate picking up lots of stitches, or do not want to draw attention to your hip area.
It’s worth clicking the link to check out detailed shots of this light-as-air shawl. The crescent-shaped shawl is knitted top down, and the design is fully charted only. The wrong side rows are not full resting rows, so you’ll need to be paying attention on both the RS and the WS.
You should totally knit this shawl if: You love lightweight shawls that are all about the pretty touch that finish off an outfit, and you love eyelets and lots of texture.
You should definitely not knit this shawl if: You wear shawls to add warmth, or aren’t big on delicate thing, or the idea of no resting row fills you with dread.
This top-down pullover is knit with a circular lace yoke (lace is charted only, but a simple enough repeat), and has a lovely folded hem for a polished look. Sleeves (also top-down) and neck have i-cord edging.
You should totally knit this sweater if: You adore top-down and in-the-round, and you love lace details paired with stockinette.
You should definitely not knit this sweater if: You are allergic to i-cord edgings, or feel weird about people being able to see your tank top (or bra straps, if that’s how you roll) peeking through.
A half-circle DK lace shawl with lots of lace and architectural lines that keep the eye entranced, achieved by cabling. There are no vertical repeats (meaning each row is different throughout), but on every row the charts repeat throughout each ‘wedge’.
You should totally knit this shawl if: You love cabling and enjoy a pattern that keeps you paying attention like a sexy stranger talking about your favourite subject.
You should definitely not knit this shawl if: The idea of cables and lace together is a turn-off, or if you are easily intimidated by charts- there are charts ahoy in Fortuna.
Sweetfern is a fingering weight hat and mitten set that shows how awesome a variegated yarn and a solid can be when they combine. Design is charted only (as all colourwork is), and both the hat and the mittens are knit in the round from the cuff/brim up.
You should totally knit the hat and mitts if: You would love an excuse to finally use up that variegated fingering weight skein you’ve had in your stash for ages, and you will need some new mitts and a hat this winter (who doesn’t, really?).
You should definitely not knit the hat and mitts if: You live somewhere where it never gets cold enough for a hat and mitts, or if you aren’t a fan stranded designs.
A worsted weight cardigan knit multi-directionally, you can either knit this with the back and fronts knit separately and seamed, or you could knit the back first and then pick up along the edges the stitches needed for each front to work the horizontal leaf motif. The lace leaf motif is charted only, and is also featured on the sleeves as a perfect finishing touch. It’s worth clicking through the photos to see the details on the back and sleeves, and a close up of the fronts.
You should totally knit this sweater if: You love the idea of knitting something a little bit different that will get you loads of compliments, and you are intrigued by knitting in more than one direction on a cardigan.
You should definitely not knit this sweater if: The idea of seaming or knitting in more than one direction isn’t appealing, or if you don’t like leaves on your cardigans.
And those are my top picks! If you would like me to talk about any of the other designs, let me know in the comments and I’ll respond. Which one of these would you love to knit for yourself?