Voluta: Winter Twist Collective 2011

Posted by on Nov 12, 2011 in Design Diversions | Comments Off

I did it, I finally had a design published in Twist Collective: Voluta, a wrap or drape cardigan with a cabled edging that I invented. The pattern is available through Twist Collective here. It has eight sizes, and all kinds of design details that I love. It is definitely the most complicated thing I’ve designed so far, and the most complete, coherent idea, so I wanted to blog about the little things that make it special. (NB: all photos not of me are copyright Jamie Dixon and Twist Collective, used with permission).

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The cable. It uses closed ring cabling increases and decreases (tutorial coming soon) to make the loops and swoops .The bobbles at the ends are very small – as small as I could make them. To me they are like the serifs on the ends of calligraphic capitals, or the little knobs that often end swirls in wrought iron. It took some serious charting and swatching to get the point to both match and grow properly into the main motif.

The cross-over front. Wrap styles are flattering an a wide range of body types, and the great thing about making your own sweater is that you can position the buttons exactly where you want them to make a sweater that really hugs the curves closely, or skims over them more like the pictures here. I love the way it curves up a little in the middle of the bottom, too, creating movement and verticality at the hip area. I also like the little way it hugs bottom, showing off that curve without being too sexy.