Twist for me

November 03, 2022

Today I have the last of my test knits to share and it just might be the prettiest of the lot; the Twist Adult by Kiddiwinks Knits, AKA Jackie from Portugal. I previously tested her gorgeous children's versions of this sweater and when I heard she was testing the adult size I shot my hand up immediately. The two Twist sweaters I made for my grandson, both pullover and cardigan pictured below, are completely darling and so versatile. So today, I'm happy to be able to share the adult version with you!

The Twist Adult is knit top down and has short row shaping on the back to elevate the neck. In well written patterns, short rows are almost always added to the back, either at the neck or upper to mid back, to make for a better fitting neckline. I will add them myself if not written into a pattern, so I especially appreciate the addition of them. As an aside, I'm wondering if I should make a post explaining how to add short rows to a top down pattern when it is not written into the pattern? I don't know if all sweater knitters see the importance of this. It's such an easy technique and eliminates a sloppy neck, no matter what kind of neckline. Let me know if this interests you in the comments below.

The yoke is cleverly shaped by increasing the sizes of the cables as you knit down. It's very fun to watch them grow. If you are new to top-down construction or cables and you've always wanted to give either a try, this is your pattern. It's very well written, easy to follow, and fun! It's a great pattern for an adventurous beginner--you can do it! 

The yarn is aran weight, and while I don't usually need a heavyweight pullover in California, I did have a sweater's worth of Illumini Amelie that I bought in Quebec several years ago. Amelie is a blend of 56% silk and 40% alpaca and 4% merino and is lightweight and soft. It also has a gorgeous halo because the yarn is blown and not plied. The yardage is great for an aran weight and for that reason I felt this was value priced for a luxury yarn--not inexpensive, but well priced for what you get and definitely worth a look.

I've also put this pattern in my summer to-make list. So far I have two sweaters planned for next spring's knitting, and both will probably be knitted in Rowan's Handknit Cotton; a summer cotton I'm crazy over. I'm going to change the pattern up a bit to make a lower neckline, more like a scoop rather than a crew, and make shorter sleeves. Won't it be pretty for summer? I also purchased Caitlin Hunter's new Halu pattern that I will modify for summer. Another idea for a future post is to share how I store and organize my patterns, yarn, and proposed projects. Does that interest you at all?

Below are the two kid's versions of the Twist. It's a pattern I know I'll be making again and again and think it makes a great baby gift. I have some red Rowan Calmer set aside for a Christmas sweater for him next year. This year he is getting a red cabled vest and I've seriously got to get cracking on that. 

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  1. That is a beautiful blue. As a red-loving former brunette I am surprised by my current slant edging toward blue. Maybe it’s the now gray hair that is causing it? Can’t, however, for Carter’s vest in Red. Yes to both ideas for future posts! Particularly the neck short-rows one! Chloe

  2. That’s “can’t WAIT for..”. Chloe

  3. Yes, please do write about short rows in sweaters! Especially since I'm just about to the shoulders of my husband's new raglan sweater (self designed with Elizabeth Zimmerman's guidance) and short rows never occurred to me before you brought it up :) Thank you for all of your writing! -E

  4. I would love to see a post about adding short rows into a pattern. It would be even better if you'd include both German Short Row technique and the W&T technique!!! I love your sweater, and I really love reading your blog posts! I would also love to see a post about how you organize your patterns and yarn stash! I buy patterns, or yarn, and then cannot remember what I purchased it for!!!!

  5. Would love to hear how you store your knitting stuff.

  6. Beautiful sweaters, both style and colors.
    Yes, please add German short rows.
    How do you organize your knitting needles?

  7. I‘d love to read a post about adding short rows to a pattern.
    Have been reading and enjoying your blog for ages - thank you for
    all the interesting posts!
    Andrea from Germany

  8. I love this sweater on you! The cables definitely add a fun element. Yes please, let us know how to add German short rows to a sweater pattern. My last sweater that I knitted did not call for them so I left them out. The finished sweater would have been a lot prettier with them.

  9. Yes to organizing knitting patterns and supplies please. Especially how to store circular needles…
    Love the sweaters!

  10. Oh yes! Please let us know how to add short rows. I see many patterns that have a lower back neck than I like and would love to know how to modify them. I would also like to know how you store your interchangeable and fixed circular needles. A reorganization is in the works so I’d like to see what you do. I enjoy reading your posts and have done for a few years now. Thank you for all the time you put in to show us what you are doing, be it crafts with your grandson or knitting. I enjoy it all.

  11. Yes to all your suggestions. Love your blog. It inspires me to keep trying to learn more about so many things.

  12. I love the cabled pattern and would appreciate learning more about short rows. Many of the patterns I make call for them and I sort of muddle through them. One other thing you mentioned was modifying the neckline. That I would love to learn. I don't like crew necks and prefer a rounded or v-neck line. Just found your blog and enjoy it. Thank you.

  13. I love your blog. You are such a creative person. All of your crafts look so pretty. I would love to learn about using short rows in sweaters. I hope enough requests have been made for you to share that information. Thanks.


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