Luggala Design Process

(c) Jane Heller / Twist Collective

(c) Jane Heller / Twist Collective

Way back in November 2012, I was privileged to be included in the Twist Collective Winter 2012 issue. My design was ‘Luggala’, a long-line jumper / sweater / pullover with a lacy cowl neck and kangaroo pocket.

A few years ago when I was keen to start knitting again, but tired of unflattering, outdated patterns, I did an internet search for things like ‘modern knitting patterns’ or ‘trendy knitting patterns’ or something similarly cheesy. This was when I came across Twist and specifically, their Fall 2009 issue. And I fell in love. The ‘Bus Stop‘ story completely won my heart and it wasn’t long before Ysolda’s Vine Yoke Cardigan was on my needles. I had found an up-to-date, fashionable, beautiful source of knitting patterns! Yay!

So when I decided to give designing a go, I knew exactly where I wanted to start – Twist! Aim high, I thought! When I submitted my design proposal back in April 2012, I had never designed anything before, let alone prepare a submission. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out it had been accepted and then to finally see it in print last November.

(c) Jane Heller / Twist Collective

(c) Jane Heller / Twist Collective

I wanted to create a cosy Winter garment that would keep the wearer warm without being to bulky or heavy. So I designed a fitted, slightly long length jumper. Raglan sleeves, because they’re may favourite and always flattering. To keep it warm and cosy, I added a cowl neck, but in lace, to keep it light and feminine.

Luggala sketch by Áine Ryan, knitahedron.com

The final touch, to make it a little bit different and fun, was the kangaroo or hoodie style pocket. I added this to have a high of casual, comfy styling, but again it’s knit in lace to keep things light and feminine.

Luggala sketch by Áine Ryan, knitahedron.comIn the submission sketch, I just drew it simply with skinny jeans / leggings, which is how Twist styled it too in the end! I’m no fashion artist and I’ll let you in on my secret tool – Fashionary templates.

I hope you like Luggala which can be bought directly from Twist Collective.

Finally, a note on the name. ‘Luggala’ is a place in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, where I spent many Summers as a child. Enjoy a few pics. Lots more on Flickr.

Luggala

Luggala

Luggala

‘Luggala’ published in Twist Collective Winter 2012

Five months ago (almost to the day) I nervously posted my Luggala sample sweater off to Twist HQ in the US. This morning, at 4:30am, my obsessive visiting of their site over the past week finally revealed the published garment!

Twist Collective Winter 2012

(c) Jane Heller / Twist Collective

I’m delighted with how photographer Jane Heller and everyone at Twist have presented my design.

(c) Jane Heller / Twist Collective

Everything in the latest issue is beautiful and I’m queueing up my favs like crazy!

I’ll write a little post about the design process behind Luggala soon. In the meantime, special thanks to everyone at Twist for making my dream come true!

© Áine Ryan and knitahedron.com, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Áine Ryan and knitahedron.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Twist Collective Winter 2012

The Winter 2012 issue of the ever beautiful Twist Collective is due to be published very soon. The list of designers is now up on Ravelry and I am so excited to be included! My jumper will appear alongside designs by some of the serious heavyweights of the knitting world.

Stay tuned for more details!

© Áine Ryan and knitahedron.com, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Áine Ryan and knitahedron.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.