Twisted is a close fitting sweater with a small amount of positive ease to no ease. The waist is shaped by changing the needle and the cable size.
We also had some time to interview The Cranky Knitter, the designer of this pattern. The Cranky Knitter is a self-taught knitter who began knitting while attending graduate school in New York. Dubbed The Cranky Knitter by her husband, she immediately made the connection between her own “crankiness level” and the amount of time she spent knitting. As a dedicated long-distance runner, she has long realized the benefits of activities that encourage the mind to enter a peaceful, meditative-type state and she found that the added creative outlet from knitting led to a whole new level of bliss.
The Cranky Knitter's other passion is writing and she currently works in public relations as a writer and editor. Blogging about knitting has been a dream come true. She is also a voracious reader, an accomplished pianist and a yoga enthusiast. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two children.
You can find The Cranky Knitter online at her blog or on Ravelry as thecrankyknitter. You can buy her other patterns on her website, or her pattern shops on Craftsy or Ravelry. She also has a Facebook page.
Galler Yarns (GY): How did you first get started knitting?
The Cranky Knitter (TCK): I started knitting while I was in graduate school after watching a friend work on a baby blanket before class. It looked very relaxing and, as a poor student, I was intrigued by the idea of making my own clothes (little did I know how expensive a hobby knitting can be!). Knitting seemed much more interesting than the 4 hour statistics class looming in front of me, so I bought a copy of Vogue Knitting, a set of bamboo needles, two balls of Filatura di Crosa Zara and I taught myself to knit.
GY: What was your original inspiration for publishing your designs?
TCK: I discovered early on the meditative quality of knitting and a lot of my designs are simple and intended to be used for what I call Mindful Knitting. Knitting has helped me deal with some very difficult times and I wanted to share my designs so others could benefit as well.
GY: Where do you generally find your creative inspiration?
TCK: My inspiration usually comes from the yarn. I buy what I like and I wait for it to tell me what it wants to be. This involves a lot of time holding the yarn, feeling it with my hands or face, and looking through stitch pattern books to see if I can imagine the yarn in any of the stitches. I usually go to bed thinking about yarn and let all the possibilities roll around in my head. Eventually, a picture begins to form.
GY: Why did you choose Heather Prime Alpaca?
TCK: I could only see the yarn on the computer so we decided on Heather Prime Alpaca because I like to knit on smaller needles. It worked out well because I had a similar design rolling around in my head for a couple of years but I could never quite settle it. When I saw the yarn Twisted suddenly popped up fully formed.
GY: You mentioned you're a self-taught knitter. Have you ever taken a class?
TCK: I watch the occasional video tutorial, but for the most part everything I know about knitting I learned as I went along. I never assume any technique is too difficult. Every time I want to try something new I just go ahead and try. The wonderful thing about knitting is there is always something new to learn.
GY: What is the most difficult part of designing?
TCK: For me, the most difficult part is getting the design written. I get so excited about a new design that I rush headlong into knitting, intending to write the instructions as I go along. Usually, I half-finish the pattern this way, but then I get lazy. Once I finish the knitting, the fun part is over and I have to force myself to go back and figure out the rest of the pattern.
GY: How often do you publish patterns?
TCK: In an effort to finish patterns I set myself a monthly deadline. I release a new pattern on the first Thursday of every month, or more often if I'm really productive.
GY: What advice do you have for new designers?
It's all in the math. If your calculations are correct, everything else will fall into place. Also, design what makes you happy. If you don't like your design, you'll lose motivation to finish.
Thanks for stopping by the Galler Yarns blog for an interview!
(And you didn't seem very Cranky to us.)