Vicki Twigg, author of the Twigg Stitch book, was our guest on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird, and kindly brought her English accent with her.
If you couldn’t tell from listening to her, Vicki Twigg is English, growing up North of London. She remembers learning to knit, crochet and sew from the tender age of 5 years old. Her first project was red and garter stitch and finding thing about it, like holes that didn’t unravel. She also says that her father was an engineer, so she tends toward the mechanics of knitting, seeing the patterns and mathematics.
Some of those early projects included intarsia and adding pictures in her knitting sounds like a comfortable medium of artwork for her, because she says she doesn’t really need to keep track of her stitch count but rather the color placement. Both she and Marly agree to the ease of charts in their work, reading along with them as you read along with your work.
Much of discovering the technique, Vicki says, came from looking at rib stitches, especially two-color ribs, and then lots of trial and experimentation with it. Increase, decreasing, decorative cast-ons and bind-offs… She said it took about three months for her to get smooth fabric, but clearly she was being inspired because the possibilities would wake her at night. The book has 9 patterns in it, so knowing that the book is 168 pages, you can safely bet that there is LOTS of technical advice for Twigg Stitch knitting!
The discussion included Lake Shore Wrap from the book which creates a beautiful woven looking fabric, and the beautiful Fan Shawl which clearly has a interesting shape to it! The first project Vicki recommended might be the Collegiate Scarf, which gives ample practice for the technique with some striping thrown in for visual fun! The book was edited by Ann Budd, who is known for her excellent editing of knitting publications
If you missed getting to hear this LIVE it is still available as an archive: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/04/07/vicki-twigg-author-of-the-twigg-stitch or in iTunes