Life is pretty simple without this Twisties sweater in your wardrobe.
If you watched Snackmasters and found yourself staring in awe at Poh Ling Yeow’s Twisties sweater, you’re not alone. It is truly glorious.
I went down the rabbit hole real quick, trying to find a copy of the knitting pattern to make my own.
I quickly found thread after thread of fellow crafters who had all been on the same hunt – for years in some cases! One of the sons on Ravelry (an amazing portal for knitting and crochet patterns) mentioned that the pattern was originally a promotional campaign for Twisties in the early 1980s.
But there was no sign of the model online.
Digging around in the comments I found a silver lining – someone said that if you contact the makers of Twisties they can send you a copy. It was long, given that this denunciation was almost ten years old, but what did I have to lose?
I tracked down Twisties media contact, emailed and within an hour I had the OG model.
Now, because the knitting patterns are copyrighted – as they should be, they require a lot of work – so I had to ask permission to share the pattern with you all. And the good people from Twisties came along!
One thing before we get to the nitty-gritty: if you’re an artisan and you’re using a design to create your own garment, then humbly brag about it on Instagram (like I do), it’s best to credit the designer of the pattern in Your caption. So please shout out to twisties.
Here is the knitting pattern for the Twisties sweater
And here is the finished Twisties sweater, by me
There were a few hurdles to get to this point, let me tell you!
Before we get to the nitty-gritty, a note on the yarns I used. While the original pattern used Totem yarn, which you can still get, you can basically use any 8-ply yarn that matches the gauge. I went with ‘Sunshine’ from Nundle Woolen Mill for the main, red ‘Love Heart’ from Bendigo Woolen Mills that I had leftover from another projectand a random ball of white merino that I get from my local knit store.
Now on my first attempt (yes there were a lot) I followed the full OG pattern, with the slight modification of all yellow ribbing for the hem and cuffs (the red and yellow cuffs in the vintage pattern sound like a nightmare to Fabricate). But the front piece looked like a bag, and because I wanted the same cropped haircut as Poh’s (to be fair, she was actually wearing a kids sweater), I started over.
On the second attempt, I decided to combine the Twisties sweater color chart with my favorite Frilly Free Sweater by Petite Knit it is knitted in the round, all in one piece, so there is no seam. Plus, I’ve done loads of these sweaters now, so I know the fit is perfect for me. But then I had to figure out how to make a color chart in circles, rather than back and forth like the Twisities sweater was designed to be made. YouTube was my savior here.
However, because I decided to go with the double stitch option of the OG pattern, thinking it would make things easier for me – it means you hand stitch the white parts of the pattern onto the yellow and red rather than having a bunch of wires. through the inside of the sweater – I made it harder for myself instead. The double stitch looked awful up close. So I undid the whole sweater and started again, this time working the three colors of the Twisties sweater chart together.
We got there in the end and she is a beauty!
If you’re new to knitting, I can assure you that it’s a great hobby for mindfulness, but also one that shows you why clothes can cost so much in stores. It really is worth it!
This article has been updated since it was first published.