Vicki Twigg, Author of the Twigg Stitch

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.Twigg Stitch - jacket art

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


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  1. Lori Biamonte says:

    Come on baby, let’s do the twist! I would love to shake up my knitting by learning a new technique. I think Vicki Twigg’s book is the very thing I need. Wishing you all happy knitting. Love the podcast.

  2. Linda says:

    I enjoyed the interview with Vicki Twigg. I didn’t realize the book was name after Vicki. Learning the Twigg stitch surely would give my knitting a new twist.
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

  3. Audrey says:

    I used to twist with Chubby Checker. Now I’m thrilled at the prospect of doing the twist with Vicki Twigg! Fascintating techniques mean new knitting adventures await.

  4. Dana Barbieri says:

    What a lovely interview. The twig stitch looks like a really great twist to knitting. I love that it creates a reversible fabric. Thank you ladies. I love your podcast Marly.

  5. Renee' C., says:

    Great podcast! I was so eager to hear Vicki and learn about this new twist! I love double knitting and can’t wait to learn the Twigg method!

  6. Barbara L. says:

    I really enjoyed your interview with Vicki Twigg and would love to win her book. She puts a new twist on techniques.

  7. Cindy says:

    I would love to learn the Twigg stitch and I enjoyed listening to Vickie Twigg, she has such a new twist on knitting!!

  8. joyce hancock says:

    Great interview with Vickie Twigg! Amazing that someone would come up with a whole new stitch. What a twist on most of your guests. I would love to try this new stitch.

  9. Missy Schmidt says:

    Loved the podcast! I would love to get a copy of her book! Her designs are a gorgeous twist on traditional knitting!

  10. Mary L. says:

    I enjoyed listening to Vicki Twigg explain her new knitting twist! I think I might just have to try this!

  11. Nancy in Chickasaw Country says:

    Twist & shout!!! Fun podcast. T’was intriguing to hear about this technique and how it came to be. It is now on my “Must do” list (as opposed to the “To Do”, “Wanna Do”, “Should Do ………… and dreading” lists. Hmmm, wonder if I could learn to knit in my sleep? 🙂

  12. Lisa Sauer says:

    I had heard about the Twigg stitch awhile back, but had been a little intimidated to try this new twist. But now I might just be ready to give it a shot!

  13. Knitting Daddy Greg says:

    What another awesome podcast episode! I love the twist in knitting that the Twigg Stitch introduces! Learning how to do reversible knitting has been on my bucket-list, and the Twigg Stitch looks like a really cool technique to learn. Thanks for a great podcast. 🙂

  14. Carol says:

    Thank you for another great podcast. Loved hearing all about the this new twist on reversible knitting. Can’t wait to try it sometime soon.

  15. Sarah Short says:

    I can’t wait to try out the Twigg stitch! I just learned to double knit so it will be interesting to see the new twist Vicki Twigg puts on reversible knitting.

  16. Michelle says:

    I enjoyed this interview very much. I loved the twist and turns you took all of us liseners on. Keep up the good work ladies.

  17. Laura Griesmer says:

    Come on baby, let’s do the Twigg – er twist. When I saw this book and patterns I was intimidated but after listening to the podcast I think I can do it. Loved hearing how Vickie developed it too. Thanks for another great podcast

  18. TopHat says:

    I loved listening to this on my commute today. I hadn’t heard of Vicki or the Twigg stitch, but I’m willing to try something new in my knitting. Plot twist!

  19. Jenny says:

    I’d read about the Twigg stitch, but had very little interest until hearing Vicki talk abou it. It now seems to be an interesting twist to add to the old bag of tricks.

  20. Jenn says:

    Loved the interview; how amazing to come up with a new stitch and create such lovely designs with it! I think a yarn with a tight twist would show these designs well.

  21. Adrienne says:

    I have a goal of learning at least one new knitting technique each year – and I’d love to learn the Twigg stitch! It just might put a twist in my knitting…

  22. Nancy Smith says:

    How fantastic to hear about a new twist in the knitting world! Vicki, thank you for doing all your research, and developing the technique for all knitters to enjoy. I’m looking forward to it. And Marly – another great podcast that I enjoyed on my commute to work. Thanks for the shout-out!

  23. Suzanne says:

    I’m beyond intrigued about the twigg stitch and how it differs from the other techniques of two color knitting. I am challenged by the 10 minute record and I wonder if I could twist my knitting muscle memory quick enough to beat that record.

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