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Nijiri - Twisted Top from Pattern Magic

Added Oct 5, 2012

by Ralf Schmitz

Berlin, Germany






Some of you allready know, that i am totally in love with the japanese pattern books “pattern magic”. this time i tried to do the nijiri top, wich is a sweatshirt-kind-of-top with a twist. the interesting thing, is that you have to cut the whole body with the arms (front and back) in one part. so you have a really big piece of pattern :-)

I followed the instructions, made a muslin and was instantly in love. i went completly berserque in buying knitwear and finished in a 3-day-sewing-session the first 5 nijiri-tops.

All of them (except the orange-red-striped one) are gone allready to friends, so i just work on a few new ones now. (pix are soon to come)

The scarve came as an extra on top, as you have some material left, after cutting out the really big main-part. I love the look and it is really fun to make, as you can do the mashine-sewing with the serger and there is not that much to do for the finish by hand (just the seams at the bottom and round the neck)

hope you like it

Material Notes

All different kind of knits and jerseys, mostley in cotton, but some in wool and some in cashmere




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Business, Casual, Classic



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    Mar 31, 2013, 05.00 AMby marloncosta

    beautiful!!! R u taking orders? kkkkkk….

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    Feb 19, 2013, 11.39 PMby Gabriele Yorlano

    Haven’t been on Burda for a while. Wow, Ralf, your talent always amazes me.Bravo! love it

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    Nov 12, 2012, 12.31 PMby viaklave

    ahh you are soooo talanted, looked at all your projects… amazing!!!

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      Nov 15, 2012, 07.23 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you so much for your kind words!

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    Oct 31, 2012, 03.09 PMby orchiddream

    Ralf- You’ve inspired me (and many others it seems ) to do a pattern magic project. I’ve been afraid of the book, but this project looks doable. Thanks for the tip on using an already existing garment as a block. I have the perfect knit to do it with, and I’m excited. Thanks to you I’m pushing the envelope, and broading my horizons. People like you are the reason I’m on this site! XOXOXX

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      Oct 31, 2012, 04.33 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      you made me blushing!!!! thank you so much for these words. people like YOU make me go on and do my thing! you will see, that this project is so rewarding and nice. i can not belive, that i did allready 11 (ELEVEN !!!!) of these nijiris now, as friends keep on coming (it is quite cold in berlin now!!!)

      can not wait to see your version. lots of love and good luck! ralf

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    Oct 24, 2012, 08.53 PMby Vanessa Leigh

    I LOVE these, You are so stylish, and what a fabulous addition to an autumn/winter wardrobe. I have Pattern Magic 1 and 2 and have to start delving into projects. I’ve been nervous to so but clearly it must be done. :D Wonderful work as usual Sir Ralf, Wonderful fabric choices too! :)

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      Oct 25, 2012, 06.26 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you very much lady vanessa! please do start and let us all see, what miricales you created with these books.

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    Oct 22, 2012, 07.54 AMby mukami

    I love this sweater! You have done an amazing job! I have that book and now you’ve given me the idea to put some black knit I have to beautiful purpose!

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      Oct 23, 2012, 04.57 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear mukami! i can not wait to see your nijiri version and hope to see pix here soon. thank you very much for your kind words!

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    Oct 21, 2012, 09.43 AMby janene

    Good Lord! Can I have some of what you are on please!!! I am uber impressed at how many you have made in such a short space of time and without any loss to the Ralf standard of perfection!!!! Love them. Though I’m not so sure I would be kind enough to part with them!! x

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      Oct 23, 2012, 04.56 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear janene! i did another 5 of them meanwhile, and again 4 are gone and i am left with only one….. but thank you very much for your kind comment again :-)

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    Oct 14, 2012, 07.54 PMby fashionfreek

    O wow Ralf. Excellent tops.Really good. I am glad that you are making good use of that great book as mine is collecting some dust. Looks like I will have to give the patterns a go after a strong cup of coffee:-D .

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      Oct 15, 2012, 06.44 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear fashionfreek! any effort would be good to start with those books, so get the coffee ready and go! thank you for your lovely comment!

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    Oct 9, 2012, 08.42 AMby joost52

    Awesome work Ralph! I have two of the pattern magic books, but I haven’t tried my hand at any of the patterns. I always get a little worried that it will be too complicated :) You did a great job, and it’s very inspirational. Maybe I’ll try my hand on one of these one day :)

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      Oct 9, 2012, 12.33 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear joost! it is such a great book and if you use one of your best fitting long-sleeved-t-shirt or shirt as a sample for the base, you will see, that the rest is really easy! and it is such fun to make them- i just have sold 3 more of them in grey, beige, and bourgundy-red. thank you very much for your comment my dear and can not wait to see yours……..

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    Oct 9, 2012, 03.40 AMby Adriana Orozco

    Wow!!! I have not been in this site for a while, and what a lovely surprise to open up and see your lov ely, lovely work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I truly love this twisted top, but the adding of the scarf it makes it even better. The model is ………veeeeeeeeeeeeery handsome!!!!! I send him a big kiss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Oct 9, 2012, 06.01 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      oh my lovely adriana! i missed you a lot and hope that you are well and happy. thank you so much for the compliment. you are the best! and i sen you much love from berlin!

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    Oct 7, 2012, 08.34 PMby martinK

    hi Ralf, so to see, you are very happy with the magis pattern books. I was thinking about to buy them, too. And they are avalible in German too. The orange one is very cool!!!! :-) Greatings from Rotterdam Martin

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      Oct 7, 2012, 08.45 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear martin! i did not knew that pattern magic is existing in german too……. i have them in english and only book one and two, so the thrid one, wich came out in engl. not long time ago, i have not YET! but i love them all very dearly and i do think, that they are about the most inovativ, what you can get patternwise at the moment. kind regards and have fun working with it!!

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      Oct 8, 2012, 07.21 AMby martinK

      hi Ralf,
      I found all three books on bol.com translated in German

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    Oct 7, 2012, 03.28 PMby antony chauvin

    I love it very much, perfect!

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      Oct 7, 2012, 04.57 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      mercie beaucoup. – t’es trop gentil!

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    Oct 7, 2012, 10.41 AMby ajtak7171

    I’m swooooning! And I really love the look with the scarf. My favorite is the striped one, where you really see the bias direction… Oh goodness, now I need that book… Congrats!

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      Oct 7, 2012, 04.56 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear ajtak! thank you so much! i love that one very very much too as it shows the effect so well. the book is great to work with – you will love it, i am sure!

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    Oct 7, 2012, 01.33 AMby KazztheSpazz

    Gorgeous as always. I love these books too, something I plan to delve into next year.

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      Oct 7, 2012, 06.37 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you so much my dear.- there is still so much i want to do. well we hopefully have all a lot of time in the next weeks and months…….

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    Oct 6, 2012, 10.06 PMby Timea Schmidt

    Love them so much! Also very jealous, I have tried to make this top and totally ruined it:) I think I made it to small and was very uncomfortable. Maybe I will try it again. Now I’m working on the puzzle dress from pattern magic.

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      Oct 7, 2012, 06.36 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dearest timea! maybe you try the following: use one of your very simple longsleeved t-shirts as a base for the pattern and copy that one first onto a piece of paper, and than work from there all the next steps, as shown in the book. that should give you a well fitting pattern in the end. can’t wait, seeing your dress! love from berlin

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    Oct 6, 2012, 09.15 PMby FEDRA

    Very nice as a concept! I like the first and the black and gray (and … :)). It must be an interesting pattern!

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      Oct 7, 2012, 06.35 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear fedra! thank you very much for your kind comment. and YES, these patterns are wonderful and i am in love with the book….

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    Oct 6, 2012, 05.31 PMby irmchen

    I agree to ghainscome! Great versions and I like them with the scarfs!

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      Oct 7, 2012, 06.34 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you irmchen! you are so kind to me!

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    Oct 6, 2012, 04.54 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Dear Berserk : )

    Truly handsome contemporary styling. The fact that these tops can be created on the serger appeals to me. I’m currently making some dresses and tops that are made almost exclusively on the serger. I hope I can find time to publish them soon. Love your choices for these projects. You should open a boutique! And I should check out pattern magic!

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      Oct 7, 2012, 06.33 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      my dear friend !

      thank you so much for your kind comment. i love this fact absolutly too and just finished another 4 nijiris.- this time in a thicker quality to meet our temperatures in the deep winter. you would LOVE pattern magic!

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    Oct 6, 2012, 12.20 PMby Adrienne Hendrix

    As expected…another wonderful creation Ralf!!! Again oh how I would love to come and learn from you! Yu are such an inspiration to me and I truly mean that! Hopefully now that I have finished all the men’s ties and other stuff for a friend’s wedding I can begin to create my own stuff again. Stay tuned…LOL.

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      Oct 7, 2012, 06.32 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear adrienne! my house is open (and i really mean that!! i would love to meet you here and we have a wonderful sew-along together! thank you for your kindness! warm regards from ralf

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    Oct 6, 2012, 06.28 AMby ghainskom

    It’s interesting to see a masculine version of this pattern. You did a great job and you wear them well!

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      Oct 6, 2012, 06.42 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thannk you very much! their is not that much difference in the pattern for women or men in this case and it is fun to wear for anybody!

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    Oct 6, 2012, 12.55 AMby schnui

    This time I am 3rd to comment!!! I am getting slow. Anyway, I love these Twisted tops and scarves that you have made. I have that book and you have given a new meaning and inspiration to the twisted top pattern. I think I will try one out on my son as I know he will love it. You have chosen great fabrics which look like they will keep you very warm and the most stylish man in Berlin!!!

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      Oct 6, 2012, 06.23 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear schnui! thank you again for beein such a good friend! i have to admit, that in the beginning, i was not that sure about the pattern, but now, wearing the tops i am completley happy with it. hope i will see soon pix of the top for your son. have fun doing it :-) lots of love from berlin!

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    Oct 5, 2012, 06.56 PMby Bartas DubLinski

    gorgeous! My fav is last one! I have to buy this book!

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      Oct 6, 2012, 06.20 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear bartas! YES the book is great and such an inspiration! thank you for your comment!

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