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Lily Chin
Elements of Design: knit and crochet

Interested in designing knit or crochet garments for yourself?  Let’s go beyond the basics and explore the essentials and fine points of design.

The design process can start anywhere, and I find INSPIRATION everywhere—in art and fashion, theory and concept, stitch and yarn.

Fashion is about reality. We’ll begin with a review of 20th century fashion and see how it reflects the times.

Fashion is about illusion! It can be a strong tool for self-expression. Learn to hide or reveal yourself through that illusion. Consider the SILHOUETTE as you plan a garment. View the PROPORTIONS and how they influence your SHAPE—should you alter them? Flatter your figure with EASE and FIT. It all works together. 

Step-by-step instructions help you construct a mini-SLOPER— a paper representation of your body. By overlaying drawings on the sloper, you can experiment with COLOR and COMPOSITION and see what does or doesn’t work, well before putting needles or hooks to yarn.

Get a feel for how YARN and STITCHES work together to create fabric. For optimum results, match the fabric to the garment.

Lastly, translate your ideas into stitches and rows, a construction plan, and a workable chart for sweater shaping. Learn the “cheats” that can ensure proper fit.

Ultimately, all elements will come together in a flattering garment for YOU!

Lily M Chin is a knit and crochet designer who has worked in the yarn industry for over 30 years. She has taught internationally for over 25 years, and is a popular STITCHES teacher. Author of 8 books on knitting and crochet, she has created looks for the New York Fashion Week runway collections for  Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi.

Lily was named a Master Knitter by
Vogue Knitting and has made guest appearances on television shows, including the Late Show with David Letterman, Martha, CBS Morning News, CNN, HGTV, and more.

Lily Chin has lived in New York City all her life and has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13.

Photos from Knitter’s Magazine
Issues 52, 110 and 36.