Knitwear Designer Lindsay Degen

An established top designer in the contemporary high fashion knitwear scene, Lindsay Degen will be giving a presentation about her work at Knitty City on Thursday, August 3rd from 6-8pm. Lindsay attended the Rhode Island School of Design as well as the prestigious Central Saint Martin in London. After graduating from RISD, she moved to NYC and founded her own knitwear fashion label called DEGEN.

Lindsay also teaches Knitwear Design at Pratt and Parsons here in NYC. Recently, she has been producing patterns for the hand knitwear industry and we thought it would be nice to tell you a little bit more about this talented designer who has a quirky, colorful and fun aesthetic.

We visited Lindsay in her Brooklyn based studio where she was kind enough to give us a tour of her work space. She calls it her "adult playground". Cones of colorful yarn stacked on top of each other, a cool circular knitting machine and a flatbed knitting machine are lined up in a small space where Lindsay creates her beautiful work.

When Lindsay was only three years old, she was taught how to knit by her grandmother. "I always loved it", Lindsay recalls. "I even started a knitting club in high school. I was this tall and skinny girl and was always wearing knits. It gave me the freedom to move around and be myself."

After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010, Lindsay launched her own fashion brand and named it DEGEN. She cleverly utilized social media and funded her endeavor with Kickstarter. Since then, she has found success in the high fashion industry and became a sought after knitwear designer. She even designed a full section of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2014.

During the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Lindsay was interviewed by a videographer who featured people of all walks in the high fashion industry. This connection finally led her to a job at Parsons where Lindsay has been teaching hand knitting and machine knitting. She guides students with their senior thesis and tells them to "pursue who you are and what you want to create to the greatest extent of your ability". Lindsay explains, "the journey is all about exploration and being true to yourself. Play and explore!"

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Recently, Lindsay has been producing and publishing patterns for the hand knitwear industry. After a presentation during Vogue Knitting Live in New York last January, she decided to give it a try, "I never thought that there would be any interest in my designs in the hand knitwear industry."

The first pattern Lindsay published on Ravelry is called "Squiggle Kite Shawl" and is made with fingering weight yarn. 

Squiggle Kite Shawl

Squiggle Kite Shawl

Another gorgeous shawl pattern is "Wonderous Moth", also made with fingering weight yarn.

Wonderous Moth Shawl

Wonderous Moth Shawl

Lindsay also has a free pattern on Ravelry called "Degen Eyez":

Degen Eyez

Degen Eyez

We are excited that such a talented designer in the high fashion industry is now gracing our crafty world with her colorful and quirky designs. We are always on the lookout for new and exciting patterns and we feel that Lindsay's work will be warmly embraced by our beautiful community.

When you step into Lindsay's studio and you observe all the colorful and fun items, you cannot help but feeling lighthearted and happy. We are sure that when you try one of her patterns, it will leave you with the same sentiment.

Find Lindsay on Instagram: @degen.us

Website: Degen.us

Ravelry: Lindsay Degen