Lindsay Degen did learn to knit from her grams at the age of three, but that’s the only old-lady thing about her work. Majoring in textiles at RISD and diving right into her own line in 2011, Lindsay quickly secured her spot as a member of the knitwear illuminati with her gallery-worthy installations and splashy wearable designs. “People are more accepting of knitting as an art form instead of a craft, so there are even more outlets for knitting now,” she explains.
On the clothing side of things, she and her trusty knitting machine inject crop tops, leggings, hats, socks, and (yes!) sweaters with energetic patterns and colorful motifs that make pulling on a turtleneck more fun than it ever should be. And Lindsay also finds time to teach classes at the Textile Arts Center in Gowanus—“I love that there’s that kind of interest, that people my age are interested in doing my thing”—collaborates with cool peeps like Todd Selby, and outfits her littlest fans in Degen Baby. As she puts it, “I’m just trying to explore knitting everywhere that I can.” —carlye wisel
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Watch this tank come together like magic.
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