Degen’s Guide to the Coolest Knitters Around
We had no idea how astonishingly rad and creative knitting had become until Lindsay Degen—the woman behind a top-notch knit line herself—broke it all down for us. Here’s a helpful guide to the players who are earning the art form the respect it deserves.
“Liz Collins was my knitting professor in college, and she has this group called Knitting Nation that performs at places like MoMA and the Contemporary Art Museum in Boston. Her work is awesome. It attacks issues about the knitting world and the fashion world in different ways.”
“Jessie Hemmons is one of the more prominent yarn bombers out there—she covers massive areas overnight in knitting. I don’t even know if she has licenses to do it sometimes, but she’s one of the best. She even knitted a bikini for a statue of the Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo.”
“Joe Segal is playful with colors and likes things that are kind of crafty. But at the same time, he knows the most modern, complicated knitting technology out there today—he can program a knitting machine, which is rare. He was actually on Project Runway, which was amazing! His playful line is called Pretty Snake—he does this design of these crazy cats with 3D eyeballs that’s awesome.”
“I really like Of a Kind favorite Annie Larson’s work. We’ve never met—and I’ve never felt her work—but we have an intern in common whose name is Ann Larson. I know. She’s also an awesome knitter!”
Liz Collins photo by Arthi Sundaresh, Title: KNITTING NATION Phase 7: Darkness Descends, Year: 2011, Artist: Liz Collins; Jesse Hemmons photo courtesy of Conrad Benner.