Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Knits

Ever wonder how Missoni achieves an immaculate fit in knit?  Do you stand in front of the knit fabric section in Mood wondering what makes a jersey knit different from a rib knit?  Do you shy away from designing with knit fabrics because you have questions about stretch, weight and the content of knit fabric?  We have answers to these and many other knit-related questions in our newest video series dedicated to working with knit fabrics.

Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel

Introduction to Knit Fabrics and Knit Fabric Principles are the first two videos in our 7 part knit series.   Packed with essential information for working with knits, we are excited to offer a primer for designers new to knits, as well as a comprehensive guide for more seasoned designers interested in the technical make up of the fabrics they know and love.  The first lesson in our 7 part series teaches the difference between woven and knit fabrics as well as how knits are structured. Basic terms like knit and purl, wale and course and how a weft knit differs from a warp knit will be taught. We will address how knits are made and differentiate between types of yarns, so that when designing you will make the best choice for each of your designs.

Missoni

Missoni

 

Once you become well-versed in basic knit vocabulary, we suggest watching Knit Fabric Principles in preparation for the rest of our series on how to draft your knit pattern blocks.  When designing a garment out of knit fabric, there are many things you need to know. In our second video, we will teach you the 4 characteristics of knit fabrics, what it means when a knit fabric has 1-way, 2-way or 4-way stretch and all about the 6 categories of stretch ratio percentages so that you will be able to choose the correct knit fabric for your individual design.

The ability to work with knit fabrics enhances your versatility as a designer, an essential skill in today’s fashion job market.  If you are a fashion design student, a command of knit fabrics provides you with the freedom to create a well rounded collection.  As an independent designer, offering a knit component to your current line gives your clients and retailers a broader selection to shop.  So, why wait?  Expand your knit knowledge now!

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.