Design and Product Development

Digital Knitting: Connecting Technology in Craft through Process

  • Krissi Riewe Stevenson (Kent State University)
  • Jennifer Meakins (University of Kentucky)


The purpose of this paper is to analyze the importance of a working relationship between craft practice, material knowledge, and digital fluency to advance digital knit scholarship and the use of this technology for innovative transformation of the creation of textile soft goods. This project, in contrast to typical applications of digital knitting focused on production and predetermined forms, begins with the basic knitting process, which requires an iterative digital design workflow that allows for consideration and incorporation of the constraints of the knitting technology and programming. The final product is the direct result of both the knowledge of body and space as well as an understanding of the knit process, to construct a garment that, rather than rely on traditional ideas of flat patternmaking, utilizes concepts and techniques as processes and systems. There exists expansive opportunities to explore digital knitting through this lens.

Keywords: Digital Knitting, Material Study, Craft, Textiel Design, Technology

How to Cite:

Riewe Stevenson, K. & Meakins, J., (2024) “Digital Knitting: Connecting Technology in Craft through Process”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
23 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed