Design and Product Development

Personal Bubble - Digitally Knitted Space for Bodies

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


The purpose of this creative scholarship is to apply a working relationship between craft practice, material knowledge, and digital fluency to advance digital knit scholarship and use of this technology for innovative transformation of digital textile production, through the design of a shaped, 3D digitally knit vest. This is explored via knowledge through practice methodology in the development of a vest utilizing the Stoll ADF-3 7.2 gauge digital knitting machine, the accompanying proprietary programming software Create+, and CAD apparel design software Clo 3d. Beginning the knit development process through pure experimentation and learning through testing, rather than beginning with a production outcome for a set product, allowed for a creatively robust and immediately reflective research process. Working through the craft and making process, we identify key characteristics and parallels between knit research and product development that embodies the relationship between digital technology and craft principles.

Keywords: Craft, Digital Knitting, Digitial Textile Design, Material Study

How to Cite:

Riewe Stevenson, K. & Meakins, J., (2024) “Personal Bubble - Digitally Knitted Space for Bodies”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
24 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed