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Portrait of Lisa Donofrio


Lisa Donofrio

  • School of Art & Design
  • Fashion Design

Designing a Knitwear Collection, 2nd Edition
From Inspiration to Finished Garments

Co-Author: Marilyn Hefferen

Designing a Knitwear Collection, 2nd Edition, is an essential and comprehensive overview of the knitting design and development process. Featuring more than 475 color images, emerging fashion designers will find inspiration from the work of featured knitwear designers and practical information to design their own knitwear collection. The book follows the history of the industry to present day, introducing yarn and stitch basics, knitting methods, and machinery. It explores the process of preparing the design package from initial concept and sketches to specifications of samples and documents for production-through the presentation of a final collection.

Cover of Designing a Knitwear Collection, 2nd Edition

How did you first come up with the idea for this work?
To compliment the knitwear courses and curriculum.

How long did you work on this before it was published?
4 years for the first edition then 11 months on the second edition.

Does this work relate to your role at FIT? If so, how?
Yes I am a faculty member and knitwear specialist.

  • Professor at FIT since 1993 as an adjunct, 2000 as Full Time Faculty