057 Che Lam: The 5 BIG Questions to Ask Yourself About Knit Design | Power Purls Podcast


Che Lam is the creator behind the knitting blog, Handy Kitty. She was once the in-house knitwear designer at Drops Design in Norway. Today, she works as a freelance designer, with her creations gracing the pages of popular knitting magazines, including Knit Scene, Creative Knitting, and Pompom.She is also the author of Learn How to Knit with 50 Squares. Che is a contributor to the Annie’s Signature Designs Spring Breeze Collection of knit and crochet pattern designs. 

Originally from Hong Kong, Che currently resides in Gothenburg, Sweden. Fashion and design has always been a passion of hers, although she graduated as a civil engineer. She followed her heart to pursue the dream of being a knitwear designer. 


“I love to create simple and aesthetically pleasing things. As a designer, to see my ideas taking form from sketches to finished knitting, and finally as inspiration for others, is the best feeling ever!”

– Che Lam

Episode highlights:

  • Che offers advice for someone wanting to start out designing with the 5 BIG questions to ask yourself.
  • The top skills that every aspiring designer should know.
  • Che says make the design process fun — make it like a game and play! 
  • The inspiration behind her designs in the Annie’s Spring Breeze Collection.
  • How to get started with learning how to size (grade) garments.
  • Designing tip: buy a children’s pullover, take measurements and test the waters with garment construction on a small scale.
  • Extended episode special: Che offers valuable advice in the form of a mini design training. Learn more here and become a member.

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Che’s designs on Annie’s Signature Designs:

How to find out more about Che:

Website: www.HandyKitty.com

Che’s Lookbook: www.handykitty.com/look-book 

Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/designers/handy-kitty

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/handykitty

Mentioned in this episode:

Annie’s Signature Designs: www.AnniesSignatureDesigns.com 

Grading resource: The Craft Yarn Council 

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Opening music credit: The Ether Life by Macroform