Wenlan Chia, creator of the acclaimed fashion line "Twinkle by Wenlan", is famous for knitting bold, chunky yarn into delicate, feminine designs. The look is at once whimsical and hip, classic and trendy; in short, Wenlan's knits are like nothing you've seen before. Now, she shares her patterns and her secrets with knitters everywhere. "Twinkle's Big City Knits" is a collection of 31 of Twinkle's greatest hits that knitters can make at home. From a mohair shrug embellished with ribbon and braids to a wrap vest with a plunging V-neck, every design in "Twinkle's Big City Knits" puts an innovative, spin on classic knitwear and styles. Here are patterns for all of Twinkle's hottest pieces: the bestselling seed-stitch Twinkle Hoodie, the cropped and flirty Best Friend Cardigan, the effortlessly trendy Shopping Tunic. For warmer weather, lighter colours and lighter knits reign, so you'll find the classic sophistication of the Chanel-inspired Coco Jacket in soft pastels, a delicate and feather-soft scarf light enough for spring, as well as the St. Bart's Mini that could very well be the perfect Little Black Dress.
Full-colour photographs and clear instructions make it easy to learn new techniques. In addition, Wenlan shares her advice on techniques, choosing yarns and materials to make knitting with chunky yarn as easy as it looks.
Wenlan Chia is a Taipei-born American fashion designer and creator of the line, Twinkle by Wenlan, which she launched in 2000. Twinkle made its Fashion Week debut in 2003.The collection is known for its whimsical take on feminine dressing with a dash of the exotic, a dose of pop culture and a sense of humor. In addition to women's ready-to-wear, her line includes home decor and accessories, called Twinkle Living,which launched in 2006;costume and fine jewelry (Twinkle Accessories); knitting yarns; and leather accessories (Twinkle Handknit Yarns).
Chia has also written three knitting pattern books: Twinkle's Big City Knits, Twinkle's Weekend Knits and Twinkle's Town and Country Knits. Twinkle knit designs are characterized by the use of traditional knitting patterns knit with oversized needles and large gauge yarns. Chia's knitwear designs are sometimes featured in Interweave Knits magazine, and a line of her Twinkle yarns was being distributed by Classic Elite Yarns until the Fall of 2012.
To complement her books, Chia began to offer knitting lessons in Rockefeller Center's Antropologie store.In 2009, she published a sewing pattern book, Twinkle Sews.
Wenlan Chia's awards and nominations include the Onward Kashiyama New Design Prize in Tokyo, the Competition of Young Fashion Designers in Paris, and a nomination for the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award. In 2005, she was selected as one of "Spring’s Leading Ladies" by Vogue magazine.
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