Sara Zanetti Opens Up About Winning Feel The Yarn Contest

She knows her knitwear

Graduating Fashion Design student Sara Zanetti is one of the winners of the 11th edition of Feel The Yarn, a competition created by Consorzio Promozione Filati and Pitti Filati. 

This year, Feel the Yarn welcomed 34 students from 22 fashion schools all over the world to challenge each other with technique and creativity in the knitwear sector. Their stories, nationalities and points of view might have been different, but their goal to become the new knitwear talents on the block is the same. 

Sara Zanetti, a graduating Fashion Design student, was one of three winners of the popular knitwear contest. 


Sara Zanetti with model Pietro Braccialini wearing her creation. Photography by Gabriele Rosati

"My experience with Feel The Yarn was great," shares Sara. "Even if it wasn't the best moment in time, they respected the schedule and made it real, sharing our creations in a new way. I received my yarns during the lockdown and was always in contact with the online contest's organizer. It was great for planning my work."

As far as inspiration goes, Zanetti's vision is clear as day. "My concept starts with the impossibility to be free in our society. People are oppressed by rules and judgment. For that reason, I created a huge cape full of manipulations and the stitching overlapped to represent the heaviness we have to carry on with every day. I love that I can create anything from a single thread. You can play, have fun and reproduce every shape or textile you want."

Sara received a scholarship to further develop her skills as a knitwear designer. "I'm hoping this could be the first step to starting my fashion design career."