3D Knitting - Part 2

Stitch by stitch, 3D materials are created and take on a form that at first sight does not appear textile. Use of yarn creates colour combinations that unfold with the fabric, and shapes (from corrugation to mathematical folds) show that knit can behave in ways unexpected. We can use these “abnormalities” to reimagine products such as footwear, accessories, home & interior textiles, apparel, and protection wear. From this angle, textile innovation becomes the leader for product innovation, starting from yarn-up to inspire new ideas and exploration. 

Stretch & Reveal

3D knit is often created by smartly combining yarn, stitch and machine technology. One of our favourites is creating loft via locking and holding the material. This compresses the material in specific zones creating raised effects. With this method, the material can be ‘opened’, by stretch, to reveal different layers of colours and patterning. When this material is shaped around an object or stretched by movement, it reveals new details and colours that play with light and space. 


Similarly, creating pleating with knitwear creates stable stretch and compression that makes the textile dynamic from different angles. Pleats are not limited in there form and can be created with different lines, directions and size to create a playful piece of textile. This is particularly interesting when creating bags, premium luxury  and interior textiles.


Inspired by origami these textiles use special yarns to generate zones of stretch and stiffness. It’s an alternative way to create padded protection, in which the origami folds absorb impact energy and dissipate it through the textile.

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