The best thing about knitting is the fact that you can create something unique with your own hands. It’s one of the few sacred things in this world that hasn’t become digitalised… well until now.
Digital knitting looks set to take off within the retail world thanks to an Italian sportswear brand, who has outlets in the UK. They are launching a new range of clothing this month using the technique.
On the 15thof September Napapijri will showcase their Ze-Knit collection of ‘urbanwear’ for men and women. Each jacket, sweatshirt, jumpsuit and pair of trousers is made using a single yarn that has been digitally woven into the fabric.
Digital knitting is the process of transforming 3D designs into knitting patterns. The 3D designs are sent to an industrial knitting machine where the wonders of technology translate the model into a pattern that directs the movements of a needle!
There are benefits to using digital technology to produce knitted clothes. It reduces waste, because the designers can alter the pattern as they go, and the flexibility of the material can be enhanced. The company claims on their website: “Ze-Knit garments are digitally knitted from a single yard, allowing for up to 30% fabric waste reduction of raw material, water, and dye chemicals waste.”
Who knows, digital knitting might catch on and in the near future it could become something that major retail brands use, and save tonnes of wastage. Great news for the environment!