This project examines knitting and its potential in density and strength with simultaneous fineness. Knit, in contrary to woven fabrics which are based on pre-tensioned warp threads, is much more variable and modifiable due to its structure consisting of only one thread.
Knitting allows for flexible adjustments in strength and thickness.The knitting technique offers also the possibility to shape a material directly in the machine thus minimizing textile waste.This project used very fine merino yarns resulting in dimensionally stable, yet lightweight, knitwear.
Over a period of four months, I worked independently on the circular knitting machine of the Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. in Chemnitz, Germany.During this time, I carried out trials in finishing techniques and led the project through the steps of the textile production chain.
The character of the end product, both visually and haptically, comes together through the cross-connection of the handcraft of knitting, the industrial environment and interaction of the designer.