Hi-Tech Knitting


Any knitting nerds out there? Perhaps ones that enjoy knitting scarves and hats, whilst watching Star Trek (I’m looking at you LouBug…)?

A special treat for me last week – and a welcome break from padded rooms full of hyped-up children and poor coffee – I went to the Design Museum in London. Such exciting cultural outings are not a normal occurrence for me – the feeling that I was somehow “bunking off” my normal daily duties only added to my glee.

Buried amongst the stuff I didn’t really understand, was a small section on hi-tech knitting which caught my eye. Full credit goes to the Design Museum for the following text and associated images.

For your perusal. Enjoy.

adiZero Primeknit
manufactured by Adidas (image above)

“Using an innovative digital knitting process the entire upper element of the Primeknit is made in a single piece. A carefully constructed pattern is knitted using fused yarn to create a form that wraps around the foot. The performance of the material and the knitting pattern provides varying degrees of stiffness and flexibility, offering support where it is needed without additional reinforcements or lining.”


Digital Knitting and Weaving (image above)

“The weaving and textile industries were one of the earliest to mechanise their manufacturing processes. The Jacquard loom, invented in 1801, was the first machine capable of manufacturing according to a set of instructions. These early looms were controlled by a series of linked cards with holes punched out in various places that could be read by the machine. In this sense the Jacquard loom was the first digitally programmable machine – albeit mechanically digital as opposed to electronically digital.

Looms have been controlled by these basic principles for over 200 years. While modern looms take digital instruction direct from computer files and electronic designs, the essential process remains the same.”



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