Looking into the commercial side of knitwear has been interesting. One company website that I found who specialise in the manufacture of knitted products is: Knitcom Ltd.
What started out as a family business in the early 1900s, developed into a commercial force that has provided for high street brands such as Top Man, Burtons & Next PLC.
The 3rd family generation have taken the company under knit com ltd. Specialising in the industry today. From industrial knit to actual knitted products.
On the site they list the knitted fabrics that they supply under commercial knitting, these include:
- Gold Wire
- Stainless Steel
- Kermel Viscose
I wasn’t aware that some of these fibres could be knitted.
From this I have been enlightened to the range of fibres that could be knitted and therefore has laid foundations for experimentation within my work. I am unlikely to use steel but it has opened my mind to new opportunities for development.
I am going to take this research further and experiment by crocheting different materials to see what works and what doesn’t.