With Stoll’s Trend Collection Materialization, the company faced the challenge of using difficult-to-knit materials, breaking new ground in design and processing. The company mainly used Stoll ADF technology, but other machine types were still utilised to demonstrate the versatility of Stoll machines and technology.
The collection was first exhibited at ITMA Barcelona this June and at SPINEXPO in Shanghai in September of this year. Highlights of the collection include new opportunities in knit and wear thanks to the latest ADF technology: the new ADF 830-24 ki knit and wear combines many knitting techniques, such as reverse plating, Stoll-weave-in , and Stoll-ikat plating – not previously possible in the field of knit and wear.
“In this collection, unusual yarns or materials were processed for the flat knitting sector. For example, cut plastic foil was used as well as polypropylene tapes from the food industry. The Stoll machines easily processed these materials and others,” the company reports.
Another highlight of the collection is that ribbon yarns were inserted using a special unwinding device. Ribbon yarns tend to spin in the knitting process. The special unwinder used bypassed this problem, and Stoll was able to achieve the desired effects.
Examples of the collection include:
- Single jersey with double Stoll-weave-in and Stoll-ikat plating. Stoll-weave-in yarns are inserted by transferring different needle constellations between the two weaved yarns. In one of the examples, the combination of double Stoll-weave-in and plated melt yarn results in an extremely solid surface – suitable for carrying bags and similar durable products.
- Mesh structure with Stoll-ikat plating and Stoll-weave-in. The mesh structure is transmitted alternatively in both directions to avoid skew. Stoll-weave-in yarns are inserted before the stitch is transferred. This reinterpretation of the pertinent structure results in a warp-like appearance. The reinforcement by thermoplastic yarn offers possibilities for new areas of application.
- Single jersey with Stoll-weave-in, Stoll-ikat plating and tuck. The tuck structure binds the weft thread to the embedding basic knit. This knitting technique allows the use of the inlay yarn only on the outer side of the fabric. This creates a double-faced product.
Stoll is an internationally operating manufacturer of flatbed knitting machines based in Reutlingen, Germany. The world-renowned enterprise was founded in 1873 and has about 1,000 employees worldwide. It exports to more than 50 countries all over the world and offers integrated services through affiliated companies, sales and marketing centres and numerous agencies.
The Stoll product portfolio comprises 3D knitting machines and patterning software, which are used for the production of fabrics for fashion, as well as for technical applications. With innovative technical developments and a modern production environment, Stoll enables a broad spectrum of knitting trends.