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Reutlingen - With its latest trend collection, Materialization, flat knitting machine builder Stoll says it has broken new ground in terms of design, materials and processing.

In doing so, the company faced the challenge of using difficult-to-knit materials and processing them in the best possible way. Although mainly using Stoll ADF technology, other machine types were also utilized to demonstrate the versatility of the company's machines and technology.

The collection was first exhibited at ITMA Barcelona and more at the recent SpinExpo in Shanghai.

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.
  • Foreign- and difficult-to-knit materials: 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.
  • 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.

Below are three examples from the collection.

1. 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.

Example: 1910027 - 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 - https://patternshop.stoll.com/shop/pattern/3875/1910027

2. 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.

Example: 1810095. Belt in plated pointelle structure with reflective yarn stripe and STOLL-weave-in. Knitted-in thermoplastic yarn for thermosetting. STOLL-ikat plating - https://patternshop.stoll.com/shop/pattern/3851/1810095?number=P-1810095 

3. 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.

Example: 1810087. Shiny wrap skirt in plated jersey and 2-layer holding, tuck stitch transfer structure with different needle set-up (STOLL-artwork) for STOLL -weave-in. STOLL-artwork design for ikat-plating and weave-in. Knitted-in meltable yarn for thermosetting of the polypropylene yarn. Waistband knitted on CMS ADF 32 BW, E18 - https://patternshop.stoll.com/shop/pattern/3857/1810087?number=P-1810087

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