The knitwear industry is a very complex and varied industry, especially when you take into account the difficulties that can be faced creating sustainable and ethical knitwear products. We decided to put together this masterclass to help shine a lot on some of the difficulties faced when producing responsible knitwear, and the various ways in which you can overcome this.
We've structured this Masterclass to first outline the basic principles of Knitwear, including what can be defined as knitwear, and how it is made. We then look at a glossary of knitwear, including a range of knitwear-specific terms that will help you make sense of the various aspects of knitwear. The masterclass then includes an overview of our sustainable knitwear design panel discussion, then moving onto technology and knitwear, and our conversation with Hall Watts and Kirsty Emery from revolutionary fashion technology business Unmade.
Using Knitwear Technology to Reduce Wastagewith Kirsty Emery
Kirsty Emery is one of the co-founders of revolutionary, award-winning fashion technology business, Unmade . Launched in 2013, Unmade was born out of frustration at the fashion industry’s stagnant approach to mass-consumption. Today, they create bespoke, personalised knitwear, on-demand, on an industrial scale. With an ever growing team and research lab based at Somerset House, they are leaders in sustainable fashion technology.
"The fashion business is 1.4 trillion dollar industry. 10% of all the clothes made every year don't get sold and go straight to landfill - which is about 100 billion dollars of clothes."
Changing the Knitwear Industry: In Conversation with Hall Wattswith Hall Watts
Hall Watts is CEO and Co-Founder of Unmade, the revolutionary, award-winning fashion technology business. Launched in 2013, Unmade enable customizable design through industrial manufacturing. They give fashion brands the power to customise their products and to never have to deal with unsold stock again.
Custom Hand-Knitting Perfectly Fitting Clothingwith Ruby Lee
Have you ever wanted to knit the perfect made to measure jumper, but didn’t know where to start? Well, Ruby Lee and Alice Sleight have the solution with their fledgeling business, “Made and Worn” an app that helps users to knit a product that they design themselves, to their perfect fit.
The Natural Characteristics and Eco-Properties of Woolwith Sue Blacker
Sue Blacker is Managing Director of Blacker Yarns and The Natural Fibre Company. She is a huge wealth of knowledge when it comes to wool and the wool industry, so we are so very honoured that Sue has offered to be our guest expert for a Technical Tutorial on everything "wool".
Knit Glossarywith Charlie Bradley Ross
A downloadable pack featuring the key terms commonly used in the knitwear industry, and their various meanings and definitions.
Introduction to knitwear with Charlotte Cameron from Charlotte Cameron Knitwearwith Charlotte Cameron
Charlotte Cameron is a knitwear consultant, trained in knitwear and knitted textile design, she works with brands to design and develop knitwear products from concept through to retail. As well as her consultancy business, Charlotte Cameron Knitwear, Charlotte is also Knitwear Editor for online creative knit platform Knitting Industry Creative and a visiting lecturer in knitwear & knitted textile design. She has a breadth of experience with mid-high end brands, from those with established knitwear collections, through to start-ups. As a knitwear consultant, her key focus is to create beautiful and ethical knitwear which is commercially successful and is designed and made to last and be cherished.
Where to Buy Ethical and Sustainable Yarns
One of the biggest struggles in the knitwear industry is sourcing sustainable yarns. Here are a few of our favourite yarn suppliers:
- Renee and Burt Co
- Yarn Yarn Yarns
- Flora Fibres Artisan Vegan Yarns
- Malabrigo Yarn
- Wool and the Gang
- We are Knitters
- The Natural Fibre Company
- Blacker Yarns
Charlotte Cameron Knitwear: https://charlottecameronknitwear.wordpress.com/about/
Katie Jones Knit: http://www.katiejonesknit.co.uk/
Ally Bee Knitwear: https://ally-bee.com/
Knitworks London: http://knitworkslondon.com/
The Natural Fibre Company Website: https://www.thenaturalfibre.co.uk/
Search more breeds of sheep on the Black Yarn website: Meet the Animals
British Wool Board: http://www.britishwool.org.uk/
British Sheep Breeds: http://www.britishwool.org.uk/british-sheep-breeds.php
Fibres & Microns: https://mc.offsetwarehouse.com/2017/10/01/fibres-microns-properties/
Ted's 10: http://www.tedresearch.net/about/
Tech Stars: https://www.techstars.com/
V&A's 9-month artist in residence: https://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/section/artists-residence-va
Health & Safety Guidelines: http://www.eurobike-show.com/od-wAssets/daten/rahmenprogramm/pdf/Environment-Health-and-Safety-guidelines.pdf