„Von der Socke zum Kleid – Die Anwendung der Stricktechnik der verkürzten Reihen auf Damenoberbekleidung“- Master thesis

['From the sock to the garment - the application of short row knitting technique to women's clothing']

irina heemann - finest handmade knitwear
Hochschule Luzern HSLU, Design und Kunst [Lucerne College of Art and Design]

There is evidence that a knitting technique using shortened rows has been used since the 16th century for shaping the heel of socks. This master thesis created at the Lucerne College of Art and Design investigates the question why the same technique was not also used to make seamless outerwear. Based on an elaborate investigation of the mathematics of knitting techniques, it can be demonstrated that the ancient craft technique is suitable for the production of contemporary and sustainable clothing. In the practical part of the study, the theoretical findings have been checked and verified, and illustrated in five prototype articles of clothing. Following on from the MA project a fashion collection was finally created - one that impressively illustrates the design potential of this innovation in terms of production technology.

Comments by the Nominators:
The possibilities of the shortened row in knitting have been investigated with scientific precision. The analysis of current practice in the industrial sector and that of designers is followed by an experiment on design level, based on mathematical regularities, for the creation of seamless garments. This new method could have a quite significant aesthetic influence on knitted fashions.
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