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Knitting Technology - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9781855733336, 9781855737556

Knitting Technology

3rd Edition

A Comprehensive Handbook and Practical Guide

Author: D J Spencer
eBook ISBN: 9781855737556
Paperback ISBN: 9781855733336
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 27th April 2001
Page Count: 416
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Table of Contents

An introduction to textile technology; From hand knitting to frame knitting; General terms and principles of knitting technology; Basic mechanical principles of knitting technology; Elements of knitted loop structure; Comparison of weft and warp knitting; The four primary base weft knitted structures; The various types of weft knitting machines; Stitching produced by varying the sequence of the needle loop intermeshing; Coloured stitch designs in weft knitting; Pattern and selection devices; Electronics in knitting; Circular fabric knitting; Speciality fabrics and machines; Loop transfer stitches; Welts, garment sequences and knitting to shape; The straight bar frame and full-fashioning; Flat knitting, basic principles and structures; Automatic power flat knitting; Circular garment-length machines; The manufacture of hosiery on small-diameter circular machines; Aspects of knitting science; Basic warp knitting principles; Classes of warp knitting machines; Plain tricot structures knitted with two full set guide bars; Surface interest, relief and openwork structures; ‘Laying-in’ and full plate; Multi guide bar machines and fabrics; Double needle bar warp knitting machines; Technical textiles.


The third edition of Knitting Technology, widely recognised as the definitive text on the subject, has been thoroughly revised and updated to include all the latest developments. Beginning with the fundamental principles and moving on to more advanced aspects, it combines in a single comprehensive volume the basics of warp and weft knitting, fabric structures and products, the different types of machines, principles of production and terminology to provide an invaluable reference for textiles students, textile engineers and technicians involved in knitted garment design and manufacture.

Fundamental rules and principles are emphasised throughout. Aspects covered include flat, circular, full fashioned, hosiery, raschel, tricot and crochet production. Development of the various types of knitting machines, their actions and mechanisms as well as the construction, properties and end uses of the products which they manufacture are also included.

The book is indexed and referenced in detail and includes numerous labelled diagrams and photographs. Terminology is defined either according to The Textile Institute's terms and definitions or current usage in the industry and is supplemented where necessary by American or continental terminology. Although SI units and the tex yarn count system are explained and used in the text, other systems have also been employed wherever it has been considered that their usage is still important. A number of worked calculations are included to clarify the examples given.

Knitting technology is the ideal textbook for a range of textile courses from technician to degree level and The Textile Institute's examinations as well as being an essential companion to all those involved in the knitting industry.

Key Features

  • An essential reference for all textiles student textile engineers and technicians involved in knitted garment design and manufacture


Students and practitioners in the textile industry


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27th April 2001
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"This authoritative book is essential for both students of knitting technology and practitioners in the knitting and textile industry." --Textile Horizons

"… widely recognised as the definitive text on the subject … completely revised and updated." --Knitting International

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About the Author

D J Spencer

David J. Spencer, C Text, FTI, ACFI, recently retired as a senior lecturer in Textile and Knitting Technology at De Montfort University Leicester. He has been an examiner and moderator in the Manufacture of Hosiery and Knitted Goods for the City and Guilds of London Institute. He has written numerous technical articles and is technical editor of the journal Knitting International and contributing editor of ATA Journal and China Textile Journal. He is Chairman of the Textile Institute Knitting Terms and Definitions Committee. He obtained his initial industrial experience with Corah of Leicester who were then world leaders in the application of knitting technology.