Theo recently explored the world of fully fashioned knitwear, enlisting the help of a manual knit maker Ajit! While the term 'fully fashioned' may sound like a foreign concept, take a peek at the close up of one of our new sweaters below and we promise you'll know the type of knitwear we're talking about!
Fully fashioned knits are so called because each piece of the garment is individually knitted from yarn before being assembled into the finished garment. This is in contrast to traditional 'cut and sew' type garments (like a t-shirt!) where the fabric is laid out and the pieces are cut out of the fabric. Fully fashioned knits therefore have less waste, since there are no fabric off-cuts!
While this type of knitwear is hugely common, the makers of knitwear are not. This is because the vast majority of knitwear that is produced today is created almost entirely by automated machines! While this is hugely convenient for large knit companies who can afford the outlay for hardcore industrial type knit machines (we found a clip here which gives you an idea of the complexities of such machines with bonus backing tunes to set the tone), but it leaves little room for small makers. That is, unless you are trained to use a manual knitting machine as Ajit is!
Ajit's learned how to use a manual knit machine from his parents, and has since bought a few more machines and taught others his skill to start his very own knit business in Bali. When you purchase a Theo knit garment, you are supporting Ajit and his own home business where each worker is skilled to create beautiful knit garments and are paid fairly for their work!