Posté par sophie
Today, by varying the knitting process, linen knits can take on multiple forms through the use of yarns that are single, twisted, cabled, milled, gimped, kinked, slubbed, knopped, crimped and may also be ombré, doupion, bouclé, chenille or blended. these yarns can be waxes, lacquered, pearlized, coated, space-dyed, graded and heathered. Knits can have smotth surfaces that capture the light, highlight textures and play wit contrasts or else emphasize a three-dimensional appearance.
Thanks to the multuplicity of enhancements that can alter the hand and surprise the eye, linen knits are creating a new fashion signature. they provide captivating scenoarios or unexpected opportunities, ideal for all fantasies and uses which will appeal to today's demanding customer.
LINEN KNITS, THE QUINTESSENCE OF ULTRA-FINE
After many years of R&D investments, European spinners have succeeded in improving yarn quality and strength. This has given rise to a new generation of extra-fine, regular and especially smooth yarns. The objective: create linen knits that are sensual and caressing, supple and elastic.
Lightweight linen jersey keeps all the fiber's original propertie, giving it a unique character for use in lingerie, homewear and sportswear... This is fluid, contemporary fabric that is easily worked for " cut-and-sew" garments.
Natural, an attractive sheen, high tensile strength, highly absorbent, hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial, thermo-regulating, supple, n-wrinkling, easy-care...
These qualities are enhanced depending on whether flax is "dry spun" or "wet-spun". The former elps create volume and texture for jacquards and 3-D effects; the latter brings out a lightnes that gives jersey knits added transparency and sophistication for T-shirt and lingerie fabrics.
These benefits are offset by certain features requiring knitters to be highly skilled: rigidity, low elongation at break point, lack of volume and elasticity and a dimensional stability that must be controlled... all issues which spinners and knitters can now overcome.
Before knitting, flax fibers follow a long, strictly-controlled procs. Everything begins in the field, and the spinner becomes involved early on, following every step from sowing to harvesting in order to preserve traceability, the signature of European linen's unique character.
Working closely with the flax grower, he can predict the quality of each lot of flax - one lot is equivalent to five tons of raw material. His objective: choose long-fiber lots that will produce yarns whithout slubs or knops which could diminish the product's quality.
LINEN KNITS, IDEAL FOR BLENDS
Although pure linen guarantees a true authenticity, blends whith natural or synthetic fibers open up many other possibilites for new knits with unusual effects, different hands and improved performance. Cotton, silk, cashmere, lurex, polyamide, rayon, elastan, wool... linen works well with them all to bring a new dimension to knits.
— Linen / cotton : an improved hand, easy care.
— Linen / silk, linen / cashmere : a luxurious touch for lighweight sweater knits.
— Linen / lurex : a festive sheen.
— Linen / polyamide : good dimensional stability.
— Linen / rayon : fluid drape with ecellent dye affinity for subtle hues, printed yarns, etc.
— Linen / elastane : added elasticity and textured effects.
— Linen / wool / alpaca / cashmere : a soft hand for " trans-seasonal" knits.
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