Second Glance is a research project that demonstrates the potential of replicating three-dimensional hand-knitted surfaces with industrial knitting technology. Knitting machines in their advanced state can knit garments without seams; however, replicating some types of hand-knitted surface patterns remains challenging as flat-bed ‘weft’ knitting machines feature limited stitch transfer capabilities. Second Glance examines this underexplored area.
Through the incorporations of still photography, industrial knitting programming and Jacquard knitting technology, Second Glance investigates the potential to machine knit patterns that appear three-dimensional. The research provides new opportunities for designers to mass manufacture traditional hand-knitted patterns. This project’s aim is not to eliminate the necessity for hand knitting but provide alternative methods of replicating hand knitted patterns using industrial technologies.
Second Glance has been exhibited in Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital, MAAS, Sydney in 2016 and in the 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial in 2011 (touring 2011-2013). It was included in the accompanying catalogues of both of these exhibitions. Second Glance was also included in Knitwear Design (2013) by Carol Brown.