Research & Development

KNITWEAR LAB develops smart technological applications for knitwear. Our knitwear specialists combine material research with the latest knitwear technologies. We have 5 multi-gauge flat-bed knitting machines from STOLL, among which 3 of the latest and most advanced STOLL ADF machines. The multi-gauge of our machines range from 3,5gg to 18gg. Our programmers all have a background in design. The combination of technological innovation and a design-driven perspective is what makes KNITWEAR LAB truly unique.


Our creative team offer consultancy on all issues that may arise with designing, developing, or producing knitwear products. We design collections, create swatch libraries, and support you with the right yarn choices. Within our workflow we use the Virtual Knitting method and offer this as one of our services.

Virtual Knitting

Virtual Knitting by KNITWEAR LAB is a revolutionary method of industrial knitwear development: a connection between virtual and physical knitting, which creates a whole new world for sustainable, cost-efficient, and design-driven sample development and knitwear production. Virtual Knitting assists the customers in improving the designs on an early stage to create producible and realistic collections, simplify the design iteration process and to show multiple real-life colourways. With use of KNITWEAR LAB’s extensive knitwear knowledge combined with the latest 3D software and Stoll Create Plus, a massive waste from the sample and pre-production stages can be reduced.


At our LAB in Almere, the Netherlands our team of programmers and designers develop prototypes and run on a small scale productions. Our production LAB in Istanbul, Turkey is specialized in producing high-end knitwear. Our experienced team uses their exceptional craftsmanship to create unique knitwear. Our LABs are specialized in sustainable production methods, smart textiles and 3D knitting techniques. Our team uses their exceptional craftsmanship to develop prototypes and run productions to create high-end knitwear.

Through the partner companies of KNITWEAR LAB Istanbul, we have a possibility to make jersey fabrics, along with a variety of additional textile options, such as embroidery, print, dies and trims. Garments with bespoke fits and fabrics can be produced in low quantities. In addition, a wide range of other textile technologies can be done through our partner companies: printing, including digital print, transfer print and flock print; dying, including natural dye, batik, acid wash, stone wash and garment dye; and lastly, a variety of trims.


We have a progressive vision on sustainability. At KNITWEAR LAB we are constantly developing ethical knitwear, which can be made from biodegradable materials, regenerated, and certified yarns, or just very beautiful long-lasting materials. Moreover, we make an emphasis on zero-waste production methods. It is our responsibility to educate our clients on the impact their production has on our ecosystem.