WHAT EXACTLY IS 3D KNIT?
WHAT EXACTLY IS 3D KNIT?
Aug 07, 2019 LifeWear
An entirely new approach to the traditional appeal of knitwear... now in an even bigger range
For many, knitwear has remained for years synonymous with traditional sensibilities in style. Perhaps if you imagine knitwear, you think of shapeless tops with frayed cuffs, bobbles and a cumbersome, heavyweight feel.

What you may not think of is innovative production technology and digital optimisation and which have been meticulously refined to perfect the knitting process and produce garments with an impeccable, unrivalled fit.

Welcome to 3D knit at UNIQLO: a new dimension in knitwear.


Shop 3D Knit Cashmere Turtleneck Tunic


WHAT IS 3D KNIT?


Exploring and utilising revolutionary fabric technologies is at the heart of UNIQLO’s Lifewear philosophy. Our ongoing effort to change the way we dress and feel in our day-to-day means we rely on innovations like HEATTECH, AIRism, Blocktech and DRY-EX to improve the comfort and wearability of daily staples. 3D knit is no exception.

Using specialist WHOLEGARMENT equipment designed in Japan, our 3D knit jumpers and dresses are produced three-dimensionally as one entire piece. The intelligent machinery we use offers much more precise control than weaving traditionally, allowing for new and exciting ways to manipulate fabric.


Shop 3D Knit Extra Fine Merino Ribbed Turtleneck Dress


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?


The first thing you'll notice when you try on a UNIQLO 3D knit dress or jumper is the outstanding feel of the fit. It drapes beautifully and feels comfortable against the skin thanks to the soft and sleek material finish. This is a brand new experience. And then you look in the mirror...

The silhouette produced by our 3D knitting process offers a new level of finesse, noticeably superior to traditionally knit materials. That’s because these garments, born from just one thread, boast an entirely seamless design which flows over the lines, curves and shapes of your body with effortless ease.


Shop 3D Knit Cotton Volume Sleeved Jumper


We even use this unique approach to breathe fresh life into a wide range of fabrics you already know and love. Experience the cutting-edge benefits of three-dimensional knitting with soft cotton designs, luxurious pure cashmere, premium lambswool and super soft Extra Fine Merino Wool.

WHY GO SEAMLESS?


Imagine, for example, the fit of a traditional jumper. For a perfectly flattering cut, the seams must align with your shoulders, the side stitches with your waist and everything should hang immaculately… except we all know that’s rarely how it works or feels. In reality, they can be awkward and uncomfortable; our bodies are different and our uniqueness demands clothing that allows such individuality to flourish.

This is where seamless 3D knit really shines. Clothing is allowed to follow the natural contours of your shape for a superior fit. No seams means no interference with the natural elasticity of knit materials, permitting a comfortable stretch finish, improved range of motion and even distribution of stress throughout the piece.

No longer do you have to conform to someone else’s idea of how a dress or jumper should look on your body; this is clothing which serves to fit you. Not the other way round.


Shop 3D knit Cashmere V Neck Cocoon Silhouette Jumper


HOW SUSTAINABLE IS 3D KNIT?


As part of UNIQLO’s ongoing global commitment to minimising waste and reducing excess materials, our use of WHOLEGARMENT 3D knitting equipment results in a lessened carbon footprint thanks to streamlined, efficient machinery. Using only exactly the required amount of yarn to knit a product, WHOLEGARMENT technology allows UNIQLO to produces its 3D knit range while drastically reducing volume of surplus material. Good news for sustainability, which is good news for tomorrow.


EXPLORE 3D KNIT


Navigate the future with Lifewear thanks to innovations in design, pattern, fabric development and stitching. 3D knit is just one part of UNIQLO’s continuing drive to reinvent wardrobe basics for the modern world and the challenges it presents.

We've added even more to our 3D Knit range for the 2019 Fall/Winter season. Discover elegant new dresses, jumpers, cardigans and more, all crafted with the ground-breaking technology behind 3D knit.

EXPLORE 3D KNIT DRESSES
EXPLORE 3D KNIT JUMPERS

EXPLORE 3D KNIT CARDIGANS