• What Is 3D Knit? (And Other Important Questions)

What Is 3D Knit? (And Other Important Questions)

Sep 06, 2018 WOMEN
A brand-new kind of sweater.
When you think of knitting, perhaps you think of your grandmother, sitting, with needles in hand, fashioning you yet another unbearably itchy scarf. Or you might think in a more modern context, of young trendsetters knitting their own garments. The one thing you may not think, though, of is innovative production technology, digitally optimized and 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.


Exploring and utilizing 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 to this.

Using specialist WHOLEGARMENT equipment designed in Japan, our 3D knit sweaters 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.


The first thing you'll notice when you try on a UNIQLO 3D knit dress or sweater 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.


Imagine the fit of a traditional tee — 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. In reality, they can be cumbersome, awkward and uncomfortable. Our bodies are different and our uniqueness demands clothing that allows such uniqueness 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, 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 sweater should look on your body. This is clothing which serves to fit you. Not the other way round.


As part of UNIQLO’s ongoing global commitment to minimizing 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.


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.
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