02/09/2021 – Dissolving design boundaries — auf Deutsch lesen

Karl Mayer: 4D-Knit articles in a new gauge

The low weight and soft feel of the new 4D-Knit fabrics guarantee a high level of wear comfort and are particularly suitable for the apparel sector.


Karl Mayer wants to use the new series to appeal primarily to fashion and sportswear manufacturers. © Karl Mayer


Thanks to 4D-Knit, Karl Mayer has redefined the notion of warp knitted spacer fabrics. The term represents a completely new generation of spacer textiles that are based on the basic construction of conventional 3D warp knitted fabrics, but that significantly deviate from traditional designs.

The spacer layer is particularly different: the space between the upper and lower can be filled with bulked yarns to achieve unprecedented effects in performance and design. In addition to a smooth pattern, two-tone colouring and breathable mesh zones as before, the two surfaces can have clearly pronounced relief designs – each with individual placements and dimensions.

 Depending on the amount of filling and the design of the plastic motifs, a wide variety of pieces is possible, from cosy padded jacket fabrics that keep you nice and warm in winter to breathable textiles for functional shoes, for example. The new warp knitted spacer fabrics are produced on a RDPJ 6/2 EL FB, previously in gauge E 24. To further explore the potential for the sportswear and outerwear sector, Karl Mayer’s textile product developers have produced the first 4D-Knit products on a jacquard double needle bar raschel machine in E 28.

You can find more information on the pattern in Karl Mayer’s virtual showroom.