Knit Sketching: from Cut & Sew Patterns to Machine-Knit Garments

Alexandre Kaspar, Kui Wu, Yiyue Luo, Liane Makatura and Wojciech Matusik
Examples of garments knitted with our system

Different garments knitted with our workflow. The initial garment specifications come from the popular fashion magazine BurdaStyle and were reinterpreted using our system to be knitted with a whole-garment knitting machine.


We present a novel workflow to design and program knitted garments for industrial whole-garment knitting machines. Inspired by traditional garment making based on cutting and sewing, we propose a sketch representation with additional annotations necessary to model the knitting process. Our system bypasses complex editing operations in 3D space, which allows us to achieve interactive editing of both the garment shape and its underlying time process. We provide control of the local knitting direction, the location of important course interfaces, as well as the placement of stitch irregularities that form seams in the final garment. After solving for the constrained knitting time process, the garment sketches are automatically segmented into a minimal set of simple regions that can be knitted using simple knitting procedures. Finally, our system optimizes a stitch graph hierarchically while providing control over the tradeoff between accuracy and simplicity. We showcase different garments created with our web interface.



  title={Knit Sketching: from Cut \& Sew Patterns to Machine-Knit Garments},
  author={Kaspar, Alexandre and Wu, Kui and Luo, Yiyue and Makatura, Liane and Matusik, Wojciech},
  journal={ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH)},

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