Loopwheeler - for the knit picky
Now, only 3 factories left in the world & always, only 3 needles per machine.
The Loopwheeler is heralded as a good-as-it gets knit for most enthusiasts. These century old machines can be first traced back to Italy at the turn of the 20th Century and its process was licensed out to American heritage brands like LL Bean and Champion, which is why their archival sweats and tees are so coveted by collectors today. There are only 3 factories producing these knits today, 2 in the Wakayama prefecture of Japan and 1 in the Swabian Alps of Germany.
Each machine takes its sweet time - only completing twenty-four rotations per minute, making enough fabric for 3-4 garments per day. This slow 3 needle knitting creates deep pockets of space between yarn threads, creating both incredible softness, and density that also adds to the resilience of the fabric. Loopwheelers are the pinnacle of slow knitting of natural fibers to preserve and enhance the original softness of plucked cotton. As these old machines knit yarn by yarn by yarn, air is trapped within the cotton and this pillowy construction results in a downy soft texture. It's easy to discern the difference of fabrics between high-speed machine and Loopwheeler knits fresh off the knitter and years of washing.
We are so excited to bring this fabric to our community in our Loopwheeler sweatshirt. We'd like to hear from the community about loopwheeler stories, history and favorites products.
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