At MADELEINE we don’t leave anything to chance, especially when it comes to the choice of materials to create high quality pieces. The variety of knit types allows for a wide range of items for all occasions and seasons.
The Intarsia Knit is a very elaborate knit type, where only one thread per colour and area is used in order to create truly eye catching colourful patterns, which give classic knitwear a fashionable upgrade. This decorative knitwear is a lot thinner than Jacquard knit.
A similarly high-quality knit type is Jacquard knit. It is a raised pattern that is woven onto the fabric. It is formed with smaller, filigree patterned or coloured surfaces. The inside and outside of Jacquard knit are very different – the inside being significantly multi-layered.
Milano knit is mostly used for dresses and blazers, as this type of knit holds its shape very well. It is smooth and sturdy and is often used in tailored pieces.
Large stitches, thick braids and knitting pattern are wearable throughout all seasons, but differ according to the latest trends. Often most common in winter for thick, cosy jumpers.
Rib knit is formed by the changing of right and left stitches. This figure-hugging and elastic knit type is wearable throughout the year and looks smart and sophisticated – perfect for business looks.
Fine knit is soft to the skin and creates flattering pieces that can be smart or casual
An innovative knitting technique gives Ajour knitwear pieces an elaborate design with patterns of holes. This expressive knit type effectively shows the layer below, which gives character to every outfit. Ajour knit is known for its delicate knitting pattern.
The base material of viscose is a natural product, which is obtained from plant-based cellulose and afterwards refined in a chemical process. Viscose is a very absorbent fibre, hence it becomes very heavy during washing.
An especially exclusive and very delicate wool, which is obtained by combing out the finest hair of living cashmere goats. One animal produces maximum 100g of this luxurious wool per year – this explains the high price of a piece made purely from cashmere. Very light and soft textiles are made from cashmere, which are in every way luxurious pieces.
Mohair wool is from the mohair goat, a long-haired breed, which comes from the Middle East. One animal produces roughly six kilograms of wool per year, which is then processed to become very cosy mohair wool. Similarly to Angora, an initial fluff is inevitable. Kid-mohair, an especially fine yarn, comes from the young and is therefore even more precious.
Angora wool is indulgent, soft and cosy luxurious. The extremely soft look makes an angora wool piece distinctive. This extremely fine yarn holds air very well and due to that keeps the body warm. Mostly, angora wool is woven in combination with sheep wool or chemical fibres, as angora does not provide enough stability to hold shape.
Cotton from the fibre plant is deemed to be the most used material for the fashioning of clothes. By nature, cotton is sleek and matt, but can be refined differently to be shiny and coloured. Cotton is known to be especially hard-wearing and agreeable to the skin.
According to the textile labelling law, wool is always sheep wool, which always gives a pleasant feeling to the skin. Wool can also be recycled, which is good for the environment. It is only allowed being named new wool (as you’ll see for many MADELEINE pieces) if the fibre has not been used in any product before.
Metallised yarn, also known as lurex, is a metallically shining yarn. The yarn gives fashion items an elegant sparkle. It is used in order to achieve exquisite effects on fashion pieces.
Ribbon yarn presents a certain thickness or strength and mostly consists of synthetic yarn as well as mixes. Ribbon yarn is especially popular in combination with chunky knit.