Industrial Knitting Machine Debuts at Kent State Fashion School

The Fashion School at Kent State University is at the forefront of knitwear design technology with its recent purchase of an industrial knitting machine.

The Stoll CMS ADF-3 multi-gauge knitting machine is capable of carrying 32 different yarns independently. Kent State University is the first fashion institution in the U.S. to acquire this top-of-the-line design and production tool, which the German manufacturer unveiled in 2013.

“Designers can create very complex knit structures using the knit programming software and send the files directly to the machine to turn them into garments of any shape or size,” says Fashion School Director J.R. Campbell.

The Stoll machine, which is 10 feet long and weighs over 3,000 pounds, was lifted by crane into the third floor of Rockwell Hall this past summer. Watch the “machine’s perspective” video below:



The Fashion School will begin offering an advanced knitting class in double-bed machine knitting in spring 2016. Students will need to take the prerequisite machine knitting basics class before they can use the CMS ADF-3.

Stoll knitting machine

The purchase of the knitting machine was made possible by generous support from: Barbara and Tom Cole (Tom Cole is former chief administrative officer of Macy’s and a Kent State alumnus); Deborah and Ronald Ratner; Leslie Resnick (vice president and trustee of the John P. Murphy Foundation); and the late Bob Broadbent (chairman and CEO of Higbee’s department store).

Stoll knitting machine

POSTED: Monday, October 19, 2015 - 10:46am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 2:29pm
Alex Parrott & Felicia Ssempala