Knit Stitches Archive

Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future

The Knit Stitches Archive of Industria Italiana Filati, a Precious Heritage

With over a century of history and five generations of experience in the textile industry, our company holds a rich heritage of knowledge and traditions. We want to share this treasure with the world, not only to honor our past but also to serve as a source of inspiration for innovation in the knitwear sector.

For this reason, we have digitized and cataloged over 800 knit stitches from our historical archive, thus providing an
additional resource for industry professionals.

Each knit stitch, each technique tells a story of research and passion for detail. From refined jacquards, which enchant with their versatility, to inlays that blend colors and textures, each knit stitch is a work of art in itself. The possibilities of using ribs, English knitting, or unloaded stitches are endless.
Braids can be classic or extravagant, folds evolve into ruches. And yet, fringes and fur stitches.

But what truly makes our Knit Stitches Archive precious is its ability to convey the versatility of yarns.
The same knit stitch can be interpreted in various ways, adapting to winter or summer yarns, transforming from warm and enveloping garments to light fabrics capable of enhancing transparency.


The study and elaboration of knit stitches thus become an art in itself, a journey in understanding and appreciating the variety and beauty of yarns. From choosing the right stitch to selecting the perfect yarn, each decision reflects a balance between tradition and innovation, past, and future.

The Knit Stitch Archive is not just a collection of techniques and designs, but a treasure that celebrates art and creativity in the Italian textile industry. It is an invitation to explore, to experiment, to be inspired by the infinite possibilities of yarns. Whether you are a designer in search of new ideas or a manufacturer eager to bring innovation to the market, our Knit Stitch Archive is a precious resource that will continue to grow and inspire future generations.


Baby Alpaca Suri: Gods Wool

Suri is a variety of alpaca from whose fleece is obtained a noble fiber, very thin and
shiny. Its locks, defined in the technical language of the breeders, “crimps”, are soft and wavy.
The quality Baby Suri has an even softer hand that gives the yarn volume and lightness.
Already known and bred 4,000 years ago in Peru, Bolivia and Chile, today the suri alpacas are found in many other areas, from Great Britain to Australia to New Zealand, but being a rare variety, they constitute only 5% of the alpaca population in the world.

The Incas considered it a sacred animal; the yarn obtained from the shearing was for the exclusive benefit of the emperor and the more restricted circle of nobles: for this reason it was called “Gods wool”.
The shearing still happens once a year, in spring, with manual and delicate methods that safeguard the animal, help it to better withstand the heat of the summer months and do not compromise the quality of the fiber.
Suri have more than 20 natural shades including white, pink, brown, gray and black.

Fascinated by this ancient and precious fiber, we developed a family of 7 yarns whose names are inspired by the Andean lands. Compact astracan-like bouclé (Cusco, Andino, Ayla), gauged for finesse 5, 7, both slightly comfort and firm (Cusco Gt, Andino Gt, Juan Gt) and a light and rarefied structure for machine 3 (Atacama). The colors both solid and mélange are bright and intense. Our suri is certified Alpaca Blend Mark Certification issued by AIA (Associacion Internacional de la Alpaca founded in Peru in 1984), an association founded to promote and protect alpaca fiber in all its uses.

GRS Recycled Cotton – Low Environment Impact

The yarns with the RECYCLED description are made from regenerated coloured cotton fibers.
They come from textile waste, mainly T-shirts, which have the peculiarity of being already dyed.
The benefit is both economic and ecological.


Because the dyeing operation on cotton that would be very expensive, no longer needs to be carried out.


Because dyeing always has an impact on the environment due to the use of dyes; avoiding it, moreover, you will also have a considerable saving of water.

Reusing textile waste it also avoids disposal.

The fibrous part is marked with the symbol AF (Other Fibers) because of the difficulty of knowing exactly the percentages of acrylic, polyester or viscose, present in textile cuttings in seams, inserts and decorations, for each color.

Recycled cotton is reinterpreted by Industria Italiana Filati in different way, combining it with yarns and components of various types such as sequin yarns, lurex and printed yarns.

Since 2019 we have achieved the GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certification:
Certification for sustainable development in the textile sector and for the recycling of textile waste. GRS certifies the traceability of recycled materials and the quality of the same present in the product.


Yarn stitches designed and made with love

A new season is coming and as always
we try to inspire our customers with creative and new knitting stitches.

The yarn is mixed, intertwined and assuming a different look always changes shape. The color combination then becomes decisive to customize even a simple striping. Designing a new collection does not just mean creating yarns, but knowing how to interpret them in knit and give an extra service to our customers.
Our ideas are born from experience: a yarn is concretized by transforming the initial idea to its final shape following many steps.

In the final phase that includes the analysis of color trends, volumes and weights, information and ideas are collected to develop the stitches of each collection:
jaquard, inlays, ribs, ribbed knit, braids, stripes, fisherman, vanisé, links and more and more…

Get inspired by our knit stitches


Botanical Dyes

The yarns with botanical dyeing of the AI 2023 2024 collection are designed for those who choose to wear only natural knitwear. It is our philosophy of circular economy to respect our most precious asset: the environment . Campus, Erbario, Floralis e Silva  are beautiful yarns by nature

Towards a circular economy
Projected towards an idea of circular and eco-sustainable economy, we used pure natural fibers of cotton, wool, alpaca, silk, linen to create totally recyclable yarns.

History teaches us
Botanical dyeing is one of the oldest techniques in the world, widely used in the Florence of the Renaissance, and we, as Tuscan entrepreneurs, feel heirs to this tradition.In nature there are endless varieties of plants with dyeing capabilities; to ensure dyes with good commercial solidity we have selected only a narrow range.

The coloring properties of plants
Campeggio, Madder, Solidago, Chesnut, Mimosa, Bixia and are plants available during the entire arcof the year, so that we can guarantee continuity in our productions.The colors, extracted from the roots, leaves and wood of the plant, on the yarn, are delicate, watercolor, not excessively strong.The dyes are “indirect”; it is necessary to make a mordanting before dyeing: the mordant, also natural, serves to promote the passage of color in the fibers and increase their solidity.

So nature creates
As for the repeatability of the colors it is necessary to take into account that we are in the presence of materials coming from nature, and therefore susceptible to variations, which must be considered a merit and not a defect, as an integral part of a completely natural dyeing process, without any use of synthetic chemical compounds.

Industrial evolution of ancient knowledge
Our botanical dyes are a modern evolution of an ancient knowledge.
This unconventional project aims to make available to those who make fashion research and industrial experience combined with the charm of tradition and respect for the environment.


Undyed Alpaca. Less consumption of water and colors to the rhythm of Nature

11 yarns from our FW 2023/2024 Collection are naturally colored by selecting the different shades of the fleece of the Peruvian alpaca that undergoes no treatment other than a wash.

The natural colour palette ranges from white, cream, brown, grey to almost black.

Different textures and counts, created to enhance alpaca fiber which is precious, warm and pleasant to wear.

To bind the fibers togheter we used PET entirely recycled from post – consumer plastic bottles collected and processed in Italy by a mechanical and non – chemical process
(up to 20 bottles to make 1 kg of yarn).

Our choice is not only stylistic, but also ethical and ecological because by avoiding the dyeing process we save water and electricity.


Preview Fall/Winter 2023-2024

A refined contemporaneity characterizes the 72 yarns of the new FW 23-24 Collection designed with a single vision: a fashion that must evolve and renew itself always in step with Sustainability.

In an increasingly vast and international market, inputs are intertwined, needs multiply and creativity is also expressed in several directions;and these are ours:

The yarns with botanical dyeing

Designed for those who choose to wear only natural garments. Fibres used in purity (wool, alpaca, silk and cotton) dyed only with vegetable dyes extracted from leaves, flowers and wood of dyeing plants.
The sweater will be 100% sustainable with soft colors and watercolors. It’s our philosophy of circular economy to respect our most valuable asset: the environment.

Undyed Alpaca

10 yarns designed in natural alpaca colors, from white to almost black.

The sweater will be “naturally colored”; in the shades of the fleece of the alpaca without any treatment other than washing.

Natural & Recycled

When you don’t want to give up color.
Natural fibers of alpaca and wool bound with PET recycled in Italy from plastic bottles, through a mechanical and non-chemical process.

The sweater will be voluminous and colorful

Timeless Mohair

It is light, soft and pleasant to wear. Its fiber is shiny and brings out all the colors from pastels to the brightest shades, many of which in stock service.
In all its interpretations and counts (from 12 to the 3 gauge).

The sweater will be precious and soft

Alpaca Blend

The alpaca fiber is fine and resistant.
Reinterpreted in mixed with wool and mohair in classic or stretch aspects, brushed or compact astracan-like bouclé.

The sweater will be warm and versatile

Fancy Wool

Irregular twists, chanteclair colors, three-dimensional structures, light weights and air-flow distort the concept of classic wool.

The sweater will be fashion and unisex

The prints

The desire for color translates into our prints: a must in our collections.

The sweater will be degradè and very colorful


Sequined yarns are a “must have” of our collections.

Mini and macro sequins for the day and for the evening, gold and silver but also colorful for those who want a more eccentric look.

The sweater will be WOW… what a style!

Party time where lurex is the protagonist.

Section dedicated to viscose and cotton yarns twisted with lamé.They can be plain knitted or inserted in jaquard and inlays.
Frizzante, Fishing and Lumia our lurex yarns with stock service to wear 4 seasons out of 4!

The knitwear will be sparkling!

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We believe in traceability and transparency and we share our path and our results.

For your summer let yourself be inspired by our knit stitches

Even in difficult moments our creativity does not go out. We want to inspire your collections with knitting stitches designed for summer yarns but which can also be reinterpreted for winter knitwear.

Cables, openwork, fancy jaquards, mix of colors to visualize a shiny and sunny summer.

Browse our Inspiration Gallery


Perfumers entirely handmade using only waste paper and yarns from Industria Italiana Filati In the video below, you can admire the attention to detail in any phase of the creation of this craftsmanship A gift for our customers and collaborators.

Prato Forest City

We grow "Alda Merini" gardens in Prato to reduce CO2 emissions in our city

We are proud to participate in the Crowfounding promoted by Prato Forest City, a new project that is part of the urban forestry strategy promoted by the Municipality of Prato.
Thanks to Prato Forest City initiative, citizens, companies, schools and local associations can contribute in a transparent and simple way to the improvement of urban greenery. We have chosen to contribute to the planting of mixed species trees, capable of fixing about 200 kg of CO2 per year, in the Alda Merini Park located near our Company.