Which materials make the strongest composites? Woven or knit or crochet? Which stitch, hook size, and fiber geometry creates the most structurally sound and lightweight material? Check out our material studies to see where we are now.
Hand crocheted fiberglass roving. Composite materials are traditionally used as built up layers of perpendicular woven fiberglass to provide fiber strength in all directions. We hypothesized that a crochet or knit material, whose interlocking loops and omni-directional fibers traditionally create stretch, might provide more strength and stability when paired with resin.
Hand crocheted 6-ply cotton string, using a lace crochet stitch. Because cotton has long staple fibers and is so absorbent, it created a promising composite.
Hand crocheted Kevlar (size 138, Tex 120). This particular Kevlar was not absorbent at all and thus was one of our weakest samples.