IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to ongoing contracts on specialised machinery, we no longer have the capacity to take new commission knitting enquiries for:
- Customised socks EXCEPT plain socks with embroidery and sports club socks with club initials knitted in, MOQ’s apply;
- Knitted pieces not as a whole garment, including knitted cuffs and collars;
- Undergarments or very light weight garments such as shorts and tees;
Due to our non-compete standards, we are at capacity with the following areas of commission knitting:
- Baby blankets;
- Throw blankets;
- Fully fashioned garments (mens/womens/children/babies);
- Fashion scarves & beanies;
- Single pieces or sampling for any of the above;
We have a small group of respected brands we currently knit for and have done so for several decades now. We do not forsee any of these brands retiring in the near future and are comfortable estimating there will be no new room for commission knitting brands for the next few years. If you haven’t already, please check the Ethical Clothing Australia website for other factories who may be looking for commission work. We apologise for the disappointment but we are not taking a wait-list. If you think your idea is beyond the scope listed above or you are a social enterprise looking to make the world a better place, then by all means complete the form below and we endeavour to reply to all enquiries.
We can accept very limited commission knitting enquiries in the following areas:
- Student designers looking to present knitwear as their final piece (limited spots available each year);
- Limited edition high MOQ runs of company logos etc knitted into accessories and/or garments (eg: ugly Christmas theme);
- Schoolwear and Company Uniforms with ongoing or contracted requirements;
Commission knitting conversations can be lengthy and the questions involved can be tricky to answer and very individualised. In order to provide you with the most accurate information possible please communicate via the form on this page. We are unable to take new commission knit queries over the phone however once an email trail has been established and the bulk of your questions addressed you will be welcome to contact us via phone.
Services we offer
Interknit offer commission knitting on multi-gauge flatbed knitting machines. We can offer fully fashioned or cut/sew or a combination of both of these techniques. We do not offer whole garment knitting. We can also offer custom embroidery in up to 16 colours per run.
Fibres we use
At Interknit we keep a stock of pure Australian Merino Wool; school uniform and workwear wool/acrylic blends; 100% acrylic colours and poly-cottons.
While we use alpaca and cotton in our own ranges, we don’t keep a stock for commission knitters to draw on.
Depending on your requirements, you may be sourcing your own yarn. If this is the case you will need to supply a few kilograms for us to produce a test swatch to ensure the way your yarn was produced suits our machines. More information on yarn suitability is available.
Minimum Order Quantities
Our minimum order quantities are non-negotiable, please do not ask. We have carefully calculated the minimum quantity of garments we need to produce in order to offer you a economically viable buy price while also remaining economically viable ourselves. In simple terms, sometimes it costs just as much to make 2 garments as it does to make 10.
The current Minimum Order Quantities for custom garments are 10 units per style/per colour/per size with a minimum overall order of 50 units per knit run. Free-sized garments are still 10 units per style/per colour with a minimum order of 50 units per knit run.
Non Compete Policy
We have a strict non-compete policy in place to protect our current and future commission knitting customers. This means that we do not take on any two brands that make very similar garments or that target the same niche market. If we are already knitting for someone similar to your brand or your new design, we won’t be able to also knit for you unless you have a distinct point of difference.
When you are making a new enquiry, it can be difficult to determine if your brand is a good fit with our current customer base as we don’t generally advertise the brands we make for (they like to protect their sources from their competitors too). This means we need to use your website; your sketches; your mock ups and your descriptions to determine if you will create direct competition for an existing customer. Of course, you can’t also be in direct competition with our brands which are Worksmart; Outdoor; Ballarat Gold and Branberry.
Sampling a new style of garment can mean a lot of ‘back and forwards’ between our production team and you the client, either by SMS photos; emailed photos; sending actual samples by courier or Australia Post or even you attending our factory. The more times we have to tweak and change your design, the longer the process will take. Unfortunately, not all design ideas can be translated easily into knits and we ask that you are prepared to be flexible to obtain a finish that is both suitable for you and within your budget. Sometimes sampling a style can take up to 6 months. It is good to budget 6 weeks for sampling, especially if you are sampling an entire range, however this can be faster if we communicate well.
Our sampling fees start at a set amount and the process of sampling helps determine the cost per garment. Different finishes can mean different prices depending on the labour and cost of goods involved. If you require linking (fully fashioned) it is labour intensive and expensive compared to overlocking (sewing). If you require buttons or a zipper this would make your garment more expensive than a pullover.
Generally the window for sampling new styles is from September to November each year in preparation for the following Winter. Sampling time is dependent on the production schedule of each knitting machine so it’s best to start earlier than later to ensure there is enough time for you to market your garments.