A knowledge base for sewing and working with knits.
Single knits or jerseys are lighter weight and have more drape than double knits. They work well for tops and dresses, not as well for pants and skirts. Interlock is a type of double knit that is generally a mid-weight and works well for tops and lightweight bottoms. Double Knit is often a good choice for separates because it has more body and stability than the single knits. Ponte knit is very popular because of its versatility. It is a kind of double knit that produces fine ribs when it is knit. See Barb’s Blog for more information. Sweater knits are looser weave or novelty stitches and work best for cardigans or tunic tops.
Printed knits are desirable because the yarns take the dye so well. We have a strong preference for the viscose/elastane from Europe. Our cotton knits are chosen carefully for finest quality available. Microfiber polyester knits (ITY) are great for quick and trendy tops…they wash and wear well and come in at an affordable price point.