Knowledge Base: Ponte

Double Knit vs. Ponte… that is the question

Recently I saw a post on a popular sewing board asking the difference between ponte knit and double knit.  I am ever mindful of my role as business owner and do not post on sewing boards to avoid the pitfall of “advertising”.  But I thought the question was valid and deserving of a response.  As you all know I do not put myself out there as an expert on fabrications.  I am simply a business owner and sewer with a lot of years of experience and a good bit of research to back that up.  So here is how we respond to that question.

Double knit is a generic term that refers to the structure of the knit fabric.  Double knits are weft knits produced using  two needles on two needle beds.  The result is a jersey that is flat on both sides and can often be reversible.  There are a wide variety of double knits on the market.  Ponte di Roma is one type of double knit.

Imperial Ponte-Close-up

Imperial Ponte-Close-up

How do you tell if its a ponte? The method of creating ponte knit results in a fine rib on both sides of the fabric.  If you look closely you can see a crosswise rib created by the process of using four yarns, two that are picked up at once and one that is front only, the other back only.

Ponte knit comes in a variety of weights

Lead Ponte from our Transitions Collection

Lead Ponte from our Transitions Collection

Fine lightweight suitable for dresses such as our Lead Ponte

Icon Ponte

Icon Ponte

Midweight is versatile for separates or structured dresses.

rayon Ponte Knit

Coming Later this Month

Heavy weight works for jackets and separates bottoms according to style lines.  We have a beautiful fall magenta color coming up in a few weeks.

Fiber Content

We see the following fiber combinations in ponte knit.  Each one has its fans and its detractors. We rely on the hand and the fineness of the weave to determine our buys.  Whenever choosing a fabric, its important to have fiber knowledge to help you predict the behavior of the fabric that you purchase.  We’ve listed them in the order of our preference, but that said we have seen some poly/spandex that are wonderful in hand even to the fabric snobs at SBDF!

  • rayon/spandex
  • rayon/nylon/spandex
  • poly/rayon/spandex
  • poly/spandex

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  • Patti Moore

    Thank you so much Barb! I’m always interested in Ponte knits. I really love this fabric and improving my knowledge is wonderful. I’m never sure if a fabric is suitable for pants and this information you provided is very welcomed!