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What is "Rib Knit" - Definition & Explanation

A double-knit fabric in which the rib wales or vertical rows of stitches intermesh alternatively on the face and the back of the fabric. Rib knit fabrics have good elasticity and shape retention, especially in the width.
A basic stitch used in weft knitting in which the knitting machines require two sets of needles operating at right angles to each other. Rib knits have a very high degree of elasticity in the crosswise direction. This knitted fabric is used for complete garments and for such specialized uses as sleeve bands, neck bands, sweater waistbands, and special types of trims for use with other knit or woven fabrics. Lightweight sweaters in rib knits provide a close, body-hugging fit.
A textured knit that has the appearance of vertical lines. It is highly elastic and retains "memory".
A knitted fabric with alternating raised and lowered rows. More elastic and durable than plain knits, they tend to fit the body and are used frequently in T-shirts as well as for the trims of socks, sleeves, waists and necklines.
Basic stitch used in horizontal knitting in which the knitting machines require two sets of needles operating at right angles to each other.
A stretchy fabric normally used for trim. This stitch is formed by two sets of needles at right angles to each other, which provides more elasticity than jersey knit. The face of the fabric appears to be the same as the backside.
A fabric with vertical rows of loops on both sides of the fabric and produces more stretch in the fabric.

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