Knit Basics

Welcome to Knit Basics where you will learn about “Why Knits are Unique” and “Weft & Warp.”

Why Knits Are Unique

Compared with woven constructions, which are rigid and stable, knits more easily conform to a change in shape. The intermeshed loops of knits allow for flexibility as they stretch to fit the form. This mobility helps knitted fabrics to maintain a smoother appearance than woven fabrics, and it makes knitted apparel well suited for sports and other active endeavors.

Weft and Warp

“Knitting” is defined as the intermeshing of yarn into loops to form fabric. The two basic knitting methods are weft and warp knitting. In weft knitting, loops are formed in a horizontal direction by adjacent needles knitting in sequence. The yarn is fed to the needles from individual packages. In warp knitting, loops are formed in predominantly in a vertical direction by needles that knit simultaneously. The yarns are fed to the needles from one or more beams.