Unlike woven fabrics, weft knit fabric
is formed by a series of vertical and horizontal loops. During the knitting process, these loops are interlocked. In the typical structure of a knitted fabric, the visible loops are arranged in a grid of V shapes. Some fabrics are also tubular.
The main difference between weft knit and warp knit is that the latter is knitted by weaving yarn around itself. Generally, weft knit fabrics are lighter and more stretchy. They are also simpler to produce. They are commonly used for apparel and leisurewear. In contrast, the warp knitted fabric is produced in larger quantities and is more durable. Weft knits are more common and can be easily cut. However, they are less resistant to runs and wrinkles.
Weft knitted fabrics can be manufactured using either a single set of needles or two sets. The first set of needles is used to knit the face loops, while the second set of needles is used to knit the back loops. These face and back loops are joined together in the knitting process to form the entire fabric. These knitted fabrics can be used for a variety of purposes. Some of the most popular uses of weft knits are athletic wear and tank tops.
Another type of knitted fabric is double knit, which is made with two sets of yarns. Fancy double knits may have a novelty stitch on the fabric's face. The fabric may be reversible. Usually, the back of the fabric has loops that hold the fabric in place and keep it warm. It is often used in lingerie. In addition to the loops, the fabric is knitted with additional yarns, which make the face smoother.
There are many different types of knitting patterns that can be used to create knitted fabric. One of the most popular knitting patterns is stockinette, which alternates between knit and purl stitches. These are made by alternating columns of knit and purl stitches, which create vertical stripes. Other knitting patterns include reverse stockinette, trilobal cross-section, and loop knitting.
The knitwear industry is expected to grow rapidly over the next few years. The industry is expected to be fueled by the growing apparel industry and favorable government initiatives. In the past year, Asia Pacific has dominated the global knitted fabric market, accounting for 70% of the total revenue. Its large share is attributed to the favorable regulatory frameworks in China and India. Other key countries contributing to the growth of the industry include Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Turkey.