Warp knitting


Warp knitting

Warp knitting is a family of knitting methods in which the yarn zigzags along the length of the fabric, i.e., following adjacent columns ("wales") of knitting, rather than a single row ("course"). For comparison, knitting across the width of the fabric is called weft knitting.

Since warp knitting requires that the number of separate strands of yarn ("ends") equals the number of stitches in a row, warp knitting is almost always done by machine, not by hand.

Types

Warp knitting comprises several types of knitted fabrics, including tricot, raschel knits, and milanese knits. All warp-knit fabrics are resistant to runs and relatively easy to sew.
*Tricot is very common in lingerie.
*Milanese is stronger, more stable, smoother and more expensive than tricot and, hence, is used in better lingerie. Milanese is now virtually obsolete.
*Raschel knits do not stretch significantly and are often bulky; consequently, they are often used as an unlined material for coats, jackets, straight skirts and dresses.The largest outlet for the Raschel Warp Knitting Machine is for Lace fabric and trimmings.

References

Shaeffer, C. (1994) "Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide", updated ed., Chilton Book Co. ISBN 0-8019-7802-5

External links

* [http://www.webplace.it/directory-english.htm Warp knit fabrics in Italy]


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  • Warp knitting — Warp Warp, n. [AS. wearp; akin to Icel. varp a casting, throwing, Sw. varp the draught of a net, Dan. varp a towline, OHG. warf warp, G. werft. See {Warp}, v.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Weaving) The threads which are extended lengthwise in the loom, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Warp knitting — A kind of knitting in which a number of threads are interchained each with one or more contiguous threads on either side. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • warp knitting — noun : machine knitting made on a machine that takes yarn from a warp beam and produces fabric with lengthwise threads compare weft knitting * * * a knitting process in which the yarn is knitted vertically in a flat form. Cf. weft knitting. * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • warp knitting — warp′ knit ting n. tex a process in which yarn is knitted vertically in a flat form Compare weft knitting warp′ knit ted, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • warp knitting — a knitting process in which the yarn is knitted vertically in a flat form. Cf. weft knitting. * * * …   Universalium

  • warp knitting — noun see warp knit …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Warp — Warp, n. [AS. wearp; akin to Icel. varp a casting, throwing, Sw. varp the draught of a net, Dan. varp a towline, OHG. warf warp, G. werft. See {Warp}, v.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Weaving) The threads which are extended lengthwise in the loom, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Warp beam — Warp Warp, n. [AS. wearp; akin to Icel. varp a casting, throwing, Sw. varp the draught of a net, Dan. varp a towline, OHG. warf warp, G. werft. See {Warp}, v.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Weaving) The threads which are extended lengthwise in the loom, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Warp fabric — Warp Warp, n. [AS. wearp; akin to Icel. varp a casting, throwing, Sw. varp the draught of a net, Dan. varp a towline, OHG. warf warp, G. werft. See {Warp}, v.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Weaving) The threads which are extended lengthwise in the loom, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Warp frame — Warp Warp, n. [AS. wearp; akin to Icel. varp a casting, throwing, Sw. varp the draught of a net, Dan. varp a towline, OHG. warf warp, G. werft. See {Warp}, v.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Weaving) The threads which are extended lengthwise in the loom, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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