Rib Knit Fabric

Rib knit fabric is a textured material characterized by vertical ridges on both sides of the fabric. The defining aspect of rib knit is its excellent elasticity and recovery, made possible by the alternating knit and purl stitches, forming a pattern that enhances stretch and flexibility. This fabric is ideal for crafting stylish sweaters, form-fitting tops, and comfortable activewear, lending each piece its distinctive texture and coziness. Dive into the world of design with rib knit fabric available by the yard, adding a touch of texture and comfort to your creations.

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Rib knit fabric is a textured material characterized by vertical ridges on both sides of the fabric. The defining aspect of rib knit is its excellent elasticity and recovery, made possible by the alternating knit and purl stitches, forming a pattern that enhances stretch and flexibility. This fabric is ideal for crafting stylish sweaters, form-fitting tops, and comfortable activewear, lending each piece its distinctive texture and coziness. Dive into the world of design with rib knit fabric available by the yard, adding a touch of texture and comfort to your creations.

What Projects are Best for Rib Knit Fabric?

Because rib knit fabric is so flexible, comfortable, and stretchy, this ribbed fabric has a wide range of uses, including activewear, sweaters, and form-fitting tops.

Is Rib Knit Fabric Best for Summer or Winter?

Rib knit fabric is very comfortable and breathable, so it’s great for summer months! However, because it’s also so versatile, it is great for layering for the winter.

Advantages of Rib Knit Fabric:

  • It is soft and cozy
  • Rib knit fabric holds warmth
  • Doesn’t wrinkle
  • Its high elasticity means it keeps its shape

How to Best Work with Rib Knit Fabric:

  • Use a stretch stitch as this is a stretchy fabric
  • A walking foot is helpful for sewing rib knit fabrics
  • Sew a test swatch to check for stretching

Supplies You May Need:

  • Sharp dressmakers’ scissors
  • Chalk to mark the fabric
  • Knit hem tape
  • A ballpoint needle
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