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Date: 1/5/05 7:37 PM

Could someone explain what it means when it says 1x1 , 3x3 etc. on the despriptions of knit and and sweater knit fabrics.
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Date: 1/5/05 11:48 PM

1x1, 2x2 etc is the rib count. 2x2 means there are 2 ribs on the face of the fabric and 2 on the back. So essentially it looks the same on both sides. Sometimes there are more ribs on one side than the other. like, say, 6x2: so you would see a wider panel on the front and a tiny rib on the back.
Rib knit is much stretchier than regular jersey, interlock, or double knit.
I hope this helps. I can give you the long answer if you need more info.
The gauge of the fabric affects the size of the rib. A very chunky 2x2 can be bigger and more prominent than a fine gauge 6x6. Gauge corresponds to the number of stitches across the goods per inch.

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Date: 1/6/05 4:37 AM

Great explanation, Georgene. Thanks.

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Date: 1/6/05 7:32 AM

Very cool. Thanks Georgene!

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Date: 1/6/05 11:12 AM

thank you, now I get it

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