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Date: 2/25/13 1:45 AM

Or rather, what fabrics fit this description. I have seen several patterns refer to this.

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Subject: what does single knit with body mean? Date: 2/25/13 9:55 AM

I'd say it is a jersey that is not too thin or very drapey, like a nice midweight rayon jersey knit.

Emma One Sock 11oz rayon knit comes to mind.

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Date: 2/25/13 11:16 PM

I would look for a thicker-type knit...like a cotton knit or even a light ponte...a knit that has less drapey qualities. Even a ribbed knit might be a consideration.
I have alot of the EOS 11 oz. knits and they are actually very drapey and on the thin side. But they sure are gorgeous. You can get swatches.
What pattern are you looking at?

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Date: 2/26/13 7:16 PM

Pontes are double knits.

I would say something with good recovery, like an ITY or a cotton/lycra or rayon/lycra blend with some heft to it--not necessarily heavy but not tissue-thin either.

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Date: 2/26/13 7:38 PM

You are right about Ponte knits being a double knit, but some still exhibit the drapiness of a single knit. Just like a jersey knit or an interlock knit, they come in different weights.

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Date: 2/26/13 7:46 PM

Single knit would refer to a jersey. Cotton knit often has more body than rayon jersey which has more drape. I think that the description is rather poor. The big 4 usually has a stretch gauge on the back of the envelope which tells you how much stretch a knit should have for the garment. But, body could also refer to a light ponte or double knit as someone else mentioned which are not single knits. It depends on what you are making.

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