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What is ponte fabric?
Same as Interlock?
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Date: 9/2/13 9:01 AM

I have a few yards of cotton interlock knit from Chez Ami that has a lovely weight and am wondering if this is the same type of fabric as Ponte?

I am sure I can make pants and nice jackets from it but wonder if it will be the same look and feel as ponte.

Just what is the difference? BTW, I searched the boards and came up with nothing. I find that strange as I am sure this has been discussed before. Maybe my memory is slipping?
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Date: 9/2/13 9:18 AM

I find that even beefy interlock has more stretch than ponte. When I'm choosing a pattern design and size, I think of ponte as something closer to a stretch woven.

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Date: 9/2/13 9:28 AM

Interlock is a single knit and ponte is a double knit. Ponte is usually heavier and much less stretchy, especially along it's length-which often has almost no stretch at all.

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Date: 9/2/13 9:51 AM

Here is what I come up with when I search Ponte on the boards.. Ponte Search

Here is an example of Ponte on Emmaonesock

Hope that helps a little!

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Date: 9/2/13 3:06 PM

Wow Connie, why didn't that all come up when I did my search? OK, my interlock is good for some things but not all things like maybe pants for me. And, after reading the boards I should look for ponte de Roma.

Thanks everyone for your help.
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Date: 9/2/13 3:15 PM

Hi,This is a quote from Style by Karen web site.
http://www.stylebykaren.com/what-is-ponte-knit-5197

[So what exactly is ponte? It’s a combination of RAYON, POLYESTER and SPANDEX. For all of you out there who love natural fabrics,you may want to click off of this post right now. Hear me out. Ponte holds its shape because the fabric is tightly woven. It travels well, doesn’t fade and is super comfortable. For some, it may feel too “polyesterish”. I get that. It’s been a lifesaver for me when I put on a few extra pounds. I’ve recommended it to many clients as well. I consider it to be chic polyester!]

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Date: 9/3/13 2:51 PM

I have some Ponte de Roma from which I have made Yoga Pants and it has about a 20 to 25% crosswise stretch. It is comfortable and washes well, and has more of a matte finish and a softness than the old polyester double knits. I have also heard that Sophia Knit from Vogue Fabrics is quite similar, but haven't tried it yet.

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Date: 9/3/13 3:47 PM

No, Most interlock not only has more stretch but it generally does not have good return. Not appropriate for pants. Ponte is a double knit.

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