Detail photo - blue Interlocking Knit in cotton Fabric

INTERLOCK KNIT FABRIC

Grayscale diagram illustrating yarn loops in interlocking knit fabric
Detail photo - blue Interlocking Knit in cotton Fabric

fabric description
A knit fabric is one continuously inter-looped yarn locked into duplicate symmetrical rows above and below to create a braided fabric. Knits have advantages over wovens for certain applications. Because of the nature of their construction, they have a built-in stretch and tend to hang quite well from the body making them ideal for activewear. The processes for creating regular (open ended) cotton and ring-spun cotton are vastly different. Regular cotton is made from soft vegetable fibers that are twisted together to make yarn, which is then woven to make the material. it is largely a one step process and is fairly economical. Ring-spun cotton, on the other hand, is completely different. It is a multi-stage process that takes five times longer than open ended cotton to make and therefore will also be more expensive. Ring-spun yarns are made by continually twisting and thinning the cotton strands to make a very fine, strong, soft rope of cotton fibers. The twisting of the yarn makes the short hairs of the cotton stand out, resulting in a durable yarn with a significantly softer hand feel. It is then combed, which aligns the fibers and separates out all of the short fibers, resulting in a smoother yarn and is less likely to pill up. The thinner yarns allow for a more compact weave. Ring-spun feels heavier to the touch than regular cotton, but it is actually lighter because of all the impurities that have been removed. Stretches significantly along its width and takes dyes well.
fabric technical details
  • Knit - Interlock
  • Composition - 100% Ring Spun Cotton
  • Origin (weave) - United States
  • Origin (print/dye) - United States (California)
  • Pre-Shrunk - Yes (Water & Dryers Only)
  • Additional Shrinkage - Very Low (1%)
  • Wrinkle Resistance - Average
  • Care - Standard Launder / See: Garment Care
  • Colorfast Level - Very Strong