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Technical Textile Sourcing, Polypropylene, Polyester Textiles – Sourcebook
Knit Technical Textiles
Knitting is one of the most commonly used technical textile manufacturing methods. Some of the most common types of finished knitted technical textile products include geotextiles, spacer fabrics, and more. Typically, knit fabrics are composed of one (or close to one) piece of yarn or thread. There are two main types of knitting: warp and weft. Warp knitting occurs when the yarn is knit along the length of the fabric. Conversely, weft knitting occurs when the yarn is knit along the width of the fabric. Warp knitting utilizes several different stiches, including the tricot and raschel stitch. Weft knitting utilizes stitches such as purl and knit stiches.
Woven Technical Textiles
Unlike knit fabrics, woven fabrics are manufactured from multiple yarns or threads that are systematically overlapped to form a grid-like structure. Due to their rigid pattern, woven fabrics possess lower elongation in the MD and CD direction.