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Our Knits - what's what...

Dfferences. There are different kinds of knits?!?! One question that gets asked a lot here is, " What is the difference between Jersey knit and Interlock Knit, or Rib Knit as opposed to Jersey Knit?"  so let us break down the differences between three types of knits we sell here at goodworks1.
Rib Knit:
  • Rib knit is a knit fabric that stretches approximately 35%-75% across the grain depending on whether or not the fabric and has visible ribs on both sides of the fabric.
  • The fiber content can be 100% cotton, a cotton/polyester blend, or a rayon blend with maybe some lycra added.
  • Solid colored rib knit is used for neckbands, sleeve bands, cuffs, etc. Solid or printed rib knits can both be used for all types of apparel including t-shirts, pajamas, shorts, etc.

Jersey Knit :

  • 100% Cotton Jersey Knit fabric stretches approximately 20%-25% across the grain and has ribs on the top side of the fabric. On the opposite side, it has a different weave.
  • For someone who is a knitter, the term "purl" is the type of stitch or weave we see on the wrong side of jersey knit.
  • Printed or solid jersey knit is great for t-shirts, dresses and skirts but is generally not recommended for neckbands or cuffs.
  • Cotton/Lycra jersey knit fabric stretches between 35%-75% across the grain depending on content. It has the same look as 100% cotton jersey but has better recovery for projects that need the fabric to bounce back into shape.
  • Cotton/lycra jersey is a staple for making leggings, activewear, dancewear, and leotards but is also  great for making t-shirts and dresses.


  • Interlock is similar to a rib knit with tiny ribs on both sides, but interlock knits have additional threads running against the grain known as a "double knit," to give it more stability. This actually makes it easier to sew.
  • Interlock has an approx, 25%-35% stretch across the grain and can be used for all types of apparel projects including t-shirts, shorts, pajamas, infant socks and the making of layettes.