(Last Updated On: August 17, 2017)

Knitting is a method by which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth or other fine crafts. Knitting consists of consecutive loops, called stitches. As each row progresses, a new loop is pulled through an existing loop.

We produce both woven and knitted silver fiber fabrics and do various radiation shielding solutions for customers. When customer need a elastic or stretchy clothing or apparel, we will use silver fiber knitted fabric. Why knitted, not woven?

 

Knitting is a method by which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth or other fine crafts. Knitting consists of consecutive loops, called stitches. As each row progresses, a new loop is pulled through an existing loop. The active stitches are held on a needle until another loop can be passed through them. This process eventually results in a final product, often a garment. Like weaving, knitting is a technique for producing a two-dimensional fabric made from a one-dimensional yarn or thread. In weaving, threads are always straight, running parallel either lengthwise (warp threads) or crosswise (weft threads). By contrast, the yarn in knitted fabrics follows a meandering path (a course), forming symmetric loops (also called bights) symmetrically above and below the mean path of the yarn. These meandering loops can be stretched easily in different directions, which gives knitting much more elasticity than woven fabrics; depending on the yarn and knitting pattern, knitted fabrics can stretch as much as 500%. For this reason, knitting was initially developed for garments that must be elastic or stretch in response to the wearer’s motions, such as socks and hosiery.
For comparison, woven fabrics stretch mainly along one direction (the bias) and are not very elastic, unless they are woven from stretchable material such as spandex.
Knitted garments are often more form-fitting than woven garments, since their elasticity allows them to follow the body’s curvature closely; by contrast, curvature is introduced into most woven garments only with sewn darts, flares, gussets and gores, the seams of which lower the elasticity of the woven fabric still further. Extra curvature can be introduced into knitted garments without seams, as in the heel of a sock; the effect of darts, flares, etc. can be obtained with short rows or by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches. Thread used in weaving is usually much finer than the yarn used in knitting, which can give the knitted fabric more bulk and less drape than a woven fabric.
BAODING PRETTY TEXTILE produce the following knitted conductive fabrics.
30% stainless steel conductive fabric
100% silver knitted fabric
100% silver four way stretch fabric
72.5%poly+3.5%spandex+24% silver fiber fabric