How to Tell the Difference Between Knit and Woven Fabrics

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Usually, we can divide our fabrics into knitted and woven.

What are the differences between them? We can tell from fiber count, machinery, stretch, fabric type, water shrinkage, features, and Minimum order quantity.

Fiber count

Knitted fabrics are made of continuous thread. It uses knitting needles to form loops of yarn or filament.
Woven fabrics are made of two or more sets of individual strands. It is formed by intertwining the warp and weft yarns with each other.


Equipment for the production of knitted fabrics:
1. Weft knitting circular machine: include the sizeable circular machine, single-sided machine, and double-sided machine.
2. Flat knitting machine: used for knitting sweaters and T-shirt collars.
3. Warp knitting machine: sportswear fabrics, mesh fabrics.
Woven fabric: made on a vast loom.


Knitted: Knitted fabrics have great extensibility.
Woven: Fabrics are generally tighter and stiffer.

Fabric Type

Standard knitted and woven fabrics are as follows:
Knitted: jersey, interlock, rib, knit toweling, Fleece knit, mesh, velour knit, and so on.
Woven: woven terry toweling, twill, muslin, chiffon, poplin, etc.

Water Shrinkage

Knitted: water shrinkage is an issue for knit fabric.
Woven: woven fabrics with less shrinkage when washing.


Knitted fabrics with better hand feel, comfort, warmth, tear strength and wrinkle resistance.
Woven fabrics have better pilling resistance and dimensional stability.

Minimum order quantity

Knitted: Knitted fabrics have high weaving efficiency—with high MOQ.
Woven: lower MOQ.

Hey, I'm Liao, the author of this article. Product advisor at Zibo Be4u Textile Co., Ltd I have been in the textile industry for ten years. And I would like to share what I have learned, hoping that it will help you.

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