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Knit T-Shirt vs Woven T-shirt, how to choose?

Updated: Jun 10

Summer is coming near. If you want to add some t-shirts to your Summer collection, you might have noticed that they come in different types of fabrics. Some are soft and stretchy, while others are crisp and sturdy. These differences are mainly due to how the fabrics are made: either by knitting or weaving.


Knitting and weaving are two methods of turning yarns or threads into fabrics. They have different advantages and disadvantages, depending on what you are looking for in a t-shirt. In this blog post, I will explain the main differences between knit and woven t-shirts, and how to choose the best one for your needs.


What is a knit t-shirt?


A knit t-shirt is made by interlocking loops of yarn or thread in a circular or flat pattern. This creates a fabric that is flexible and elastic, meaning it can stretch and conform to your body shape. Knit t-shirts are usually soft, smooth, and comfortable to wear.


Some examples of knit fabrics are jersey, rib knit, interlock, and pique. Jersey is the most common type of knit fabric used for t-shirts. It has a smooth surface on one side and a textured surface on the other side. Rib knit has vertical ribs on both sides of the fabric, making it more stretchy and durable than jersey. Interlock is similar to rib knit, but with finer ribs and a smoother surface. Pique has a raised pattern on one side of the fabric, giving it a textured look and feel.


What is a woven t-shirt?


A woven t-shirt is made by crossing two sets of yarns or threads at right angles to each other. One set of yarns runs lengthwise (warp) and the other set runs crosswise (weft). This creates a fabric that is more rigid and structured than a knit fabric. Woven t-shirts are usually crisp, firm, and breathable.


Some examples of woven fabrics are poplin, chambray, denim, and flannel. Poplin is a lightweight and smooth fabric with fine horizontal ribs. Chambray is a soft and durable fabric with a faded appearance. Denim is a heavy and sturdy fabric with diagonal ribs on one side and a smooth surface on the other side. Flannel is a warm and cozy fabric with a fuzzy surface on both sides.


How to choose between knit and woven t-shirts?


There is no definitive answer to which type of t-shirt is better, as it depends on your personal preference and the occasion. However, here are some factors to consider when choosing between knit and woven t-shirts:


- Fit: Knit t-shirts tend to fit more snugly and flatteringly than woven t-shirts, as they can stretch and adapt to your body shape. Woven t-shirts tend to fit more loosely and boxily than knit t-shirts, as they have less give and drape.

- Comfort: Knit t-shirts tend to be more comfortable than woven t-shirts, as they are softer and smoother on your skin. Knit t-shirts tend to be more breathable than woven t-shirts, as they have more pores that allow air circulation.

- Durability: Woven t-shirts tend to be more durable than knit t-shirts, as they are more resistant to tearing, pilling, and fading. Knit t-shirts tend to be more prone to shrinking, stretching, and wrinkling than woven t-shirts.

- Style: Knit t-shirts tend to be more casual and sporty than woven t-shirts, as they have a simple and relaxed look. Woven t-shirts tend to be more formal and elegant than knit t-shirts, as they have a crisp and polished look.


Which factory can produce t-shirts for my brand?


CH Cashmere factory can produce both knit t-shirt and woven t-shirt for your brand. If you need knit t-shirt, you could choose the yarn you like. In CH Cashmere, you can choose Cotton, Linen, Silk, Merino and Cashmere yarn for your t-shirt. CH Cashmere will produce the knit t-shirt with your designs. If you need woven t-shirt, CH Cashmere also can produce you different woven fabric for you to choose and produce the woven t-shirts for you.

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