Fabric Type

Purl Knit Fabric

Purl Knit Fabric


Purl Knit Fabric is made by knitting yarn as alternate knit and purl stitch in one wale of the fabric. The Purl Knit fabric has alternate courses of knit stitch and purl stitch. The fabric is reversible and identical on the face and back sides of the fabric. The fabric does not curl and lies flat. It is more stretchable in length direction. The production speed is generally slow with Purl knits.Therefore, the cost of kg of the purl knit fabric is the highest among all the knitted fabrics.


Purl Knit Fabric is the best alternative to knitwear production. Using a purl knit fabric in your production would avoid the price and overwhelmed demand problems in knitwear production. Purl Knit Fabrics look the same on both sides of the fabric. Many attractive patterns and designs can be created with the purl stitch. It is often used in the manufacture of bulky sweaters, cardigans, pullovers and children’s clothing.

Fabric Type:

Purl Knit Fabric

Also Known As:

Sweater Knit Fabric

Print Type Available:




Weight per m2:


Minimum Order Quantity:

400 kg per colour plain
400 kg per design Digital Print

For Garments:


Yarn Fiber Type:

%100 Organic Cotton (only combed)
Organic Cotton Blends
%100 BCI Cotton (only combed)
BCI Cotton Blends
%100 Cotton (OE, Carded or Combed)
Cotton Blends
Wool Blends
Acrylic Blends
Polyester Blends
Recycled Cotton Polyester Blends

Possible Fabric Production Certifications:


Approximate Minimum Price:

9,00 USD/kg plain (Recycled Cotton-Polyester Blend)
11,00 USD/kg Digital printed (Recycled Cotton-Polyester Blend with maximum weight per m2)

More About Purl Knit Fabrics:

Different combinations of knit and purl stitches, along with more advanced techniques, generate Purl Knit fabrics of considerably variable consistency, from gauzy to very dense, from highly stretchy to relatively stiff, from flat to tightly curled, and so on. Although extremely versatile, the purl knit machines have the lowest rate of production of all knitting machines. Therefore, the cost of kg of the purl knit fabric is the highest among all the knitted fabrics

To identify a purl knit fabric, you will have to strech the fabric in the warp direction. If you will see the alternating rows of knit stiches and purl stiches in course direction, that would be a purl knit fabric. In general Purl Knit Fabrics tend to lie flat and do not curl. Purl knit fabric has the same look on the face and back.

Wales of purl stitches have a tendency to recede, whereas those of knit stitches tend to come forward, giving the Purl Knit fabric more stretchability. Thus, the purl wales in ribbing tend to be invisible, since the neighboring knit wales come forward. Conversely, rows of purl stitches tend to form an embossed ridge relative to a row of knit stitches. This is the basis of shadow knitting, in which the appearance of a Purl knit fabric changes when viewed from different directions.

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