is "a type of knitting in which the yarns generally run lengthwise in the fabric. The yarns are prepared as warps on beams with one or more yarns for each needle. Examples of this type of knitting are tricot, Milanese and raschel knitting" (Source -
Dictionary of Fibers and Textile Technology
- Warp knits are made only on machines; they cannot be hand knitted.
- Warp knitting machines produce fabrics at a very high speed, thus reducing the manufacturing costs.
- Only yard goods can be knitted on warpwarp knitting machines.
- Warp knits do not unravel and do not easily form runs or ladders. However, some warp knits split when a yarn is pulled.
- Most warp knits are stable with very little stretch (unless the fabric has been knitted with stretch yarns).
- Tricot, raschel, milanese, and simplex are the four types of warp knitting machines. Of these, tricot and raschel are used to manufacture a majority of the warp knits.
- Tricot knitting machines are designed to use fine filamentfilament yarns and are therefore not as versatile as raschel knitting machines.
- Raschel knitting machines are very versatile machines used to produces fabrics such as lace, mesh, and fabrics used for blankets, car seat covers, floor coverings and produce bags.
- Nets are produced by raschel and tricot knit. It is sometimes difficult to differentiate between meshes and nets produced on the two warp knitting machines.
- Warp knit products range from pile knits used for car seat covers to lightweight lingerie and fine lace.