Warp vs Weft Knitting. Knitting is a process of forming fabric by intermeshing loops using a single set of yarn. Knitting is classified into two types; Warp knitting and Weft Knitting.
Before knowing the comparison/ difference/ distinction between Warp and weft Knitting we must know about both of them.
Warp vs Weft Knitting
Weft Knitting: Weft knitting is a method of forming a fabric by knitting in which the loops are made in a horizontal way from a single yarn and the intermeshing of loops takes place on a course-wise basis.
Warp Knitting: Warp Knitting is a method of forming a fabric by knitting in which the loops are made in a vertical way along the length of the fabric from each yarn and the intermeshing of loops takes place on a wale-wise basis.
Difference Between Warp Knitting and Weft Knitting:
Here, the used yarn runs in the horizontal direction.
Here the used yarn runs in the vertical direction.
Warp knitting is elastic to the length.
This type of knitting is elastic to the width.
It has less shrinkage than weft knitting.
It has higher shrinkage than warp knitting.
Used yarns are supplied from the beam.
Here, used yarns are supplied from the cone.
Warp knitted fabric is too much perfect for the dry wash.
Weft knitted fabric is perfect for hand wash.
Warp knitting is suitable for producing coarse fabric.
This type of knitting is perfect for producing thin fabric.
Here, the loops are produced to the length of the fabric.
Here, the loops are produced to the width of the fabric.
Elasticity is less for warp knitted fabric.
Higher elasticity for weft knitted fabric.
More courses are required for each pattern raw.
Here, the course is equal to the pattern.
Here, at least one yarn is required for each knitting needle.
Here, any number of knitting needles is required for one yarn.
It’s easy to produce any kind of fabric design by using the warp knitting process.
It’s tough to produce any kind of fabric design by using this knitting process.