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New Colours of Knitwit Scuba Crepe Knit

Knitwit-Scuba-Crepe-New-ColoursNew Colours of Knitwit Scuba Crepe Knit – We have just added 6 new colours of Knitwit Scuba Crepe knit fabric to bring the total colour range to 18.

If you want to see how popular this fabric is internationally at the moment, Google “scuba crepe” – with the quotation marks – and select Images.

Swatches available – If you would like to receive a free set of swatches of Knitwit Scuba Crepe, please ring us on 1300 85 2122 or email us at wendygager@knitwit.com.au

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New Colours of Knitwit Affinity Wool Jersey

Knitwit-Affinity-Wool-Jersey-Bottle-GreenKnitwit-Affinity-Wool-Jersey-PlumKnitwit-Affinity-Wool-Jersey-Hibiscus-RedWe have just added 3 new colours to our exquisite Knitwit Affinity Wool Jersey plain knit fabric to bring the total colour range to 10. Knitwit Wool Jersey Knit Affinity is a beautiful fine pure Merino wool jersey – light weight, stain resistant, superfine fibre, durable and with a soft handle. Perfect for tops or soft skirts – it feels beautifully smooth against the skin.

Swatches available – If you would like to receive a free set of swatches of Affinity Wool Jersey, please ring us on 1300 85 2122 or  email us at wendygager@knitwit.com.au

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Fabrics with 50% Stretch

 A customer emailed: “I’m new to stretch sewing so unsure of the type of fabric I should be looking for. My pattern calls for a knit with 50% stretch”.

One of the attractions of sewing with knit fabrics is that you can be flexible in matching fabric and pattern.

For example, a pattern may be designed for low stretch knits. You can actually use the pattern with medium and even high stretch knits – all it means is that you may need to try on the garment before hemming, and run it in if it’s a bit loose. We do this all the time.

We even use patterns that Kwik Sew says are designed for woven fabrics. We use low stretch knit fabrics like our Knitwit Ponti and Knitwit Monaco for example.

And at the other end of the scale, where a pattern is sized for a high (50%) stretch fabric, we frequently use medium or even low stretch fabrics – we simply cut out a size bigger than normal, and run the garment in if necessary.

But getting back to the question, type “50%” into the search box above.

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What are Dry Handle Knits?

 A customer asked: “I see the description ‘dry handle’ in some of your fabrics and wonder what it means”.

A dry handle knit handles differently from a normal polyester knit.

A dry handle knit has a very fine surface texture; a normal polyester knit is smoother and softer. This means that the dry handle knit often feels less “synthetic” and more comfortable against the skin. If you were to handle the two fabrics at the same time, the difference would be immediately obvious, and for want of a better way to describe the difference, you would probably come to the conclusion that the one has a drier handle.

Care of dry handle knits is exactly the same as for any polyester knit – both are very easy care, virtually uncrushable – and the use of the word dry has nothing whatsoever to do with dry cleaning.

PS If you want to see what dry handle knits we have in stock from time to time, use our search box and search for “dry handle” in quotation marks. (If you don’t use the quotation marks, you are in fact searching for anything with the word dry OR anything with the word handle in it).