What is ribbed knit fabric? Ribbed knits have very high elasticity in the crosswise direction. Rib knits are distinguished by a raised, diagonal rib that is directional. Rib-knit fabric is produced on rib knitting machines. These machines are usually single-needle, four-stitch designs that make a tube from knitted fabric.
The fabric produced is mainly used on pants, sweaters, or inside and waist panels in garments or in sleeve bands and neckbands to provide a stretchy, fitted, elastic edge.
Rib knit fabrics combine the comfort of stretch with the softness and detailed shaping of classic rib for both crisp and cozy knits.