Difference Between Plain Knit Fabric and Rib Fabric

Plain Fabric:
The simplest and most basic structure is the ''plain knit'' which is also called ''single knit''. Plain is a knit structure family, which is produced by the needles of only one set off needle with all the loops intermeshed in the same direction. Although the plain knit family encompasses a great number of structures all produced on a single needle bed.
Plain knit structure
Rib Fabric:
Rib, also called 'Double-knit’ is the second family of knit structures. Rib requires two sets of needles operating in between each other so that wales of face stitches and wales of back stitches are knitted on each side of the fabric. Rib fabrics are knitted on machines with two sets of needles.
Rib structure
Difference Between Plain Knit Fabric and Rib Fabric:

Plain Fabric & M/C
Rib Fabric & M/C
1. Face side and Back side of fabric are different
1. Face side and Backside of fabric are same.
2. Less expensive
2. Expensive
3. Lighter fabric
3. Heavier fabric.
4. Produce by S/J m/c.
4. Produce by Double Jersey m/c.
5. The m/c. contains no Dial.
5. The m/c. contains Dial.
6. The m/c. contains Sinker
6. The m/c. contains no Sinker
7. The m/c. contains one set of needle
7. The m/c. contains two set of needle
8. Extensibility:
a)      Length wise – 10 to 20%
b)      Width wise – 30 to 40%
8. Extensibility:
c)      Length wise – 50 to 80% (for 1´1 rib)
d)     Width wise – 30 to 45% (for 1´1 rib)
9. Thickness & Warmth: Thicker and wormier than plain woven made from same yarn.
9. Thickness & Warmth: Much thicker and wormier than plain woven made from same yarn.
10. Curling: Tendency to curl
10. Curling: No tendency to curl
11. End use: Ladies stocking, fine cardigan, men and ladies dresses, sweater etc.
11. End use: Socks, cuffs, warm outerwear, under wear etc.
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