by Tara Franco
When it comes to garments, knits aren't something simply done by nana's hand after dinner and before bed. From sweats to sweaters, knits play a role in our look every day. Learn all about knits (and their winter friends, wools) here.
WHAT IS KNITTED FABRIC?
Not surprisingly, it's a textile that is created by interlocking a series of loops aka knitting — everything from threads to lopi yarn. What makes it different from woven fabrics is that it is more durable and more flexible which makes it ideal for things like hats and sweats.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON KNIT FABRICS?
It depends on who you ask. Common knit fabrics include jersey, velour, terry cloth and really anything with stretch.
OKAY, BUT WHAT ABOUT KNITS IN WINTER TO KEEP ME WARM?
Cashmere and merino are our favourite winter wools. Knit into sweaters and cardigans, these two wools have properties that are designed to keep us insulated from the elements. Cashmere, in it's purest form, is from the undercoat of a Cashmere goat. Designed to keep the animals warm in the winter, it is markedly warmer than sheep's wool. Merino wool, like cashmere, comes from Merino sheep and is the warmest of the sheep varietals thanks to its super-fine fibres. Alone, each of these knits will keep you comfortable, and together, they are a force against nature.
To protect you from the elements this season, check out our Fisherman Knit Sweater. A blend of cashmere and merino, its made for the north, just as we are.