What is Jacquard Knit?

Jacquard knit is a type of knitting technique that allows for complex patterns to be knitted into the fabric. It is named after Joseph Marie Jacquard, who invented a device that automated the process of selecting and lifting individual warp threads to create intricate patterns in woven fabrics.

In Jacquard knitting, the pattern is created by using a separate set of cards with punched holes to control the movements of individual needles.

Jacquard knitting machines are flatbed and contain a high number of needles to allow for intricate pattern designs. Yarns of various fibers, such as cotton, wool, silk, or synthetics, can be used for Jacquard knit fabrics. Due to the high density of the stitches, the resulting fabric is usually thick and weighty.

Jacquard knit fabrics are commonly used for upholstery, blankets, and decorative textiles, as well as for clothing items such as sweaters, jackets, and dresses. The intricate patterns and designs possible with Jacquard knitting make it a popular choice for creating unique and eye-catching textiles.