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stockinette

[stok-uh-net] /ˌstɒk əˈnɛt/
noun
1.
Also, stockinet. a stretchy, machine-knitted fabric used for making undergarments, infants' wear, etc.
2.
Also called stockinette stitch. a knitting pattern made by alternating single rows of knit stitches and of purl stitches in such a way that all the knit stitches show on one side of the fabric and all the purl stitches on the other.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; earlier stocking-net
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Encyclopedia Article for stockinette stitch

knit stitch

basic knitting stitch in which each loop is drawn through other loops to the right side of the fabric. The loops form vertical rows, or wales, on the fabric face, giving it a sheen, and crosswise rows, or courses, on the back.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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