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tube knit?

I've been looking everywhere for stretchy tube knit fabric and I'm starting to think I made it up in my head or something. What kills me is that I bought it two years ago at hancock, just before halloween. And now it's extinct or something, the store people act like they've never heard of it.

Here's what I know about it:

1) It's solid color knit fabric
2) It's about 14" wide
3) It's stretchy in that ribbed sort of way. People use it for sweatshirt bands and cuffs.
4) It's a seamless tube... so you can cut it lengthwise and have 28" wide fabric, or not... we used to make no-sew stretch skirts and tube tops with it before.
5) It's cheap. Like $2 a yard.

Am I a crazy person, knowing that this stuff exists? Am I calling it the wrong thing? Any suggestions for how I could find it online? I tried the joann and hancock websites, I come up with nothing. I'm having a hard time googling it because anything with the word "knit" in it comes up with pages about knitting.

I sometimes feel like fabric stores exist solely to provide fleece for throw blankets these days.

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plasticskulls
Jan. 3rd, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
I have never seen any knits besides printed jersey that didn't come in a tube form. That's just how knit fabric is made and comes out of the factory so it would have to be cut at some point before it was put on the bolt if it isn't a tube in the store. I would imagine that most of the websites you are looking at wouldn't specify in the product description if it was still in a tube or not. I would look at the fabric width and use that as the determining factor.
Sorry if that was no help haha
plasticskulls
Jan. 3rd, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
I got really curious so I looked around and I think pretty much all of the knits on this page are tubular:
http://www.lucysfabrics.com/store/search.php?search_query=rib+knit&x=0&y=0
I'm not sure what color you were looking for, though, and they might not have the one you wanted.
amberghini
Jan. 3rd, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
I sometimes feel like fabric stores exist solely to provide fleece for throw blankets these days.

AMEN.

You're not crazy. I do recall seeing it, because my mother was trying to figure out what it was. I don't know where to find any, sorry. :(
clarice
Jan. 3rd, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
I sometimes feel like fabric stores exist solely to provide fleece for throw blankets these days.

And die cutters for scrap booking. And holiday tchotchkes. And scented candles. And custom framing. And beads...

My local Joanns had ribbed tube knit last time I was in about 6 weeks ago, but they wanted a stupid amount of money for it. Denverfabrics has it sometimes.
spoothbrush
Jan. 3rd, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
I sometimes feel like fabric stores exist solely to provide fleece for throw blankets these days.

And die cutters for scrap booking. And holiday tchotchkes. And scented candles. And custom framing. And beads...


So this.

If I wanted to go to a craft store, I'd go to a craft store, where they are generally brighter and better-organized and often have more stuff. (And a lot of crap as well.) I want a FABRIC store. But all my metro area provides is JoAnns.
dollsahoy
Jan. 3rd, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
It's a tubular rib knit--here's the first I found http://www.seattlefabrics.com/ribbing.html I have no experience with the vendor, I'm just showing you it is out there =)
dollsahoy
Jan. 3rd, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, and, it tends to be expensive because you're not supposed to use much of it in a project--cuffs, waistbands, and collars are what it's "supposed" to be used for (yes, those are sarcasm quotes), so the $2/yard part might be a challenge to duplicate.
irish_ais
Jan. 4th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
http://trimfabric.com/rib.html

Found some tubular knits that are moderately priced (less than 5$/yard for most of them). Maybe that helps?
mrs_snow_white
Jan. 4th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
Omg I COMPLETELY agree with you about the whole fleece thing. I think about 60% of all the people who shop at my store are just making fleece blankets, and on top of that, they have no clue how to make them and ask me a bajillion questions as if the fabric is going to explode if they cut the strips to wide.

Anyway, I have some hot pink tube knit, it's about 18 inches wide (36 total). I'll sell it to you for like $3 a yard if you're interested (I think I have two yards but I gotta check before I go placing an ad.) Let me know if you want it.
spacefem
Jan. 4th, 2010 09:41 am (UTC)
no thanks I was looking for black. Thanks for checking though, at least it's proof that the stuff exists in that width! It's funny, another website someone pointed out in comments had the width in pink, maybe that's just the color for it these days.
queenerin
Jan. 4th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
I bought some in navy blue last summer at Hancock, they had about 15 colors plus some prints, and it wasn't very expensive, but only 1 store in my city had it at all. It's very hit or miss.
fabricgirl
Jan. 4th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
Ribbing!
what you're looking for is usually called Ribbing, Rib Knit, or Tubular Ribbing. Note that not all of it is tubular, and sometimes the tubular ones are really wide - up to 45" or more. There is no 'standard' width, so always check if that's important to you. The independent store I worked at years ago would buy it from several different manufacturers and also jobbers, and it was anywhere from the 14" wide you mentioned to 60", and lots of different rib sizes from fine to heavy.
sceneasfuck
Jan. 4th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
what you're looking for is ribbing. joann's sells it, but it ain't $2 a yard - probably closer to $8+.
Lisa Sidor
Feb. 28th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
Look on eBay! Be sure to check in the vintage fabric section too. Some of the older ones have really cool patterns. Also, I'm finding that for a search if you type "sweater-knit fabric", it brings better results.
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