Where do you buy knits and ribbing?

I’m working on a post for Monday of places I’ve found that sell ribbing, knits, and other fabrics you might want to use for a sweatshirt. I’d like to compile a great list we can all use in the future so this is where you come in. Tell me, is there somewhere you’ve found that has great ribbing or knits? Fill us in!! I’ll be posting a complete list on Monday of where I’ve found them as well as any suggestions you guys have.

69 replies on β€œWhere do you buy knits and ribbing?β€œ

  • carol

    i’ve gotten some decent knits from girl charlee and fabrics.com but not being able to touch them does lead to some, but not many, bad purchases.

    i wish i knew a good source for sweatshirt fabrics as it seems most of the time sweatshirt fabric=cheesy polyester fleece.

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  • Linda Grande

    I found sweatshirt fleece with matching ribbing at Nancy’s Notions. Pricey, but I couldn’t find the match anywhere else.

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    • Jen

      Sadly I don’t know of anywhere here that stocks a large selection regularly. I’ve found some from time to time at most shops in Chicago, but not always what I’m looking for and not every time. Vogue, Textile Discount Outlet, and The Needle Shop have carried it before but since they mostly buy designer overstock it depends season to season.

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  • Anna

    I will look forward to your list of knit and ribbing suppliers. I live in south Florida and rely on online ordering for any cooler weather supplies. How thoughtfu of you to do this. Thanks much!

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  • Rachel

    In the UK there’s a sight called plushaddict (http://www.plushaddict.co.uk/) that has a lot of ribbing in different colours. I’ve only ordered one colour but it’s nice. They also have bamboo and hemp french terry (which seems really hard to find in the UK!) and sweatshirt fleece but only in natural colours. I’m excited to see the list!

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    • Grace

      I saw those rib trim pieces at Pacfic… They don’t feel that great (poly?) but they come in a variety of generic colors (grey, navy, white, black, red). I looked at Mood last week but didn’t find any rib trim; where did you find it Sonja? I ended up buying some 100% wool ribbed fabric and folding it for my ribbing. That is my usual way of “ribbing” a knit top. I would love to know where to find some proper trim that is non poly.

      As for my knit fabrics, I also prefer to touch and see with my eyes so I shop at HM and Mood mostly in here in NY. The store selection at Mood is not the same as online, and HM does not have a website. If there is a reputable online store, with pictures and size scales and very detailed fabrication info I could be persuaded to try buying online (I’m not fond of Mood’s website.. not enough info for me). I’m so grateful to live in NYC…it makes me feel like I should be offering myself as a personal shopper for people who rely on web stores.

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      • gingermakes

        Sometimes they have it at Mood by the trimmings on the second floor, but I usually ask the guys that work in the wool section on the third floor- sometimes they have nice pieces up there.

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    • Nancy

      For other NYC brick and mortar options, Botani Trim on 36th St is bookmarked in my brain for future projects. Not sure about the fiber content but they had a few more colors than Pacific and different sizes and weights. Their hours are tough if you have a 9-5 though πŸ™

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  • Ally

    I like girl charlee, Hart’s fabrics has amazing selection for knits too! Probably my fave. I also shop at fabricworm for Art gallery knits and birch fabric knits.

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  • Cynthia

    Rockywoods.com has a nice selection of colors, widths, and fiber content. Their prices are reasonable and the quality is always high. I have shopped with them since they opened twenty years ago. They are my ‘go-to’ source for athletic, outdoors, and technical fabrics. NAYY.

    Cynthia

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  • amyalan

    For knits, I usually like to buy those in person so that I can feel the weight, stretch and drape of what I’m buying. Luckily, Portland has two great places for knits; Mill End and Rose City Textiles. Both of these places have great selections of ribbing as well, and they both ship. Rose City Textiles has a website called Fabricline.com. They are absolutely wonderful with helping you thru email and on the phone to find just the right swatches and yardage of what you are looking for. They have really nice yardage of sweater knits, ribbing, fleeces and all kinds of jersey/bamboo/etc from companies such as Merrell, Nike and Columbia, plus all kinds of fabric for activewear. Also, the woman who runs the cutting counter, Annette, is basically the nicest and most helpful person ever.

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  • Emily C.

    I’ve gotten knits at fabric.com and girl charlee, but I’ve been disappointed with the quality a few times. I did like the sweatshirt fleece I got at girl charlee but they don’t have a large variety.
    I like the knit selection at Hawthorne Threads, and I really trust that what they sell is good quality. Plus their shipping is great – reasonably priced and pretty fast.

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  • symondezyn

    This is a great idea! I’m interested to see if anyone has any Canadian retailers that sell online; it’s tough to find nice quality knits here and shipping to Canada can get pretty pricey πŸ™‚

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  • Ellen

    I’ve bought from Giel Charlee and Mood. Generally satisfied, but occasionally they will disappoint. I like that Girl Charlee has some knits made in the USA.

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  • K-Line

    Fabrications Online has an excellent selection of sweatshirting and rib – in lots of colours and in 100% cotton or a cotton/poly blend. It’s not the cheapest option but it’s excellent fabric. Shipping to Canada is a FLAT 20 bucks and it’s never taken longer than 4 business days to arrive. The customer service is awesome. I am happy to support this business and I’d rather spend 18 bucks a yard on good sweatshirt material than 9 bucks on mediocre stuff.

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  • Barbara

    A great Canadian source for all activewear is Peak Fabrics. They are an online shop, very helpful and have sample cards for $2.00. I ordered samples and had them in three days, I am one province away. If you are in the Calgary, Alberta area you can make an appointment to view the fabrics. I have been buying fabric from them for years and have always been happy with the quality and price.

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  • Sarah - Fabric Tragic

    In Australia the best knits (and to me best =natural fibres) I’ve come across have been at the fabric store, and Rathdowne remnants, in Melbourne. One suggestion I read regarding ribbing was to use second hand jumpers/sweaters, especially if you are after wool.

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  • facioergosum

    Across the pond… in London’s Berwick Street I’ve found some excellent knits, including sweatshirt knits, in the basement of Cloth House and also in Misan fabrics. And then of course the beautiful Liberty sweatshirt fabric, which they seem to be doing more of at last… sigh. Thankfully the Liberty stuff tends to be available much more cheaply at Shaukat in South Kensington, and you can now get it online at both.

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  • kaci

    another vote for organic cotton plus here. nice quality, cheap swatches, and free shipping over 50 bucks! and some of their fabrics are made in the us, which is super cool.

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  • LSV

    I got some wonderful navy ribbing from Fabric Fairy, but when I went back to buy some more, they didn’t have any left. Great quality, though.

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  • Johanna

    There are actually a couple awesome places in Canada now! http://www.simplififabric.com/ They have some lovely hemp cotton ribbing, and tons of awesome knit! http://www.loiseaufabrics.com/ has lots of awesome knits too! and just started to get in some sweatshirt and french terry! http://www.fabricationsottawa.com has started to get in knits in store (the art gallery stuff), although I don’t think they are up online yet! Otherwise our chain here (Fabricland) has some ribbing usually that’s decent. For international (Korea I think?) Land of Oh on Etsy seems to have tons of ribbing, but I haven’t yet ordered

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  • Sleepy rein

    Definitely Crafty Mamas Fabrics in Australia, Lisa’s stuff is great and she is wonderful. She stocks Euro and Australian knits, fantastic quality rib and will even match things for you.

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  • auraoriano

    I was just about to check Pacific Fabrics to see if they have ribbing. I’ve bought wide yardage ribbed knit at Fabric Depot in Portland, but their selection was just so-so. Maybe that’s the norm then? Seattle Fabrics is online but a trip to their actual shop is a delight. Notions galore! I’ll have to go focus on their ribbed knits.

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  • Karen

    I live in Iowa and I love Ginny’s Fine Fabrics in Rochester, MN. Just purchased two yardages at Ginny’s to make more Hemlock Tees. I did not purchase ribbing but would assume that she has a good supply. She has a lot of knits in all weights, fibers, colors and prices. The website does not show the fabric but the staff is happy to send swatches to you.

    When I used to live in Rogers Park, I liked to purchase fabric at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston. I wonder if it is still there.

    I used fashionfabricsclub.com for a piece to make my first Hemlock Tee. It is inexpensive and just fine if you are making the first item from a pattern. Or additional ones…

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  • Carla

    I have yet to find a good source for ribbing at a physical store on the west coast. Does anyone have any suggestions for either the San Francisco or Los Angeles area?

    Do baby rib knits work well for cuffs/necklines? I feel like I’ve seen some of that in person at fabric outlet in San Francisco.

    Excited to see your list!

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  • Mary Beth

    To me this looks like a list of places to buy knit fabrics, not ribbing specifically. It’s hard to find ribbing specifically. Imagine my delight when I found some brown/white/blue striped ribbing, the kind you see on high school jacket neckline, sleeves and waistband. What I found at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL is only enough for a neckline. I suspect what I’ve got is vintage, maybe even from the 1970s, but I would love, love, love to find more, but I’ve no idea where. Ribbing is great for jackets, sweaters, etc. I’d appreciate a well-curated list of URLS for ribbing sources, but I don’t need a list of places to buy knits.

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    • Jen

      You should totally do it! I’ve been meaning to, I Instagrammed a test of some this past fall but got too busy to make it happen. If you do let me know!

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