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Ponte Knit Fabric: Facts & Where to Shop

Updated: Jun 2, 2022

‘Ponte’ or ‘Ponte Roma’ is the current popular term for a blended double knit.  However, all Ponte’s are NOT created alike.

I’ve been becoming increasingly aware of the differences in Ponte’s lately, from my own personal experience.  Then, earlier this week a professional whom I admire, Glenda Sparling, posted about Ponte fabrics on her Blog.  Here is what she had to say in her post of Jan. 9 at

“I do love Ponte Roma, but the surface sure does pill.  What is Ponte and why does it pill?

Ponte Roma, originally from Italy (hence the name) is a double knit which is constructed with interlocking stitches that connect the front and back surfaces – like a Roman bridge. Now the term is used generically for double knits in a variety of weights, fiber content and cost from very spendy to low price.

I recommend my Fit & Sew Retreat students bring Ponte Roma for their yoga pants projects.  It’s an ideal beginner’s knit if the student has never sewn with knits before.  It’s stable, the edges don’t roll.  It’s smooth and resilient.  And best of all, it feels oh so comfortable on.  It can come with either a 2 or 4 way stretch.  The lighter weight ponte is great for tops, skirts and dresses.  Whereas the heavier weight is wonderful for pants and skirts.  In the photo below, the pants are of a heavier, 4-way stretch ponte which is simply perfect for our winter weather.