knitwear (FR. Tricotage - knitted products) - textile material (knitted canvas) or a finished product from knitted canvases, as well as a shaft of the structure of which represents the connected loops, in contrast to the fabric, which is formed as a result of mutual weave two Thread systems (basics and duck) located on two mutually perpendicular directions, so the use of phrase "knitted fabric" is incorrect. For knitted canvases, tensile, elasticity and softness are characteristic. In the production of knitted webs, synthetic, cotton, woolen and silk fibers are used in pure form or various combinations, including the addition of elastane. The first knitwear found in archaeological excavations are dating from the III-I centuries. BC e.