Custom Polo Shirts
Knits are typically polos or sport shirts. You’ve seen them on the golf course (or pictures of a golf course). You’ve seen them with little gators on them. They’re collared shirts with button up plackets. They come in long sleeves, short sleeves and a wide variety of colors. Knits also include apparel items like cardigans, turtlenecks, and mock turtlenecks. They’re what casual Friday is made of - dressier than t-shirts and more casual than dress shirts.
The vast majority of this apparel category comes in solid colors, but there are a lot of varied styles as well. Everything from piping accents and stripes to unique panels and specialty fabric. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular options:
100% Cotton - Natural. Breaths well but does not dry quickly. Resists pilling. Tends to wrinkle and/or shrink.
Ring Spun and Combed Cotton - Natural cotton fiber that has been processed or spun creating a much softer feel and extended durability.
Polyester - Synthetic. Wrinkle and stain resistant. Holds shape and color. Durable. Garment feel is less popular than cotton.
Spun Polyester - Synthetic fiber with a much softer feel.
Jersey - Knitted instead of woven. Soft and breathable. Slight stretch. Softens with washing.
Pique - Knit fabric characterized by raised cords or ribs in an all over waffle, honeycomb, or diamond patter. Popular for polo or golf shirts.
Spandex - Super stretchy. Retains shape. Resistant to washing and perspiration. Spandex is usually blended with another fabric for polos.
Moisture Wicking - Draws moisture away from the skin to be quickly evaporated.
Anti-Microbial - Treated or natural benefit of the material (such as bamboo) to reduce odor causing bacteria.
Performance - Many of today’s performance fabrics combine moisture wicking and anti-microbial features.
Polos and knits are most often embroidered. Embroidery has a higher perceived value and is generally the choice for higher end garments. Polos can be screen printed as well, in most cases. Certain knit fabrics can be printed digitally.