Also stock·i·net. a stretchy, machine-knitted fabric used for making undergarments, infants' wear, etc.
Also called stockinette stitch. a knitting pattern made by alternating single rows of knit stitches and of purl stitches in such a way that all the knit stitches show on one side of the fabric and all the purl stitches on the other.

Origin of stockinette

First recorded in 1775–85; earlier stocking-net Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stockinet

Historical Examples of stockinet

  • The nightgowns should be made of soft cotton flannel or stockinet.

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler

  • Stockinet is a good material for diapers; it is soft, warm, and pliable.

  • Bonde—A loosely woven fabric with a curly, hairy surface, usually made with a jersey or stockinet body.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • Stockinet—A plain, elastic texture made on a knitting frame, used for underwear, etc.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • A tiny loop is left at each row in turning, as stockinet is a stretchy material.

British Dictionary definitions for stockinet



a machine-knitted elastic fabric used, esp formerly, for stockings, undergarments, etc

Word Origin for stockinet

C19: perhaps changed from earlier stocking-net
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