Flat knitting refers to a knitting method where a flat fabric is created on a flat knitting machine. A flat knitting machine is very flexible, allowing complex stitch designs, shaped knitting and precise width adjustment
The fabrics produced by flat knitting are often coarse as well as patterned. End application of flat knitted fabrics are technical textiles (e.g. composites), knitted shoes or outerwear (e.g. jumpers).