Tricot (pronounced tre-ko) comes from the French verb tricoter, meaning to knit. Tricot fabric has a unique zigzag weave that is textured on one side and smooth on the other. This allows the fabric to be soft and also very sturdy for activewear. Tricot fabrics are produced on a flat bed knitting machine, as opposed to a circular knitting machine. They have an excellent wrinkle and run resistance, as well as good drape-ability. A tricot knit is ideal for activewear, especially when it is composed of Nylon Spandex or Polyester Spandex blends. These blends allow the fabric to breathe and not cling to the body while also providing support as well as the comfort of a 4-way stretch fabric.