String knit glove is a very big work glove category. Some people like to call it cotton glove even though most of them are not pure cotton. It is absolutely a multi-purpose glove which has a wide application in variety of industries. String knit glove has a big advantage other types of work gloves are not comparable with, that is breathable. Compared with canvas and leather glove, it is more ambidextrous. Another reason that makes it popular may be the low price, so sometimes it is only for one time use. Even though it is cheap, some suppliers manage to make it cheaper further by cutting various cost. Now lets take a look at what a cheaper string knit glove looks like. Those are the aspects from which suppliers cut their cost.
Low cost yarn
Different types of yarns have different prices. For the same type of yarn used in gloves, there are typically multiple qualities that are available. Cheaper string knit glove uses lower quality yarns that is one of import ant ways to cut cost. Basically, you can find the difference between a higher quality and a low quality yarn just from the outside look. Gloves with recycle yarns do not look clean and pure, but even under recycle yarn category, the quality is variable with different prices. When you buy this type of glove, you had better make a comparison to see the real quality of the yarn used.
For string knit glove, weight is everything. Customers usually do their inquiry not only based on yarn type but also on weight. If the glove gauge is fixed, cheap string knit glove with low weight looks very small, 21 centimeters long very common. But you can make the glove larger with less weight if you make it to 7 gauge instead of 10 gauge. 7 gauge is a low density.
Less rubber thread
As regards rubber thread, you can check the following photo I took if you do not know what it is. The white threads are rubber thread which makes the wrist elastic. Rubber thread is expensive and becomes an important source to cut cost. If you can use less rubber threads, significant cost can be cut. There are two ways to cut rubber thread cost. One way is to make a shorter wrist which uses less rubber thread as a result. That is why most of these cheap gloves you see have a very short wrist.
The other way to cut rubber thread cost is to make rubber thread low density. We add one row of rubber thread every two rows of yarn on wrist, but when we add one every three rows of yarn, the cost can be cut because less rubber thread would be used. For cheap string knit gloves, one rubber thread every three row of yarns is usual.
Low quality hem
By making the hem cheap, you can lower the overall cost a little bit. The lowered cost seems not much, but for these low price gloves, it is really much. Two things can be done to hem to make it cheap. One is to do the hem with cheaper type of yarn. There are basically 3-4 types of hem yarn that is available to make hem. Good hem yarn is elastic with which the hem looks neat, clean and higher quality. The hem with low quality yarn looks hard, loose and bad look. For string knit gloves, factories less likely use the best hem yarn.
The other thing that can be done to make hem cheap is about yarn density. It is undoubted that less hem yarn density means less yarn used which cuts material cost. Most importantly, the labor cost can be saved in this way. The labor cost saved is way more than saved yarn. In order to cover all threads with hem yarn, we typically make the hem with two layers of yarn which makes a good yarn density. But when we make hem with only one layer, half labor cost will be saved. The labor cost is far more than what the hem yarn itself costs, so the main purpose of having less density of hem is to save labor cost.
Higher defective rate
Zero defective does not exit in string knit glove industry, but if a factory has a good production management skill, a low defective rate can be achieved. But a good management can always raise the cost to some degree. The cost rises because more time and more human resource is put in quality management.
Besides the quality management, the glove knitting machine can be a factor that affect defective rate. New machines make less defective products than old machine. If factory thinks the machine is too old to maintain a good defective rate, they will sell it out. Who will buy these machine? Many factories that make string knit gloves are willing to buy it. With these old machine, they are less likely to have a well managed defective rate.
More importantly, few factories have the final inspection process to pick out the defective. The final inspection will definitely raise the cost in terms of labor and those defective gloves that are picked up. For this price sensitive product, no factories are willing to do this step.
Yarn left outside
If you often buy cheap string knit gloves, you possibly know that these gloves have yarn left outside between fingers. When you question your suppliers about these outside yarn, they would answer you like this: It doesn’t have an impact on your wearing. When you put on the glove, the yarn will go inside and disappear. The truth is that to get rid of these outside yarn will add extra cost, exactly electricity cost. This cost is not much but can make a difference. So that is why this kind of cheap glove has this problem. These yarn not necessarily affect usage, but it could affect your sales volume because of the bad look. End users can associate it with low quality. If you are serious about your brand identity, I strongly recommend you to buy string knit glove from the suppliers who can remove this yarn.
String knit glove is relatively cheap compared with other work glove category, so even a small cost reduction can mean much for them. Both factories and wholesalers try their best to cut the cost in every way to stay competitive on market. If the cost reduction was going too far, as a result customer value would be actually brought down which finally hurt your brands and future sales. In a conclusion, a cheap string knit glove might look like this: