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Nov. 19, 1946.
2,41 1,452
Filed March 4, 1944
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Harry 0. Mills.
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Nov. 19, 1946.
Filed March 4, 1944
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Patented Nov. 19, 1946
2,411,452 '
Harry Q‘Mills, Rye, N. Y.
Application March 4, 1944, Serial No. 525,027
4 Claims. (01. 112—2'7)
This invention relates to the art of knitting
and more particularly to the removal of loops or
stitches from a knitting machine.
In the manu
As previously stated in knitting stockings on a
tubular machine, the stocking when ?nished
hangs on the needles within the annular portion
of the machine. My device l5 comprises an an
nular member l6 which may be provided with a
ledge l1 and which is hollow. A locking ring I8
is provided with a tensioned clamp I9 to ?x it
tightly about the wall 20 of the annular mem
ber I6.
I provide a pair of ?exible tape members 2|
An object of this invention is to provide a de 10
and. 22 which may be made of ?exible steel or any
vice by which the stocking may be transferred
other material. Each of the members 2| and 22
from a round shape to a ?at shape so that the
is provided with a series of teeth 23 in the form
stitches may be joined together.
of points or quills. These points or quills are U
A further object is to provide a means by which
shaped in cross section at their base 25 and taper
stitches or loops may be taken from the needles
at their points 26. They may be welded oroth
of any circular or ?at, knitting machine and
facture of stockings on tubular knitting machines,
the stockings are usually removed from the ma
chine and the stitches picked up by hand in order
to close the toe. This requires skilled labor and
a considerable amount of time to pick up the
placed in any desired position for stitching or
further operations.
erwise fastened to the ?exible members 2| and
22. Each of the points or quills 23 is provided
with a cutout portion 2'! adapted to prevent a
Other objects and advantages of my invention
will appear from the accompanying drawings and 20 stitch from slipping off of the point. Members
2| and 22 are preferably joined together by means
of hinges 2B and 29 at either end thereof.
Referring more particularly to the drawings
Fig. 1 is a vertical section of my device;
Fig. 2 is a bottom plan veiw of Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 isa detail view of a section of the look
The ?exible members are placed around the
wall 20 of the annular member I6 and clamped
25 into place with the locking ring I8. The entire
device l5 may then be placed over the top of a
knitting machine so that each needle 30 regis
ters with a point or quill 23 with the sides of the
ed to pick up the stitches;
point engaging the needle as shown in Fig. '7.
Fig. 5 is a detailed View of the ?exible member
The stocking 24 may then be pulled upwardly
shown in Fig. 4;
through the center of the device I5 so that each
Fig. 6 is a cross sectional view taken on the
loop of the stocking will be transferred to one of
line 6-6 of Fig. 5;
the teeth 23. Before the stocking loops can be
Figs. 7;‘ and 8 areviews showing the way a stitch
removed as described, it is necessary to retract
is removed from the needles to the transfer de
35 the sinkers and dividers, that is, to release them
from holding action. sinkers and dividers may
Fig. 9 is a detailed view showing one set of
be released from holding action by means of a
stitches on the transfer device;
slotted ring inside the cylinder which can be
Fig. 10 is a sectional view showing stitches after
in any convenient manner so that the
Fig. 11 is a detailed cross sectional view show 40 entire stocking may be removed from the machine
onto the device l5. The locking ring I8 is loos
ing the manner in which the transfer member
ened so that the members 2| and 22 may be re
is hinged;
moved therefrom and they are then ?attened with
Fig. 12 is a view showing a step in the transfer
their inner sides 40 and 4| facing each other.
of the Stitches;
Fig. 13 is a further sectional View of an addi 45 The stitches are then transferred from the lower
member 22 to the upper member 2| in the fol
tional step in the transfer;
lowing manner. Hook means 42 engage the top
Fig. 14 is a view showing the ?nal step in the
stitches 43 on the member 22 and draw them
in the direction of the arrow 44. As the stitch
Figs. 15 and 16 are views showing the way the
50 clears the point 26 the hook moves upwardly as
transfer is effected mechanically;
shown in Figure 13 and then rearwardly to de
Fig. 17 is a plan view of a section of the trans
posit the stitch on the teeth or points carried by
fer means;
the member 2|. The hook 42 then moves in the
Fig. 18 is an elevation showing the manner in
direction of the arrow 45 to release the stitches
which the stitches are joined together on the
55 and leave them on the member 2| adjacent to
transfer means.
ing ring;
Fig. 4 is a plan view of a ?exible member adapt
the stitches 46 carried by the member 2 I. A sew
ing needle 50 carrying a thread 5| then passes
through the loops in the channel of the point to
sew the loops together, thus completing the
a two piece ?exible member hinged together at
both ends, said member being adapted for dispo
sition relative to the needles of a knitting ma
chine, and being collapsible and adapted to fold
?at upon itself, the one piece thereof upon the
other, concave teeth a?ixed to the outside of said
In Figures 15, 16 and 17 I have shown one
method of operating the hook 42 althoughthis
may be done. by any conventional mechanical
?exible member, said teeth being adapted to re
ceive the needles of said machine and to receive
means such as cams or other mechanism. As
the loops therefrom, and a hook member for each
shown in Figure 15 the hook 42 is mounted on 10 tooth on the ?rst piece of the ?exible member
a bar 55 connected to a pinion 56 engaging the
for transferring the loop from said tooth to the
rack 51 on the arm 58. Members 2| and 22 may‘
corresponding tooth on the second piece of the
be locked in position between the bar 60 and the ' ?exible member.
support 6| by means of a cam lever 62 so that
.3. 7 Means for transferring stitches from a knit
the base 25 of the points and needles abuts the .15 ting machine including a hinged ?exible mem
bar 60 and the supporting member 6l_ for se
ber, a plurality of concave teeth on said member
curely positioning them in place. The arm 58
adapted to engage the needles of said knitting
moves into position so that the hook 42 engages
machine whereby stitches may be pulled from said
the stitch 43 and then moves laterally in the
needles onto said teeth, said ?exible'member be
direction of the arrow 65. As it clears the lower 20 ing collapsible and being adapted, by means ,of
point 26 bar 55 is rotated thus causing the pin
its hinges, to fold ?at upon itself, means adapted
to transfer the stitches from one side ‘of said
?exible member to the other side thereof where
by said stitches of the one side may be readily
joined to the stitches of the other side, means
comprising a hook member for each pair of teeth
ion 56 to rotate on the rack 51 and to turn the
hook in a counterclockwise direction as it moves’
upwardly on the rack ‘with the bar moving up
wardly in the direction of the arrow 66. As the
pinion turns onthe rack the position of the hook
42 is reversed until it passes the point held by
and means for moving said hook member suc
the member 2|. The arm then moves inwardly
to deposit the stitch 43 alongside of the stitch
cessively into engagement with a stitch one.
tooth on one side of the ?exible member and
46 as shown in Figure 16. At this point the 30 then around the end of said tooth and around
movement of the bar 58 is reversed in the direc
the end of the corresponding tooth on the other‘
tion of the arrow 65 and the hook 42 releases the
side of the ?exible member, at the same time
bringing said hook into the same position rela
tive to said corresponding tooth which it occu
stitch, thus completing the operation when a,
suitable needle such as 50 joins the stitches to
I claim:
1._ A loop transferring device including a ?ex
ible member having two sides hinged together at
both ends, said member being‘ adapted for dis
position relative to the needles of a knitting ma
chine, a plurality of concave teeth on 'each side
‘of said member adapted to engage the needles of
a knitting machine and to receive the stitches
therefrom, said ?exible member being collapsible
and adapted to fold ?at upon itself so that the
teeth of one side thereof are brought near the
corresponding teeth on the second side of said
?exible member and a hook for each tooth on
the one side of said ?exible member adapted to
engage the stitch on said tooth and to transfer
it to the corresponding tooth on the other side
of said ?exible member.
pied relative to the ?rst mentioned tooth, whereby
the stitch may be transferred to said correspond-l
ing tooth.
4. A loop transferring device comprising two
sections, each including a ?exible, v"n'c'irmally
straight strip, said strips being hinged together
at both ends, a plurality of knitting needle en
gaging ?ngers secured to the outside of each said
strip, said strips {being positionable to align the
?ngers ‘with the needles, whereby said ?ngers
are adapted to receive the loops therefrom, airing
carrier on Which said strips are positioned'in‘c'ir
cular form, and a hook member for each ?nger ‘
on one strip for removing the loop from said
?nger and transferring it to the corresponding
?nger on the other strip, said stripslbeingflfold
able for operation of the hook member. T
2. A device for transferring loops including
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