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United States Patent O?ice
threads passes through the corresponding group of loops,
the locking thread is cut between the corresponding feed
Gustave Charles Auguste Alric, 17 Rue Benoit Malon,
er and the needles and the fabric is drawn out perpendicu
larly to the needles, while the last loop is still on the
Sainte-Savine, France
Filed Feb. 2, 1960, Ser. No. 6,131
corresponding needle.
By reason of the last loop remaining still on the needle,
Claims priority, application France Apr. 2, 1955
7 Claims. (Cl. 66-89)
the thread slides over said needle and its free end passes
through the loops and the thread remains thus positioned
The present invention, which is a continuation-in-part
of my application Serial No. 576,254, ?led March 30,
across the loops so as to lock them.
More particularly, when the stocking is knitted with
a single thread, the narrowings are continued until four
loops at the utmost are obtained, which loops are super
posed over a single needle and the knitting thread is used
1956 which has now become abandoned, has for its ob
ject the ?nishing of knitted fabrics on straight bar knit
ting machines and it will be more particularly described
hereinafter with reference, by way of example, to a stock
for forming the locking thread which is sunk by the
needle carrying the four loops.
ing. But, obviously, it is applicable equally well to any
knitted wear. Said invention has for its object in partic
It is usual for very ?ne stockings to have a reinforced
tip, as provided by knitting it with two threads: a ground
thread and a reinforcing thread. More particularly in
this case, applicant’s method consists in subdividing the
ular the termination of a knitted fabric, in a manner
such that the ends of said ‘fabric cannot ravel.
Said invention has consequently for its object a meth
ed for producing a positive locking of the last loop or
loops of a fabric and it has also for its object, by way of
novel articles of manufacture, any knitted wear or article
terminal loops into two groups including each at the ut
most four loops, in superposing the loops of each group
over a single needle and in sinking the ground thread
‘by one loop-carrying needle and sinking the reinforcing
of hosiery ?nished through said method.
For sake of simplicity, the expression “stocking" will
thread by the other loop-carrying needle.
The industrial execution of applicant’s method shows
that the positive locking of the terminal loops by a locking
be used hereinafter for designating such a fabric.
Similarly, the expression “terminal loops” will be used
for designating the loops which are obtained as a conse
thread or threads is thus obtained in an entirely reliable
manner. However, it may occur that certain disturbances
quence of the normal narrowing steps executed for ?nish
ing the stocking or as a- consequence of the knitting of
arise, following which the thread which should normally
one or two supplementary rows as executed for purposes 30
to be de?ned hereinafter with a view to producing the
?nal locking of the fabric.
An object of the invention is to provide such a ?nish
ing of the stocking by resorting solely to the mechanisms
provided normally on straight bar knitting machines.
Patented Oct. 9, 1962
pass through the terminal loops of the stocking is com
pletely drawn out of said loops when the stocking is
drawn out perpendicularly to the needles after the thread
has been cut off at the output of the feeder.
Consequently, the invention has for a still further ob
r ject to eliminate the normal or fortuitous causes produc
A further object of the invention is to provide such a
?nishing of the stocking through the agency of a thread
ing this drawback and each of the means proposed for
this purpose constitutes therefore a practical and impor
passing through the terminal loop or loops of said stock
tant feature of the invention, since it allows cutting out
ing, in a manner such that said loops cannot ladder and
completely all scrap and waste.
the locking remains operative even when said thread 40
It is an important matter, in fact, for the locking
is drawn outwardly.
thread to pass readily through the superposed loops car
Another object of the invention consists in providing
ried by a single needle, during a ?nal sinking and knock
a positive locking of the terminal loops of the stocking
ing over executed with the needle carrying said loops;
under conditions such that the tip of the stocking shows
in the case, in particular, where the terminal loops are
no extra thickness.
knitted with a ground thread and a reinforcing thread
and are consequently double, an important feature of the
A still further object of the invention consists in pro
invention consists in executing at least one row of loops
viding such a positive locking of the terminal loops form
with a single thread, in a manner such that it is no longer
ing the tip of the stocking in a manner such that said
stocking may be dyed, sized or treated in any other man 50 necessary to superpose a number of double loops on a
ner before it is sewn, and without any risk of said ter
minal loops being any longer locked and thereby liable to
To accomplish these various objects, the invention
covers a method according to which the terminal loops
of the fabric are distributed into as many groups of loops
as there are locking threads, each group of loops being
carried by a needle, and a locking thread is caused to
single needle.
A further drawback which may be met consists in that
the thread is sunk during the last sinking step, both by
the needle carrying the loops and by another needle lo
cated to either side of said loop-carrying needle.
It is easy to ascertain, as a matter of fact, as explained
hereinafter, that the engagement of the thread by an
other needle in addition to that carrying the loop, has
for its result to remove completely the locking thread
pass through each group of loops, said operation being
executed by resorting to the normal mechanisms provided 60 but of the terminal loop so that the result sought for
cannot be obtained.
on the knitting machine.
According to the location of the needle carrying the
According to another aspect of the invention, the meth
loops with reference to the sinker adjacent said needle,
od is chie?y characterized by the fact that, after the
the presence of said supplementary loop to be termed
usual narrowing in steps have been executed for the
formation of the tip of the stocking until a reduced num 65 hereinafter a parasitic loop may be indifferent or trouble
some. It does not prevent the locking action when said
ber of loops has been obtained, said loops are superposed
over the same needle or over as many needles as there
parasitic loop is formed between the needle carrying
the superposed loops and the feeding means when the
are locking threads, through the agency of the normal
latter are in their ?nal position at the moment of the cut
mechanisms of the knitting machine providing for the
ting of the thread. However, this parasitic loop prevents
transfer of the loops, each of the loop carrying needles
completely the desired locking action if it is located on
is caused to sink one of the locking threads and the knock
the opposite side with reference to the needle carrying
ing over is proceeded with, so that each of said locking
the loops.
Some of these undesired loops are formed automatical
passes through the loops 10, 11, 12 and 13 and locks
ly through the fact that the thread is fed by the sinkers
them in a manner similar to the locking of the loop 8
through the thread 4 as shown in FIG. 3. When trans
ferring the loops onto the needle 14 as illustrated in FIG.
simultaneously to two needles at a time.
A further category of undesired loops is formed
fortuitously because the frames are bestowed of necessity
5, it is possible obviously to transfer these loops in any
with a certain lack of accuracy, chiefly as concerns the
desired sequence: for instance, ?rst the loop 12 and then
position in which the feeding means are stopped, the
more or less important mechanical rebounding of the
the loop 11 and lastly the loop 13. It is also possible
to transfer the loop 11 onto the needle 14 and the loop
13 onto the loop 16 and then the loops 12 and 13 together
feeding means against their stop, the swaying of the
10 onto the needle 14. This produces a passage of the
threads, etc.
thread in a different sequence through the loops but the
The diiferent steps provided by the invention which
locking remains the same as precedingly.
allow cutting out the formation of such undesired loops
If the thread 18 is accidentally taken up by the needle
will be disclosed hereinafter with further detail and de
14a (FIG. 6a) located at the left of the needle 14, it
?ned in the accompanying claims and, obviously, they
15 is apparent that the thread 18, used as a locking thread,
form a substantial part of the method claimed.
will slip round said needle 14a and will consequently be
The diiferent means provided for the execution of the
drawn out of loops 1043, which are no longer locked.
invention are disclosed hereinafter in full detail, refer
ence being made to the accompanying drawings, illustrat
ing the main features of the invention.
FIGS. 1, 2 and 3 are explanatory diagrams.
FIGS. 4, 5, 6, 6a and 7 illustrate the different ?nish
ing steps of a fabric as obtained in accordance with my
FIGS. 8 to 12 show the different stages of the ?nish
It is thus important to positively avoid the formation
of parasitic loops such as the loop accidentally formed
round the needle 14a.
The embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 8 to 12 relates
to the case where the fabric 20 is knitted by means of
two threads 21 and 22 which are fed respectively by
the feeders 23 and 24. Through any suitable conven
25 tional reduction operation, the number of loops of the
ing of a fabric knitted with two threads.
fabric is reduced to four, to the loops 25, 26, 27 and 28
FIGS. 13 and 14 illustrate diagrammatically a locking
carried respectively by the needles 29, 3t), 31 and 32.
method executed on two groups of two simple loops, the
The two feeders are both on the left hand side of the
fabric being knitted with a reinforcing thread.
needle 29.
FIGS. 15 and 16 illustrate diagrammatically a modi
As illustrated in FIG. 9, the feeder 24 is shifted at
?cation of the embodiment of FIGS. 1 and 2.
the moment of the knocking over so as to be drawn be
FIGS. 17 to 20 illustrate an embodiment according
tween the needles 31 and 32 and consequently, when the
to which the position of the feeder is controlled during
needles rise again, the thread 22 passes behind the needles
the looping.
29 and 3% and cannot be caught by said needle at the
FIGS. 21 to 24 illustrate a modi?cation of this posi
tioning during the loop sinking procedure.
FIGS. 25 and 26 illustrate a method for removing
parasitic loops.
FIGS. 27 to 31 illustrate an embodiment according to
which the locking is performed on a single loop.
FIG. 32 illustrates diagrammatically a further modi
FIG. 33 illustrates a modi?cation of the embodiment
shown in FIGS. 27 to 31.
FIG. 34 illustrates an embodiment resorting to a trans
fer point when executing dissymmetric ?nal transfers.
FIGS. 35 to 39 illustrate a further embodiment accord
ing to which the ?nal transfers are symmetrical.
FIGS. 35a to 35c illustrate a manner of shifting trans
fer points.
35 moment of the following looping.
At this moment, the
loop 26 is transferred onto the needle 29 and the loop
28 onto the needle 31, as shown in FIG. 10.
The two feeders 2'3 and 24 are then shifted each through
the interval between two needles and the looping is per
formed in a manner such that, as illustrated in FIG. 11,
the thread 21 from the feeder 23 is taken up by the needle
29 and the thread 22 from the feeder 24 is taken up by
the needle 31. It is sutiicient at such moments to cut the
threads 21—22 of the exit of the feeders and then to
45 draw the fabric in the direction of the arrow F to obtain,
as illustrated in FIG. 12, a locking of the loops 25 and 26
through the thread 21 and of the loops 27 and 28 by the
thread 22.
In the embodiments disclosed hereinabove, chie?y in
Turning to FIG. 1, which shows a chain-switch 1, the 50 the case of FIGS. *8 to 12, it is possible to ?nish the fabric
through a different number of loops and to transfer the
last loop 2 of which has just been knitted and is still
loops in a different manner. Thus, in the case of four
carried on the needle 3, the thread 5 fed by the feeder
?nal loops, it is possible to transfer equally well three
6 is cut at 4 (FIG. 2) and the chain stitch 1 is drawn
loops onto one needle, the second needle retaining only
in the direction of the arrow F, the thread forming the
loop 2 will move at 7 out of the preceding loop so that 55 the loop carried by it; thus for instance it is possible to
transfer the loop 216 and the loop 28‘ onto‘ the needle 31.
the chain stitch assumes the appearance illustrated in
It is also possible to ?nish the knitted fabric by a different
FIG. 3. Obviously the loops of said chain stitch cannot
number of loops, say 6 or 8, and to transfer two loops
unravel since the thread 4 looks the loop 8 as if it was a
onto the ?rst needle, three loops onto the second or three
key. If the thread 4 is taken up, this closes the loop
8 and forms a sort of knot.
60 loops onto the ?rst and three loops onto the second, all
which combinations may be executed as easily.
In the practical embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 4 to
In the embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 8 to 12, the
7, the fabric 9 has been knitted with a single thread and
four last loops are obtained with threads fed by the two
has been narrowed so as to present only four loops 10,
feeders 23 and 24 in accordance with the conventional
11, 12 and 13 on the corresponding needles 14, 15, 16,
and 17. This reduction to four of the number of loops 65 symmetrical narrowing method. Thereafter, through
transfer with ‘the so-called transfer plate with one trans
is obtained through the normal operation of the knitting
fer hook for two needles or through two transfers with one
machine and chiefly of the transfer points and feeders.
plate with one transfer hook for four needles, the transfer
The four loops 10, 11, 12 and 13 are transferred
is executed in the direction of the feeder onto two needles
through transferring hooks onto the needle 14 and the
feeder is transferred towards the right hand side to feed 70 29 and 31 separated by a free ‘needle 30; these needles
carrying the loops are near the sinkers which are on the
the thread 18 in a manner such that the latter may be
side of the feeder at the moment at which the formation
taken up by the needle 14 and form a single loop 19 as
of the four loops is ended (FIGS. 8 to 11).
shown in FIG. 6. The thread 18 is then cut as in the
The feeder 24 is shifted during the knocking over of the
case of FIG. 2 and the fabric is drawn in the direction
of the arrow F. As illustrated in FIG. 7. the thread 18 75 last row so that the corresponding thread passes behind
the needles 29 and 39‘ and is engaged at the following
looping only by the needles 31 and 32. The feeder 23 is
stopped between the needles 31 and 32 by its suitably
supplementary knitting course with simple loops is ob
tained. In this embodiment, the part played by the feeders
cannot be interchanged and it is possible to obtain a para
sitic loop in the ‘case of FIGS. 13 and 15 only in the
positioned stop and its thread is engaged only by the
needles 29 and 30. Each of the loop carrying needles Cl needle located to the left hand side of the needle 66 and,
in the case of FIGS. 14 and 16, not only on the needle on
sinks thus only one thread (FIG. 11) and the latter after
the {left hand side of the needle 66 but also on the needle
its cutting is drawn by said needles through two double
loops during the last knocking over and it locks them as
In the preceding examples, the shifting of one of the
shown in FIG. 12.
In the embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 13 and 14, the 16 feeders is performed at the moment of the knocking over
while the sinkers have receded into the frame so as to
fabric is executed normally up to the row 39 over the
allow such a shifting since the feeder is normally engaged
needles 40, 41, 42. and 43. Each loop of the row 39 is a
inside the bulk of the sinkers.
double loop obtained through the threads 44 and 45 fed
respectively by the feeders 46 and 47.
vIn accordance with my invention, the feeder 46 is left .
on the left hand selvedge and the rows 48 and 49 are
knitted with the thread 45 from the feeder 47.
In the position illustrated in FIG. 13, there have been
knitted two rows and, upon knocking over of the second
When the needles have risen again, the thread suitably
carried along through the usual movement of the sinkers
passes behind predetermined needles.
In certain knitting machines, the sinkers do not collapse
completely within the frame at the moment of the knock~
ing over. The shifting of the feeder is thus impossible
row or course, the feeder 47 has been shifted as mentioned 20 at such a moment and may be performed during the
transfer of the loops, i.e. when the sinkers have of neces
sity receded transiently. The end of the movement pro
duces the desired result since the movement of the needles
onto the needle 40 and the loop 53 onto the needle 42 so
and of the sinkers is substantially identical with their
that the needle 40 carries two simple loops 50‘ and 51
while the needle 42. carries two simple loops 5% and 53. 25 movement after the knocking over.
hereinabove into the position 47a.
As illustrated in FIG. 14, the loop 51 is transferred
The feeders 46 and 47 being brought by the last looping
into the position 46b and 47b illustrated in FIG. 14, (the
feeder 46 being stopped ?rst by a suitably located stop),
the thread 44 is caught by the needle 40‘ and the thread
45 by the needle 42, so that each thread is drawn through
the loops carried precedingly by the needles 40‘ and 42.
Once the terminal knocking over has been performed,
the conditions are those illustrated in FIG. 14 and it is
This shifting during the transfer has the advantage of
positioning the threads at the last moment and of pre
venting any abnormal shifting thereof through the trans
fer movement.
The shifting of the feeder above referred to, performed
during the knocking over or during the transfer, is pro
vided while the driving members of the feeder bars are
Said shifting is therefore produced through auxiliary
possible to ?nish the operation by cutting the threads as
disclosed for the preceding embodiments, the sliding of 35 means for instance a shim of a suitable thickness in
serted between the stop of the selvedge carriage and the
the threads being all the easier since the needles 40 and
projection of the feeder bar. Said movement may be
42 carry only a single loop each. In this embodiment,
provided by hand after stopping the machine or automa
it is possible to resort indifferently to the feeder 46 or to
tically through special means provided to this end.
the feeder 47 for knitting the two last courses of single
A further feature of my invention consists in position
ing the feeder during its looping movement while it is
It will be observed that, in the embodiment of FIGS.
being moved through conventional means, simply by in
13, 14, it is necessary to knit two rows of simple loops in
serting automatically, through the usual devices provided
order that the feeder be in its initial position, on the left
on most extant machines, a suitable stop limiting the
side of the fabric, in order to avoid formation of a para
sitic loop such as the loop shown on the needle 14a in 45 travel of the feeder.
In the embodiment of FIGS. 17 to 20, the positioning
FIG. 6a.
of the feeders which provides that each thread may be
This manner of ?nishing is obviously applicable to all
the possible modi?cations in the method and the strength
of the fabric is not modi?ed since the courses or rows of
engaged only by the proper needle is performed auto
matically during the looping by limiting its travel at the
single loops 48 and 49 are engaged in the seam of the 50 desired moment. The feeder for the thread 71 is stopped
during the looping two needles before the needle 74.
?nished stocking; by reason of the presence of these last
Thus, the loops 67 and 68 are double loops and the loops
rows of single loops not only the sliding of the loops on
69 and 70 are simple loops, the two former being ob
the needle is improved but, in certain cases, the same is
tained both with the ground thread 71 and with the rein
the case for the knocking over.
forcing thread 72, the two latter loops being obtained
In the embodiment which has just been described, two
solely through the thread 72.
rows of single loops 48 and 49‘ have been knitted.
As illustrated in FIG. '18, the loop 67 is transferred
In the embodiment of FIGS. 15 and 16, the fabric is
onto the needle 73 which carries the loop 68 and the loop
executed normally up to the row 54 of four double loops
69 is transferred onto the needle 74 carrying the loop 70.
obtained with the threads 55 from the feeder 56, and 57
The last looping is then performed as illustrated in
from the feeder 58.
FIG. 19, said looping being bounded by suitable stops
The feeder 56 is left in alignment with the right hand
for the feeders so that each thread may be collected by
selvedge and a further row of single loops ‘59, 6t), 61 and
one needle only, the thread 71 passing through two loops
62 is knitted on the needles 63, 64, 65- and 66. The feeder
67 and 68 and the thread 72 through two loops 69 and
58 is then in register vwith the left hand selvedge. The
7t} and the procedure is ?nished in the manner disclosed
feeder 56 being returned into the position 56a, the loop
hereinabove so as to obtain a locking of the loops as
61 is transferred onto the needle 66 and the loop 59 onto
illustrated in FIG. 20.
the needle 64. The ?nal looping is then performed in the
FIGS. 21 to 24 illustrate an embodiment which is
conventional manner, the feeder 58 entering the position
substantially identical but provides for all the terminal
582) ‘which is distant by two needle intervals from the
selvedge position and the feeder 56 entering the position 70 loops being simple loops which are less subject to give
56b ‘which forms the selvedge position.
parasitic loops. According to said embodiment, a supple
This ‘leads to the obtention of the diagram illustrated
in FIG. 16 and it is then possible to ?nish by cutting the
threads, as disclosed in the preceding examples. The ad—
vantage of this latter modi?cation consists in that only one 75
mentary row or course is knitted, each feeder providing
for looping only on two needles in said course so that all
the terminal loops (FIG. \21) are simple loops and form
two groups separated in the middle; the procedure de
scribed with reference to FIGS. 17 to 20 is adhered so as
to obtain a similar looking as illustrated in FIG. 24.
At the moment of the ?nal transfer executed as de
loop 811 (:FIG. 28). The looping is then operated for
which the feeder is positioned at 83, said looping being
performed on the two needles 7'7 and 78; the feeder is
shifted outside the two sinkers, the stop having been auto
matically positioned in a suitable location. During the
scribed with reference to FIGS. 18 and 22, the thread
may in certain knitting machines engage the wrong side
of the needles 9‘2 and 94 (FIG. 25), so that, during the
transfer, the thread may have surrounded the needle 78a
following looping, a loop is caught by the needles 92 and
preceding the needle 78 (FIG. 29).
94 (FIG. 26) .
the parasitic loop 79a thus formed, I knit a further row
It is easy to ascertain that if the threads 101 and 103
are cut and if the fabric is taken up outwardly, there is
no locking obtained in such a case since the needle 92
will cause the thread 101 to move out of the loops 97
and 98. Similarly, the needle 94 will cause the thread
to leave the loops 99 and 180'.
In other words, each time a needle carries a loop of 15
of loops on the needles 77 and 78, the feeder entering
then the position $5.3m. The thread is not caught by the
needle 7 8a and consequently the loop 7% is automatically
thread ahead of the terminal operative needle, the fact
of cutting the thread and taking up the fabric prevents
the locking of the loops to be obtained so that an unravel
ling becomes possible.
The knitting of a further course causes said loops to
drop since the thread 1M is not caught by the needle
92 during its rearward movement and similarly the thread
103 is not caught by the needle 94- by reason of the
stationary positions assumed by the feeders just beyond
the sinker located between the needles 92 and 93 and the
sinker located between the needles 94 and 35.
It should be remarked that, in the case illustrated of
the shifting movement eifected during the knocking over
or in the case of FIG. 13, the parasitic loop is formed
In order to remove
eliminated (FIG. 30).
The following operation consists in transferring onto
the needle 78 the loop shown in FIG. 30‘ as carried by
the needle 77. The same stops serve again for the loop
ing and the locking is brought to an end by stopping one
of said feeders before these ?nal rows or courses; the
locking is obtained through a single thread which is pref
erable since the sliding of the thread for the ?nal opera
tion is thus furthered; when the loop is transferred from
the needle 77 onto the needle 75; and a further looping
is performed, the thread may again this time surround the
needle 78a (FIG. 31) and produce a further parasitic
loop 77a.
As illustrated in FIG. 31, the knitting of the further
loop ‘77b is su?'lcient for the loop "77:: to drop in the man
ner already disclosed for the loop 79a.
It will be remarked that if the parasitic loop, say 77a
is objectionable for the actual locking operation and it
solely on the outer needle, but not on the free needle 30 is desired to make it disappear, it is useful for the knitting
in the middle.
of the ?nal loop on a single needle since the interval be
In the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 25 and during
the looping of the loop 104, the thread M1 is engaged
under the tip of the needle 94 together with said loop.
During the next looping which provides for the dropping 35
of both loops, the thread 101 moves towards the needle
93 and releases the needle 94, but it is possible for the
tween it and the main loop provides for the knocking
over of the latter 'tlli‘OU.”lf1 a bearing on the knocking over
plates. Consequently, it is useful to retain said parasitic
loop until the ?nal loop is knitted and to drop it only at
the last moment because said loop 77:: associated with
the normal loop on the needle 77 produces an interval
between the loops which is favorable for the behaviour
engaged underneath the tip of the needle 94. The thread
of the fabric while ensuring a correct execution of the
1%]. is then caused to pass through said loop and there 40 terminal loop illustrated as carried on the needle 78 in
is formed, as shown in FIG. 26, a loop illustrated in
FIG. 3-1. Of course, the above described operation as
dotted lines and said loop can no longer be dropped. As
executed on four operative needles 7-5 to '78 may be exe
a matter of fact, loops would continue forming over it
cuted exactly in the same manner on eight needles (FIG.
since it is located between two sinkers beyond which the
32) without this leading to the drawbacks referred to
feeder projects in both directions.
with reference to FIG. 26 since the ?nal loops remain
In the position illustrated in FIG. 25, the parasitic loop
su?iciently spaced and no loop may be sunk by the needles
formed on the needle 94 can be eliminated by being taken
located between the loop-carrying needle.
up by a transferring hook, without being transferred onto
As illustrated in said FIG. 32, I transfer in a ?rst op
a needle.
eration the loops carried by the needles 34 and 85 onto
This drawback does not arise when the feeder is shifted
the needle 86 and the loops carried by the needles 88 and
during the knocking over .at the end of the transfer except
8% onto the needle 9t)‘. The conditions obtained are then
in the case of FIG. 15.
similar to those illustrated in FIG. 26. A row is then
parasitic loop 1% to remain ?oating without remaining
When the shifting is performed during the looping or
knitted so as to obtain conditions similar to those of
in the manner disclosed in FIG. 15, it is possible to
FIG. 27 in which only the needles r86‘, 87, 90 and 91 carry
avoid the above described drawback when the arrange 55 each a simple loop. A last transfer is then executed from
ment is such that there is no middle needle forming the
the needle $6 onto the needle 37 and from the needle 9%}
loop and catching the thread, which can be performed
onto the needle 91 so that the ?nal looping looks through
by providing for the ending either on a single needle or
one thread the two loops carried by the needle 87 and
else on two sul?ciently spaced needles, say on two needles
through the other thread the two loops carried by the
separated from each other by three needles free of loops.
needle 91. Of course, it is possible to knit a further
FIGS. ‘27 to 31 show the ?nishing of the fabric on a
simple loop on the needles 87 and 91 before executing
single needle. In said embodiment, the fabric is ?nished
the ?nal locking.
in a manner identical with that referred to on the needles
As illustrated in FIG. 33 which shows a modi?cation
75—76——-7‘7 and 78. The object of the transfer executed
of FIGS‘. 27 and 31, it is possible to perform the opera
thenafter is to collect the loops carried by said needles on 65 tions illustrated in FIGS. 27 and 30* by leaving the two
two needles, say the needles 77 and '78 which are located
feeders in their operative condition so as to obtain double
between two sin-kers. It is convenient to provide said
loops up to the ?nal loop 77b which, as explained with
transfer through the above mentioned transfer plate which
reference to \FIG. 31, has been knitted so as to remove
provides for the transfer by one needle, said transfer plate
the parasitic loop 77a. Said embodiment has appeared
carrying a transfer hook for four needles at the desired 70 in practice as particularly suitable.
According to a further embodiment of my invention it
Through this transfer plate it is possible to transfer the
it possible to execute the terminal transfer in a dissymmet
loop 79 from the needle 75 onto the needle 76 on which
ric manner as in the case of a ?le plate by resorting to
is already located the loop 80 (FIG. 27) and then the
one of the transfer points; this is allowed by the fact that
loops 79 and 80‘ onto the needle 77 carrying already the 75 such transfer points may move with reference to their
driving worm and consequently it is possible for the ?nal
transfer to release one of the transfer points so as to al
low the other to move beyond the middle of the set of
knitting needles. The end of the normal transfers is per
formed through two needles with a return movement by
one but if after the execution of the four last loops the
return movement is cut out and the transfer is provided
for one loop or needle Without any return, the result ob
tained is the same as that described as obtained with a
?le plate or bar.
transfer point bar to be shifted that transfer point bar
which carries the part controlling said anti-clamping sys
Thus, safety is always ensured when the transfer points
engage each other at the moment of the last normal trans
fer. After shifting the inoperative transfer point, this
safety is no longer present but the clamping is no longer
to be feared, provided this shifting of the transfer point
is more important than is actually necessary, say by 6
10 or 8 needle intervals.
It is also possible to proceed with a ?rst transfer by
In the embodiments described, the transfers according
two needles and a last transfer by one which cuts out a
to my invention are executed in a dissymmetrical manner,
dipping and leads to the diagram of FIG. 34.
In said FIG. 34, the fabric is engaged on the needles
1116, 117, 118 and 119 with the loops ‘121i, 121, 122 and
123. One of the transfer points being prevented from
moving, the loop 121) is transferred onto the needle 118
carrying the loop 122 and the loop 121 is transferred onto
the needle 119 carrying the loop i123. The loops 124,
for instance through the so-called i?le plate or else by
operating only on one transfer point. These transfers may
also be executed in a symmetrical manner by using up to
the end the narrowing transfer hooks as illustrated in
FIGS. 35 to 39.
As illustrated in FIG. 35, the needles 105, 106, 107,
1118 carry each a double loop 109, 110, 111, 112 and the
125 are then knitted on said needles 11$ and 119 as also 20 two feeders 113, 114 are on the left hand side selvedge.
Turning now to FIG. 36, the loop 199 is transferred onto
the needle 1% and the loop 112 onto the needle 107.
The feeder 113 is brought, as shown in FIG. 37, into
position during the transfer, so as to feed thread to the
needle 1W7 only, the feeder 114 remaining in its selvedge
During these transfers, and during the knitting of the
position. As illustrated in ‘FIGS. 37 and 38, there is
corresponding rows, parasitic loops 128 and 129 may be
formed a loop on each of the needles 106 and 107, fol—
formed and they are eliminated in the known manner.
lowing the shifting of the feeder 113 by two needle inter
In the embodiment which has just been described, one
vals and of the feeder 114 by four needle intervals.
of the transfer points is released so as to allow the other
In this embodiment, the needle 105 is necessarily active
transfer point to produce the desired transfer.
during the transfer since it is separated from the feeder
To provide for this transfer, the transfer point on the
only by ‘a sinker as provided by the symmetrical transfer
left hand side should project by twice the needle interval
and this leads to the production of a parasitic loop 115
beyond the middle of the needles at which location the
(FIG. 39). To remove said parasitic loop or any
transfer points are normally in jointing relationship.
Since the two transfer points retain a symmetrical 35 other which may be formed, I take up said loop with a
transfer hook and I leave said loop escaping from the
movement, it is necessary to shift the last transfer point
hook without being transferred onto a needle.
which is to become inoperative at least by four needle
It will be remarked in this embodiment of FIGS. 35
intervals towards the right hand side so that the transfer
to 39 that the two needles to be considered at the end
point which is actually operative may move ‘by two fur
of the procedure are symmetrical with reference to the
ther needle intervals towards the right hand side.
central sinker.
The arrangement illustrated in FIGS. 35a to 35c show
also possible to resort to this ?nal symmetrical
how it is possible to release simply the transfer point
transfer system by leaving free needles at the center. To
which is not in use.
this end, when one has reached the terminal stage on four
‘FIG. 35a shows a conventional drive for the transfer
point; the shifting of said bar or transfer point is obtained 45 needles, I ?rst make an enlarging transfer of loops which
leaves the two central needles 106 and 107 free of any
through a rotation of the threaded spindle 116 over which
loops. The feeders 113 and 114 are of course left in
is screwed the nut 117 carrying the projection 118. The
selvedge position on the left hand side as mentioned
transfer‘ point bar 119 carries a projection 12%} rigid with
but they are obviously located two needles further.
the threaded rod 121 over which the sleeve 122 is screwed
The di?erent stages of execution of my method are
and, as illustrated, the projections 118 and 120 are urged 50
those referred to with reference to FIGS. 36 to 39 and
towards each other by the spring 123.
the parasitic loops which may be formed are eliminated
According to my invention, the sleeve 122 is cut at
in the manner disclosed with reference to the loop 115.
124 for engagement by the tail end 125 of a strap 126,
Lastly, my invention covers also, and more particularly
said tail end being secured in the cut by the pressure
screw 127. Inside the strap is revo-lubly mounted a lever 55 in the case of the embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 35 to
39, the execution of a crossed looping, the two feeders
123 the end or" which cooperating with the strap is pro~
being positioned so that the threads pass between the two
vided with two flat surfaces 123 and 13% forming an angle
the loops 1% and 127. The loop 126 is then trans
ferred onto the needle ‘1.19 while keeping the same trans
fer point stationary and the locking is brought to an end
in the manner already disclosed.
with each other. It is found that, according to the posi
loops-carrying needles, the looping being performed after
which the stage of special transfers according to my in
vention is reached, i.e. particularly when four loops have
corresponding loop or loops; it may also be su?icient to
these feeders have been shifted by two needles in opposite
tion of the lever, either surface 129 or 130 will bear
against the projection 118 so as to modify thus the rela 60 directions.
Whatever embodiment of my invention is adopted,
tive position of the transfer point bar with reference to its
the ?nal step consists in having a simple loop on one
driving nut.
needle or two simple loops each on one needle.
The flat surfaces 129 and 139 are at predetermined dis
To ?nish the article of hosiery and after having set aside
tances from the axis of rotation of the lever and the
passage from one surface to the other may thus shift the 65 the feeder bars, it ‘is possible to cut the thread or threads
at the exit of the sinkers and to take out the fabric per
feeder by four or six needle intervals as may be required.
pendicularly to the needle; the threads slide round the
It is sufficient to operate said lever at the moment at
needles considered and provide for the locking of the
been obtained on four needles.
70 take up slightly the fabric without cutting the thread, the
taken up threads drop underneath the knocking over plates
‘In many knitting machines there exists a system pre
and it is possible to begin a further article immediately,
for instance another stocking. The thread is then cut and
the stocking is removed at the desired moment, which
system may not prevent the shifting of the transfer point
which has been described, it is sufficient to select as a 75 provides for the locking and this modus operandi cuts out
venting the clamping so that the device does not dip when
one transfer point engages the other. In order that such a
the lost time required for cutting the thread ‘and during
which the knitting machine is inoperative.
What I claim is:
1. In a process for ?nishing a fabric knitted on a
straight bar knitting machine, the step of narrowing said
fabric by loop transfer until a small number of terminal
loops are obtained on the same number of needles, pro—
viding as locking threads the same threads with which
the last courses have been knitted, superposing said ter
positioning one of said feeders over a sinker located be
tween the third and fourth needles of said needles, simul
taneously transferring to place the second of said ter
minal loops onto the ?rst of said needles carrying the ?rst
loop of said terminal loops and the fourth of said ter
minal loops onto said third needle carrying the third loop
of said terminal loops, displacing said two feeders by two
needles, knocking over said first and second terminal
loops, cutting said threads and removing the fabric from
minal loops onto as many of said needles as there are 10 the machine in a direction perpendicular to said needles
locking threads, allowing each of said needles to pick
up one of said locking threads, knocking over said ter
while said second and fourth loops are still around said
?rst and third needles in such manner that each of said
minal loops with said locking threads traversing said
two threads constitutes a locking means for a group of two
terminal loops and forming loops on their respective
of said four terminal loops.
needles, cutting said locking threads and removing the 15
5. In a process according to claim 1, in which a para
fabric from the machine in a direction perpendicular to
said needles while the locking thread loops so obtained are
still around ‘their respective needles.
sitic loop has been formed adjacent one of the terminal
loops, the steps of taking out said parasitic loop from
the corresponding needle with a transfer hook, and allow
straight bar knitting machine and in which the last 20
ing said loop to lapse. '
6. In .a process for ?nishing a fabric knitted on a
courses of loops are knitted with a ground thread and a
straight bar knitting machine in which the last courses
2. In a process for ?nishing a fabric knitted on a
reinforcing thread, the steps of narrowing said fabric by
of loops are knitted with a ground thread fed from a
loop transfer until four terminal loops are obtained on
feeder and a reinforcing thread fed from another feeder,
four needles, transferring to place two of said terminal
the steps of narrowing said fabric by loop transfer until
loops onto a ?rst needle of said needles and the two other
terminal loops onto a second needle of said needles, al
lowing one of said ?rst and second needles to pick up
eight terminal loops are obtained on eight needles, trans
ferring to place the ?rst two of said terminal loops on
the third needle of said needles and the ?fth and sixth of
the ground thread forming a loop thereon and the other
said terminal loops on the seventh needle of said needles,
needle to pick up the reinforcing thread forming a loop,
knitting a course, transferring to place the left hand side
knocking over said terminal loops, cutting said threads 30 terminal loop on the fourth needle of said needles, form—
and removing from the machine in a direction perpendic
ing a last loop around said fourth needle with one of
ular to said needles, the fabric while said ground thread
said two threads, and a second last loop around said
and reinforcing thread loops are still around said ?rst
eighth needle with the other thread, knocking over said
and second nedles in such manner that each of said two
terminal loops, cutting said threads and removing the
threads is passed through each group of two of said four
fabric from the machine in a direction perpendicular to
terminal loops and forms a locking thread.
said needles while said last loops so obtained are around
3. In .a process for ?nishing a fabric knitted on a
straight bar knitting machine, the step of narrowing said
their respective needles.
7. In a process for ?nishing a fabric knitted on a
fabric by loop transfer until four terminal loops are ob
straight bar knitting machine, the steps of narrowing said
tained on four needles, transferring to place said ter 40 fabric by loop transfer until four loops are obtained on
minal loops onto at least one of said needles and simul—
four needles, transferring to place the ?rst loop of said
taneously placing a feeder adapted to furnish a locking
loops on the third needle of said needles and the second
loop of said loops on the fourth needle of said needles by
thread so that the feeder is separated from said needle
carrying the terminal loops by a forming sinker, permit
means of a transfer point, knitting a course, transferring
to place the left hand side loop of said loops on said
ting said needle to pick up said locking thread by dis
fourth needle, knitting two courses, cutting the thread
placement of said feeder, knocking over said terminal
and removing the fabric from the machine while the last
loops with said locking thread traversing said terminal
loop of said two courses so obtained is still around its
loops and forming a loop on said one of said needles,
cutting said locking thread and removing the fabric from
the machine in a direction perpendicular to said needles "
while the last formed locking thread loop is still around
said needle.
4. In .a process for ?nishing a fabric knitted on a
straight bar knitting machine and in which the last courses
of loops are knitted with a ground thread furnished by
a feeder and a reinforcing thread furnished by a second
feeder, the steps of narrowing said fabric by loop trans
fer until four terminal loops are obtained on four needles,
corresponding needle.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
Alric ________________ __ Sept. 6,
Schuessler ____________ __ May 9,
Mack ______________ __ May 16,
Mack _______________ __ May 16,
Skole et al. __________ __ Aug. 11,
Richter ______________ __ July 23,
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