stocking frame


stocking frame
Knitting machine invented in 1589 that produced a stocking stitch.

Knitted fabrics are constructed by the interlocking of a series of loops made from one or more yarns, with each row of loops caught into the previous row; the stocking frame allowed production of a complete row of loops at one time. The modern knitting industry, with its highly sophisticated machinery, has grown from this simple device.

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Universalium. 2010.