US 1646199 A
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R. HINCHLIFF KNITTED STOCKING A Oct. 18,1927.
Filed March 2ll 1923 Patented Oct. 18, 1927.
UNITED STATES 1,646,199 PATENT OFFICE.
RALPH HINCHLIFF. F ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, ASSIGNOR T0 BUBSON KNITTLNG COM- PANY, OF ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, A CORPORATION OF ILLINOIS.
Application med March 21, i923. serial No. 626,466.
This invention pertains to knitted stockings of the openwork type and aims to produce a stocking which willbe not only comfortable and durable, butalso one which will present an attractive and pleasing appearance. Y
Vith these ends in view, my invention contemplates a stocking which is first knitted with the same type of stitches and material throughout the leg and foot portions, the bottom of the foot and toe being of the same color and texture as the remaining portions of the stocking.- In the formationfof the Stocking certain of the vwales include held loop stitches, which, after the`knitting is completed, are raveled, openwork stripes.
These openwork stripes atthe front of the stocking areextended downwardly over the front of the foot portion, so thatwhen the stockings are worn with sandals or low shoes, the openwork stripes appear on the instep as well as on the leg portion-of thel stocking. At the sides and back of the stocking, however, the stripes areterminated at their lower ends abovethe foot portion, and in order to leave an unweakened heel, which will possess desirable wearing qualities, and` at the same time to increase the -attractiveness of the stocking, these stripes are terminated progressively increasing distances above the foot portion from the sides to the center of theback, thereby giving :angornamental effect to the back of the stocking.
For the urpose of facilitating an understanding of) my invention, I have illustrated on the accompanying drawings a preferred thus producing yembodiment thereof, referring to which,
Fig. 1 is a side view of the lower .portion of a stocking embodying my invention;
Fig. `2 is a fragmentary v iew on an enlarged'scale showing theknitted structure of the stocking; andl Fig. 3 is a diagrammatic cross-section through the fabric taken substantially on the line 3.-'3 of Fig'. 2. n A
Referring to the drawings more in detail, thestocking, which is preferably of the seamless fas iioned type, is first knit throughout, including the 'leg and foot portions, of plain and held loop stitches, the stitches bein preferably arranged asshown in Fig. 2, so at some of the wales, as 3, 4, 5,
' and 6, for instance, are composed entirely of plain stitches, and other wales, as 7, 8, and 9,
for instance, are composed of plain stitches and held loop stitches. Each held loop stitch may be formed either by holding a needle with its loop and allowing the yarn on one or more succeeding coursesto be floated across as shown in Fig. 2, or it may be formed as by tuck stitching in-4 which one or more tuck loops are cleared with the held loop.
`After the stocking is knitted, some of the wales preferably at regular intervals, which include the held loop stitches, are raveled, thus producing openworkstripes 11.
These stripes at the yfront of the stocking l are extended down the leg and overthe top of the foot portion to the toe line 13. The
foot of the stocking, therefore, comprises an openwork instep and a bottom which is of the same color, texture and structure as the remainder of the stocking. The stripes at the sides and back of the stocking are terminated at progressively increasing distances above the foot from the sides'toward the center line of the back, as will be apparent -from-Fig. 1. The termination'of the openwork stripes leaves a solid heel portion 14' possessing desirable wearing characteristics, and the termination of the openwork stripes along an inclined 1ine,as illustrated, lends a pleasino' and attractive appearance to the back ofl tlie stocking,
In order to limit the extent of the run, or in other words, the point at which the openwork stripes end, the yarns are bound at this point by sewed stitches '15 (Fig. 2), or anchored in any suitable manner to limit the extent of the run and preclude further raveling. Attention is directed to the fact that the drawings are diagrammatic and that in the resultant fabric the yarns extending across the openwork stripes, that is, the yarns from which theplain stitch loops and the held loops have been raveled a'nd the yarns which have been floated across, will be of varying length and kinky or irregular in shape without, however, varying the width of the openwork stripes formed by such raveling.
A stocking embodying my invention pos'- se'sses, therefore, a solid heel and foot bottom, both of ornamental and-attractive appearance, and an openwork instep and le The back of the stocking also has openwoi stripes, which, however, are terminated at their lower ends progressively increasing.
distances'- from the sides to the center of the back for purposes previously explained.
The number of the stripes and the width of the knitted Webs between the stripes may obviously vary in accordance with the wishes of the manufacturer, and other structural details may obviously be modified without departing from the essence of the invention, as deined in the following claims.`
1. An openwork knitted stocking including wales of plain and held loo stitches, certain of the held loop stitches eing raveled to produce open work stripes, and means positively binding the yarns in certain held loop stitch Wales at determined points in the body of the stocking to preclude further raveling, whereby to produce a determined pattern by the contrast of the plain and held loop stitch Wales and the raveled wales.
2. An openwork knitted stocking including wales having held loop stitches, certain of said Wales being raveled to produce openwork stripes, the raveling of certain wales terminating at determined points in the body of the stocking to produce a determined pattern, and means positively binding the yarns at said terminating points to prevent further raveling.
3. An openwork knitted stocking including Wales having plain and held loop stitches throughout the leg and instep portions, certain held loop stitch Wales being raveled to produce openworkstripes, the stripes at the front of the stocking extending along the instep approximately to the toe, the stripes at the back terminating at their lower ends progressively increasing distances above the foot from the side to preclude further raveli RALP HINCHLIFF.