US 1816081 A
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Ju ly 28, 1931 D. D. FOWLER cnocmw RACK Filed larch 6, 1930 SW D- l?- u ler /%2 WWW Patented July 28, 19 31 norms n. FOWLER, F SEATTLE, YWASHINGTON' CROCHET RACK 1 Application filed March 6, 1930. .Serial No. 433,672.
The object of this invention is to provide a very simple, inexpensive, eflicient and easily applied brace whereby the sides of a crochet rack or frame will be held in parallelism under the strain imposed thereon by the crocheting or other work. The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings and will be hereinafter set forth.
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Figure 1 is a plan view of a crochet frame orrack embodymg the invention,
Fig. 2 is a plan view of the blank from which the brace is formed, r
Fig. 3 is a detail perspective view of the completed brace, and
Fig. 4 is a perspective view showinga modification.
The crochet rack or frame consists of a U-shaped length of material which is prefer- 4 ably metallic tubing so as to obtain maximum strength with minimum weight. The endsof the frame are left blunt and smoothly finished so that theyjwill not be apt to injure the user; In carrying out the present invention, there is provided a blank of resil- 'ie'nt'metal having a central rectangular portion 2 merging into opposite flared ends or 'wings 3 from the edges of which project central alined tongues 4., notches 5 being formed at the bases of the tongues in the end edges of the flared wings whereby the tongues may be subsequently shaped independently of the wings. The provision of these notches also forms-branches 6 at the ends of the wings and the end edges of these branches are made concave, as clearly shown in Fig.' 2.
. When the blank is to be formed into a brace, the projecting side portions of the wings are folded upwardlyand inwardly into substantially a cylindrical structure, as shown clearly in Fig. 3, after which the tongues 4 are bent into a substantially S shape whereby seats for the sides of the crochet rack or frame 1 will be provided and lips 7 will be produced at the upper ends of the tongues forming convenient finger-pieces whereby the brace may be released from the rack when desired. When theblank is folded as described, the concave edgesof thebranches 6 will be so disposed thatthey may fit easily-against the inner surfaces of the sides of the frame 1, and-it. will be understood that in order to apply the brace to the 'frameit is necessary mere- 1y to slip the same into engagement with the sides of the .rack'with the tongues-.14 passing around'the sidesof'the rackso as-to partly overhang the same, as will be under stood upon reference to Fig.1. If preferred, 1 the ends'of the'sides of the rack may be inserted through the seats of the tongues 4 and the brace then slid along the rack to the desired point in the length of the same. The brace being engaged with the rack as described and as shown in Fig. l, the crocheting or other work is formed about the sides of the rack and the brace will reinforce the sides so as to hold them firmly parallel notwithstanding the tension exerted upon them by the side loops of the work. In using the device, one end of the yarn is looped and secured about one side of the frame or rack and the yarn is then passed about the sides of the frame alternately, as indicated at 11 in Fig. l, the successive leads being knotted together in pairs by the use of a knitting needle or similar implement. As the finished work increases in length, it may be pushed along the side members, and the brace may be temporarily disengaged from the sides to facilitate the movement. The device is exceedingly simple and may be produced rapidly at a low cost and may be easily engaged with or removed from the crochet rack.
In Fig. 4, there is shown a simplified form of the invention in which the wings 3 are omitted, the brace consisting of a strip or bar 8 having straight parallel edges and having its ends bent into substantially S- shaped seating tongues 9 with lips 10. These seating tongues are resilient and engage around the sides of the frame 1 in the same manner as the seats 4 in the first- 0! described form engage the frame.
Having thus described the invention, I claim:
1. A brace for crochet racks comprising a I body adapted to fit between and engage the IN sides of the crochet rack and provided at c its ends with resilient tongues fitting partly y from to definev seats. receiving the sides of;
around and overhanging the sides of the rack.
52. A brace for crochet racks having parallel arms, said brace comprising a body having tubular end portions shaped to engage v the sides of the crochet rack,'and resilient tongues projecting beyond said end po rtions and engaging the outer sidesof the crochet rack and partly overhanging the same.
3. A. brace for crochet racks formed frorn a single integral blank andhaving a central portion merging into flared end Wings Which Wings define tubularmembersseparated' from the main portion by longitudinal notches, and resilient tongues; projecting from the-ends of the main portion hevond' said tubular portions and rising therea crochet rack andterminal lips. In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.1 I p T I DOTTIE -D. FOWLER.