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Nov. 1, 1966 P. J. RASH 3,282,530
SKEIN HOLDER Filed June 15, 1964 INVENTOR. Firm (1 1695/1 United States Patent 3,282,530 SKElN HOLDER Peter I. Rash, 563 W. Lance Drive, Des Plaines, Ill. Filed June 15, 1964, Ser. No. 375,063 2 Claims. (Cl. 242127) My invention relates to a new and useful improvement in a skein holder and more particularly to a simple and convenient device for holding a hank or skein of yarn while it is being rolled into a ball, or being used in any conventional manner.
A principal object of my invention is to provide in a skein holder of this character, a structure which is highly portable and which contains a rotary unit arranged to receive and support a skein of yarn in extended position so as to prevent tangling thereof while assuring the ready release of the yarn to the knitter.
Another object of my invention is to provide in a skein holder of this character a means for readily adjusting the holder to accommodate various size skeins of yarn.
A further object of my invention is in the provision in a device of this character of a means for readily collapsing the device for convenient storing of the same when not in use.
Yet another and equally important object of my invention is in the provision in a skein holder of this character of a structure comprising a plurality of radially extending arms which are removably mounted on a rotating supporting plate with the arms adjustable through a horizontal plane relative to each other so as to accommodate skeins of various sizes, with the structure also providing a means for releasably holding each of the arms in their desired adjusted position with respect to the rotatable support when the skein is in use.
Yet another object of my invention is to provide in a device of this character a structure which provides a collapsible tripod-type base structure for rigidly supporting and maintaining the skein in an assembled condition.
Other objects will appear hereinafter.
The invention consists in the novel combination and arrangement of parts to be hereinafter described and claimed.
The invention will be best understood by reference to the accompanying drawings showing the preferred form of construction, and in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of my improved skein holder in assembled position and with a hank of yarn supported thereby;
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the supporting structure in its collapsed condition;
FIG. 3 is a fragmentary side elevational view showing the removable connection of the arms to the rotatable supporting plate;
FIG. 4 is a top plan view showing the arms in an adjusted position; and
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary perspective view showing in exploded relation the parts of my invention which comprise the rotatable supporting plate and skein supporting arms.
Practically all of the yarn suitable for knitting is supplied in hanks or skeins and must be rolled into balls before being used by the knitter. It is the object of this invention to provide a practical support having the advantageous features hereinbefore described for accommodating and holding skeins of different sizes.
In this regard, I show a preferred form of construction and as indicated by FIG. 1 of the drawings, such structure comprises a collapsible base support comprising a vertical tubular standard 11. The base of the standard 11 is provided with a collar 12 which provide 3,282,538 Patented Nov. 1, 1966 a plurality of laterally extend-ing lugs 13 to which are pivotally connected corresponding ends of supporting brackets 14. The opposite ends of the supporting brackets 14 are pivotally connected as at 15 to a plurality of legs 16. The corresponding ends of each of the legs 16 are pivotally connected as at 17 to a ring 18 which is slidably journalled upon the standard 11. By this construction, I have provided a collapsible'tripod-type base structure for my improved skein holder.
As shown in FIG. 3, the upper free end of the standard 11 carries a suitable bearing 19 which is adapted to rotatably receive one end portion of a shaft 20. The shaft 20 fixedly supports a hub 21. This hub 21 is provided with a plurality of apertures 22 equally spaced about the center point of the hub 21 as shown in FIG. 5.
The hub 21 is connected to the shaft 20 by an internally threaded bushing 23 which is adapted to threadably receive the shank 24 of a wing nut 25. The shank 24 of the wing nut 25 is adapted to be freely projected through a center opening 26 formed in a circular latch plate 27.
The skein holder comprises a plurality of radially extending arms 28 which are provided with a means for rern-ovably connecting the same between the hub 21 and the latch plate 27 in a manner hereinafter described. The arms 28 are preferably made from 'a single strand of wire and are adapted to have corresponding end portions formed to provide laterally extending vertically disposed skein engaging hooks 29. The opposite corresponding ends of each of the arms 28 are provided with a connecting element 30, which element 30 is formed by having the ends of the arms 28 laterally offset with respect to the longitudinal axis thereof as shown in FIGS. 3 and 5.
When in use the base structure 10 is placed in its extended condition as shown in FIG. 1 wherein the ring 18 is at rest upon a stud 31 perpendicularly extending from the standard 11. The connecting element 30 of each of the arms 28 is projected into one of the apertures 22 formed in the hub 21, as shown in FIG. 3. In such a poistion, the lateral portion 32 of the connecting element 30 of each of the arms 28 is projected through its corresponding aperture 22 formed in the hub 21, with the offset end portion 33 of the connecting element 30 ex tending beneath the underside of the hub 21 in the direction of the standard 11. The portion 34 of each of the arms 28 adjacent its connecting element 30 projects out ward-1y from between the hub 21 and the latch plate 27 when the latter is in position upon the hub 21 as shown in FIGS. 1 and 3.
The latch plate 27 when caused to be pressed upon the arms 28 by the threading of the wing nut 25 into the bushing 23 provided by the hub 21, will frictionally hold such arms in their radially extending position with respect to the standard 11. When a hank or skein of yarn is to be placed upon the holder, the wing nut 25 is loosened to permit the arms 28 to be adjusted through a horizontal plane relative to each other to a point where the hooks 29 will engage the skein of yarn in a manner to define a rightangled parallelogram. In this position the device is in balance and permits the free rotation of the hub and arms 28 relative to the standard 11. In this manner hanks or skeins of yarn of various sizes may be readily accommodated by the holder. As shown in FIG. 4, the arms 28 have been adjusted relative to each other to accommodate a relatively small hank or skein of yarn whereas in FIG. 1, the arms 28 have been adjustably positioned relative to each other to readily accommodate a large hank or skein of yarn.
When the device is not in use, the arms 28 are removably detached from the hub 21 and the legs 16 are caused to be moved into their collapsed position, as shown in FIG. 2. The device may then be readily stored.
While I have illustrated and described the preferred form of construction for carrying my invention into effect, this is capable of variation and modification without departing from the spirit of the invention. 1, therefore, do not wish to be limited to the precise details of construction set forth, but desire to avail myself of such variations and modifications as come within the scope of the appended claims.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to protect by Letters Patent is:
1. A skein holder providing a supporting structure having an elongated hollow standard and a tripodial stand collapsibly carried by said standard and including:
(a) a supporting hub rotatably mounted on one end of said standard and adapted to be disposed in a horizontal plane when said tripodial stand is in its extended posit-ion,
(b) a plurality of radially extending elongated wire arms connected to said hub and provided at corresponding free ends with vertically extending skeinreceiving hooks disposed within the radii defined by said arms and beyond the extremities of the extended tripodial stand,
(c) said supporting hub having formed therein a plurality of apertures equally spaced from each other and from the center of said hub a predetermined distance,
(d) each of said arms having their corresponding opposite ends formed to provide longitudinally extending offset mountings,
(e) said offset mountings providing an inset portion extending through selected apertures formed in said supporting hub, with the ends of said offset mountings beyond said inset portion lying in facial abutment with the underside of said hub to bear the weight of said arms and to pivotally and removably connect the same to said hub,
(f) and a circular latch plate removably attached to said hub for frictionally securing therebetween said arms in a predetermined adjusted radial position relative to said standard.
2. The skein holder defined by claim 1 wherein the weight bearing ends of said oifset mountings are of a length less than the distance between said apertures and the center of said supporting hub so as to be spaced from said standard and free to move relative thereto while bearing the full Weight of the arms as they are radially adjusted relative to said standard.
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20,681 1891 Great Britain. 185,054 8/ 1922 Great Britain.
FRANK J. COHEN, Primary Examiner.
GEORGE F. MAUTZ, Examiner.