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J. F. RHOADES v CROCHET CADDY Filed May 10, 1967 INVENTOR. James /u/ //roao'es Jan. 7, 1969 United States Patent O.
3,420,468 CROCHET CADDY James Paul Rhoades, 8647 N. 37th Ave., Phoenix, Ariz. 85021 Filed May 10, 1967, Ser. No. 637,531 U.S. Cl. 242-134 Int. Cl. B65l1 49/18 3 Claims ABSTRACT F THE DISCLOSURE This invention relates generally to thread holders.
A principal object of the present invention is to provide a holder for `crochet thread and which is designed to hold an entire spool thereof, the holder allowing the spool to `freely rotate as the thread is being pulled off from the spool thereof so as to eliminate the necessity of stopping to pull the thread.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a holder for crochet thread which will prevent the necessity of the thread spool to be left free to roll upon a floor or to be pulled out of a bag or basket.
Other objects of the present invention are to provide a holder for crochet thread which is simple in design, inexpensive to manufacture, rugged in construction, easy to use :and efficient in operation.
These and other objects will be readily evident upon a study of the following specification and the accompanying drawing wherein:
FIGURE l is a perspective view of the present invention having a spool of crochet thread mounted thereupon,
FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of the holder showing the arms thereof in a fully opened position,
FIGURE 3 is a cross sectional view taken on the line 3-3 of FIGURE 2, and
FIGURE 4 is a perspective view similar to FIGURE 2 and showing the arms depressed inwardly so as to permit receiving a spool of thread thereupon.
Referring now to the drawing in detail, the reference numeral represents a crochet caddy or holder for crochet thread and which includes a base 11, an upstanding post 12, and an arm assembly 13 at the upper end of the post for purpose of grasping a ball or spool of crochet thread 14.
The base 11 comprises a circular member having a central recess 15 in the upper end thereof for receiving a bearing 16 within which the lower end of the post 12 is freely rotatable.
The post 12 includes an upstanding stanchion 17, the lower end of which is fixed within the bearing 16 and the upper end of which is provided with a collar 18.
An inner tube 18 and an outer tube 19 are mounted concentrically around the stanchion, the inner tube 18 having a shoulder 20, and the outer tube 19 having a shoulder 21 between which is located a compression coil spring 22 for the purpose of normally urging the outer tube upwardly for a purpose which will be explained hereafter.
The present invention includes an arm assembly 23 comprised of four arms 24, each of which is pivoted at its lower end about a wire ring 25 carried by the outer tube, each arm at its mid portion being connected by a pin 26 to a brace 27 which at its opposite end is secured pivotally free to a wire ring 28 carried within the collar 18. A plurality of slots 29 are provided in the collar for pur- 3,420,468 Patented Jan. 7, 1969 pose of allowing the braces 27 to extend outwardly of the collar. Likewise a plurality of slots 30 are provided near the upper end of the outer tube for purpose of allowing the lower end of each of the arms to extend outwardly therefrom. The upper terminal end of each of the arms is pointed as is shown at 31.
In operative use, the outer sleeve or out tube 19 is manually drawn downwardly to cause the arms 24 to be withdrawn inwardly into the position as is shown in FIG- URE 4 of the drawing, at which time 4a spool or ball of crochet thread 14 may be readily inserted thereupon as is shown in FIGURE 1 of the drawing. Upon release of the outer tube, the compression coil spring 22 will normally urge the outer tube upwardly to cause the arms 24 to spread radially outwardly and to bind upon the spool of thread or yarn. Thus the spool is secured upon the holder and the spool is yrotatable in view of the bearing 16 at the lower end of the stanchion 17. Thus as the spool rotates, the thread may be pulled freely therefrom without the necessity of stopping.
While various changes may be made in the detailed construction it is understood that such changes will be within the spirit and scope of the present invention as is defined by the -appended claims.
1. In a holder for spools of thread, the combination of a base, an upstanding post and an arm assembly at the upper end of said post, said arm assembly having self contained means for grasping a spool of thread and holding the same upon the end of said post so to allow rotation of said spool of thread while being retained thereupon as thread is freely pulled therefrom, said holder including a recess within the lupper side of said base, a bearing contained within said base, said post comprising a central stan-chien, the lower end of said stanchion being tted within said bearing, the upper end of said stanchion having a collar forming a part of said arm assembly and said post further including an inner tube and an outer tube around the said inner tube, said inner tube having a shoulder at the lower end of a compression coil spring and supporting the same thereupon, said outer tube having a shoulder at its upper end .and having the upper end of said compression coil spring bearing thereagainst, for normally urging said outer sleeve upwardly and thus normally urging said arm assembly into a spinning position for normally securing said spool of thread thereto.
2. The combination as set forth in claim 1 wherein said arm assembly comprises a plurality of four arms, the lower end of each of said arms being pivotally secured to a wire ring carried at the upper end of said wire tube, an intermediate portion of said arms being secured pivotally free to a brace, one end of said brace being secured pivotally free around a wire ring carried within said collar, and the outer upper end of each of said arms being pointed.
3. The combination as set forth in claim 2 wherein a slot is provided in said coll-ar to allow the end of each brace to be fitted upon said wiring contained in said collar, and the lower end of each of said arms extending through a slot near the upper end of said outer tube to allow the lower end of said arm to be pivoted upon said wiring carried by said upper end of said tube.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,386,121 8/1921 Lehmann 242-141 2,027,325 l/1936 Skelton 242-141 X LEONARD D. CHRISTIAN, Primary Examiner.
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