The most widespread version of double-bed circular knitting machine is equipped with two needle-beds positioned at 90°; the vertical needle-bed is called cylinder while the horizontal one is called dial.
Another version of double-bed circular knitting machines features needle-beds positioned at 180°; these machines are called double-cylinder machines (or links-links machines). They incorporate two needle-beds called lower and upper cylinder with the grooves of the two cylinders aligned to one another. These machines feature special double latch needles that can be racked from one needle-bed to the other one to knit the stitch on the lower or on the upper cylinder.
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