Linkslinks Machines

A links-links machine consists of two needle beds arranged on the same plane (180° with respect to each other); the grooves of each bed are aligned, so that each needle can slide in the grooves of the front or rear bed to knit a plain stitch and a purl stitch on the same wale (Picture 72).

Picture 72 - Purl stitch pattern

The needle has two hooks and two latches; it has no butt and is driven by special spring-beard sinkers, called sliders.

Two sliders operate on each needle, and are accommodated in two opposite grooves. In addition to the spring beard C, which is used to catch the needle, the slider (Picture 73) incorporates two butts: the "A" butt commands the longitudinal movements, while the "B" butt generates an upward oscillation (as a result of a pressure acting on it), allowing the release of the needle.

Picture 73 - Sliders on a links-links machine

A links-links machine also includes:

  • two cam systems driving the two sliders which, for a short time, hold the needle simultaneously;
  • two cam systems, which take the sliders back into their respective needle beds; however, only one of them holds the needle, making it knock-over after the yarn has been fed;
  • two pressure cam systems with a full and an empty area: when the spring beard of the slider is under the full area, it is pressed against the needle to take hold of it; whereas when the spring beard is under the empty area, the needle is released thanks to the oscillation generated by the pressure acting on the "B" butt of the slider.

Picture 74 shows the various steps of the links-links knitting cycle.

Picture 74 shows the various steps of the links-links knitting cycle.

Links Links Knitting

Picture 74 - The links-links knitting process

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