Loop-wheel circular knitting machines, or "mailleuse" in French (picture 123), incorporate a circular needle bed in which spring beard needles are arranged horizontally.
Picture 123 - A loop-wheel circular knitting machine
During the stitch formation cycle (picture 124) the needle moves close to the looping wheel. The corresponding sinker lowers and lays the thread on the needle stem; the sinker then moves outwards bringing the loop inside the hook. The needle reaches the presser which closes the hook.
The loop on the stem is pushed by vertical sinkers upwards until it reaches the closed hook and is knocked over on the new thread.
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