Float plating

Float plating (Fig. 9.3) produces an open-work mesh structure in single jersey and involves feeding two yarns in a plating relationship to needles having forward hooks. A thick yarn (A), for example 30 denier, is fed at a high level and is received only by needles selected to that height. A fine yarn (B), possibly 15 denier, is fed at a lower level and is received and knitted by every needle.

Two -course fishnet is the most popular structure, having a repeat of two wales and four courses deep. At the first two feeders, odd needles (O) knit only the thin yarn and even needles (E) knit plated loops. At the next two feeders the sequence is reversed.

Fig. 9.3 Float plated fabric.

Knitting and missing of the thick yarn causes an expansion of alternate stitches. The two-course sequence may be extended to three or four courses and it is possible to plate the thick yarn on a needle selection basis. The structure has been used for ladder-resist shadow welts in stockings and for textured designs, as well as for underwear mesh structures on circular single-jersey machines [1] in gauges from E 14-24.

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