Knitting Technology

A comprehensive handbook and practical guide

Third edition

David J Spencer


Cambridge England

Published by Woodhead Publishing Limited, Abington Hall, Abington

Cambridge CB1 6AH, England

Published in North and South America by Technomic Publishing Company Inc 851 New Holland Avenue, Box 3535 Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17604 USA

First published 1983, Pergamon Press Reprinted with corrections 1985 and 1986 Second edition 1989 Reprinted 1991, 1993

Reprinted by Woodhead Publishing Limited, 1996, 1998

Third edition 2001, Woodhead Publishing Limited and Technomic Publishing Company Inc

© 1989, 2001, David J Spencer

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Woodhead Publishing ISBN 1 85573 333 1 Technomic Publishing Company ISBN 1-58716-121-4

Cover design by The ColourStudio

Typeset by Best-set Typesetter Ltd., Hong Kong

Printed by T J International, Cornwall, England

The author, David J Spencer, C Text, FTI, ACFI, recently retired as a senior lecturer in Textile and Knitting Technology at De Montfort University, Leicester. He has been an examiner and moderator in the Manufacture of Hosiery and Knitted Goods for the City and Guilds of London Institute. He has written numerous technical articles and is Technical Editor of the journal Knitting International and is Contributing Editor of ATA Journal and China Textile Journal. He is Chairman of The Textile Institute Knitting Terms and Definitions Committee. He obtained his initial industrial experience with Corah of Leicester, who were then world leaders in the application of knitting technology. [Photo by Oakham Photographic.]

To my wife, SHIRLEY ANN

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