The held loop

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A held loop (Fig. 9.1) is an old loop that the needle has retained. It is not released and knocked-over until the next, or a later, yarn feed. A held loop can only be retained by a needle for a limited number of knitting cycles before it is cast-off. A new loop is then drawn through it, otherwise the tension on the yarn in the held loop becomes excessive even though there is a tendency to rob yarn from adjacent loops in the same course.

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Fig. 9.1 Float stitch produced on a latch needle machine.

The limbs of the held loop are often elongated. They extend from its base, intermeshing in one course, to where its head is finally intermeshed a number of courses higher in the structure. Alongside it, in adjacent wales, there may be normally-knitted loops at each course.

A held loop may be incorporated into a held stitch without the production of tuck or miss stitches in either single- or double-faced structures.

In single-faced structures, it can only be produced on machines whose feeds or needles have a reciprocating action so that the yarn only passes across needles that are knitting, otherwise a float stitch would be produced. Held stitches of this type are used for producing three-dimensional shaping such as heel and toe pouches for footwear, held-loop shaping on flat machines, and designs in solid colour intarsia. Held stitches are produced in double-faced structures by holding loops on one bed whilst continuing to knit on the other, thus producing horizontal welt and cord effects.

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  • Kristiina
    Why held loop are produced?
    3 years ago

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