The Mac Queen concept

In the early 1960s, Kenneth MacQueen unsuccessfully attempted to develop a revolutionary electronic computer-controlled V-bed flat machine having compound needles [4]. The idea was to use the Basque beret technique of knitting wedge-shaped garment parts in a sideways manner with held loops, part course knitting, and sections separated by waste yarn segments.

The machine was to use a variable carriage traverse, magnetically-energised raising cams to lift the needle butts, tape control for the design selection and garment sequence, with centralised computer control of up to six 'slave machines'. Although MacQueen's concept failed through being too ambitious, the advent of micro-electronic technology, computer programming, and major advances in shaping techniques have enabled the major part of his far-sighted dream to be realised.

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