The needle

The hooked metal needle is the principal knitting element of the knitting machine.

Prior to yarn feeding, the needle is raised to clear the old loop from the hook and to receive the new loop above it on the needle stem. The new loop is then enclosed in the needle hook as the needle starts to descend. The hook then draws the new loop down through the old loop as the latter slides over the outside of the descending bridge of the closed hook. All needles must therefore have some method of closing the needle hook to retain the new loop and exclude the old loop.

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