Circular Knitting

Machine knitting with a circular knitting bed. Each stitch is controlled by a separate knitting needle or sets of needles (called cylinders and dials). The knitted “fabric” comes out of the machine as a knitted tube that can be cut open and finished flat or left in tubular form. Circular knitting machines are very productive and can be set up fairly quickly. Many circular machines now interface with computers and can knit elaborate jacquard or fancy stitch patterns. Circular machines cannot fashion individual panels to size or shape or create true “cable” effects. Circular knits are usually cut-and-sewn.

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