What is needle ?Basic action of latch needle
Knitting latch needle are long, slender tools used in knitting to create stitches. They are usually made of metal come in various sizes, lengths, and shapes. Knitting latch needles have pointed tips that allow the knitter to easily insert them into stitches and manipulate the yarn to create different knitting patterns and textures.
The size of the needle determines the size of the stitches, and different types of yarn require different needle sizes to achieve the desired effect. Knitting needles can be used to create a variety of projects, including blankets, scarves, sweaters, and hats.
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.
Basic action of Knitting latch needle
- The needle is in the (so-called) rest position, with the previously formed loop held on its stem and covered by the hook.
⦁ The hook at the end of the needle catches the yarn from the previous stitch and pulls it through the stitch.
⦁ As the needle is pulled back out of the stitch, the latch on the hook opens and allows the new loop of yarn to slide off the hook and onto the needle.
⦁ the latch then closes again, securing the new loop of yarn onto the needle.
⦁ The old loop now hangs from the feet of the fully formed new loop and the knitting cycle starts again.
⦁ The process is repeated for each stitch, creating a row of new loops of yarn that form the fabric being knit.