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On this day in 1909, Louis L. Wilson and Exilias Paquette was granted U.S. Patent No. 928,165 for a KNITTING MACHINE.

An excerpt from the patent states:

The invention relates to that class of knitting machines in which the needles are mounted in a circular series, and are operated upon by cams and controlling devices arranged about the needles, relative movement between the needles and the needle-operating cams and devices being produced by rotary and reciprocatory movements of either the needle cylinder or the support or cylinder on which the needle-operating cams and devices are mounted.

The object of the invention is to effect certain improvements in the construction and operation of circular knitting machines, particularly of the latch-needle type, used for knitting stockings, by which the product of such machines may be modified and improved and the operation of the machines rendered more rapid.

Certain features of the invention are adapted particularly to enable the production upon a circular knitting machine of stockings of the kind in which the leg is knit of circular courses while the foot consists of two separate yarns of different colors forming the top of the foot and the sole respectively.

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