Garments Patents (Class 66/171)
  • Patent number: 10842228
    Abstract: A shoe embryo tailored from a tubular fabric is provided. The shoe embryo includes a sole portion, a toe cap portion located at one end of the sole portion, a heel portion located at the other end of the sole portion, and an ankle portion located above the sole portion and near the heel portion. The ankle portion includes an ankle opening overlock line formed by trimming the tubular fabric and overlocking. The heel portion includes a heel overlock line formed by trimming the tubular fabric and overlocking, and a sole overlock line formed by folding below the heel overlock line and overlocking. The toe cap portion includes a toe cap overlock line formed by trimming the tubular fabric and overlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Wholeknit International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Sheng Kuo, Yu-Lin Li, Chien-Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 10779578
    Abstract: A footlet is provided with a heel portion formed by knitting, a toe portion, and a middle portion located between the heel portion and the toe portion. The middle portion comprises lateral sides that extend between the heel portion and the toe portion on either side. The heel portion is provided with a knitted elastic band forming an edge, which is provided with an anti-slip element applied thereto on a side facing the toe portion. The anti-slip element has been applied to the elastic band after the knitting of at least the elastic band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: STEPS HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelius Hendrikus Nicolaas Van Tiel, Wilhelmus Jaxobus Cornelius Van Tiel
  • Patent number: 10669655
    Abstract: A seamless knit enclosure for a headphone unit is provided. The seamless knit enclosure may include a pair of earpieces and a headband spanning therebetween. The seamless knit enclosure may include a first region and a second region. The first region may have a stitch construction that has a first elasticity. The second region may have a second stitch construction that has a second elasticity that is different than the first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SR HoMedics, LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth Hilton, Brett Harrison Newman, Kyle Swen, John O. Mikkola, David Yang, Joshua Brent Poulsen, Sean Missal
  • Patent number: 9693590
    Abstract: Garments that can be worn during early stages of pregnancy and postpartum are disclosed. The garments shape or contour the stomach or abdomen regions of the wearer to give the abdomen a smoother and slimmer appearance. The garments comprise at least one shaper stitch region that is adapted to apply a compressive force to the wearer's abdomen to shape the stomach or abdomen regions of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Destination Maternity Corporation
    Inventor: Lisa A. Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 9644291
    Abstract: A double-sided fabric embedded with a continuous linear material and formed as a curved form. The double-sided fabric is knit by a flat bed knitting machine including a front needle bed including front knitting needles, a back needle bed including back knitting needles and a loop presser bed including right-directed and left-directed knitting pressing pieces. The double-sided fabric includes a continuous linear material pressed by the right-directed and/or left-directed knitting pressing pieces and embedded into the double-sided fabric to form loop groups. Each loop group includes loops stitched and formed by one front knitting needle and two back knitting needles at two sides of the front knitting needle in a knitting process and in next knitting process. At least two of the loops groups are located in different knitting processes to cause a level drop in the continuous linear material to form at least one curved portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Aknit International Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Sheng Kuo
  • Patent number: 9637846
    Abstract: A double-sided fabric stacked with a continuous cord material in a predetermined knitting section. The double-sided fabric is knit from a face yarn by a flat knitting machine including a front needle bed, a back needle bed and a loop presser bed. The front needle bed includes a plurality of front knitting needles. The back needle bed includes a plurality of back knitting needles. The loop presser bed is disposed above the front needle bed or the back needle bed, and includes right-directed knitting pressing pieces and left-directed knitting pressing pieces. The double-sided fabric is further embedded with a continuous cord material, which is pressed into the predetermined knitting section by the right-directed knitting pressing pieces and the left-directed knitting pressing pieces to become folded and stacked in the predetermined knitting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AKNIT INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Sheng Kuo, Yu-Lin Li, Chien-Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 9380831
    Abstract: An article of apparel, such as a sock or a shoe, is disclosed as having a foot-supporting area for extending adjacent to a plantar surface of a foot. The foot-supporting area has various zones of differing thickness that attenuate forces upon the plantar surface to different degrees. The apparel may be manufactured through a process that includes utilizing a force mapping device to obtain data relating to forces upon the plantar surface of the foot. The sock is then formed to have zones of different thickness located to correspond with the areas of the plantar surface subjected to different magnitudes of forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Todd Craig, Hagit Ottens-Wilk, Donna L. Marchant
  • Patent number: 9277772
    Abstract: A garment for supporting a wearer's breasts has a band for encircling a wearer's torso and a pair of cups for receiving at least a major part of a wearer's breast, and a pair of shoulder straps, each shoulder strap extending from a corresponding cup to a back portion of the garment. The garment has a pair of panel portions, each panel portion extending between the band and a corresponding cup of the pair of cups. Each panel portion has a folding portion that is foldable relative to the pair of cups so that the folding portions lie between a wearer's breasts and a wearer's torso, in use. The band, the shoulder straps and the panel portions are arranged such that the weight of a wearer's breasts are supported by both the shoulder straps and the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: MK Girl Limited
    Inventors: Kylie Margaret Gibbard, Darrell John Stratton
  • Patent number: 9032762
    Abstract: There is described herein a knitting technique for creating a garment having one or more 3D textile electrodes integrated therein. The knitting technique involves knitting the item with integrated electrodes and transmission channels in one single step. The electrode is knit using conducting thread while a base fabric is knit using non-conducting thread. The electrode is knit on a first needle bed and the base fabric is knit on a second needle bed opposite to and facing the first needle bed, the two needle beds being separated by a few millimeters. During the knitting process, the surface knit on the first needle bed and the surface knit on the second needle bed may be linked using an isolating thread network that is simply deposited, without forming a mesh, on the fabric, in order to provide the three-dimensional effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Groupe CTT Inc.
    Inventors: Aldjia Begriche, Olivier Guy Robert Vermeersch, Borislav Lyubomirov Tsvetanov, Dominic Lachapelle
  • Publication number: 20150121966
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fully spandex weft-knitted cloth and a production method thereof and a kind of lingerie lining. The production method includes the following steps: weft knitting 40 D and/or 70 D spandex filaments on a double circular knitting machine, the method of weft-knitting includes tuck weaving the spandex filaments with the needle of the upper needle dial and the lower needle dial simultaneously, forming double-sided needle-containing stitches, needle weaving the spandex filaments with the needle of the upper needle dial while without the needle of the lower needle dial, and forming upper single-sided stitches; and needle weaving the spandex filaments with the needle of the lower needle dial while without the needle of the upper needle dial, forming lower single-sided stitches, and completing a weaving cycle, after one or a plurality of weaving cycles, the fully spandex weft-knitted cloth is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: PACIFIC TEXTILES LTD.
    Inventor: Xiguang Li
  • Publication number: 20150082662
    Abstract: An article includes a knitted component of unitary knit construction. The knitted component has a first edge and a second edge. The knitted component has a length that is measured between the first edge and the second edge. The length is substantially fixed. The knitted component also includes a base structure and an adjustment member that is integrally knit to the base structure. The adjustment member includes a bunched region that is configured to slide along the base structure between a first position on the knitted component and a second position on the knitted component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan N. Farris, Bruce Huffa
  • Publication number: 20150082835
    Abstract: A composite waterproof breathable elastic hat comprising a knitted outer layer (5), and/or lining (6) and a waterproof breathable membrane hood (7) in which the waterproof breathable membrane hood (7) is attached to an attachment surface on the outside of the lining (6) and/or to an attachment surface on the inside of the outer layer (5). A method of manufacturing a composite waterproof breathable elastic hat and a die (8) for the manufacture of a composite waterproof breathable elastic hat are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Qian Xu
  • Publication number: 20150068254
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a polyester fabric with inherent color, the method including: providing a polyester fiber with inherent color; spinning polyester yarn from the fiber with inherent color; knitting the colored polyester yarn into knitted fabric which can combine with other yarn according to a requirement; wishing the colored polyester fabric and heat-setting the fabrics with add-on functional finish to the fabric. The providing of polyester fiber with inherent color may include: cleaning and drying polyester bottles; recycling polyester chips from clean bottles; mixing chips with pigment evenly and melting the chips with pigment; extruding the filament fiber with color; and drawing and cutting filament fiber into staple fiber. Further aspects of the present invention are directed to a colored polyester fabric and a method of manufacturing an article of clothing, using a colored polyester fabric produced using the above-described method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Urban GEIWALD, Lean Teik HENG
  • Patent number: 8973410
    Abstract: A knitted component including a knit element and a gusseted tongue is incorporated into an upper of an article of footwear. The knit element defines a portion of an exterior surface of the upper and an opposite interior surface of the upper, with the interior surface defining a void for receiving a foot. The knit element and the gusseted tongue are formed together as a knitted component during a knitting process as a one-piece element. The gusseted tongue is formed of unitary knit construction with the knit element and is joined with the knit element in an instep area of the upper. The knitting process includes steps of forming portions of the knitted component, transferring portions of the knitted component to opposite needle beds, shifting needle beds along a lateral direction to cause portions to overlap, and joining the overlapped portions by knitting to form the gusseted tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel A. Podhajny
  • Publication number: 20140338402
    Abstract: A garment includes a front side and a back side. The front side and back side are coupled to surround at least part of a person's body. The front side includes a mesh outer shell and a lightweight inner mesh liner, and the inner mesh liner includes a material that provides moisture wicking The back side includes a breathable material that substantially maintains three-dimensional breathability when the person rests upon it. The garment provides breathability substantially surrounding said at least part of the person's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Dale Richard Waters, Susan Marie Waters
  • Publication number: 20140331375
    Abstract: A protective garment system fabricated from ballistic textiles having a V50 on 2 grain RCC of at least 300 fps as measured by Mil-Spec 662F provides good ballistic and fragmentary protection, and can be worn in lieu of conventional clothing without discomfort to the wearer. Embodiments overcome prior art ballistic fabric limitations by incorporating novel construction, such as plaiting and/or twill or satin weaving, as well as novel yarn selection, to enable comfortable skin contact, and by applying coatings to improve abrasion resistance, UV resistance, and color acceptance. Embodiments incorporate layers of ballistic fabric in critical areas, either by overlapping protective clothing articles, and/or by incorporating multiple layers of protective fabric into an individual protective garment. Embodiments provide good moisture transport for long term comfort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: WARWICK MILLS, INC.
    Inventor: Charles A. Howland
  • Patent number: 8852095
    Abstract: Headbands configured to provide pressure against a medical sensor secured to a patient's forehead are provided. The headbands may include one or more low friction materials to enable an elastic band of a tensioning mechanism to evenly stretch. Additionally or alternatively, the headbands may include two or more bands adapted to secure the headband to various portions of a patient's head. Still further, the headbands may be configured to independently vary the pressure created between two or more sensors and the patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Friso Schlottau, Sarah Hayman, Charles Haisley, Andy S. Lin
  • Publication number: 20140250556
    Abstract: The invention provides an eye patch (2). The eye patch comprises a concave section (4), which, in use, is adapted to cover a subject's eye. The eye patch comprises a peripheral edge (6) extending around at least a portion of the concave section and comprising an adhesive (12), which, in use, is adapted to secure the eye patch to the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Musarat Eliza Awan
  • Publication number: 20140238084
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a stretch knitted fabric which exhibits an instantaneous temperature rise when stretched and which, by the repetition of stretching and relaxation, lastingly generates heat when stretched. A stretch knitted fabric which is composed of a non-elastic yarn and an elastic yarn, characterized in that the instantaneous temperature rise caused by heat generation at 100% warpwise and/or weftwise stretching is 1.0° C. or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Asahi Kasei Fibers Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Yoshida, Mayumi Notsu
  • Publication number: 20140196506
    Abstract: A sleeve for a protective garment, such as a medical gown, includes a knit, woven, or non-woven layer and a seamless layer that are laminated together. The knit, woven, or non-woven layer can be a circularly knit seamless layer, or alternatively can have seams. The seamless layer can be water or vapor impermeable or resistant so as to prevent microorganisms, pathogens, liquids, or other substances from passing through the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Megan Walsh
  • Publication number: 20140148742
    Abstract: A compression garment comprises a plurality of longitudinal wales arranged to form a fabric having a length and generally parallel to the length, and a plurality of secondary transverse elastomeric threads connecting adjacent longitudinal wales and equally spaced about a length of the longitudinal wales. In a stretched state, the longitudinal wales are spaced from one another and remain generally parallel to the length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Winkler
  • Patent number: 8726700
    Abstract: A garment including a fabric covering a portion of a body of a wearer. The fabric comprises an isotropic material having a first direction with a first modulus of elasticity, and a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction. The second direction has a second modulus of elasticity and a third direction that is at an angle of 45 degrees to the first direction and the second direction. The third direction has a third modulus of elasticity. The first modulus of elasticity, the second modulus of elasticity and the third modulus of elasticity are within the same ranges of magnitudes of modulus of elasticity to form an isotropic fabric for such garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Global Trademarks, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Waldman, Mark Lazarus
  • Patent number: 8621891
    Abstract: Articles of footwear may have an upper that includes a knit element and a tongue. The knit element defines a portion of an exterior surface and an opposite interior surface of the upper, with the interior surface defining a void for receiving a foot. The tongue is formed of unitary knit construction with the knit element and extends through a throat area of the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Benjamin A. Shaffer, Bruce Huffa
  • Publication number: 20130340484
    Abstract: An article of apparel including a tubular knit textile region is provided, as well as an apparel printing system for printing on regions of the tubular knit textile region and related methods. The article of apparel can include a tubular knit textile region having an internal side and an opposite external side configured to be exposed during use, a plurality of yarns in an arrangement of interlocked loops forming parallel rows and channels therebetween, and a printed ink design on its external side. The printed ink design can be formed from ink applied to the parallel rows of loops and to the channels. An apparel printing system for printing on the article of apparel can include a textile printer having a print head and a tubular platen that includes features on the platen surface to retain and register the tubular knit textile on the platen surface during printing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Patent number: 8607594
    Abstract: A circular knitted head cover, used to cover the user's bead, has a long cylindrical cap, integrally circular knitted, flexible, and in the shape of a hollow cylinder. The relative two ends of the long cylindrical cap are respectively formed with an upper cap opening and a lower cap opening. At least one eye through-hole is provided, being an opening integrally knitted on one side of the long cylindrical cap. The eye through-hole enables exposure of the user's eyes when wearing the head cover. An interlaced mouth and nose vent is provided in the shape of interval holes, integrally knitted on one side of the long cylindrical cap and located on a position spaced from the eye through-hole. The interlaced mouth and nose vent enables ventilation of the user's mouth and nose when wearing the head cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignees: Textraordinary Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yen-Cheng Huang, Chin-Lung Huang
  • Publication number: 20130152640
    Abstract: A method for producing knitwear formed at least partially as single jersey knitwear with a perforated structure and a functional textile based on the knitwear, provide very fine knitting stitches and perforated structures with large holes meeting demands of sportswear and underwear. The knitwear is produced on a double jersey knitting machine with first and second oppositely disposed needle carriers and a machine gauge of >24 needles/inch. The first needle carrier has a needle number/inch of latch-type needles corresponding to the machine gauge and the second needle carrier has transfer needles. The needle number/inch of the transfer needles is at most half that of the latch-type needles of the first needle carrier. The transfer needles form loop accumulations with at least one tuck loop per hole subsequently transferred with or without at least one knitting stitch from the transfer needles onto the latch-type needles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: TERROT GMBH
    Inventors: Klaus Kunde, Franz Hudi, Andrea Rudolph
  • Publication number: 20130036527
    Abstract: A sleeve for a protective garment, such as a medical gown, includes a knit, woven, or non-woven layer and a seamless layer that are laminated together. The knit, woven, or non-woven layer can be a circularly knit seamless layer, or alternatively can have seams. The seamless layer can be water or vapor impermeable or resistant so as to prevent microorganisms, pathogens, liquids, or other substances from passing through the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Megan Walsh
  • Publication number: 20130014544
    Abstract: A compression garment comprises a plurality of longitudinal wales arranged to form a fabric having a length and generally parallel to the length, and a plurality of secondary transverse elastomeric threads connecting adjacent longitudinal wales and equally spaced about a length of the longitudinal wales. In a stretched state, the longitudinal wales are spaced from one another and remain generally parallel to the length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Martin Winkler
  • Publication number: 20120324961
    Abstract: The invention relates to a garment (10; 100) including a knitted, circumferentially-extending welt portion having a anti-slip zone (50) comprising a high friction yarn (61, 62, 63) integrally formed on a inner face of a main garment portion (11; 110) such that the high friction yarn contacts a wearer's skin to increase the anti-slip properties of the garment. The invention also relates to a method for constructing such a garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: RADIANTE
    Inventor: Olivier Clemendot
  • Patent number: 8333221
    Abstract: Textiles, garments and methods comprising a fabric and a variegated structure woven in the fabric and adapted to control a parameter of the textile construction. The parameter may be strength, breathability, and/or other properties. A visual pattern may be used to indicate the variegated structure. The visual pattern may be made in one or more of color, material, patterns. The fabric may be a multilayered fabric. A garment may be made of pieces cut from the fabric to satisfy a desired garment profile. The garment profile may be based on a parameter of strength, breathability, and/or other properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: The North Face Apparel Corp.
    Inventor: John T. Ly
  • Publication number: 20120279260
    Abstract: A composite structure may include a knit component and a bonded component. The knit component has a first surface and an opposite second surface, and the knit component includes a fusible yarn and a non-fusible yarn that form a knitted structure. The fusible yarn is at least partially formed from a thermoplastic polymer material, and the fusible yarn is located on at least the first surface. The bonded component is positioned adjacent to the first surface, and the bonded component is thermal bonded to the first surface with the thermoplastic polymer material of the fusible yarn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Karen A. Hawkinson
  • Publication number: 20120266635
    Abstract: A knit apparel is made using a decorating pattern that is generated to give the apparel the appearance of tie dyed apparel. The decorating pattern includes a main element, a secondary element and intermediate zones have the same color but gradually lighter shades as the main element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph HABERT
  • Patent number: 8276405
    Abstract: A knitted fabric containing a composite yarn is provided, which is characterized in that the composite yarn is constituted of two or more kinds of false-twist crimped yarns and has a torque of not more than 30 T/m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Teijin Fibers Limited
    Inventor: Nobuaki Ogata
  • Patent number: 8240174
    Abstract: An undergarment is provided that favorably adheres to the skin and has superior shape retention. The undergarment according to the present invention is an undergarment that is comprised of a fabric having a woven structure, a knitted structure or a non-woven fabric structure, wherein the fabric contains a filament yarn A having a filament diameter of 10 to 1000 nm and a filament yarn B having a filament diameter greater than 1000 nm, and the filament yarn A is exposed on the side that contacts the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Teijin Fibers Limited
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Soeda
  • Publication number: 20120167635
    Abstract: A freely cuttable garment is provided. The freely cuttable garment is capable of being cut by a consumer into any design shape for use. The garment is formed of a fray-preventing knitted fabric woven with heat-welding elastic yarn. Sizes of opening parts of the neck, side, and bottom of the garment are smaller than those of a standard product; a total length and sleeve length of the garment are larger than those of the standard product; and a body width, cuff, waist, and lower bottom edge of the garment are equal to those of the standard product. The garment can be cut into any design shape and can be used with the opening parts left cut-off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Mizue Yamashita, Naoko Fujimoto, Hitomi Arimura, Akira Nakai, Tsutomu Suzuoki, Shinobu Tabata, Masayuki Tani, Taisuke Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20120144561
    Abstract: There is described herein a knitting technique for creating a garment having one or more 3D textile electrodes integrated therein. The knitting technique involves knitting the item with integrated electrodes and transmission channels in one single step. The electrode is knit using conducting thread while a base fabric is knit using non-conducting thread. The electrode is knit on a first needle bed and the base fabric is knit on a second needle bed opposite to and facing the first needle bed, the two needle beds being separated by a few millimeters. During the knitting process, the surface knit on the first needle bed and the surface knit on the second needle bed may be linked using an isolating thread network that is simply deposited, without forming a mesh, on the fabric, in order to provide the three-dimensional effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Aldjia BEGRICHE, Olivier VERMEERSCH, Borislav Lyubomirov TSVETANOV, Dominic LACHAPELLE
  • Patent number: 8161574
    Abstract: An article of apparel may include a textile element that defines a crease. The textile element may be knitted to have a first course and a second course that are adjacent to each other in some areas of the textile element and spaced from each other by a raised course in other areas of the textile element. The crease extends along the third course and has a length that is substantially equal to a length of the third course. In manufacturing the textile element, the raised course may be formed between portions of the first course and the second course through a knitting process, such as a flat knitting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Monica Litt, Derek A. Costarella
  • Patent number: 8141395
    Abstract: An article and method is disclosed having a yarn knitted into a fabric panel including a base plurality of rows, a descending plurality of rows, and an ascending plurality of rows. The panel having interior and exterior surfaces, a first and a partially adjacent second margin. Included is an aperture therethrough from the interior to the exterior, the aperture is disposed in a portion of the first and second margins. The aperture forms an aperture periphery, wherein the descending and ascending rows correspond to the aperture periphery and the first and second margins correspond to the base rows. The descending rows each decrease by at least a stitch from the base rows and the ascending rows each increase by at least a stitch from the descending rows, wherein the aperture periphery forms a smooth transition from the exterior to the interior while having no reduction in panel stretching flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Michelle Marie Dillavou
  • Patent number: 8133824
    Abstract: Fabrics and garments may include “dimensionalized” structures. The fabric may be “dimensionalized” by integrally forming a plurality of self-standing fabric surface modifying elements in the fabric material to thereby provide a fabric contact level different from (and/or reduced in surface area as compared to) the fabric base level. Garments may include this “dimensionalized” material, e.g., positioned at various locations to promote better evaporative cooling of the body or heat retention, such as along the wearer's spine, sides, and/or other locations that release substantial heat. The “dimensionalizing” structure may be formed in the material, for example, by molding, rolling, embossing, calendering, stretching, crimping, pressing, heating, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Louis Harber
  • Publication number: 20120036897
    Abstract: A circular knitted fabric for the manufacture of a garment includes a first group of courses formed of a low melting point yarn and a first yarn, and a continuing second group of courses formed of the low melting point yarn and a second yarn. The second group of courses has an elastane content greater than that of the first group of courses. The low melting point yarn fuses with the first and second yarns after heating to a temperature sufficient to melt the low melting point yarn only. The fabric, after finishing, is adapted to be cut into a garment in such a way that the first group of courses becomes a body or the first group of courses of the garment, and the second group of courses becomes an integral elastic band portion or the second group of courses-like selvedge of the garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Chi Leung CHUNG, King Hung Andrew Ko, Ka Chun Wan
  • Publication number: 20120024014
    Abstract: A tubular knitted fabric for clothing has a first stitch and a second stitch smaller than the first stitch. The pattern of the tubular knitted fabric for clothing is obtained by selectively disposing the second stitch in units of one stitch. Selectively driving a sinker of a circular knitting machine controls stitch densities, thereby producing the first stitch and the second stitch smaller than the first stitch. A legwear is formed of this tubular knitted fabric for clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: OKAMOTO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takao FUKUI
  • Publication number: 20120000251
    Abstract: A method for making items of clothing having shape memory, the method comprising: synthesizing (31) a shape memory polyurethane; subjecting (34) the shape memory polyurethane to wet spinning, dry spinning, melt spinning or multi-component spinning in order to produce shape memory fibers; and knitting or weaving (36) the shape memory fibers to form the item of clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Inventors: Jinlian HU, Jianping Han, Jing Lu, Qinghao Meng, Yong Zhu, Yan Liu, Qunmin Ling, Fenglong Ji
  • Patent number: 8082762
    Abstract: A circular knit tubing adapted for making a wearable article has a first knitted single layer tubular portion and a second knitted single layer tubular portion separated by a junction portion. The second tubular portion is folded over the first tubular portion at a fold line in the junction portion. The first and second tubular portions are then joined together, whereby the junction portion forms a band or welt. After the band is formed, the second tubular portion is folded back to cover the band. The wearable article may be a shirt having single layer top and bottom portions with a central double welt portion for physical contact around the wearer's chest or torso. The junction portion forming the band or welt preferably is integrally knitted with the first and second tubular portions. The band or welt defines a central opening to receive an electronic or electrical device or other component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Textronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Stacey B. Burr
  • Publication number: 20110219521
    Abstract: A weft knitting fabric with wrapped yarns as its raw material. The wrapped yarn refer to the spandex with its external layer wrapped with polyamide yarn or polyester silk. It provides smooth and soft hand feel, excellent extensibility and recovery performance, and high level of wearing comfort. If the new weft knitting elastic fabrics of the present invention is applied to model cups of bra, it will improve supporting strength of cups and keep breasts of females towering. If it is applied to sportswear, it will improve extensibility and comfort of sportswear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Yong Wang
  • Publication number: 20110173735
    Abstract: An arm sleeve with a hollow body made of a mesh material. Both ends of the body have an elastic band, one elastic band being smaller than the other. A fastener, such as one having engaging hooks and loops, is at the larger of the two elastic bands. Strips, flags or ribbons dangle from the underside of the body and are slightly spaced apart from each other in succession.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Lloyd Stephen Polanish
  • Publication number: 20110167545
    Abstract: A stab resistant knit fabric, made containing a plurality of panels of a knit fabric having a modified knit structure corresponding to rows of knit stitches, wherein each of the panels of knit fabric comprise a front layer of knit fabric and a back layer of knit fabric, wherein the front layer and back layer are joined together by rows of tuck stitches formed from a yarn having no more than 4.5% elongation; wherein at least one panel of knit fabric is arranged such that the rows of knit stitches of the at least one panel of knit fabric are perpendicular to the rows of at least one other panel of knit fabric, its combination with a ballistic layer to provide ballistic resistance properties, and a protective garment prepared therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Alejandro GARCIA, Matthew KOLMES
  • Publication number: 20110162126
    Abstract: A knit fabric, protective sleeve and glove constructed therefrom has three knit layers knit constructed and knit to one another in a single knitting operation to provide the fabric as a single piece of knit material. The fabric includes an outer layer, an inner layer and an intermediate layer sandwiched between the outer and inner layers. The outer layer is knit with a first yarn, the inner layer is knit with a second yarn and the intermediate layer is knit with a third yarn in looped fashion about at least some of the first and second yarns to provide an integrally knit structure having three layers knit stitched together in a single knitting process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventors: Zhong Huai Zhang, Philip E. Marks, Linwood Ludy
  • Publication number: 20110138523
    Abstract: This invention relates to flame, heat and electric arc protective yarn that can be used for knitting and weaving a single layer fabric. Both knitted and woven fabrics are for use as a single layer flame, heat and electric arc protective fabric garment or as an outer layer of a flame, heat and electric arc protective multiple layer garment or accessory for a wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Hoyt M. Layson, JR., Alceu Aragao
  • Publication number: 20110132040
    Abstract: A knit fabric comprising a knit base containing at least one thread of a material, said thread changing its electrical resistance under the influence of moisture, is provided with an incorporated moisture sensor that comprises at least two spaced apart electrically conductive electrodes. Rows or columns of stitches of the knit base are located between the electrodes. Each of the electrodes contains at least one electrically conductive thread that is knit together with the knit base and that is in electrical connection with electrical connecting means (16) that are accessible from the outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: KUNERT Fashion GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Michael JAHN, Wolfgang Von Riedheim, Claudia-Susanne Franke, Mike Oertel, Klaus Meier
  • Patent number: 7943536
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to dimensionally stable stretch or elastic textile articles characterized in that the article has not been subjected to temperatures greater than 160° C. The disclosure is also directed to a method to make dimensionally stable stretch articles characterized by the absence of a traditional heat-setting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Fabio D'Ottaviano, Alberto Lora Lamia