What is Hosiery | Different Types of Hosiery Articles

An Overview of Hosiery Garments
Afsana Rahman
Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Khulna, Bangladesh
Email: pakhirahman123@gmail.com

What is Hosiery?
The term “hosiery” specially refers to knitted coverings for the feet and legs. But it may generically be applied to all types of knitted goods and fabric. Most hosiery articles are knitted with integral tubular legs and feet on small diameter circular machines. The welt and top are usually knitted first, then the welt and top are usually knitted first, then the foot and toe are knitted. Closing the toe also produces a secure finish.It is widely used as undergarment.
Manufacturing process of hosiery
Types of hosiery articles:
‘Hosiery’ goods are knitted articles for feet and legs. The hosiery articles are of the following 5 types-

Hose: hose have a leg-length extending above knee.
Three quarter hose: three-quarter hose has a knee length which is approximately twice the foot length.
Three quarter hose
Men’s half hose: men’s half hose are usually in two leg length ranges of between 7 and 9 inches or between 11 and 15 inches.
Men’s half hose:
Tights: tights have a body section which is composed of the same knitted structure as the leg sections and is worn over briefs or panties. They have an elastic waist band.
Panty-hose: which are designed to replace brief and are worn as an integral underwear and leg-wear garment.
Stockings: stockings are designed to fir the leg up to or above the knee and may or may not be self supporting.
Classes of hosiery machines:
Except for few Griswold type hand-turned machines, all hosiery machines are of rotating cylinder type. There are mainly 3 types of hosiery machines:

1. Single cylinder hosiery machine.
Single cylinder hosiery machine.
2. Cylinder and dial hosiery machine.
Cylinder and dial hosiery machine
3. Double Cylinder hosiery machine.
Double Cylinder hosiery machine
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