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 A provisional patent application, serial No. 60/311,745 for this invention was filed on Aug. 13, 2001 for inventor Priti Srivastava. The benefit of the filing date of Aug. 13, 2001 is requested for the current patent application.
 This invention relates to fashion accessories, specifically to a device and method for holding a hair knot in place.
 Many varieties of hair bands are available on the market today. They are meant to both secure hair in a variety of fashions and to enhance it aesthetically.
 Some of the more popular hair bands are the ones described by Revson in U.S. Pat. Nos. D292030, D315226, and D356393. Revson's hair bands are used to hold ponytails in place. They can also be worn as bracelets on the wrist or the ankle. While Revson's hair bands work as intended for securing ponytails, they don't work well when used to hold a hair knot in place since they were not designed for that purpose.
 U.S. Pat. No. 3,251,066 by Takacs shows a band with double elasticized edges intended to be used as a bracelet cover. Takacs invention is not intended to secure hair knots. Additionally, it is not intended to be used as a wrist wallet. Furthermore, it does not employ a mechanism to allow further tightening of the device by the user.
 U.S. Pat. Nos. D391,673 and D402,082 show hair bands with double elasticized edges. However, both devices are intended merely for use as ponytail holders. Neither patent suggests or teaches the use of the hair accessory as a knot-holding device. Neither patent teaches a method for using their hair band as a device for securing knots. Neither device includes a tightening mechanism. Also, neither device employs a mechanism to secure currency or keys or other such small items inside the device.
 U.S. Pat. No. 5,970,991 by the applicant describes a chignon maker which allows a user to twist her ponytail into a knot. The chignon maker of that invention secures knots as intended but is more material-intensive than the knot holder of the current invention. Additionally, the chignon maker described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,970,991 is significantly different in both form and functionality from the knot holder of this invention.
 A prior art device that was specifically intended for securing knots is the snood which is essentially a bag with an elasticized, circular edge. The snood has several disadvantages. Firstly, it contains the entire knot within a bag thereby detracting from the appearance of the knot. Secondly, since the snood is intended to contain the entire knot, it has to be large enough to contain the largest of knots. This can make it look very ill fitting on smaller knots. A snood cannot be used as a ponytail holder or a wrist wallet. Additionally, a snood results in a very dated look. This is a significant disadvantage in a market segment that is always hungry for new trends.
 The present invention provides a knot holder that can be used to secure a hair knot. The present invention also provides a method of securing a knot using a knot holder.
 The dual circular edges of the knot holder allow for an easy means to secure a hair knot. The two edges also help form an annular pocket that may be used to secure tissues, cash, keys and other small items.
 Accordingly, it is the object of the knot holder of this invention to provide a novel and original device for securing a hair knot in place. Unlike the hair bands described by Revson, the knot holder of the current invention, by virtue of its double circular edges, is ideally suited for securing hair knots. The first circular edge prevents the knot from unraveling while the second circular edge grabs onto the knot holding it securely against the scalp.
 The hair band described by Takacs has double elasticized edges like the knot holder of the current invention. However, Takacs' hair band is intended to be used as a bracelet cover. Takacs' invention is not intended to hold hair knots in place. Additionally, it is not intended to be used as a wrist wallet unlike the knot holder of the current invention. Furthermore, it does not employ a mechanism to allow further tightening of the device by the user. In contrast, the knot holder of the current invention can not only secure hair knots, but it can also be used as a ponytail holder and a wrist wallet. Thus, it is also the object of the current invention to provide a hair accessory that can double as a ponytail holder.
 The hair bands described in U.S. Pat. Nos. D391,673 and D402,082 are provided with double elasticized edges like the knot holder of this invention. However, both devices are intended merely for use as ponytail holders. Neither patent suggests or teaches the use of the hair accessory as a knot-holding device. Neither patent teaches a method for using their hair band as a device for securing knots. Neither device includes a tightening mechanism. Also, neither device employs a mechanism to secure currency or keys or other such small items inside the device. In contrast, the knot holder of the current invention can be used to secure a knot. It is provided with a tightening mechanism for providing added stability to the knot. The knot holder can double as a ponytail holder and also as a wrist wallet.
 The knot holder can be provided with bands of elastic that can help further secure small items on the inside surface of the knot holder. Thus, it is also the object of the knot holder of this invention to provide a wrist wallet that can store items securely.
 The knot holder of this invention can double as a wrist towel if made from an absorbent material. It can then function as both a wrist wallet and a wrist towel. For example, the wearer could carry his locker key in his wrist wallet/wrist towel while working out at the gym. It is thus the object of the knot holder of the current invention to provide a wrist towel that can also double as a wrist wallet.
 A prior art device that was specifically intended for securing knots is the snood which is essentially a bag with an elasticized, circular edge. The snood has several disadvantages. Firstly, it contains the entire knot within a bag thereby detracting from the appearance of the knot. In contrast, the knot holder of this invention allows the central portion of the knot to show through. This significantly adds to the aesthetic value of the knot holder. Secondly, since the snood is intended to contain the entire knot, it has to be large enough to contain the largest of knots. This can make it look very ill fitting on smaller knots. In contrast, because the knot holder has two circular edges, it can accommodate knots of different sizes. Additionally, the knot holder can have a tightening mechanism to better hold a knot securely. The knot holder can also be used as a ponytail holder or worn on the wrist while a snood cannot. A snood results in a very dated look. In contrast, the knot holder provides a novel and original way of securing a knot. This is a very significant advantage in a market segment that is always hungry for new trends. Thus, it is a further object of this invention to provide a stylish, new hair accessory.
 It is also an object of this invention to provide an easy to manufacture hair accessory.
 Further objects and advantages of my invention will become apparent from a consideration of the drawings and the ensuing description.
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 Various aspects of the present invention will evolve from the following detailed description which should be taken in conjunction with the prior described drawings.
 A tightening mechanism in the manner of elastic
 The knot holder of the eighth embodiment can also be made by starting with a cylindrical band of material about twice the width of the finished knot holder; elasticizing the two ends of the cylindrical band; placing an elastic around its “waist”, midway between the two elasticized edges and, finally, folding the cylindrical band in half at the waist thus including the elastic placed at the waist. This method would also result in the knot holder of
 Other embodiments of the knot holder are possible. In one such embodiment shown in
 In using the knot holder the wearer first makes a ponytail and twists it into knot
 The wearer can then decide to tighten circular edge
 In the case of the embodiment of
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 While certain novel features of this invention have been shown and describe, it is not intended to be limited to the details above, since it will be understood that various omissions, modifications, substitutions and changes in the forms and details of the device illustrated and its operations can be made by those skilled in the art without departing in any way from the spirit of the present invention.
 Thus the reader will see that the knot holder of this invention provides a versatile, decorative article of wear that can result in several looks while adding utility.
 It is a novel form of hair accessory that has a first and second elasticized circular edges in its preferred embodiment. The presence of these dual elasticized edges presents several advantages. The first elasticized edge prevents the hair knot from unraveling while the second elasticized edge grabs onto the knot keeping it close to the wearer's scalp. Also, since the knot holder is open at both ends, it can fit various sizes of knots without appearing to be too small for some and too large for others. It should be noted that the two circular edges do not necessarily need to be elasticized. Drawstrings could be used at the two edges instead of elastic. Alternatively, the two circular edges could be curved inwards by a variety of other mechanisms such as by including small darts along the circular edges. The smaller diameter of the two circular edges could also be achieved by preforming the cylindrical band as, for example, by knitting. In an alternative embodiment, the first and second circular edges could be made of the same diameter or even a larger diameter than the central portion of the band. In that case, the central portion of the band would have to be provided with a tightening mechanism to allow it to grip the knot firmly. A circular tunnel included along the central portion of the cylindrical band and parallel to the two parallel edges would help achieve such a design. The tunnel could be made to include elastics or drawstrings or other equivalent means to allow the knot holder to sit tightly on the knot of the wearer.
 The cylindrical band of the knot holder can be made from a seamless piece of tubular material. Alternatively, it can be made by bringing together two opposite edges of a substantially rectangular piece of material. These two opposite edges could either be joined together, or, as shown in the memory-retentive embodiment of
 In the embodiment of
 Knot holders of
 The knot holder can double as a miniature wallet for carrying small items such as keys, cash, etc. When used in such a capacity, the inside surface of the knot holder can be provided with safety pins, hooks, pieces of elastic or hook and loop fasteners to help secure small items in the annular pocket formed by the knot holder. As shown in
 The knot holder can also be used as a ponytail holder, as an anklet, a bracelet cover or a sweat band.
 Thus it can be seen the knot holder of the present invention is a very versatile and original accessory.
 It is to be realized that the optimum dimensional relationships for the parts of the invention, to include variations in size, materials, function, and manner of operation, assembly and use, are deemed apparent, and all equivalent relationships to those illustrated in the drawings and described in the specification are intended to be encompassed by the present invention. While this description is directed to particular embodiments, it is understood that those skilled in the art may conceive modifications and/or variations to the specific embodiments shown and described herein. Any such modifications or variations which fall within the purview of this description are intended to be included as well. Thus even though the description above contains many specifics, these should not be construed as limitations on the scope of the invention, but rather as an example of a preferred embodiment thereof.