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soundKnit

Computer controlled knitting machine

This project explore how to hack you knitting machine to use it as sound files textile printer. The Firmware & Software are fuly compatible with the AYAB Aruino extantion board (shield). Since the 19th century, home knitting machines were a popular manufacturing tool which allowed knitters to produce rapidly knitted items to sell or for household crafts. The possibility to use jacquard patterns started with the use of punched hole cards and began to be computerised in the 80's. The immediate and low raw material resource needed to produce a knitted surface is what make knitting machines mobile and accessible for experimenting and prototyping. Since the late 80's these knitting machines have stopped been produced. These last years hackers and makers have started to open up knitting machines and found new ways to hack them by allowing the machines to be directly controlled by a modern computer. These hacked knitting machines become a sort of textile printer. Having a direct communication between digital tools and the knitting machine pushes the boundaries of traditional knitted patterns and gives us the opportunity to think of new way's in conceiving patterns. The Software translat sound in to visual patern and then send it to the Arduino to control the knitting machine. You can purchase this Arduino extantion bord from our shop (comming soon) or the one from AYAB if it is still avalable.

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Repository
github.com/eTextile/soundknit

This project is free hardware an free software, feel free to fork it, make it, use it for your own needs. Feedback is more than appreciate and pull requests are welcome :)

Publications

Blogs
All About Knitting and Hacked Machines workshop @ etextile-summercamp

The soundKnit project is an ongoing project, if you are interested or need any informations about it, please contact us.