Home built knitting machine

Wow, we knew it wouldn’t be too long before we would see a fully automated home built knitting machine show up. We recently posted a hack where people were emulating the keyboard input of a commercial knitting machine, and that was pretty awesome, but we knew we would be seeing some hacked together machines soon. [corex37] hasn’t let us down with this beast. It is mainly composed of old printer parts, a couple servos, and a Picaxe 18-x microcontroller. It seems to do a good job right now, but lets hope he keeps going. It would be cool to see it able to change colors like the other one.

[via Make]


  1. James Torky says:

    well, i know what i’m doing this weekend…

  2. Elliot Nixon says:

    I understand these posts may be made by people who don’t speak English as a first language, but I must emphasize just how stupid you make your selves sound by using the word “awesome” incorrectly. It makes you sound like a uncultured California teenager.

  3. Ford says:


    Uh, what? How do *you* use the word “awesome?”


    By the way, your reply makes you sound like a pompous jerk.

  4. thenonja says:

    RE: Elliot Nixon

    You need to learn to relax. That thumb up your bum makes you sound like an angry, petulant virgin.

    The effect is awesome, in the worst possible way.

  5. mars says:


  6. andres says:

    their use of the word “awesome” seems to fit. i don’t see what the problem is.

  7. Hallo says:

    @Ford, I think what Elliot Nixon means is that, before its misuse in today’s language, ‘awesome’ meant “to inspire awe,” or: “to inspire fear, reverence, or admiration in that which is grand/extremely powerful,” and if a simple knitting machine can do that to you, then you need to get out A LOT more often.

    Don’t misunderstand me to be supporting him entirely–it’s pretty well understood today that nobody gives flying f*ck about language.

  8. Branno says:


    I was a California teenager until about 2 years ago, and though I may have been uncultured, I would still not have typed “a uncultured” instead of “an uncultured”. He used “awesome” correctly. Just sayin.

    I would really like to have one of these at home to pump out blankets. I guess you would have to sew some panels together to make it wide enough, but that’s ok.

  9. That is most definately a “highly awesomized” and “more better” hack than buying one off eBay and just faking keypresses.

    Geeks hack words too, using them in clever ways not in the dictionary… For instance, it is common to shout “Cool!” when you see a program or device misbehave in a most spectacular manner, especially it it explodes or critical pieces get hopelessly munged… ;-)

  10. In Geek Culture, it is also all too common to hear co-workers (cow-orkers) shout “Awesome!” when things go all wonky and totally FUBAR. Of course, the “less cultured” (i.e. “The Boss”) is more likely heard shouting “Holy Sh*t!” in such a situation… ;-)

  11. in.cog.nito says:

    i would like to see these doing the ascii art from .nfo files you get with the old warez scene.

  12. Ryan says:

    Nice build, but the video put me to sleep. Don’t know why I was expecting more out of a knitting video.

  13. To knit pictures, you could run two threads (such as brown and yellow) and simultaneously knit two layers, swapping threads where appropriate. This would create a positive image on one side and a negative image on the other. Some blankets have positive and negative images like that method would create. I have a blanket with lions on it, and when it was upside down on the grass, I took a photo of it. Later, making a negative image, the lions look correct, but the grass and leaves are purple. Just sayin… ;-)

  14. Brian says:

    Outstanding work. I watched the entire video. Almost as fun as watching my pen plotter. For some reason it is very calming.

  15. Watching a two-layer version of this machine print Hackaday logos (as described above) would be more interesting. Looking forward to a “highly awsomized it. Just sayin… ;-)


  16. Hmm… I remember typing “highly awsomized version of it”. I wonder how that became “highly awsomized it” above…

    *** WHERE IS THE EDIT BUTTON FOR POSTED COMMENTS??? Or is this like e-mail, where I notice all the typos AFTER pressing the SEND button, and then I can’t find the UNSEND button?

  17. D_ says:

    This hack was awesome, cool, far out, sweet. Fortunately most understand the over use of any word, doesn’t preclude others using it in t it’s traditional manner. Dare I say a hack that doesn’t inspire awe in at least one isn’t a “real hack”.

  18. Doug says:

    Plus one for the video putting me to sleep. Wow, not the video to watch at 3pm on a Friday afternoon.

  19. Camerin says:

    Crochet not knitting. different knots. and yes i know the difference

    • Unityrobb says:

      Knitting is a row of live stitches held in place on a stick or a loop of wire. The latch needles on a machine hold the stitches in place. Crochet only has one set of loops open (the number depending on the stitch and at which point in the stitch formation) If the hook is removed from crochet the stitches do not run in vertical ladders as is the case if stitches are dropped from a machine latch hook, or knitting needle.

      I am sure Passap, Pfaff, Superba, White, Phildar, Bernina, Singer, Brother, KnitKing, Silver Reed, Toyota, Elna, Artisan, Taitexma and a host of others would be surprised to learn they sold crochet machines.

  20. Gagger says:

    this is just avesome!

  21. kpetoh says:

    How about colors by dying the yarn as it feeds into the machine?

  22. Zagro says:

    i wonder how fast you could get this thing going it’s curent speed alltho interesting to look at is a bit slow considering just how fast the big ones can knit this thing should be wizzing along (good test speed tho)

  23. Tomasito says:

    @kpetoh yarn already comes that way, and he’s using that yarn too.

  24. j s says:

    I would like to see the automation of a Brother KH-930e.

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