Hacked knitting machine can 'print' designs from Photoshop

A great sewing machine hack!

Sometimes the best hacks are the unusual ones, and this one is no exception. Becky Stern hacked her Brother KH-930E knitting machine to create any design she made in Photoshop.

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Photo by Becky Stern

As Becky outlined in her how-to manual, she connected up the knitting machine to her computer with a reformatted and rewired FTDI interface cable. She also installed Adafruit's Github software and did a bit of Python coding. From there, Becky was able to connect the machine to her computer and get creating lovely knitted pixel art (via even more code) to wear. That's a whole lot of geeky coding.

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Photo by Becky Stern

She says that her code is based on Steve Conklin's knitting machine wiki, however she has also created and tracked down a lot of troubleshooting guides in case things go wrong for others trying out her instructional guide.

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Photo by Becky Stern

This knitting machine hack is pretty impressive, and imagine how much better Christmas will be when — instead of getting the usual odd-shaped knitted jumper with a "pattern" on it — you get Space Invader socks or a Nintendo-themed scarf? Er... yes please! You'd better be taking notes, Grandma!

See the above video to watch it in action.

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