Right now, when you want a new beanie cap, scarf, sweater, shirt, tie, or even dress, your options are fairly limited. You can shop online and head to the mall. But soon, you will actually be able to make your own clothes and accessories with the click of a button. Like a 3D printer for garments, Kniterate is a desktop knitting machine that turns digital designs into ready-to-be-worn apparel.
The system features browser-based, Photoshop-like software that allows you to easily create patterns from scratch or using a library of templates, which are then loaded onto Kniterate via SD card. With its companion app, you can add images and text, as well as drag and drop from a variety of stitches. You’ll even be able to connect to third-party services or devise custom scripts in the team’s own language Kcode. Once completed, you can share your unique DIY wardrobe with an entire online community.
As for the CNC device itself, Kniterate is equipped with a seven-gauge double needle bed with 408 transfer needles and six yarn feeders for various colors and/or materials. It also includes an onboard LCD display for menu selection, speed adjustment, and other controls.
Ready for the do-knit-yourself movement? Head over to Kniterate’s Kickstarter campaign, which surpassed its $100,000 goal in a matter of hours.