Circular Knitic


Circular Knitic is a project created by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet.

Circular Knitic demonstrates a different line of our works, which lays in open source design and digital fabrication. To be more precise, Circular Knitic is an another example of our aims to integrate textile manufacturing into the contemporary makers’ culture. We call it soft digital fabrication.
We have been working with knitting and knitting machines since 2012. That time we already had a vision about a ‘reprap’ knitting machine. And finally we have achieved it or at least got the idea rolling: Circular Knitic is completely open source machine that is produced by using digital fabrication tools, and thus, allows to be replicated by everyone, who has access to a 3d printing and laser cutting. Also we really hope that the community will pick up our work and develop further. We are very excited to see how this project will evolve.

Circular Knitic is an open hardware project. By using digital fabrication and makers’ tools, like 3D printing, laser cutting, makerbeam, and Arduino, we have designed an automated and replicable circular knitting machine.

Fab Labs and makerspaces are a lot about hard-surface object production. At the same time, the 1st digital fabrication tool, which is an electronic knitting machine back to 1976, has been forgotten and discontinued. Hence, with this project, Circular Knitic, and our earlier one called Knitic, we aim to integrate textile fabrication to the makers’ culture.

For the DOERS exhibition curated by David Cuartielles in Etopia Center for Art & Technology we have produced 5 Circular Knitic machines, which will be knitting for the time of the show (8 months). Hence, slowly the ceiling of art centre will be covered with knitted garment.

Step 1

Circular Knitic Documentation

Manual of parts

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Step 2

Step by step mounting machine

if you follow Instructables manual you can build easyly this machine.

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Concerning our main motivations, we aim to develop an open source knitting machine and integrate textile fabrication into the field of digital manufacturing.

Desktop manufacturing is gaining importance. The numbers of Fab Labs, persons possessing digital fabrication tools, and open hardware are increasing. However, all this innovation is around certain tools, mainly laser cutters, 3D printers, and CNC machines. At the same time textile fabrication has been overlooked. To tell more, an electronic knitting machine was the first digital manufacturing tool at home.

In the end, it is a shame to forget early fabrication methods, which can be adjusted for digital age needs. Also, re-application of obsolete media is an interesting and novel approach in the field of digital fabrication.

Knitting and textile fabrication in general have several important advantages: the skills are common and there are lots of experts around, the availability and recyclability of material, and involvement of more people.

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