Kniterate – the digital machine about to revolutionise the knitting world

Speaking as someone who has only ever hand-knitted, I can’t speak too authoritatively when it comes to knitting machines.

So when I enquired with a knitwear-design pal of mine about them recently, she mentioned that domestic machines are often bought second-hand these days, from an old supply of 1980’s models, as there’s been far less demand for them on the market in recent years, and so no-one really manufactures them now.

Presumably with the rise of fast fashion, the requirements of manufacturing knitted clothing has changed and diminished – and in the UK knitting is seen as more of a crafting hobby now than a necessary life-skill, or even business skill.

So I was really intrigued when I spotted Kniterate on Kickstarter, described as “a compact digital knitting machine to bring fashion fabrication back to your neighbourhood”.


Having already smashed its initial Kickstarter goal of $100,000 with a whopping 33 days of crowdfunding still to go, there is clearly more than enough interest for this product to help it take off. It’s clearly innovative and solving a problem on the market – for those who would like to ramp up their knitwear production and at a much faster (and more automated) pace.


For knitwear designers, small fashion businesses or design studios, this must be a dream come true. With a library of templates and up to six feeders (that can harness different colours and/or materials), they would be able to make amazing patterns, structures and shapes that would be hard to knit otherwise.

6cb5546b4a19e996fc40e929189c25cb_original.jpgAnd the end results are pretty inspiring. I’m sure that if you were to mess around with this machine for a bit you could start creating some really cool designs. But with an ‘early bird’ price tag of $4,699, I’m afraid I’m going to have to stick with the more traditional hand-knitting technique for a little bit longer!

Check out Kniterate on Kickstarter.

All imagery from Kniterate’s Kickstarter page.



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