The general bit of the first video talks about the different options you have to hack your knitting machine and the softwares you need to go down my route.
The current larger projects are Becky Stern’s Electroknit project which shows you how to emulate a floppy drive for compatible knitting machines, Knitic’s Arduino Due-based shield to replace the original control board (works for most Brother machines), and the All Yarns Are Beautiful approach (which I went down).
To knit using AYAB, you will need the most recent version of the board made by Evil Mad Science Laboratories (click here) OR a shield from Thinkstack (click here). If you are in the US reading this, I’d recommend the former due to shipping times and costs. If you are in Europe, Thinkstack may be the way to go. There is a lot of documentation on Evil Mad Science Laboratories’ website to help you with a lot of questions you may have (such as with compatibility, so I won’t repeat that info here.)
To get started, you will need to install:
- The Arduino IDE to install drivers (click here)
- The AYAB program (click here)
- An image editor such as GIMP (free, click here), Photoshop, or even MS Paint.
- I use GIMP in these tutorials.