These are some photos of the pieces I’ve knitted utilizing img2track, the program that allows a Brother KH-930 and -940 to talk directly to a computer. It creates a pattern from a graphic image file that loads directly into the machine for knitting.
If this intrigues you and you’re interested in more info, take a look at DaviWorks - img2track knitting machine software. Also check out the Q&A thread about img2track in the Machine Knitting Group.
Panna Frost Flower Lace I finally managed to chart out this beautiful pattern published by Foldi-Knits. This is my first attempt at knitting it. I’m very pleased with how it turned out.
Jimi Hendrix Illusion - I am super excited about developing a method for producing these incredibly complex patterns and being able to load them into the knitting machine with img2track! The way this knitting works is that it utilizes surface texture to hide selected areas of color so that an image, not visible from the front, becomes visible when viewed from the side/edge. Here’s a YouTube animation of the photos.
GrassRoutes Logo in 3 Colors I knitted some pieces with this logo a while back, but only in 2 colors. This piece has 3 colors per row.
My first attempt at a 3-color piece. DBJ.
Chris Meyer, owner of Sector67, is immortalized in this knitted image of his face, which I made into a pillow.
Logo of a local watering hole, The High Noon Saloon.
Next photos show the front of a sweater with an image of Neil deGrasse Tyson, who became an internet meme (and was voted the sexiest living astrophysicist) on the front, the back is a QR code for sector67.org. I was particularly pleased that the QR code scans correctly! Sector67 is the hackerspace in Madison where I’ve been working on this project.
Next photos show the results of utilizing an online pattern generator The pattern repeats, but is a “morphing” pattern, so that you can see it changes subtly as it progresses.
The next piece is not Bob, but my sister’s Boston. This particular item was created by simply uploading a photo into img2track and knitting the result.
The next image is taken from a photo in front of our State Capitol. The image was manually adjusted and manipulated, but again, was loaded into the machine with img2track.
I was commissioned by a local bicycle activism group (Grassroutes Caravan) to knit some logos. I tried several iterations. These images were all manipulated by me prior to using img2track to load to the machine.
The peacock sculpture was created by Tim Sprengelmeyer, another member of Sector67, the hackerspace where I’ve been working on this project. The first photo shows the actual photo of the sculpture, followed by the knitted version of the image.
The “Wow! signal” was the beginning of the SETI project. Another pillow.
2012-12-21 ETA Additional photos of projects that utilized img2track