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Rocking-Knit chair knits hats as it rocks

Rocking-Knit chair knits hats ...
The Rocking-Knit chair
The Rocking-Knit chair
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The Rocking-Knit was exhibited at ECAL’s Low-Tech Factory exposition
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The Rocking-Knit was exhibited at ECAL’s Low-Tech Factory exposition
The Rocking-Knit chair
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The Rocking-Knit chair
The hat is deposited above the user's head
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The hat is deposited above the user's head
A series of gears are driven forward by the regular movement of the chair (Photo: ECAL/Nicolas Genta)
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A series of gears are driven forward by the regular movement of the chair (Photo: ECAL/Nicolas Genta)
The Rocking-Knit was created by students Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex (Photo: ECAL/Nicolas Genta)
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The Rocking-Knit was created by students Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex (Photo: ECAL/Nicolas Genta)
The finished hat (Photo: ECAL/Nicolas Genta)
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The finished hat (Photo: ECAL/Nicolas Genta)

If the idea of knitting your own hat has always appealed in theory, but you don’t know your double pointed needles from your garter stitch, then you may wish to take a look at the Rocking-Knit chair.

The Rocking-Knit is the brainchild of students Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex, based at Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL), Switzerland. It allows a person to sit back, relax, and enjoy the gentle rocking motion of the chair, while a woolen hat is automatically knitted and eventually appears overhead, ready to wear.

This is achieved by an ingenious use of simple gears, which draw upon the regular back-and-forth movement of the rocking chair in order to drive the automatic knitting mechanism forward.

A series of gears are driven forward by the regular movement of the chair (Photo: ECAL/Nicolas Genta)
A series of gears are driven forward by the regular movement of the chair (Photo: ECAL/Nicolas Genta)

The Rocking-Knit was exhibited at ECAL’s Low-Tech Factory exposition, as part of the Designers' Saturday event held at Langenthal, Switzerland.

The brief video below shows the Rocking-Knit in sedate operation.

Source: ECAL via Inhabitat

ECAL Low-Tech Factory/Rocking-Knit

2 comments
knitwicca
As a knitter, I despair making the second sleeve of a sweater. If the "needles" are adjustable, I could hand-knit one while rock-knitting the other. What a great idea!
Sheena Hocking
What a brilliant idea! I wonder if it could be adapted for socks?