Rocking-Knit chair knits hats as it rocks
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.
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.