Knitting machines made for everyone
Kniterate is an affordable and compact digital knitting machine for your workshop. It allows you to turn digital designs into knitted garments ready to be worn.
We love knitwear. It’s light and breathable, adapts to your body and unlike cut-and-sew, there is almost no waste, because the product is knitted to shape and you can reuse the yarn.
We’ve simplified the process of designing and making knitwear. Start creating ready to wear scarves, beanies, ties and assembling your own sweaters.
We have developed Kniterate because we want everyone to be able to explore knitting’s potential. Until now this was only possible with industrial knitting machines, which cost upwards of $50,000, take a lot of space and are hard to use.
With Kniterate you can make professional knitwear to measure at the click of a button and repeat and share your favourite designs over and over again.
We are bringing garment manufacturing back to your neighborhood.
OpenKnit (Barcelona, 2013)
At design school Gerard watched fashion students struggle with old knitting machines. In contrast to the revolution that made 3D printers affordable, automated digital knitting machines have been out of reach due to high costs and size.
This gave Gerard an idea: What if he could make low-cost automated digital knitting machines for everyone? He set out to build OpenKnit.
Gerard collaborated closely with ESDi University to have the right inputs for designing the first prototypes of OpenKnit.
OpenKnit was introduced to the world on February, 2014 with the Made in the Neighbourhood video.
The video went viral, attracting a lot of interest. OpenKnit allowed Gerard to travel around the world doing workshops, exhibitions and talks.
KnitterBot (London, 2015)
In the fall of 2014 Gerard was given the opportunity to start a company in London with a successful entrepreneur who managed to secure some investment from an acquaintance. The work would take place in University College London, giving him access to some of their facilities.
Tom Catling, who Gerard met through UCL’s Institute of Making, began working with them as a consultant. At the time, Triambak was working and studying finance in London. His interest in the project led him to co-invest in the startup.
This venture didn’t work out and Gerard resigned from his position, leaving all the work developed during this period behind.
After that, and knowing they had fun working together, Gerard and Triambak decided to work together again.
Kniterate (From London to Shenzhen and San Francisco, 2015-2016)
Duncan Turner, who had seen the OpenKnit video, was interested in the idea. He advised us to apply to HAX, the accelerator he runs in Shenzhen, China. HAX is the first and largest hardware accelerator, and has one of the most selective programs in the world.
Gerard and Triambak called Tom and asked him if he would like to be part of the team and apply for the accelerator program.
Kniterate was selected for HAX and incorporated in November, 2015.
HAX was a once in lifetime experience for the three of them. They had the opportunity to learn from experts about the different aspects of running a hardware startup. From how to manage a business to prototyping and manufacturing.
The prototype that came out of their time in HAX was showcased in Maker Faire Bay Area 2016.
Factory Live (Somewhere in China, 2016)
The team received a very positive reaction to the project in San Francisco. They knew, though, that there was still work to be done to get fabrics with the exceptional quality that users would love.
To do this, they decided to merge the team’s energy and creativity with the operational excellence of a Chinese industrial knitting machine manufacturer. With this partnership the machine got a new shape and new features.
Kniterate was determined to bring low-cost easy to use digital knitting machines to the market.
Machines Room (London)
After a summer living in the Chinese factory the East London makerspace Machines Room accepted the Kniterate team.
The time at Machines Room has allowed them to make improvements and develop a selection of fabrics and patterns to get knitwear designers excited about the new machine.
It also gave them the opportunity to be part of the London Design Festival 2016
Now Kniterate is gearing up for a campaign in which we are asking for your support.
We can’t wait to offer you the means to create and share your own customized clothing and accessories. Kniterate is the first, affordable and easy to use automated digital knitting machine.
Gerard holds degrees in Film Direction and Media Design. He co-founded blablabLAB, an art collective. Two award-winning projects developed during that period, Be Your Own Souvenir and Haberlandt, took him to numerous conferences and exhibitions around the world. You may remember him from OpenKnit.
Triambak worked as a molecular biologist, with research published in the field of plant science. This was before he decided to study finance and practice the craft of the spreadsheet at Kniterate. He had previously collaborated with Gerard in blablabLAB.
Tom has a background in 3D printing and scientific instrumentation. He met Gerard and Triambak whilst doing a PhD at UCL, and has also worked as a hardware designer with several other Kickstarter and open source projects.
Jinhee graduated from the Bunka Fashion College in Japan and is currently studying fashion knit in the London College of Fashion.
Héctor made his first 3D printer even before starting his degree in Aerospace Engineering. He hasn't stopped shipping new things since then.
Daniel has a background in Aerospace Engineering and 3D printing software. He is now a FullStack web developer.
Strategic Director, Machines Room
Pathway Leader, Fashion Textiles: Knit , LCF UAL.
Senior Tutor in Knitted Textiles & Reader in Textiles, RCA
Managing Director, HAX
Industrial knitting machine technical engineer, CRTTT/EURECAT
Branding & Communications
Love and Special Thanks
The Rubio Arias family, Marina Castán, the Zubeldia Luloaga family, the Baker family, the Catling family, Machines Room, Jocelyn Chow, Zach Dunham at Kickstarter, David Williams (Comfe Designs), Alejandro Cabrero, Ximo Lizana, Oscar Tomico (TUE), Duncan Strachan (Sedgwick Law), Xander Mahony (Professional Racing Drivers Association), Dragan Petrovic (Nura), Daniel Blumer (Revols), Alex & Harrison Chen (Trainerbot), Aneela Kumar (Habitaware), Sam Hickman (Joy), Ted Dewhurst (Kesteven).