pedal powered un knitting machine by imogen hedges
pedal powered un knitting machine by imogen hedges pedal powered un knitting machine by imogen hedges
nov 26, 2012

pedal powered un knitting machine by imogen hedges

‘pedal powered un-knitting machine’ by imogen hedges



built around an old bicycle frame, london-based designer imogen hedges has developed a ‘pedal powered un-knitting machine’, that unravels unwanted sweaters into wool. through the use of a series of components, the contraption reclaims the yarn, where atthe same time, straightens kinks by passing it through the stream of a kettle. after the garment has been fully disassembled, the by-product is then rewound into a ball by using a hand-cranked spindle.



‘pedal powered un-knitting machine’┬ávideo courtesy of rachel mccloskey



the system in action



hand-cranked re-winding process




  • think: Greenday

    dbkii says:
  • It’s a shame she couldn’t have taken a drive off the peddles to move the final bob to make the ball of wool, instead of having and extra little handle. Still, nice project!

    Ben says:
  • I just pass the yarn under my iron and use either my chordless drill or my spindle spinning wheel to pull it from under the iron and onto a bobbin. I then use a lazy kate to wind it onto my ball winder. says:
  • UPDATE: I discovered that if I frog yarn into a hank that I can also simply iron the hank like it was any piece of cloth. I”m excited about this because previously I was wetting the hanks and hanging to dry to get the kinks out. Thanks for the inspiration of making a tedious task a lot more simple. says:

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