15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Component Kit From ProTechTrader To Get You Started!

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Component Kit From ProTechTrader To Get You Started!

If you’d like to try your hand at mixing a knit or crochet project with electronics, check out ProTechTrader’s Electronics Component Pack 1 Deluxe 2nd Edition Kit, read more about the kit in the post below.

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!

I’ve long been fascinated with artists who combine electronics with their fiber art. Here are a few of my favorite examples of wearable computing and electronic textile technology, some even have tutorials (hello, Becky Stern!), plus a recommendation for a great kit you can pick up to get started on your own project.

1. Not Just Knitting: Needlepoint Robo

Needlepoint Robo was created by Anu Koski who says, “Needlepoint Robo is my embroidery project for e-embroidery workshop organized by Pixelversity, held at Pixelversity office at Helsinki Cable Factory. The workshop explored the cossovers of traditional embroidery and electronics, combining crafting traditions with open design and DIWO (Do It With Others) attitude.”

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!


2. Sound & Vision

Most people think of lights when they think of mixing electronics with fabric, but as you can see in the video below, you can use sound too! And good news, the Electronics Component Pack 1 Deluxe 2nd Edition Kit comes with an 8 ohm loudspeaker!

This Tardis Spaniel cosplay plays the Tardis woop-woop effect and flashes a blue LED as well. Scroll down for more cosplay!

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!

Tardis Spaniel Cosplay


3. How-To: Knit a Working Circuit

This great tutorial from Jesse Seay shows you how to integrate wiring into your knitting with a pattern that will allow you to make connections between electronic components, just like an ordinary circuit board.

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!

See it in action below, and visit Instructables for detailed instructions.


4. Woven Fabric with LEDs

You can add scrolling text messages on a bag, jacket, any flat fabric – how about an SMSsenger bag? How cool is this?

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!

Maker Becky Stern walks you through it here.


5. Knit Fabrics and Backlit Textiles

Have some fun with these bold fashion statements that are completely do-able! Click on the image to go to the project page.

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!

Snowflake Sweater by Becky Stern

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!

Sparkle Skirt by Becky Stern

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!

LED Tank Top By Leah Buechley

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!

Chameleon Scarf by Becky Stern

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!

Color-changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf


6. My LED Wristers

In 2014 I knit a pair of wristers but I knew that they needed more… it occurred to me that LEDs would make the perfect addition to my creation, so I hopped onto Amazon to research LEDs with small battery packs and found many options, the best being “Fairy Moon Lights” – they turned out to be perfect! My wristers were featured by MAKE too!

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!


7. Cosplay

Cosplay is blowing up! The New York Times recently wrote a big piece about the phenomenon and even pets are getting in on the silly fun (scroll up to see the Tardis Spaniel) …

Becky Stern shows you how to make a light-up tiara, perfect for all sorts of cosplay outfits:

And here’s an advanced project to aspire to – wings!

Wasp from Ant-Man Film … with electronic wings!


8. Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Related to cosplay … Over the last few years, the “ugly Christmas sweater” phenomenon has grown … it’s a common theme for holiday parties in offices, there are contests, it seems everyone’s doing it! If you’re thinking of fashioning your own ugly Christmas sweater, you could take any thrift shop cable-knit and turn it into a magnificent holiday masterpiece with ProTrader’s Electronics Component Pack 1 Deluxe 2nd Edition Kit – add lights, add sound, you could do it all!

Here’s a great DIY example – be creative, have fun!

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!

BONUS PROJECT!

Make an oversize plush game controller that works!

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!

Working Game Controller Tutorial by Becky Stern


If you enjoyed the projects in the post, you can do it too! Check out ProTechTrader’s Electronics Component Pack 1 Deluxe 2nd Edition Kit.

Here’s what you get:

▪ Double Sided Storage Compartment Carrying Case
▪ Solderless Breadboard
▪ Basic and Low Current LEDs
▪ Bipolar Transistors
▪ 9V Battery Connector
▪ Test Leads with Alligator Clips
▪ Carrier for AA Battery
▪ Toggle and Tactile PCB Switches
▪ DPDT PCB Non-Latching relays
▪ Linear Potentiometers
▪ Trimmer Potentiometer
▪ Blade Fuses
▪ Small 8 Ohm Loudspeaker
▪ Hookup Wire in Three Colors
▪ All Required Resistors and Capacitors

15+ Inspiring Projects That Mix Knitting and Electronics, Plus a Great Kit From ProTechTrader To Get Started!

You add the yarn! And you might want this helpful Make book to go with it … these two items were made for each other and together would make a great gift for all the nerdy knitters and crafty folks you know!

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