The Cyclo Knitter – A Bicycling Machine That Knits Scarves

The Cyclo Knitter is a bicycle-based machine by design student George Barratt-Jones

The charming invention of cyclo knitter features a “scarf tower” made from wood, with a knitting machine attached to the top. The designer added custom-cut wooden gears and the inner-tubes of old bicycle wheels as drive belts, connecting an exercise bike to the knitting machine.

A simple wooden base completes the device, ready for commuters to hop on and knit their own scarf. Check out the video below to see their delighted reactions.

George’s modification of a standard bicycle attached to a wooden frame and loom is such that when a rider cycles, the automatic loom attached to it will knit a fully completed scarf in 5 mins.

To launch his invention, the Cyclo Knitter was installed on a Dutch railway platform – as homage to the original inspiration for the machine, which was how to use the spare time waiting for a train in a productive manner.

A train platform is also an ideal place to showcase the Cyclo Knitter given that many commuters are already waiting on the platform for trains to arrive, so they had a spare 5 mins – and the novelty bike was a welcomed curiosity.

By making a man-powered machine that creates scarfs in 5 minutes. Imagine Its the midst of winter. You are cold and boared waiting for your train at the station. This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait and in the end you are left with a free scarf! That you can decide to keep yourself or give to someone who needs it more.

The Cyclo Knitter is set-up so that when the pedals turn, the spinning front wheel powers a knitting machine placed on top of a wooden tower at the front of the bike
The Cyclo Knitter is a remarkably neat and compact invention

“Cyclo knitter gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait and in the end you are left with a free scarf! That you can decide to keep yourself or give to someone who needs it more.”