Skyknit: AI + neural network + knitting

This is what happens when you take knitting patterns, feed them into a neural network, and post them online:

The knitters helped me crowdsource a dataset of 500 knitting patterns, ranging from hats to squids to unmentionables. JC Briar exported another 4728 patterns from the site stitch-maps.com.

I gave the knitting patterns to a couple of neural networks that I collectively named “SkyKnit”. Then, not knowing if they had produced anything remotely knittable, I started posting the patterns.

As it turned out, the knitters thought it was funny, and started knitting them.

 “The computer would spit out a whole bunch of instructions that I couldn’t read and the knitters would say, this is the funniest thing I’ve ever read.”

Here is “the collection” as they put it.

The program is now able to assign titles.  Here is one of the tentacle-based pieces in progress titled “tiny baby whale soto”.

Okay, enough of that, time to study Konmari Method.

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