sally kentfield - knitting, sewing, embroidery

Hacking the Brother 950i Knitting Machine

How to convert an image into a Brother 950i knitting pattern

Several people (Becky Stern, Steve Conklin and others) have, over the years, developed a Brother disk emulator and python scripts in order to be able to load patterns in to the Brother 930 knitting machine.

The Brother 930 is a USA-only model. I am in the UK, and the nearest equivalent is the Brother 950i. I also wanted to add an 'Aunt Marion'-friendly front-end that would also speed up the process for use demonstrating at Maker Faire.

Steps involved

  1. A Brother 950i knitting machine
  2. An FTDI cable adapted to connect to the 950i
  3. Install the adafruit software and drivers
  4. Install front-end software

Some pictures of things I've made using the software

Grey cogs and stargate jumper

Front of grey and black jumper knitted on Brother 950i with Star Gate image on front and cogs on sleeves Back of grey and black jumper knitted on Brother 950i with chemical names on back and cogs on sleeves

Dog blanket

dog blanket with Battersea Dogs Home logo


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