MIT Working On AI-based Knitting Software

MIT Working On AI-based Knitting Software

In a somewhat odd pairing, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are combining artificial intelligence (AI) and knitting. A team of at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is developing two pieces of software known as InverseKnit and CADKnit. The former can created a knit pattern from a photo of a knitted item and the latter can modify/customize the patterns created by InverseKnit.

The goal of this project is to allow someone with no knitting experience to be able to knit their own garments. The software can not only create the pattern but also the instructions. The researchers say they still have a lot of work to do, but they think it will be commonplace in the future.

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