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Video: The bike that knits a scarf ... in 5 minutes

George Barratt-Jones took his Cyclo-Knitter invention to Eindhoven station to let the public try it out

A designer in the Netherlands has invented a knitting machine that works through being hooked up to a static bicycle – and can make a complete knitted scarf in just five minutes, thanks to pedal power.

George Barratt-Jones, a student at Design Academy Eindhoven, took the machine – called the Cyclo-Knitter – to teh Duutch city's railway station where passengers waiting for trains could pedal away to make their own scarves, much to their delight.

Cyclo Knitter by George Barratt-Jones from George Barratt-Jones on Vimeo.

He wrote on Imgur: “Imagine it’s the midst of winter. You are cold and bored 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 project started as a college assignment, he explained, “So I decided on making waiting for your train in the winter more enjoyable.”

Cyclo-Knitter graphic


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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