Neural Net generated knits

Janelle Shane has trained a text generating neural network on knitting patterns (kindly contributed by Ravelry users and Stitch-Maps) and the results are hilariously absurd. The neural network has been named SkyKnit.

I tested two of these:

  • “mystery lace (copy)”; the training set does include patterns for tentacled toys, but these tentacles below are probably a consequence of SkyKnit’s inability to keep stitch counts consistent across rows. This one had some success on Twitter 🙂


  • “snowing leaves”, a pretty convincing attempt at a lace motif


SkyKnit has better performance when trained exclusively on Stitchmap patterns, which are written in a standard and consistent way, as opposed to ordinary patterns which often include natural language alongside the knitting instructions.

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