Knitted speaker

  • Knitted speaker
  • The knitted speaker coil from the back.


A two-layered structure with an isolated conductive material in the front and a regular yarn in the back, enclosing a magnet inbetween. The knitted conductive yarn works like a electromagnetic coil in a regular speaker. The pattern is inspired by the betaKnit project at V2, where the knitted speaker coil was first tested.



Start with the pouch. Use an insulated conductive thread. Cast on eight stitches (or the number of stitches that you need) and knit about ten rows with the carriage settings in basic position A for the tube.


Then cast off.


Cast on forty meshes in plain knit with the same carriage settings and a regular yarn. Knit fifteen rows. Put one end of the copper sample on the needles, in the middle of the work in progress.


We work here on the connection : Cast on the conductive thread end around the next needles on the right.


Knit one row.


Hang-up one stitch from each side of the copper sample and knit one row. Repeat this manipulation until the copper part forms a pocket over the regular yarn sample.


Once the end of the copper sample has been reached, insert the magnet in the pocket.

TIP : here because the magnet is attracted by the machine bed it is helpful to put another magnet behind the sample in progress. Like this the magnet above is attracted by the one behind, and next steps are easier !


Hang-up every stitches from the last row.


Repeat the "connection" cast on process.

Knit one row to close the pocket and fix the sample/connection. To finish knit fifteen rows and cast off.


Katharina Bredies

31. January 2014

Sara Diaz Rodriguez, Hannah Perner Wilson, Katharina Bredies


Insulated conductive yarn and regular yarn, flat neodymium magnet

Single bed knitting machine, decker needle


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