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Silver Reed has two major lines of electronic knitting machines: SK5xx and SK8xx. The SK5xx line has inbuilt electronics, where the SK8xx line is a modular system. The electronic carriage of the SK8xx line is controlled by the EC1 pattern controller unit, optionally in combination with a PE1 design controller unit. The SK5xx line can be equipped with an optional PE1 design controller unit. The EC1 and PE1 are no longer manufactured.

We have developed the SilverKnit and software that provides the knitting functionality of the EC1/PE1 for electronic Silver Reed machines. With the SilverKnit you can knit existing patterns without the need of any additional software. You can create your own patterns with a graphics package of your choice.

SilverKnit Main screen

SilverKnit USBSilverKnit with USB cable
SilverKnit RS232SilverKnit with RS232 cable

SilverKnit Utility SilverKnit Utility on-line help SilverKnit Utility Documentation Slide shows

Knitting MachineNeedlesExtra Carriages
SK500 + SK500Ex200 
SK560, SK561, SK562200560LC
SK580, SK581200LC580, AG50
SK830250LC830, FLC 3.6
SK840200LC580, AG50

Pattern formats for above machines
PATDesignaKnit BPTBrother BMPWindows BitMaP CSTCompuStrick
CUTPassap Creation PCXSystem 90 INTO SHAPE STCStitch Painter pattern STBStitch Painter brush
DATSilver Reed PC10 STPDesignaKnit TXTNotepad NITKnitPad
PBMPortable Bit Map PGMPortable Gray Map PPMPortable Pixel Map KSWKnitt Styler pattern
KSLKnitt Styler lib QPADesignaKnit bitmap MTSinger 9000 pattern MTFSystem 90 INTO SHAPE

Digitised Mylar sheets included with software

Normal Double Rows Double Stitches Upside Down
Negative Reversed Exchange Mirror
Chevron Reflection Center Repeat
Wrap Carriage left End Needles Width
Margins Pattern Indicators    
Skip Stitch Skip Stitch with Ribber Fairisle Rib  
Jacquard PC10 method Jacquard PC10 method with Ribber  
Most variations above can be combined
Simple Lace Fashion Lace  

32 bit Operating Systems
Windows 98Windows MEWindows 2000Windows 2003Windows XPWindows VistaWindows 2008Windows 7Windows 8 & 8.1Windows 10
64 bit Operating Systems
Windows 2003 x64Windows XP x64Windows Vista x64Windows 2008 x64Windows 7 x64Windows 2008 R2 x64Windows 8 & 8.1 x64Windows 2012 & 2012 R2 x64Windows 10 x64

ModelPC ConnectivityCablePower
SilverKnit USBSeries A USB connectorUSBExternal 100-240 V power supply
SilverKnit RS232Series A USB connectorDCE RS232 connectorRS232External 100-240 V power supply

SilverKnitLED GreenPower is applied to SilverKnit
 LED Red/GreenNeedle is selected or not selected
 LED Red/GreenGreen: RS232, Red: USB

Where to buy
USA & Canada World World Europe       Rest of world
Knit Knack All Brands Passap USA Distictive Knits Peter Smith SoftByte IBB IBB

Design SoftwareManufacturerComment
DesignaKnit 9Soft ByteUse DK9 or SilverKnit software for knitting
DesignaKnit 8Soft ByteUse DK8 or SilverKnit software for knitting
DesignaKnit 7Soft ByteUse DK7 or SilverKnit software for knitting
DesignaKnit 6Soft ByteUse SilverKnit software for knitting
Stitch PainterCochenilleUse SilverKnit software for knitting
Journal SixJennifer L SchmidtUse SilverKnit software for knitting
Win_CreaChris DixonUse SilverKnit software for knitting


Last Modification: Mar 29, 2020 (c) Copyright 2000-2020, Jos Timmermans