I personally don’t have the patience to knit but recently I’ve been thinking more and more of integrating conductive threads and yarns into three-dimensional objects. In my search to find examples of knitwear using conductive threads, I discovered Fionnuala Murphy‘s conductive mittens.
It looks like she integrates the conductive thread every few rows.
Crochet Tilt Potentiometer by Hannah Perner-Wilson
Hannah Perner-Wilson and Mika Satomi have also recently developed these wonderful crocheted pressure sensors and potentiometers, using a combination of ordinary thread and conductive yarn from Schoeller.
Crochet Pressure Sensor by Mika Satomi
Another project they currently have in progress is a knit stretch sensor that decreases in resistance when stretched.
Learn more about their crocheted and knitted sensors here.
Lastly, Adrian Freed from CNMAT embroidered a keyboard pattern using conductive thread and an embroidery machine. It’s great to see all of these experiments that merge different crafting techniques with conductive threads and fabrics.