Silver Reed has two major lines of electronic knitting machines: SK500 and SK800 Series.

The SK500 line has inbuilt electronics, whereas the SK800 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 also be equipped with an optional PE1 design controller unit.

The EC1 and PE1 are no longer manufactured.


We have developed the Silver Knit Pattern Control Unit and software that provides the knitting functionality of the EC1/PE1 for Silver Reed Electronic Kniting Machines.

With the Silver Knit Pattern Controller you can knit existing patterns without the need of any additional software.

You can also create your own patterns with a graphics package of your choice.

(See our Q & A Section at the bottom of this page for further, detailed information)

SILVER KNIT Pattern Control Unit

New PA2

SILVER KNIT Software User Interface


(1)  Installation CD with Instructions, Drivers, Software (not shown)

(2)  Pattern Controller Unit

(3)  Coil Connector Cord

(4)  Power Adaptor –
120/18 Volt (not shown)

SILVER KNIT Coil Connector Cord (Optional)

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SilverKnit USB Silverknit with USB cable SilverKnit RS232 SilverKnit with RS232 cable
Knitting Machines SK550 SK560 SK580 SK830 SK840 SK860 SK890 LC580 AG50 SA-3E
Pattern formats PAT DesignaKnit BPT Brother BMP Windows BitMaP CST CompuStrick CUT Passap Creation PCX System 90 INTO SHAPE STC Stitch Painter pattern STB Stitch Painter brush DAT Silverreed PC10
Variations Normal Double Rows Double Stitches Upside Down Negative Reversed Center Repeat Wrap Carriage left End Needles Width Jacquard Skip Stitch Skip Stitch with Ribber Fairisle Rib Most variations above can be combined
32 bit Operating Systems Windows 98 Windows ME Windows 2000 Windows 2003 Windows XP Windows Vista Windows 2008 Windows 7 64 bit Operating Systems Windows 2003 x64 Windows XP
x64 Windows Vista x64 Windows 2008 x64 Windows 7      X64
Model PC Connectivity Cable Power SilverKnit USB Series A USB connector USB External 100-240 V power supply SilverKnit RS232 Series A USB connector DCE RS232 connector RS232 External 100-240 V power supply
Model Diagnostics SilverKnit LED Green Power is applied to SilverKnit   LED Red/Green Needle is selected or not selected   LED Red/Green Green: RS232, Red: USB
Design Software Manufacturer Comment DesignaKnit 7 Soft Byte Use DK7* or SilverKnit software for knitting DesignaKnit 6 Soft Byte Use SilverKnit software for knitting Stitch Painter Cochenille Use SilverKnit software for knitting Journal Six Jennifer L Schmidt Use SilverKnit software for knitting Win_Crea Chris Dixon Use SilverKnit software for knitting
* The SilverKnit software can be upgraded to DAK8 using SilverKnit hardware.
SilverKnit Info-Questions-Answers

Q: Why should I buy SilverKnit?

A: SilverKnit is less expensive, but one shouldn’t compare apples with pears.

In terms of knitting, SilverKnit is probably the stronger package.

In terms of design: SilverKnit doesn’t have design functionality.

But… one of the reasons to develop SilverKnit was that users have design software other than
Design  A Knit, but cannot knit because there was no package that supported electronic SilverReed machines other than Design A Knit.

Q: It is really nice to see someone developing software and hardware for our machines!  I was beginning to think that they were a dieing  breed.

A: Not really; we have developed recently the USB cables.

Q: I have a few questions about your new software and hardware package SilverKnit.  First is do you plan on adding any other file formats. KnitWare and Garment Designer come to mind. I see that Stitch Painter is supported but isn’t this a motif or stitch pattern designer only?
I’m informed that Garment Designer can export to Stitch Painter.  You can indeed make your patterns with Stitch Painter.

A: SilverKnit is a package that can do knitting from stitch files. If there are any stitch formats not supported and the developer of the format is willing to share the format and/or I can work out the format, they will be added to the SilverKnit softare.
SilverKnit is not design software.

Q: Can one still use a garment pattern designed in Garment Designer with Stitch Painter somehow?  If I’m not mistaken, they can be exported.

A: Naomi seems to be the expert in this field.

Q: Does the SilverKnit give me KFS like DAK, audio ques and so on?

A: While knitting, SilverKnit shows on screen what you’re knitting (what you see is what you knit). There is not such a thing as shaping.On the other hand, SilverKnit maintains the carriage position, point cam position, row counter, contrast color.

Q: Will it convert a pattern it does not support?

A: II it would convert, they would be supported, so answer: no.

Q: Does SilverKnit read Lace files?

On can develop lace in multiple ways. technically speaking, lace is nothing else than fairisle. I know various DAK6 users who knit lace patterns, so not sure what the right answer is here.

Q: Do you have a complete feature list, something that explains all that can be done using SilverKnit.

A: SilverKnit has 2 basic functions:
1. download a pattern to the SilverKnit box after applying variations
2. knit the pattern downloaded to the SilverKnit box
You can consider SilverKnit as a replacement of the EC1/PE1 combination with more functionality.

Q: Would the curl cord of an SK830 be enough?

A: Yes any curl cord will do.

Q: So, all things considered, this would be cheaper than DAK and the SL4?

A: Correct. SilverKnit is cheaper than DAK + SL4; SilverKnit is also cheaper than the PC10.  And… you can use more or less any program to develop your patterns. SilverKnit works with Stitch Painter from Cochenille for example.

Q: If I understand well, with the SilverKnit you don’t need DAK but how about the cable?

The SilverKnit package includes the grey SilverKnit box, power supply and USB cable + software
(SilverKnit Utility) to operate the SilverKnit box. A curl cord is not standard included. SK5xx and EC1
users have one already.  You are right, SilverKnit Utility does the knitting. You can create patterns in
any format supported by SilverKnit Utility including Microsoft Paint.

Q: What do you mean exactly by “The SilverKnit software can be upgraded to DK7 using SilverKnit hardware.”?

A: If a user buys SilverKnit and decides later on he or she wants to use DK7, he or she doesn’t have to buy an SL4; there will be made available an upgrade path in DK7 to use the SilverKnit box.

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