Machine Electronics

Design-A-Knit 8, commonly referred to as DAK 8, is an integrated garment shaping and stitch pattern design program for machine and hand knitting. DAK 8 allows machine knitters to control the movement of every needle on the bed to create personalized stitch patterns, rather than work within the limits of a 24-stitch punch card system or hand manipulating needles. Designing garment shapes is a breeze with built in standardized shapes or original pattern drafting. Once you've created a shape and stitch pattern, DAK 8 will let you integrate the two so that stitch pattern placement is exactly where you want it to be on your garment pieces.

Choose from DAK 8 Standard, Professional or the new Handknit option. Or you can mix and match those options that you need, e.g. Professional Machine and Handknit.

If you have an earlier version of DAK, upgrades are available at a lower price. Contact us at 510-559-9473 for details.

Why order from Machine Knitting to Dye For? We will offer a free lesson with each purchase or upgrade. Feel free to call 510-559-9473 if you have any questions about DAK 8 or the ordering process.

DAK 8 Features     DAK 8 Versions   

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Buy DAK8 as a new program (not an upgrade)

DAK 8 version

Upgrade from Previous DAK Version

DAK 5, 6 Concept to
DAK 7 Standard to
DAK 7 Pro Upgrade to


SilverLink Cable Box

Design-A-Knit communicates with your Silver Reed knitting machine via cables from your computer to your knitting machine You create your own pattern designs on the computer and then download them to the Silver Link box. The Silver Link box then interacts with the electronic carriage to knit your design. The Silver Link box also enables DAK's very useful interactive knitting giving tone or voice notifications for color changes, shaping instructions and more. Requires Silver Reed "curly cord" (curly cord is included with purchase of Silver Reed 840 knitting machine or can be purchased separately).  Silver Link box and USB cables: $399.00


Curly Cord Connection Cable

The Silver Reed electronic machines require a curly cord to connect them to either the PC-10 or the DAK Silverlink box. The "curly cord" is compatible with the SK830, SK840, SK860 and SK890. $52. (Note: the curly cord is included with purchase of an SK840 knitting machine)