Mechanics: How to Knit a Yacht

The textile industry has long depended on large machines for knitting such small items as stockings and sweaters, but the current boom in skin-tight stretch clothes has hatched far more ambitious devices.

In Britain, Macqueen Cybernetics Ltd. has developed a monster that can do practically everything for a knitted garment except pour the customer into it. It scans a design electronically, then out of its computer brain come punched tapes that control the pattern of the material and tell each needle when to knit or purl.

Once set to work, the machine eats up yarn and knits in a frenzy....

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