Knit and Sew

SilverLink cables

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DesignaKnit communicates with your knitting machine via a cable between your computer and the knitting machine. Soft Byte developed during the development of DesignaKnit also a set of cables to connect your computer to your knitting machine. These cables use a serial port of your computer.

In 2003 we developed the SilverLink 4 to resolve the problems concerning mispatterning caused by the fact that Windows cannot work real time. The SilverLink 4 provides both serial and USB connectivity.

In 2014 we developed the Silverlink 4 SE. The Silverlink 4 SE has the same functionality as the earlier model SilverLink 4 USB, plus a built-in wireless (Bluetooth) connection to your PC.

We have also developed the SilverLink 3 USB. The SilverLink 3 USB can be connected directly to a USB port on your pc without the need for a serial to USB converter. The SilverLink 3 USB has the same functionality as the current SilverLink 3. The difference (apart from a complete new design) is that you no longer need a serial port on your PC and that the EC1 or the knitting machine is no longer required for transfer of pattern from and to the PE1. You hook up your PE1 to your PC via USB.

The SilverLink 6 USB combines the functionality of the SilverLink 3 USB and the ScreenLink USB. You can transfer patterns to the PE1 like yo would do with the SilverLink 3 USB and you can knit interactive like you would do with a ScreenLink USB.

Silverlink4 USB Silverlink3/6 USB

CableDesignaKnit Versions
SL4DesignaKnit 7 (7.14 and higher, 7.19 recommended)DesignaKnit 8DesignaKnit 9
SL/SL3/SL6DesignaKnit 6 (6.11 and higher)DesignaKnit 7 (7.14 and higher)DesignaKnit 8DesignaKnit 9

SilverLink 4 USB drivers (all models)

16/32 bit Operating Systems
Windows 98Windows MEWindows 2000Windows XPWindows 2003Windows 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
* DesignaKnit 6 and 7 don't run on 64 bit operating systems.

CablePC ConnectivityPower
SL4Series A USB connectorDCE RS232 connectorExternal 110-230 V power supply
SL4USBSeries A USB connectorExternal 110-230 V power supply
SL4SESeries A USB connectorBluetoothExternal 110-230 V power supply
SL/SL3/SL6Series A USB connectorDerived from USB

SL4LED GreenPower is supplied to Silverlink 4
 LED Red/GreenNeedle is selected or not selected
 LED Red/GreenGreen: RS232/Bluetooth, Red: USB
SL/SL3/SL6LED GreenPC sends data to the knitting machine
 LED RedKnitting machine or IK option sends data to the PC

SL/SL3/SL6 Nederlands Français English Deutsch
SL4 Application Note Nederlands Français English Deutsch

Available Cables
ProductDescriptionKnitting machines
SL4USBSilverlink 4 USBSK550, SK560, SK580, SK830, SK840, SK860, SK890, 560LC, LC580, LC830, AG50
SL4RS232Silverlink 4 RS232SK550, SK560, SK580, SK830, SK840, SK860, SK890, 560LC, LC580, LC830, AG50
SL4SESilverlink 4 SESK550, SK560, SK580, SK830, SK840, SK860, SK890, 560LC, LC580, LC830, AG50
SL3USBSilverlink 3 USBPE1
SLUSBScreen link USBpunch card & non-electronic machines

Below you find a table that provides cable options per knitting machine.
Please consult the table to work out which USB cable is appropriate for your knitting machine.

Machines and USB Cable options
MachineUSB CableUploadDownloadInteractive KnittingSerial Cable
SK550SL4USBNoYes for IKYesSL4RS232
SK560SL4USBNoYes for IKYesSL4RS232
SK580SL4USBNoYes for IKYesSL4RS232
SK830SL4USBNoYes for IKYesSL4RS232
SK840SL4USBNoYes for IKYesSL4RS232
SK860SL4USBNoYes for IKYesSL4RS232
SK890SL4USBNoYes for IKYesSL4RS232
560LCSL4USBNoYes for IKYesSL4RS232
LC580SL4USBNoYes for IKYesSL4RS232
LC830SL4USBNoYes for IKYesSL4RS232
AG50SL4USBNoYes for IKYesSL4RS232

Upload: transfer patterns from the knitting machine to your PC
Download: transfer patterns from your PC to the knitting machine
IK: DesignaKnit Interactive Knitting

Last Modification: Mar 15, 2022 (c) Copyright 2000-2022, Jos Timmermans