Ribber for Domestic Machine Knitting - Nottingham Trent University



The ribbing attachment on a domestic knitting machine is not just for hems and necklines – there’s so much more you can do with it!

On this course, you’ll discover the potential of the ribbing attachment and gain the confidence to experiment.

It’s ideal for any domestic machine knitters who’ve already invested in a machine and who either already have a ribbing attachment or are considering buying one.

On this practical course you’ll create a series of innovative ribbed knitting swatches that could be used as inspiration for a garment or interior design product.

You’ll start by learning how to knit a range of ribbed fabrics that could be used as hems or necklines.

You’ll then go on to learn about the potential for knitting other types of ribbed fabrics incorporating racking and punch cards.

During the course you will:

- learn how to set up a ribbing attachment
- get a broader understanding of the type of ribbed fabrics that can be created on a domestic machine
- confidently move between knitting double bed (with the ribbing attachment) and single bed (without)
- produce a range of ribbed fabrics
- create double bed fabrics using punch card patterning.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have created samples for fashion or home products and have the inspiration to continue knitting for pleasure or professional development.

You’ll also have access to video tutorials which you can view after the course.

Level: Intermediate

Entry requirement: You should already be confident in using your domestic knitting machine and be ready to take the next step!

Where you’ll learn: You’ll be based in the Bonington building at the City Campus, our dedicated art and design hub.

You will have access to an excellent facilities and domestic knitting machines in the knitwear studio and yarn store.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take books away, you’re welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Tutor Profile: Dr Jane Taylor has been teaching knitwear design for 17 years, initially at UWE in Bristol and more recently at NTU.

She moved up to Nottingham in 2010 to embark on an MA course at NTU, impressed by the universities’ extensive knitwear resource - and never left, going on to do a PhD.

Jane has developed her knitting skills to be able to programme and run computerised, industrial machinery; however, she relishes the opportunity to get back to working with her hands on domestic machines.

Need accommodation for the summer?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Information on booking accommodation can be provided once your booking is confirmed.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Four days of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Maximum class size: 7


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University


50 Shakespeare Street

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


3 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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