Domestic Machine Knitting for Beginners (Weekend) - Nottingham Trent University



This course offers intensive instruction on domestic knitting machines. It’ll introduce you to thinking creatively about using a machine at home or at work, and how to exploit the equipment to produce a range of samples. The course will focus on producing work with a contemporary perspective. It’s ideal for people just starting out or in a need of a refresher. You might be returning to machine knitting after a break, or a student/graduate looking to add machine knitting to your CV and portfolio. Anyone who is interested in textiles and crafts and considering investing in a domestic machine will be very welcome. During this course you will: - learn the basics of machine knitting, and experiment with yarns - be introduced to more advanced stitches to explore texture, colour and weight - receive personal attention to ensure your skills are developing - access our stores so that you can work with yarns that might be new to you. What will you gain? By the end of the two days, you will have created a number of samples for fashion or home projects, and have the inspiration to continue knitting for pleasure or professional development. Level: Beginner Entry requirement: No experience is required. Where you'll learn: You will be based in the Bonington building at the City Campus, our dedicated art and design hub. You will have access to an excellent range of facilities and equipment in the knitwear studio and yarn store, using our domestic machines (Brother or SilverReed); you can bring your own machine and manual if you prefer. You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing. Here's what our previous attendees said: ‘I wanted to learn the basics as I've never used a knitting machine before. I've learnt different techniques I hadn't expected to cover and I feel that I could attempt some projects on my own now too. Thank you to our tutor, she is very friendly and patient - I didn't feel daft asking about the basics!' LC ‘I'm interested in possibly getting a knitting machine and have learnt what the machines are capable of - I most enjoyed the practical applications of the project. Good course, well instructed and enjoyable. Thank you!' ML ‘I chose this course as I wanted a refresher in the basics and learn better ways of doing things. I enjoyed all of it and would do it again if I had the time. Perfect course for beginners and those needing a refresher' AU ‘I've had a knitting machine for over 30 years but have never got to grips with the complexity of it. I now understand how to cast on, cast off, do a mock hem, stripes and punch card knitting.' AH ‘I got to know the machine knitting basics and found out which machine I'd like to buy. I have now got the skills to get started' MH 'This course allowed me to go from being a complete novice to having basic skills and lots of ideas' JP Tutor profile: Lauren Pinches is a fashion and knitwear designer who has worked for companies such as Sibling, Wool and The Gang and Ashley Williams. Lauren has both an undergraduate and a master’s degree in Fashion Knitwear from NTU. Her work demonstrates a creative approach to sustainable textile and garment design practice using a range of knitting technologies combined with handcrafted techniques of crochet and hand knitting. Lauren is also a technician in the Fashion Knitwear department at NTU, where she uses her skills in industrial and domestic knitting and garment manufacture to support the students in realising their projects.

What's included in the price?

Two days of quality tuition with an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Indicative class size: 8


2 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Public transport
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