About the Course
Learn to make your own 2 colour, single bed, jacquard punch cards and experiment with various yarns and stitch manipulation. Design your own punch
By the end of the course you will be able to
Understand repeating patterns and how to apply them to your machine knitting
Design and make your own punchcard
Experiment with hand manipulating floats and needle selection
Experiment with different yarn combinations for felting
Experiment with yarns that distort your knitting such as lycra and solvron
Know how to use your designs for simples accessories and garments
Class format and activities
Students will learn through observing tutor demonstration followed by practical experience supported by technical hand outs. There will be an emphasis on sharing knowledge and experience through discussion, show and tell and group critique. The tutor will facilitate group discussions and work with students one-to-one and in groups.
In order to ensure that you make best possible progress on your course you will have regular and detailed feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
This course is suitable for students who have basic Machine Knitting skills and know how to use a punch card for automatic patterning. Beginners will need to take the introductory course VTX198A before enrolling for this one.
What you need to know before you enrol
The machine knitting studio is located in the Nancy Seear block on the second floor accessible by stairs or lift and chair lift. The machines are stored in cupboards and are fairly heavy. If you have any back problems please advise the tutor who will assist you in setting up and taking down the machine at the end of class. You need a moderate level of fitness to move the carriage back and forth across the needle bed. If you have any mobility support needs please contact ALS or Art and Design admin before enrolling.
What you will need for your class
The college supplies a variety of single bed standard gauge Brother knitting machines and a few chunky gauge machines also. We have a variety of yarns and specialist materials such as Lycra, monofilament, wire and solvron although you may wish to bring your own yarns if you intend to produce a range of items for our Winter Fair held in December. The tutor will advise on suppliers in the first lesson. The college provides stitch related graph paper and blank punch card and punchers for making your own cards. There will be a small charge of £1.00 for any extra cards if required.
It would be useful to bring a sketch book or notebook plus pens and pencils and any images you would like to use in developing your designs.
What you can do next
You may wish to enrol on any of the other Machine Knitting courses available or combine your skills with other textile subjects at Morley. Your tutor can advise you in class.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.