About the Course
Make a simple garment. Using a single bed machine, this course will cover hems, simple shaping and making a tension swatch for accurate sizing. Garments could be simple sweaters, kimono shapes, childrens' or baby wear. Suitable for students who have prior knowledge. Some materials supplied.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Knit and measure a tension swatch.
Calculate stitches and rows for specific measurements.
Knit simple hems or edgings for your garment.
Shape your knitting using increases and decreases.
Use short row shaping if applicable for your design.
Block your garment pieces in preparation for construction.
Construct your garment using both hand stitching and joining on the machine.
Class format and activities
Students will learn through observing tutor demonstration followed by practical experience supported by technical handouts where applicable. 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.
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 on 020 7450 1972 or Art and Design admin on 020 7450 1934 before enrolling.
What you will need for your class
The college supplies a variety of single bed standard gauge Brother punchcard knitting machines and a couple of chunky gauge machines. Although we have a range of yarns in the studio many are non repeatable and might not be suitable for larger adult garments due to quantity of yarn needed. Students are encouraged to bring their own yarn if they wish to knit an adult garment. The tutor can advise in advance on suppliers if needed. The college provides stitch related graph paper and blank punch card and punchers for making your own cards if needed. There will be a small charge of £1.00 for any extra cards if required. You will need a notebook plus pen and pencil. A small pair of scissors and tape measure are useful.
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 or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.