About the Course
This course is suitable for those with some prior knowledge of machine knitting on a domestic single bed machine who may not have used punchcards before, and for those wanting to experiment beyond the basic techniques shown in knitting machine manuals. Students are encouraged to build a reference folder of techniques to take away and develop further at home.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Know how to knit slip stitch fabrics using punchcards for both textured and more three dimensional surfaces.
Know how to knit tuck stitch both manually using hold position, and automatically using suitable punchcards.
Know how to knit tuck lace for fabric and decorative trims.
Know how to knit lace and multi transfer lace using the lace carriage with suitable punchcards.
Know how to knit manual lace and more open experimental lace effects using hand tooling techniques.
Know how to identify suitable punchcards for the different stitch techniques used throughout the course.
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 skills using a single bed domestic knitting machine.
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 punchcard knitting machines and a couple of chunky gauge machines. We have a range of yarns in the studio, including ends of lines, surplus and recycled stock. The tutor can advise on suppliers if needed for specific yarns. 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. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.