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Domestic Machine Knitting for Beginners

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
  • Start Date(s): 20 January 2024 / 13 April 2024
  • Duration: Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm, two days
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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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.

  • You’ll be part of a design community in our creative studio culture; one that promotes discussion and collaboration, and encourages experimentation and the constant swapping of ideas.
  • With a limited class size you'll have the one-to-one attention you need to ensure you leave with the skills to continue developing your designs at home or work.
  • Benefit from learning with an experienced tutor who has established links to the profession and significant experience working in varied practices.
  • On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.

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 Jane, 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

What you’ll study

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.

How you’re taught

This course will be delivered in person on Nottingham Trent University City Campus.

Further information

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.

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.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £295.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply