Skip to content

Domestic Machine Knitting and Garment Skills

fkss-2017
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 16 August 2021
  • Course duration: Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

The aim of this course is to encourage you to think creatively about using a domestic knitting machine and to show you how to exploit the equipment to create new, innovative garments.


Many people rely on working from other people’s knitting patterns, as they do not have the skills to write their own patterns.

This can mean you feel compelled to buy expensive new yarn rather than being able to use up the mountain of yarn you have hidden in the cupboard!

This course will furnish you with a range of skills and techniques, which will enable you to design and make garments at home, without the need for fancy gadgets and machinery.

This course is taught using Silver Reed knitting machines; however, you have the option to bring your own machine.

It's suitable for intermediate and advanced machine knitters - the key skills required are the ability to produce fabric on a domestic machine and to be proficient with a transfer tool.

Ideally you will have made at least one garment before.

What will you gain?

You will go home with a range of knitted samples, handouts, a basic pattern block for a jumper and lots of new skills and knowledge that will inspire you to get home and design and plan your next project.

“The tutor took great care to help with our individual requirements both during the course and before – very helpful indeed.” LH

Tutor profile: Dr Jane Taylor has been teaching knitwear design for 17 years, initially at UWE in Bristol and more recently at NTU.

She moved up to Nottingham in 2010 to embark on an MA course at NTU, impressed by the universities’ extensive  knitwear resource - and never left, going on to do a PhD.

Jane has developed her knitting skills to be able to programme and run computerised, industrial machinery; however, she relishes the opportunity to get back to working with her hands on domestic machines.

Indicative maximum class size: 8

Need accommodation for a summer course?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Find out more at: www.ntu.ac.uk/summeraccommodation

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course, you will:

  • gain skills in basic garment design and pattern cutting
  • calculate knitting instructions and learn about yarn counts in order to write your own patterns
  • explore knitting techniques for a range of garment components such as pockets, button bands and neck trims
  • have the opportunity to develop fabric ideas.

Entry requirements

Level: Intermediate

Entry requirement: You should have experience with machine knitting and have made at least one garment (to any standard) before.

Level: Intermediate

Entry requirement: You should have experience with machine knitting and have made at least one garment (to any standard) before.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £540.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £540.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418