Machine Knitting: Experimental Shaping

When and Where

6 Mar 2020 - 3 Apr 2020 (25 hours, 5 weeks)
Days and times
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Morley College London Waterloo Centre


Full fee
£235 Staged Payments may be available
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Josephine Thompson
Course code

What you will learn

A course for students with previous experience. Learn how to use hold position on the knitting machine to create polygons, darts, inserts, ruffles and frills for soft sculptures and 3 dimensional fabrics. Students will be encouraged to develop shapes organically on the machine as well as follow set formulae for specific shapes.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Knit irregular organic shapes using short row shaping
  • Know how to knit frills and trims using hold position
  • Know how to knit straight and spiral angles
  • Know how to use formulas for knitting polygons
  • Know how to knit short row fabrics with repeating angles

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.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for students who have basic machine knitting skills. Complete 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 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 knitting machines and a few chunky gauge machines also. We have a variety of yarns suitable for machine knitting and weaving, however you may wish to bring your own speciality yarns and materials for weaving such as hand knit yarns, fabric strips and beads. 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.