When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Josephine Thompson
  • Course Code W22TTSC05A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Experiment with short row shaping, using holding position, to make various types of directional knitting and three dimensional fabrics for a range of applications. Suitable for students with some prior knowledge of using a knitting machine.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this 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.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • 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.

    Entry requirements

    This course is suitable for students who have basic machine knitting skills. Complete beginners will need to take the introductory course held at the beginning of the academic year in September 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 additonal learning support on 020 7450 1972.

    What you need

    The college supplies a variety of single bed standard gauge Brother knitting machines and a few chunky gauge machines. We have a variety of yarns suitable for machine knitting but you may wish to bring your own for specific project work. 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. It would be useful to bring a sketch book or notebook plus pens and pencils.

    What you can do next

    You may wish to enrol on any of the other Machine Knitting courses available throughout the year or combine your skills with other textile subjects at Morley. Your tutor can advise you in class.