When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Josephine Thompson
  • Course Code W23TTSC01D
  • 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 modular 3D fabrics.
  • There will be an optional project to design and make a therapy doll (a worry monster) for a children’s charity. This is an ideal opportunity to let your imagination run free and create something unique and extremely useful.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Students will learn through observing tutor demonstration followed by practical experience supported by technical handouts. 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.

    Entry requirements

    This course is suitable for students who have basic machine knitting skills. Complete beginners will need to take a beginners course before enrolling on 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 before enrolling.

    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 or combine your skills with other textile subjects at Morley. Your tutor can advise you in class. For textiles inspiration follow us on Instagram @textilesatmorley