Experimental Machine Knitting and Hand Knitting

Course Description

This two day course is for beginners and improvers, and is designed to give you a broad introduction to the skills of hand knitting and machine knitting. Beginners will explore knitting through learning basic principles, creating knitted samples through colour, texture, shaping and pattern You will create your own technical file using professional terminology for pattern and textile. You will also learn about a variety of yarns and finishing techniques.

Location: Camden

Course Content

Beginners will complete a technical file of your own knitting stitches, learn the basics of knitting and go on to create textured, patterns and shaped samples.
Intermediates will use existing knitting knowledge to knit a hat on 5 needles.
Improvers will be introduced to beginners 5 needle knitting, where you will use your existing knowledge of pattern reading to knit in the round and create a bobble hat.
Advanced knitters will design and knit and construct their own Fairisle purse.
If you are an advanced knitter, you will use your existing knitting knowledge to design and knit a Fairisle purse.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will have an individual learning plan to which you can add personal aims. You will work at your own pace and your progress will be reviewed regularly. At the end of the course, you will receive feedback on your achievements and the tutor can advise you on next steps.

Resources used within each lesson are available for students on the online learning platform, iLearn.

Independent Learning

There is no formal homework, however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, gigs or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course.

Qualification you will achieve

There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College provides all the basic materials and equipment you will need to complete the course. Your tutor will advise you where you can buy materials or equipment to extend your study, should you wish.

The College also provides additional financial support through the Discretionary Learner Support Fund (DLSF); however there are eligibility criteria that applies. Please refer to the DLSF policy which can be found at the main reception.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk