Introduction to knitwear

Course overview

This practical two day course is primarily intended for buyers, technologists and quality controllers of knitted products in order to increase their awareness about the knitting process, make-up skills, knitted structures and quality issues.

The course focuses on hands- on sessions for delegates and how to get the better results when working with overseas suppliers. The recognition of knitted structures and their analysis, pattern generation, shaping and fashioning will be covered along with the production of cut and sew products. Cost implications are discussed throughout the two days.

Course structure

Day 1

• The Machine
- knitting elements, needles, needle beds and cams
- loop formation in knit tuck and miss
- single bed/double bed
- terms and definitions

• Knitted structures 1: texture
- stitch transfer
- tuck and miss patterning
- pointelle and cables

• Garment styles & production
- cut and sew
- fully fashioned
- whole garment
- common garment shapes
- common fit faults

Day 2

• Machine requirements for knitwear
- CAD systems
- Machine functions

• Knitted structures 2: colour
- Jacquard
- intarsia
- stripes
- plating

• Quality aspects for knitwear
- stitch length and dimensional stability
- common faults, review of bad samples
- knitwear techniques in fashion garments

• Yarns for knitwear

• Knitted fabric analysis
- analysis of weft knitted fabrics
- yarn path notations

• Knitwear finishing
- milling
- scouring
- printing

Contact email

training@leeds.ac.uk

Contact phone

0113 343 37858