Knitting Skills: Machines and Making

What is special about this course?

This is a practical course to spend two weeks learning the basics of the domestic knitting machine, how to knit different stitch patterns, work with colour, and complete a simple knit project.

Entry requirements

All ages welcome, no entry requirements needed.

In the first week the practical course is split into three workshops. Workshop 1 teaches the basics of the knit machine, taking you through knitting stockinet in plain and striped knit swatches. Workshop 2 introduces you to pattern and texture. Workshop 3 covers the basic principles of making a knitted item with a lecture on simple design strategies to support making.

The second week is predominantly self-directed. You will take from what you learnt in week one and implement it into a simple knit project: a hat, a scarf or a toddler’s jumper. Knit pattern instructions to guide you are provided to support your learning through this process.


Come with notebook and pens, pencil etc., otherwise all equipment will be provided.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Practical, face -to-face.

How long will my course last?

40 Hours

You will attend the college for 5 days a week for two weeks starting at 09.30am and finishing at 4.00pm each day.

How will I be assessed?

    Practical assessment and portfolio of work.

    • Course assessment is by observation of practical tasks and outcome of final making project

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus

Start date

We have three new sessions planned for 2023:

•            20th - 31st March
•            22nd May - 2nd June
•            12th - 24th June


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


There is a £26 additional cost for consumables.

Additional costs

There is a one off payment of £63 for this course. 

What can I do on completion of my course?

You will have the basic knit skills to be able to make your own products.


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"This course will provide you with all the basic knit skills you need to make a hat or jumper."

Dr Sarah Dearlove, Course Tutor

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