Distance Knitting

City & Guilds Hand Knitting

7716-16 L3 Certificate: Hand Knit Textiles

Module 1

In this module students will start working on their portfolio of knitted samples and look at various aspects of underpinning knowledge relating to both knitting and design. The knitting samples will include casting on, casting off, selvedges, hems, edgings and understanding the importance of tension swatches. The module will also cover presentation of samples and art work, collecting information for both design and knitting, particularly relating to designer makers and current fashion trends and starting the Yarn File with a focus on animal fibres.

Module 2

This module is focused on design and particularly the theme of LINE. Students will collect visual information and work through a number of exercises to develop a range of design ideas based on the theme of Line (including knitted samples) and develop one idea through to a resolved piece. Students will also consider health and safety aspects in relation to design work.

Module 3

Students will continue to add to their portfolio of knitted samples. In this module they will cover increases, decreases, knit and purl patterns, crossed stitches, cables and raised and embossed stitches. As well as the knitted samples they will contunue to work on the Yarn File, designer makers and also look at the correct and safe use and storage of knitting equipment.

Module 4

In this module students will explore the theme of COLOUR. Students will collect visual information and work through a number of exercises to develop a range of design ideas based on the theme of Colour (including knitted samples) and develop one idea through to a resolved piece. They will also look at how colour has been used by artists and designer makers and how colours have social and religious links in different cultures

Module 5

Students will continue working on their portfolio of samples looking at pockets, necklines, buttonholes and fastenings, decorative techniques and blocking and pressing. They will also continue to add to their Yarn File looking at vegetable based yarns. They will work on the Fashion Accessory craft assessment, developing design ideas from paper through to knitted samples and finally producing the finished original item

Module 6

This module will explore the design theme TEXTURE. Students will collect visual information and work through a number of exercises to develop a range of design ideas based on the theme of Texture (including knitted samples) and develop one idea through to a resolved piece.

Module 7

This module completes the portfoilio of samples with a range of colour knititng, open fabric and stitch combination samples. The Yarn File continues with a look at regenerated cellulose fibres and students will work on their second craft assessment, the Item for Interior use.

Module 8

This module focuses on the Basic Block, taking accurate measurements to draw up a custom fit garment. Students will consider various garment styles and the modifications that have to be made to the block for each style. They will also cover how to calculate and write a garment pattern, illustrate and present a design idea and write notes on designing for different figure types.

Module 9

Students will continue to develop their design skills this time focusing on the theme of SHAPE. As part of the process of collecting visual information students will be asked to write a report (including pictures and sketches) on a visit to a museum, exhibition or Stately Home with a view to collecting design information.

Module 10

In this module students will learn how to translate design images into original knitted swatches. They will conclude the Yarn File with a study of synthetic man-made fibres and will also work on their next craft assessment, a jumper with in-set sleeves.

Module 11

In this module students will develop design ideas based on the theme of FORM, working a variety of exercises using both standard and non-standard materials. Students will also complete their report on designer makers in knititng and current fashion trends.

Module 12

The final module will be focusing on the design development, sampling and making of the Cardigan/Jacket to complete the craft assessments