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Knitter Machine knitter, industrial knitter

Knitters produce garments, soft furnishings and accessories by hand and on knitting machines.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £20,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but experience in creative crafts, sewing or textiles would be helpful. Training is given on-the-job in many cases.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Creative Skillset has more information about working in this industry.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • attention to detail
  • practical and creative skills
  • the ability to work quickly and to deadlines

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include: 

  • reading design patterns
  • creating knitting samples
  • producing ‘made-to-order’ products by hand or on domestic machines
  • using industrial knitters for production line work
  • finishing products by hand
  • checking quality

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £17,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £20,000 (supervisor)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work from 37 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.

You could be based in a textiles workshop, factory or work from home.

6. Career path and progression

With experience you could become a production supervisor, move into quality control or set up your own small business.

You could also become a knitwear designer for a textiles company by completing a higher education qualification in fashion.

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Last updated: 21 December 2016