Knitter Machine knitter, industrial knitter
Knitters produce garments, soft furnishings and accessories by hand and on knitting machines.
1. Entry requirementsThere 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
- 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
Starter: £14,000 to £17,000
Experienced: £18,000 to £20,000 (supervisor)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’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 progressionWith 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