- Use creative flair and a passion for knitting in this job role, creating specialist designs for customers
- Possibilities to set up your own business or work from home
- Produce 'made-to-order' products by hand or on domestic machines
You can progress knitting from a hobby into a career, using creative skill to complete individual customer orders.
- 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
You could be based in a workshop, factory or work from home.
For this role, you'll need physical skills, thoroughness and attention to detail, persistence and determination, the ability to work well both on your own and with others, observation and recording skills, and patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
There are no set entry requirements but experience in creative crafts, sewing or textiles would be helpful, as training is given on the job in many cases.
You may be able to do a course in fashion and textiles or fashion for this job role. You'll need to check that knitting is included in the course content. Some colleges and adult learning centres offer hand or machine knitting craft courses for learners who have a general interest or knit as a hobby.
You could get into this job through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in fashion and textiles to become a knitter.
You could also become a knitwear designer for a textiles company by completing a higher education qualification in fashion.
With experience you could become a production supervisor, move into quality control, or set up your own small business.