Do you own a knitting machine but don’t use it well, or at all? Or perhaps you're thinking of buying a knitting machine but not sure if it’s right for you? Come and join this course and learn how to knit simple garments and maximise the functions of a knitting machine. Bring your own machine in good working order, or use one of the Brother machines in the classroom, and learn the basics of machine knitting.
This is a beginners course in machine knitting. We will cover:
Equipment and some yarn will be supplied by the tutor. It is recommended that students bring their own machine (Brother preferred) so they get used to using it.
Anyone who would like to learn machine knitting, and people that have a little experience and would like to learn more techniques.
Your knitting machine in good working order. Phillipa recommends the Brother 830/836/881 or similar to begin with, as these are the machines she is familiar with. A ribber is optional but good to have. Bring some 4-ply yarn to the class if you have some on hand (acrylic is fine). Bring a pen and paper for note-taking. Phillipa will have extra machines available in the classroom for you to use if you don't have your own.
I am working as a jewellery designer and like to have projects I can do in the evenings/weekends. I returned to hand knitting a couple of years ago, and, as I wanted to produce garments quickly, investigated machine knitting.
I found someone to help me initially; and realised there were a lot of skills involved; the machine needs to be well set up and maintained, and a lot of knowledge is required to create a garment.
I proceeded to teach myself from YouTube videos, also learning how to dismantle my machine and do maintenance. I bought a bulk lot of machines last year before lockdown in August and spent the time restoring them.
I am a member of two machine knitting clubs in Auckland and we often get requests from people wanting to learn, so I decided to offer a course.
Term Time: Monday - Wednesday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday - Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm
School Holidays: When courses are running the office is open 9:00am - 4:00pm