Machine knitter, industrial knitter
Knitters produce garments, soft furnishings and accessories by hand and on knitting machines.
Salary range: £14,000 to £20,000
How to become a knitter
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You may be able to start by doing a course like:
- Level 1 Award in Fashion and Textiles
- Level 2 Certificate In Fashion
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.
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You could do an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in fashion and textiles to become a knitter.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could apply directly for jobs if you’ve got experience in creative crafts, sewing or textiles. Training is given on the job in many cases.
You can get more information on working in crafts and creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- persistence and determination
- the ability to work on your own
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to work well with your hands
- physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
- observation and recording skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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
You could work in a workshop, in a factory or from home.
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.