12th January 2017, Leeds
The University of Leeds’ Textile Training Group provides training tailored to the needs of the textiles, fashion, clothing and technical textiles industries. With a strong heritage of supporting and training industry going back to 1874, the University offers a wide range of courses covering textile technology, buying, sourcing, retailing, merchandising, manufacturing and administration.
This year, the University will run another Introduction to Knitwear course taking place from 4-5 April, at the School of Design, University of Leeds. This practical two-day course is primarily intended for buyers, technologists and quality controllers of knitted products in order to increase their awareness about the knitting process, make-up skills, knitted structures and quality issues.
The course focuses on hands-on sessions for delegates and how to get the better results when working with overseas suppliers. The recognition of knitted structures and their analysis, pattern generation, shaping and fashioning will be covered along with the production of cut and sew products. Cost implications are discussed throughout the two days.
The first day of the course begins with a session dedicated to the elements of the knitting machine, including needles, needle beds, cams, loop formation in knit tuck and miss, single bed and double bed machines, as well as terms and definitions.
After lunch, the Knitted structures session will introduce textures and discuss cables, pointelle, and stitch transfer structures. Finally, the day will round off with a session on garment styles and production, which will cover a number of aspects, including: cut and sew; fully fashioned; whole garment; common garment shapes; and common fit faults.
The second day of the short course will commence with discussing yarn requirements for knitwear, such as count, spinning systems, twist, and fibres used in knitwear. Students will be introduced to the yarn count and gauge table.
The second part of the Knitted structures session will focus on colour and will review jacquard, intarsia, stripes, and plating.
The final three sessions of the course will be dedicated to quality aspects for knitwear (stitch length and dimensional stability, common faults, review of bad samples, knitwear techniques in fashion garments), knitted structure analysis (analysis of weft knitted fabric, and yarn path notations), and knitwear finishing (milling, scouring, and printing).