Course Title: Design and produce knitted textile products

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: VART6465C

Course Title: Design and produce knitted textile products

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6165 - Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Betty Kanzurovski

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259232

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rohani Osman



Nominal Hours: 120

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

VART 6451C (MSTTD4001) Produce knitted textile samples

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to develop designs and produce knitted textile products to meet a specified design brief.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTTD5001 Design and produce knitted textile products


1 Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) 1.2 Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times 1.3 Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs 1.4 Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2 Prepare to design and produce knitted textile products

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Interpret design requirements and specifications from brief and analyse elements of design 2.2 Develop design to meet design brief and in accordance with principles of design and product purpose 2.3 Use communication tools to present knit design for feedback 2.4 Respond to feedback, adjust design accordingly and confirm design for production 2.5 Plan production of knitted design sample


3 Produce knitted design sample

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Set up workstation, tools and equipment according to specifications 3.2 Check yarns to be knitted against quality standards 3.3 Undertake knitting techniques to meet design specifications for sample and according to workplace procedures 3.4 Check knitted sample to ensure it meets quality standards


4 Evaluate design and production processes

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Assess knitted sample against design specifications, pattern and design brief 4.2 Identify knit faults and recognise design or production problems 4.3 Analyse design and evaluate to identify opportunities for improvement 4.4 Evaluate production process to identify opportunities for improvement 4.5 Document process and improvements

Learning Outcomes

In this unit of competency you will learn to interpret and analyse a design brief and develop a design for a knitted product, such as a garment, furnishing, accessories or fabric. The design brief may be determined by a client and/or your trainer.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities in the course will be a combination of teacher presentations, practical demonstrations, peer teaching and class presentations, and independent project based work within a knitting production studio.

Teaching Schedule


Class content



Overview of course

Studio & equipment briefing

WHS induction refresher

Delivery of all assessment tasks for the semester.


Contemporary knitwear designers and knit examples.

Discussion about potential knit products.


Refresh of machine knit techniques, trouble shooting and general maintenance.


Advanced partial knitting techniques.



  • Hand knitting and crochet techniques
  • Fair Isle knitting: developing your own designs


Begin development of individual design direction including colour palette, texture, techniques, and potential fabric outcomes for knit products.


Collect images for visual diary to analyse and reflect upon. Include annotations for these in your visual diary (This should be an ongoing process throughout the semester).


Testing your colour palette:  Make yarn wraps and stripe proportion samples for visual diary




Double bed knitting; introduction to the ribbing attachment for double bed fabrics.


Tension swatches:

•          Calculations for tension swatches

•          Pattern making for knits; considerations, calculations, measurements etc.


Begin sampling ideas for knit products


Individual student meetings to discuss your product proposal; bring visual diary and any other support material.



Using the intarsia carriage

Submit  Assessment task 1


Knitted jacquard:

  • Different types of knitted jacquard, advantages and disadvantages
  • Image and colour limitations
  • Appropriate yarn
  • Image conversion and file format for Shima Seiki output


Embellishment and experimental knitting techniques


Continue sampling ideas for knit products



Continue sampling ideas for knit products



Continue sampling ideas for knit products.


Individual student meetings to discuss your product proposal; bring visual diary and any other support material.



Individual student presentations of proposal

Submit  Assessment task 2


Product specifications:

•          yarn and materials requirements

•          determine appropriate knitting techniques

•          production requirements

•          production time line


Begin knitting for knit products



Continue knitting for knit products



Individual tutorials; bring visual diary and any other support material.


Continue knitting for knit products



Continue knitting for knit products



Individual tutorials; bring visual diary and any other support material.


Continue knitting for knit products


Presentation requirements for final knit products submission.



Continue knitting for knit products.

Finalise presentation package for final submission.



Finalise knitting for knit products

Submit Assessment task 3


Feedback and housekeeping


Please note: use this as a guide only, class content is subject to change

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Knitting machinery, tools and limited yarn for sampling will be provided. You will need to source your own yarn for production.


Please bring the following to each session:

Pen, pencil, eraser, lined paper, graph paper, scissors, masking tape, double sided tape, darning/tapestry needle, tape measure/ruler.

Make sure that you have a digital camera, smart phone or tablet to bring to class to document or record demonstrations given by the teacher.

The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all the assessment to a satisfactory standard.

You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Competency is achieved only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period. Students are advised that they may be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to confirm aspects of competency not evidenced in class or through assessments.

Results for this course are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:
CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

Assessment Tasks


To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on MyRMIT for full assessment criteria

Once you have demonstrated competency, you will also receive a grade for the course. (Refer to Canvas for grading rubric).

Assessment task 1 – Textile Product Research and Textile Product Proposal (draft)

Due Week 4


Assessment task 2 – Textile Portfolio and Textile Product Proposal (final)

Due Week 8


Assessment task 3 – Knitted textile products & technical file

Due Week 15



Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration (or Program Coordinator)

Other Information

Studio WHS

This course is delivered in a production studio environment. You must wear appropriate clothing including closed toed shoes, no loose clothing or jewellery and long hair must be tied back. You will not be permitted into the studio if these rules are not adhered to. A studio WHS induction must be completed (or current) before students area allowed to access equipment, materials and machinery.


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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