Course Title: Produce knitted textile samples

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: VART5906C

Course Title: Produce knitted textile samples

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact :

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259201

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Nominal Hours: 80

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

This course is delivered concurrently with MANU 7212C Perform Knitting Operations.

 Part time students are advised to be undertaking or to have completed    VART 5905C Analyse the use of Colour in Textiles,   VART 5904C Assist in the Development of Textile Designs prior to enrolling in this course.  

You will undertake colour and design projects which will be applied into this practical /studio based course.

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to perform knitting techniques to enable students produce knitted samples.

This unit covers both the theory of knit structure and the hands-on skills required to set-up and operate  a knitting machine.

You will produce a range of samples suitable for use in commercial applications(fashion & homewares) as well as developing samples for the studio -based knit textile marketplace.

You will also undertake research into current trends in the commercial knit textiles industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4001A Produce knitted textile samples


1 Interpret production requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Pattern requirements are analysed and design specifications discussed with appropriate personnel to confirm production requirements
1.2 Desired effects of knitting are identified and appropriate knitting structure and technique selected to match required outcome
1.3 Materials and yarns, quantities and knitting techniques are selected according to design requirements


2 Produce knitted design sample

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Workstation, tools and equipment are set up according to specifications for work
2.2 Yarns to be knitted are checked against quality standards
2.3 Knitting techniques are undertaken to meet design specifications for sample and according to OH&S practices
2.4 Knitting techniques and outcomes are monitored throughout to identify production faults


3 Check quality of sample

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Completed sample is checked against design specifications and pattern to ensure quality standards are met
3.2 Knit faults and production problems are identified and causes determined
3.3 Knitting process, technique and materials used are analysed to determine necessary modifications to knitting techniques, processes or patterns


4 Complete production process

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Knit faults and production problems are rectified or sample is reproduced according to modifications
4.2 Knitted sample is finished according to design specifications
4.3 Modifications and processes are documented
4.4 Outcomes are examined with appropriate personnel and possible modifications to design are discussed and documented

Learning Outcomes

This Studio based course will allow students to undertake a variety of projects and assessment tasks that will enable them to demonstrate skills and knowledge in the following;

• analyse design specifications and interpret production requirements
• identify and address faults
• make minor adjustments to equipment
• produce knitted samples according to design specifications
• monitor own work and conduct quality check of samples outcome

Details of Learning Activities

This Course is workshop  and studio based.

Students will undertake a variety of practical based assignments  that involve using yarns, hand tools, machinery and equipment in a safe manner, to develop a range of samples .

Students will learn to maintain detailed records of many of the processes used

There may be some industry visits, small group exercises, class discussion and demonstrations.

Teaching Schedule

  This  course is delivered concurrently with MANU7212C Perform Knitting Operations Please refer to the week by week teaching schedule published in the course guide .

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Machine Knitting – Injoo Kim & Ruth Burbank
The Art of Knitting – Francoise Tellier-Loumagne
Knitwear in Fashion – Sandy Black
Belgian Fashion Design – Luc Derycke & Sandra Van De Veire
A History of Hand-Knitting – Richard Rutt

An illustrated Handbook of Machine Knitting - Janet Nabney

The Machine Knitting book - John Allen

Other Resources

Students will need to bring to class the following items:                                                                                                                                                                                             

Workbook/plastic pocket folder for sample collection and recording, and writing materials - always

Tape measure

Tapestry needles - always


Students will need to purchase their own yarn for assessment Task 3- Knit a Scarf in adult sizing

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency. Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner. Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including:

  • undertaking OHS checklists
  • identify appropriate materials and equipment to use to knit samples
  • maintain a technical file / work book to document processes and techniques
  • create knitted samples
  • use colour and design principals and elements to interpret a Theme
  • maintain records and undertake analysis of production processes

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

Technical Task 1 – Quiz and Observation checklist (Perform Knitting Ops.)
Technical Task 2 – Knit a garment panel

Assessment Task 1 – Technical File 35%
Part A – Knitted Samples (Produce Knitted Textile Samples)
Part B – Specification Sheets (Perform Knitting Ops.)
Assessment Task 2 – Swatch Book 30%
Assessment Task 3 – Socks 35%                       

Assessment Matrix

Elements                                          Assessment                                                                                                           
1. Interpret production requirements

Tech. File,Sample/Swatch book
Knitted Scarf

Tech. File, Swatch book,
Knitted Scarf, Tech. File, Sample/Swatch book,
Knitted Scarf

2. Produce knitted design sample

Quiz & Observation Checklist
Swatch book, Knitted Scarf

3. Check quality of sample

Swatch book, Knitted Scarf
Tech. File
Swatch book

4. Complete production process

Tech File and Swatch book

Knitted Scarf and workbook

Tech File and Scarf workbook

Tech File, Swatch book & Knitted Scarf

Other Information

This course is delivered in a simulated industry environment.         

While students are working in studios or workshops they are expected to adhere to  all OH&S policies and procedures.

  • Flat fully covered shoes must be worn at all times.
  • When operating knit machines long hair must be tied back 
  • Jewellery that could be caught in machines, such as necklaces and earrings, must  be removed.
  •  No food and drink to be brought into workshops 
  • Students at this level must ALWAYS work under supervision.

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