Course Title: Produce knitted textile samples

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: VART6451C

Course Title: Produce knitted textile samples

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4390 - Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production

Course Contact: Deborah Wills-Ives

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9233

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rohani Osman

Ph: 9925 9428

Staff office: 513.03.01


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


Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to use a knitting machine to produce a range of knitted design samples or fabrics. You will be required to interpret design and production specifications when producing the samples and check and amend samples to meet the specification requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTTD4001 Produce knitted textile samples


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 produce knitted textile samples

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Analyse pattern requirements and discuss design specifications with appropriate personnel to confirm production requirements 2.2 Identify desired effects of knitting and select appropriate knitting structure and technique to match required outcome 2.3 Select materials and yarns, quantities and knitting techniques according to design requirements


3 Produce knitted design sample

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Set up workstation, tools and equipment according to specifications and workplace procedures 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 Monitor knitting techniques and outcomes throughout to identify production faults


4 Complete production process

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Rectify knit faults and production problems or reproduce sample according to modifications 4.2 Finish knitted sample according to design specifications 4.3 Document modifications and processes 4.4 Examine outcomes with appropriate personnel and discuss and document possible modifications to design

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in producing knitted fabrics or samples. When producing the knitted samples you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to follow workplace safety requirements, interpret design & production specifications, operate a knitting machine, check the quality to identify any faults of product and address issues either by amending process or machine settings

Details of Learning Activities

During this course you will learn how to operate a knitting machine to create your own knitted fabrics. Through class demonstrations you will become familiar with the functions of a domestic knitting machine and the processes involved to apply different techniques to create textile outcomes. The use of images, diagrams and commercially knitted garments will be used to demonstrate the application of these knitting techniques. You will gain an understanding of different yarn types, uses and performances of knit fabrics in order to make decisions for their use for textile applications.

Throughout this course you will learn how to creatively translate and interpret design ideas into knit structures and how they can be applied in a textile design context. By exploring colour, texture, fibres and shape you are encouraged to create dynamic knitted textile samples that may be used for outcomes such as fashion, home furnishings or experimental textiles.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: The content of this schedule should be used as a guide only and is subject to change.


Learning Activity

Class Outcomes


Overview of Course  Guide

Studio WHS induction


Introduction to Knit structure and yarn appropriateness


Briefing: Assessment Task1Technical File

Introduction to the knitting machine – setting up the machine, names and functions of machine parts

Techniques –        e-wrap cast on, single jersey

                                Tension stripes

                                Coloured stripes

                                Cast off


Finishing techniques; sewing in ends and using the steam iron


Sample  #’s

  1. Single jersey, cast off
  2. Tension stripes
  3. Coloured stripes



How to compile information for a specifications sheet


Shaping fabric – Fully fashioned shaping

Techniques –        Increasing & decreasing on the edge

                                Increasing & decreasing fully fashioned

                                Multiple stitch shaping


Sample  #’s

  1. Increasing & decreasing on the edge
  2. Increasing & decreasing fully fashioned
  3. Multiple stitch shaping



Complete specifications sheets for all knitted samples from this session and last session (6 samples)



Edging on fabrics
Techniques –        Tubular hem

                                Picot hem


Sample  #’s

  1. Tubular hem
  2. Picot hem
  3. Welts


Complete accompanying specifications sheets



Hand manipulated techniques
Techniques –        Pointelle (manual lace)

                                Ladders & large holes


Assessment:         Observational Checklist  (during class)

                                Quiz (CANVAS)

Sample  #’s

  1. Pointelle (manual lace)
  2. Ladders & large holes



Complete accompanying specifications sheets



Hand manipulated techniques
Techniques –        Tuck stitch

                                Partial knitting



Sample  #’s

  1. Tuck stitch
  2. Partial knitting


Complete accompanying specifications sheets



Learner directed class

All knitting for technical file to be completed during this class







Due:  Assessment Task1 – Technical File beginning of class


Briefing: Assessment Task 2 – Swatch Collection


Knitting from images

Class exercise:  using reference images to inspire knitted design samples; colour, texture, shape


Begin research for Assessment task 2


Knit class exercise samples and complete accompanying specifications sheets


Easter break

Thursday 29 March – Wednesday 4 April


Trims and embellishments

Techniques –        Manual knitting (drop stitch)


                                Attaching knitting on the machine


Bring in mood board for Assessment task 2

Create 3 different yarn wrap palettes for swatches


Begin swatch sampling


Knit class exercise samples and complete accompanying specifications sheets



Continue knitting for Assessment task 2



Individual review for work in progress for Assessment task 2


Continue knitting for Assessment task 2



Continue knitting for Assessment task 2



Due:  Assessment Task 2 – Swatch Collection  beginning of class


Briefing: Assessment Task 3 – Knitted Object


Class exercises:    Partial knitting 3D forms


Begin research for Assessment task 3


Knit class exercise samples and complete accompanying specifications sheets



Present to class concept for knitted object


Continue knitting for Assessment task 3




Continue knitting for Assessment task 3



Continue knitting for Assessment task 3


Hand in Assessment Task 2 PART B – Kintted Object by end of class


Return all yarns and equipment back to knit cupboards






Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Elliot, S 2015, KNIT: Innovations in Fashion, Art, Design, Laurence King Publishing Ltd

Tellier-Loumagne, F 2005, The Art of Knitting; Inspirational stitches, textures and surfaces, Thames & Hudson

Christofferson, B-M 2012, Pop Knitting, Bold Motifs Using Colour & Stitch, Interweave Press

Other Resources

Knitting machinery, tools and yarn will be provided.


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.

If you have a digital camera, smart phone or tablet please 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

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and has been designed to measure achievement of each element in a flexible manner. Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including projects and assignments, designed for students to demonstrate their ability to produce knitted textile samples. To successful complete this course students must demonstrate competency in all elements as listed.  Students will be eligible for a graded result higher than Competency achieved only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period and on the first assessment attempt. Units assessed as ‘not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ‘competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but will not be eligible for grading. 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. All work must be submitted by the due date. Late submission will not be graded higher than a Competency Achieved (CAG).
Assessment will consist of 3 tasks.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester on all assessment tasks. All the assessment tasks must be completed before competency can be achieved.

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. Full assessment details will be distributed in class. Once you have demonstrated competency you will also receive an overall grade for the course.

Assessment Task 1 – Technical File
   Due Week 7 Friday 23 March (beginning of class)

This project will enable you to develop swatches for knitted textiles. You will compile a resource file of knitted samples with accompanying technical specifications sheets learned via class demonstrations.

Assessment Task 2 – Swatch Collection   Due Week 12 Friday 4 May (beginning of class)

You will create a collection of patterned and textured swatches by applying hand manipulated knitting techniques. By developing a mood board to use as inspiration, you will select a colour palette and thematic direction on which to base the knitted swatches on. From this, you will design and produce a collection of 6 coordinating swatches that have been finished and presented to a professional standard.

Assessment Task 3 – Knitted Object   Due Week 15 Friday 25 May (by end of class)

You will create a small knitted object using the techniques you have learned during this course. A theme/product board will be created to use as inspiration for the final knitted accessory outcome with images communicating design direction/theme, colour palette, product outcome, materials and techniques. You will design and produce the object to a ‘market ready’ standard, ie. shows professional finishing, has been knitted soundly, and is suitable for the retail market.

Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades:

CHD      Competent with High Distinction

CDI        Competent with Distinction

CC         Competent with Credit

CAG      Competency Achieved - Graded

NYC      Not Yet Competent

DNS      Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

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

Other Information

Studio WHS

This course is delivered in a production studio environment.

Each student must complete a knit studio WHS induction to be granted access to studio equipment and resources.

Students must wear appropriate clothing and footwear (closed toed flat shoes). You will not be permitted into the studio if these rules are not adhered to.


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 verbal and written feedback on all work submitted as well as formative feedback during project 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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