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Machine Knitting

Machine Knitting

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Berni Yates


This course aims to bring together people of all abilities and disciplines with a passion for Fashion and Textiles, with the shared interest and curiosity of experimental domestic machine knitting. You will be taken through basic techniques on the domestic knitting machines, using standard yarns (provided), and then research your own ideas towards creating experimental pieces.

Topics covered

You will be given the opportunity to experiment and explore your ideas through two dimensional and three-dimensional knitting sculptures.
Each student will be treated as an individual and your work will reflect your personality and style – you will have weekly tutorials with the lead tutor and will also get the opportunity to meet undergraduate students from Fashion and Textiles who will show their work and talk about their courses

By the end of the course you will have a portfolio of experimental, forward-thinking, raw ideas to be used in future work, as well as a refreshed awareness of your own creative thinking.

You will be shown best practice of presentation for your work and how to put together a portfolio for applying to Foundation, BA or postgraduate courses in fashion and Textiles

Who should take this course

The course is aimed at students who are thinking of applying to Foundation, Degree or postgraduate courses in fashion, knitwear, textiles, costume design or jewellery. However, it is just as suitable for any curious creative person who wants to pick up new skills or even established designers who need a refresh!

All levels

Entry Requirements

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Berni Yates has over 30 years experience in the Fashion and Textiles sector – she has worked for Central Saint Martins for the past 20 years – her specialist area is Fashion Knitwear she has taught on BA Textiles throughout her career.
Berni also designs and delivers outreach programmes for CSM working with 16 – 18 year olds supporting on portfolio building for Foundation and BA courses at CSM. She has a wealth of knowledge of the Fashion and Textiles industry and continues to design and manufacture her own label of bespoke Hand knit garments. She is also joint course director for Textiles Portfolio short course at CSM.

Berni has a broad knowledge of learning and teaching at CSM and UAL more broadly so is well placed to help with portfolio building.


Please bring with you:

  • Scissors
  • Sketch book
  • Pencil / pen

  • We will provide basic yarns to get you started but it is a good idea to bring a selection of traditional yarns (can be hand knitting) and a variety of materials to inspire you and which can perhaps be incorporated into the knitting.

    Available dates