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Understanding Knitwear

Understanding Knitwear

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Beth Jelly


This knitwear course will provide you with a better understanding of the knitwear yarns and machinery used in bulk production. Samples will be studied so you can identify the most common knitwear structures used on the High Street. Performance, characteristics and cost implications will also be covered.

The course will be delivered at our Lime Grove site, where you can see the latest whole garment knitting machine and a linking machine in action. You should leave us better equipped to negotiate with suppliers and deal with any production issues, with a stronger grasp of terminology and the industry as a whole.

The course includes:

  • Yarn qualities and dyeing methods
  • Different knitted structures and common terminology
  • Machines and gauges
  • Demonstration of a whole garment knitting machine
  • Different methods of garment make up and linking demonstration

Suitable for:

This course is suitable for product developers/ buyers/assistant buyers/designers and anyone who needs to gain a better understanding of knitted garments. The course would also suit garment technicians with little experience in this product area. 

A full range of complementary Understanding Fabrics courses are available, view all courses on our website

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


Your place on the course is not confirmed until you have booked online or over the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking however places are offered on a first come first served basis, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Beth Jelly is an experienced buying manager with expertise in womenswear. In her previous roles she directed buying strategies, range planning and development through to product delivery. She worked at Oasis for 15 years, starting as a senior buyer and then buying manager for knitwear for 4 years. She has gained a high degree of technical knowledge in knitwear, jersey-wear and swimwear and developed keen market awareness during her 25 years in the retail industry. Beth also launched the first George clothing range for Asda, having previously worked for George Davies at Next, and worked with him as a founding partner of the George Davies Partnership. As part of this she developed the first men’s knitwear and jersey-wear range for the Next Directory launch.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Notebook and pen

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