Alternative titles for this job include Machine knitter, industrial knitter

Knitters produce garments, soft furnishings and accessories by hand and on knitting machines.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter


£20,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

50 to 52 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

How to become a knitter

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • applying directly


You may be able to start by doing a course like:

  • Level 1 Award in Fashion and Textiles
  • Level 2 Certificate In Fashion

You'll need to check that knitting is included in the course content. Some colleges and adult learning centres offer hand or machine knitting craft courses for learners who have a general interest or knit as a hobby.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this route.

More Information

Direct Application

You could apply directly for jobs if you've got experience in creative crafts, sewing or textiles. Training is given on the job in many cases.

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Further information

You can get more information on working in crafts and creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to work on your own
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • observation and recording skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • read design patterns
  • create knitting samples
  • produce ‘made-to-order’ products by hand or on domestic machines
  • use industrial knitters for production line work
  • finish products by hand
  • check quality

Working environment

You could work in a workshop, in a factory or from home.

Career path and progression

Career path and progression

With experience you could become a production supervisor, move into quality control or set up your own small business.

You could also become a knitwear designer for a textiles company by completing a higher education qualification in fashion.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

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