Knitwear Design

Knitwear Design

Knitwear Design is emerging as a growth area in the new world order. The Knitwear Design specialisation offered by Department of Fashion & Textiles is structured keeping in view the future requirements of the Indian knitting industry. The students get an opportunity to work on state-of-the-art equipment like computerised flat bed knitting machines such as Shima Seiki and Stoll. They are also exposed to the techniques and variations in the circular and flat knitting manufacturing techniques, possible structure developments, processing and garmenting.

Skills / Processes:

Knitwear Designers oversee the product throughout its development and manufacture and therefore need to know about the design and technical side of production. A knitwear designer may spent their time collecting ideas and looking for trends before sketching ideas or using a computer programme to draw designs. Then they develop ideas into patterns, make samples and oversee the production of the items. They also source, select yarns.

Students undertaking Knitwear Design are provided with an understanding of principles of design and construction for full fashion, knitwear including: fashion illustration, pattern drafting, swatch development, knitwear construction, utilizing the hand loom and stoll industrial knitting equipment, specification and cost analysis. They are also taught to handle the challenges of circular and flat-bed knitting in domestic and export fields. They learn about topics related to the knitted apparel comprising basic pattern making, flat knitting, garment construction, design application for fashion, history of world costumes, and more.Gradually, they are given training of key areas of knitwear that include digital fashion illustration, circular knitting, patternmaking for knits (women's wear) and garment construction for knits. Traditional design ability is sharpened with craft surveys, design and documentation.

Career Opportunities:

Knitwear designers are employed in a variety of different fields and specialise in product areas such as fully fashioned knitwear, hand-knitwear, technical jersey sportswear, socks and hosiery. Knitwear designers provide value and addition to multiple areas for fashion business; be it apparel designers, fashion forecasters, fashion stylists, product developers, production managers or merchandisers.

Potential Employers

Louis Philippe

Van Heusen

Allen Solly


US Polo Assn

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