In this introductory course, students gain an in-depth understanding of the use of the knitting machine, including a core grasp of pattern drafting and construction techniques. Students initially focus on the “grid” found in most textile structures, and then explore what makes knitting unique–that it can be shaped during the making process, and it stretches. Emphasis is placed on understanding the expressive qualities of color, texture and pattern inherent in knitting, and how to utilize those qualities to explore personal concepts. Students begin with an in-depth study of color, including how landscapes can inform stripes and how a collection of motifs can be integrated into color studies. Students then move on to learn a series of machine knitting techniques, culminating in a rich and comprehensive vocabulary of methods and an extensive personal library of materials and samples. A discussion of the history of knitting and an introduction to methods of finishing are also included. The final project, usually a completed garment, interiors piece or fine arts piece, is an exploration of the multitude of ways one shapes the knitted fabric during the knitting process. No previous knitting/textiles experience is required. The tuition provides access to the RISD Textile Department’s extensive yarn collection for sampling.

Course #1944

Schedule A
June 24–July 30, 2019
Mondays + Tuesdays
9 am–4 pm

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

3 Credits