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 lab fee provides access to the RISD Textile Department’s extensive yarn collection for sampling.
June 29 – August 4
Thursdays + Fridays
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,475
Lab Fee $80
Dylan Uscher is a self-taught knitwear designer from Boston, MA. He moved to Toronto in 2005 to study linguistics at the University of Toronto. In 2010 he finished his Master of Arts and began pursuing a career in fashion. He is owner and principle designer of Dylanium Knits, which collaborated with prominent Canadian designers including Philip Sparks, Greta Constantine and Sid Neigum. In 2012, the brand's designs were featured in an international promotional campaign for the M.A.C. Cosmetics Style Seeker campaign. Dylan teaches hand knitting in a variety of educational settings throughout New England and participates in art, fashion and charity events across the region.