Portland Fashion Institute is a nationally accredited private nonprofit career institute of higher learning and Oregon’s only accredited fashion design college.
In 12 weeks, you will learn how to use a knitting machine, make sample stitches, go on to make a garment. Then come back to use our machines for your own projects!
Start with the basic machine knitting techniques and stitches including cast-on, cast-off, stripe, increasing, decreasing, ribbing, and cables. You will put together a binder of knit swatches. No need to own your own machine, PFI provides the machines and tools for this class. No experience required, just enthusiasm and desire to create your own knits in far less time than hand-knitting.
Move on to learn advanced shaping and contouring techniques including godets, short row circular sections, short rows technique, bust shaping, oval shapes, and short row darts to add beautiful contours to your knitwear. You will construct a hooded sweater vest on Silver Reed LK150 mid-gauge single bed machines and a Hague professional linker. Get access to Silver Reed and Passap double bed machines. Learn to shape knits, finish seams and edges.