Arts & crafts


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

Annual Salary

£14,000 to £20,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

50 to 52 a week

You could work: between 8am and 6pm;

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • reading design patterns
  • creating knitting samples
  • producing ‘made-to-order’ products by hand or on domestic machines
  • using industrial knitters for production line work
  • finishing products by hand
  • checking quality

Working environment

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

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • 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.

For more information

You could do an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in fashion and textiles to become a knitter.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
For 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.

More information

Further information

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

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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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

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
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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