At UK Hand Knitting we are often asked about sample knitting for designers ad yarn companies. So in our latest look behind the scenes we talked to David MacLeod, Design Manager at Rowan about working with sample knitters and what the job entails.
How important are good quality sample knitters?
It’s very important to have good quality knitters because their work represents us in our brochures and pictures, also it costs time and money if garments are not knitted correctly as we may have to have them reknitted.
What skills are important in a sample knitter – being able to knit to tension, following instructions precisely, etc?
The skills are exactly as you’ve said – being precise and working to tension – and also it’s nice to have someone who takes pride in what they’re knitting.
We do have a regular group of knitters and some ladies who like to knit more than others. It’s very hard to find good knitters who are experienced enough to knit our garments and knitters that are prepared to do any project.
One of the most important skills is feedback which may include feedback on the yarn itself or on the pattern or design, so our knitters need to be good communicators.
How do you find your sample knitters? Do you work with a regular group of them?
We sometimes get emails from people asking if they can knit for us, or we send out an email to ask for applicants. All knitters have to pass a knitting skills test.
We do have bank of sample knitters that we use on a regular basis.