Tasks and activities at a glance
produce knitwear such as sweaters or hats, knitwear and knitted fabric parts
in single or small series. For this purpose, they work on their own designs
or patterns on different knitting machines. Knitters work mainly in companies
of the knitting craft. They can also be employed by manufacturers of knitted
outerwear and underwear.
They create knitwear with a flair for fashion trends. For this knitters design
stitch patterns, choose yarn and treat this. They operate either manually
operated or semi-or fully automatic knitting machines and produce smooth knit
fabrics, which they then cut to shape and further, processed into garments such
as sweaters, vests and jackets. Or they make individual pieces in correct fit,
i.e. with all approvals, arm and neck openings. If they operate automatic machines,
they define the knitting program, set the machines and monitor the machine running.
Finally, they assemble the pieces, sew them together into garments and iron or form them.
knitting sweaters, jackets, dresses, hats and gloves of yarn, which may consist of
different fibres such as wool and linen as well as polyester or nylon. First, they
create a pattern on the computer, e.g. a sweater for the upcoming spring collection.
With flair for fashion trends knitters choose the right yarn for knitting patterns
and the appropriate way to cord. For coarser yarns the so-called flat knitting machines
are suitable. Here flat knitted tracks arise. Knitters make fine knitwear on the circular
knitting machines since as tubular goods, e.g. socks or t-shirts. If they have designed
the pattern, knitters create either by hand or on the computer a schematic drawing of the
proposed knitting pattern, called the cartridge, so that they can easily reproduce the
pattern structure in the production. They also add all the important data for manufacturing,
e.g. the kind of yarn or stitch.
usually produce small series, they also produce unique pieces for flat knitting machines,
i.e. in correct fit. For example, they produce the individual components of a jacket with
intricate colour and stitch patterns on the basis of detailed work instructions. They link
such regular knitted pieces, fix the mesh, and add them together to a coat. In workshops and
warehouses they run knitting machines and sew knits. If necessary they also work in storages.
They create templates on the screen in the office.
In Werkstätten und -hallen bedienen sie Strickmaschinen
und nähen Strickteile zusammen. Ggf. haben sie auch in Lagerräumen
zu tun. Mustervorlagen erstellen sie am Bildschirm im Büro.
The education at a glance
Knitter master is a professional training according to the Crafts Code (HwO). The master's
examination in the license-free trade is regulated nationally.
The trade organizations and other educational institutions
offer preparatory courses for the master's examination (duration: 3-12 months). For admission
to master's certificate the participation in the preparatory courses is not mandatory.
Length of training
Courses that prepare for the parts III and IV of the master's examination,
last full-time usually up to 3 months, in part-time 1 year.
Further information about the profession
Knittercan be found at: berufenet.arbeitsgentur.de
- The database for training and job descriptions.
Source BERUFEnet-an offer from the
Federal Employment Agency - state: (1 / 2010).