Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After successfully completing this course, student is able to:

-apply advanced knitwear design methods to their creative work

-design knitwear for industrial production

-develop their skills in software for industrial knits and knitwear design

-assess and try out sustainable practices for design and production of knits and knitwear

Credits: 2

Schedule: 15.01.2020 - 27.05.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Anna-Mari Leppisaari

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anna-Mari Leppisaari

Contact information for the course (valid 20.12.2019-21.12.2112):

Teacher: Anna-Mari Leppisaari,, +358 50 436 2114 (available 9-16)

Knitting workshop master: Anna Leinonen, (available 9-15)

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    During the contact teaching, students learn advanced knitwear design methods and become familiar with sustainable practices of knitwear design. Students design a collection of knits or knitwear and realize it with handknitting machines and/or industrial knitting machine. Students select the area to specialize according to their own interests and design an individual design project for thesis collection or other tutored design project. Technical details of each fabric should be documented in product cards, and one copy of each product card with a small sample of fabric should be given for workshop archieves.

    Learning activities:

    Lectures, demonstrations and other contact teaching, group and individual tutoring, supervised assignment, independent work and critiques.




Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Grading criteria: Assignments and participation in teaching

    Criteria for the assignment: Understanding of knitted structures, artistic application of learned techniques in own collection, creativity of knitwear design, artistic expression, documentation of technical data on info cards.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Depends on the number of credits:

    2 cr = 54h

    10 cr = 270h

    Lectures and tutorials: 28h for all students, 80% attendance required

    group meetings and tutorials: 5h - 15h depending on the number of credits, 80% attendance required

    critic: 4h for all students completing 3 cr or more, attendance required

    time to think: 5h - 30h depending on the number of credits

    self-guided activities: 15h - 195h depending on the number of credits

    students have the possibility to meet teacher for individual tutoring for 0,5h-3h: 50h of teacher´s work

    Note: If student is participating on the course for second time, they do not need to participate on lectures.



Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    It is possible to take the course free of charge as instructed by the teacher at the beginning of the course.


  • Applies in this implementation:

    Course learning materials and tasks will be handed out during the lectures.

    Books recommended to read on knitwear design:

    Donofrio-Ferrezza, L. & Hefferen, M. (2017). Designing a knitwear collection: From inspiration to finished garments (2nd edition.). [New York]: Bloomsbury. (available as e-book in Aalto Finna)

    Sissons, J. (2010). Knitwear. Lausanne : New York: AVA Academia ; Distributed in the USA & Canada by Watson-Guptill Publications. (available as e-book in Aalto Finna)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    BA students: Neuleet ja neulokset, Neulesuunnittelu and preferably also Tekstiilimallisto, prosessit ja viimeistykset.

    MA students: Same as in BA or Knits and Knitwear studio. 

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Max. 16 students taking the course for first time + max. 5 students taking it for second time

    Min. 8 students


    1) Students from Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design (MA) and Fashion and Design majors (BA) who have the course in their personal study plan and who need it to be able to work on their thesis project or other relevant project related to printed fabrics.

    2) Textiles - Material and Structure - minor students who have the course in their personal study plan (after taking Knits and Knitwear Studio - course)

    3) Exchange students in Fashion (BA), Design (BA) or Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design (MA) (after taking Knits and Knitwear Studio - course)

    4) Other participants according to the relevance of their projects

    Course plan as a pre-assigment should be submitted via email to responsible teacher at the same time with registration.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Bring you research (if you already have some for thesis etc) and at least 2-3 previous knit samples that you would like to continue to work with to the first class. 

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Students must confirm their enrollment by attending the first teaching session. 80 % attendance is required. 

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Bring you research (if you already have some for thesis etc) and at least 2-3 previous knit samples that you would like to continue to work with to the first class. 

Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Contact teaching:

        ke 09.15-12.00  R028/L102 
        ke 13.15-17.00  R028/S003 

        pe 09.15-12.00  R028/S003 

        pe 13.15-17.00  R028/M101 

        pe 09.15-12.00  R028/L102 

        pe 13.15-17.00  R028/M101 

        pe 09.15-17.00  R028/S003 

        pe 09.15-12.00  R028/S003 
        pe 13.15-17.00  R028/M101 

        pe 09.15-17.00  R028/M101 


        pe 12.00-14.00  R028/L101 

        pe 12.00-14.00  R028/L102 

        pe 12.00-14.00  R028/M101 

    Final Critique:

        ke 09.15-12.00  R028/L101 


Registration and further information