Knit Design Online:

Hand Knit Design Course by Distance Learning
with Loraine McClean

Loraine knitting at the Eden Project

Stripes & chevrons inspiration sketchbook page

I spent four years at art college studying Fashion and Textile Design, am a Member of the Chartered Society of Designers and work as a freelance knitwear designer.

After leaving college I started my own business, designing and selling knitwear to shops across America and in Paris. A part-time job lecturing in Fashion Design made me realise I loved teaching and sharing my enthusiasm for design and textiles with others.

Sketchbook page using sand as inspiration I am a qualified and experienced tutor and ran City & Guilds Hand Knitting courses for 25 years. My high standards were rewarded at an awards ceremony in London when student Sandra Neal received a City & Guilds Gold Medal for Hand Knitting.

Colour inspiration and sampling knitting ideas

Analogous colour schemes I was a City & Guilds External Verifier (Hand Knit, Machine Knit, Fashion) for nine years.

Every year I attend yarn trade fairs - Expofil (Paris), Pitti Filati (Florence) - and London fashion events where designers and industry experts gather to set colour, yarn and style trends.


Colour inspiration and sampling knitting ideas

Co-tutor Kerry Whitton assists me with assessing student work and has her own student group. She runs knitting courses locally and produces her own range of accessories.

Kerry has a BA Hons in Textile Design from Central St Martins College of Art & Design in London and a Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching qualification in Further Education.

"I am constantly documenting ideas and filling sketchbooks. I try to visit exhibitions, trade shows and galleries, including the Young Designers show in London and Pitti Filati in Florence. I love clothes and textiles and am particularly inspired by vintage fabrics and fashion. I keep up to date by visiting London markets such as Spitalfields and Portobello which showcase many up-and-coming designers. I enjoy teaching textiles where I can share my passion and inspire others."