Knit Design Online:

Hand Knit Design Course by Distance Learning
with Loraine McClean

Loraine knitting at the Eden Project

Stripes & chevrons inspiration sketchbook page

After four years at art college studying Fashion and Textile Design I started my own business, freelance designing and selling knitwear to stores in Paris and across America. In 1988 I was proud to be accepted as a Member of the Chartered Society of Designers. A part-time job lecturing in Fashion Design made me realise I loved teaching and sharing my passion 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 Medal of Excellence for Hand Knit Design. In 2016 a second medal was awarded, to student Debra Kobasa.

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.