• Introduction to Pattern Cutting for Knitwear Workshop

Learn how to design the perfect knitwear pattern fit for you. 

This knitwear pattern cutting workshop takes inspiration from garments in our current exhibition Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood (link to page). Experienced Knitwear Designer Jeni Allison will guide you through the process of pattern cutting specifically for knitwear. 

This workshop is an introduction to the art of pattern cutting. You will sketch out a design your own garment and learn how to draft your pattern to fit your shape. We’ll also delve into the world of calculations as you plan how you’ll knit your design.  

You will leave with the beginnings of your pattern and the knowledge to knit your project at home.

This class will suit experienced hand or machine knitters.


About Jeni Alison

Jeni Alison is an experienced knitwear designer and has worked as a product developer with a Chanel Metiers d'art manufacturer in the Scottish Borders.  Here she developed cashmere knitted garments and accessories of the highest quality for Chanel, Loewe and Sonia Rykiel. 

Jeni currently splits her time between her own business Jeni Alison and providing technical support for Knitwear students at Glasgow School of Art. 


Workshop structure and requirements

On the day of the workshop:


In the morning you will walk through our KNITWEAR exhibition and take inspiration from the garments on display. This is a good opportunity to sketch ideas and take notes of silhouettes an details for your project. 

After the exhibition, Jeni will guide you through the process of pattern cutting and you will begin drafting the back pattern piece.  


You will continue to work on your project by Pattern cutting front section of your design and the sleeve. Jeni will also touch upon your Pattern Calculations.



Some pattern cutting materials and paper will be available to use on the day. 

Please bring along:

·      A Set Square

·      Propelling Pencil

·      Eraser

·      Fine liner pens

·      Mini calculator (you may have one on your phone)

·      A notepad or sketchbook for your notetaking, sketching, and workings.

*Dress making brawls and French curves will be available to share during the workshop.





Every ticket sold supports the work of The Dovecot Foundation to advance visual art, craft and design in all its forms.

Please note that Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and may not be exchanged unless due to extenuating circumstances. 

If you are unable to attend an event please contact Dovecot on 0131 550 3660 or info@dovecotstudios.com to inform the Front of House Team.


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