Knitwear Lab educates the next generation of knitwear programmers and designers. We share our extensive research and experience
through online modules, courses and custom-made programs. We offer a 5-day intensive, during which you will learn programming
and industrial knitting. This practice-based course enables you to explore the endless possibilities of (sustainable) knitwear innovation.


Learn all you need to know about designing, programming and manufacturing industrial knitwear! In this 5-day course you will be introduced to the M1plus® pattern software and work with the STOLL Flat Bed Knitting Machines at our Knitwear Lab in Almere (in the proximity of Amsterdam). During the course you’ll grow into a better skilled knitter, knitwear designer or teacher and learn how to communicate in depth with your knitwear supplier, programmer or design students.

The program is mostly practice oriented. Apart from the essential theory, a large part of the curriculum is dedicated to learning the basics of the programming software, operating the latest STOLL machines and designing your own swatches.

BASIC Curriculum:

  • Introduction to the machines
  • Designing in Stitches
  • M1plus® pattern software introduction

o          basics

o          modules and color arrangements

o          fully fashioned knitting

  • How to operate the machines
  • Fiber and Yarn (and sustainability)
  • Adobe for knitters
  • How to communicate in depth with your knitter

ADVANCED Curriculum:

 The Advanced Course will be a continuation of the Basic course. The program will dive deeper into the above-mentioned subjects. You will be taught about fully fashioning and stitch designing on a more complex level. During the Advanced course you will be able to get assistance with your own project and we will address your own specific learning goals.


5-day course starting on Monday until Friday from 09.30 to 17.00

Basic Course
Week 32        9 Aug  – 13 Aug 2021 (full)
Week 49       6 Dec – 10 Dec 2021

Advanced Course
Week 33        16 Aug – 20 Aug 2021 (full)


If due to the COVID-19 outbreak measures taken by the government are still in place and prevent us from running the knitwear course, your fee will be fully refunded.


Josephine Bakerstraat 81
Almere – The Netherlands

For more information or registering for one of the dates, use the message box below or contact Thijs Verhaar.

+31(0)653 419 327

Course leaders

Francesca Pedrini, Annika Klaas, Lyske Gais, Gaia Liesdek, Eerika Yli-Rahko, Ia Kahkonen and Thijs Verhaar.

Knitwear Lab has become an important player in the world of design and industrial knitwear. For many years we’ve been developing innovative, sustainable and design-driven knitwear solutions for brands and companies from different industries (apparel, shoes, medical and technical textiles among others).

Thijs Verhaar with his 35+ years of experience in international knitwear will share his technical and industry knowledge with you. Francesca and Annika are experienced programmers and designers who will teach about programming and manufacturing industrial knitwear. Together with our other knitwear programmers Gaia, Eerika and Ia – they will guide you through the M1plus® pattern software and help you on the STOLL CMS 530 OKC and our two STOLL CMS ADF 16/16BW machines. Our graphic designer Lyske will introduce you to Adobe for knitters.

Target group

This course is aimed at designers and professionals, teachers and students.

Fee info

€  950,- (ex. VAT)

Fee includes:

  • All material costs, you will go home with a small personal swatch library.
  • Lunch

Mede mogelijk gemaakt door:

Cultuurfonds Almere

Cultuurfonds Almere zet zich in voor een levendig en cultuurrijk Almere. Het stimuleringsfonds helpt de Almeerse culturele sector sterker te worden en moedigt deze aan om meer samen te werken, met elkaar én andere sectoren. Daarnaast investeert Cultuurfonds Almere in ondernemerschap, innovatie, talent en creativiteit. Het fonds doet dit door financiële bijdragen te verstrekken aan cultuurmakers en organisaties in alle disciplines, van amateur tot professioneel.