Knitwear Lab Summer school

Learn all you need to know for designing industrial knitwear. In this 10-day course you will be introduced in the M1plus® pattern software and work on STOLL flatbed knitting machines in our own Knitwear Lab in Almere (close to Amsterdam). You’ll learn the ins and outs of knitwear so you can be a better designer, grow into a better knitter or communicate in depth with your knitwear supplier or programmer to develop the knitwear you want.

In the mornings we’ll do the theory part, when you’re still fresh and awake. Most of the day however is dedicated to hands on elements. You will learn the basics of programming, work with the latest STOLL machines and design your own swatches.

Preliminary Curriculum:

  • Designing in Stitches
  • Introduction to the machines
  • M1plus® pattern software introduction
    • basics
    • modules and color arrangements
    • fully fashioned knitting
  • How to operate the machines
  • Fiber and Yarn (and sustainability)
  • Adobe for knitters
  • How to talk to your knitter – Making a Tech Pack


Course leaders

Thijs Verhaar and Cherish Brouwer

Knitwear Lab has become an important player in the world of design and developing industrial knitwear. We work for many smaller and bigger brands and companies for who we develop knitted shoes, apparel but also technical textiles.

Thijs Verhaar with his 30+ years of experience in international knitwear will share his technical and fashion knowledge with you. Cherish and Francesca are experienced designers and knitters who will teach about designing and programming for industrial knitwear. Cherish, Francesca and Paul are also the teachers who will guide you through the M1plus® pattern software and help you on the two STOLL CMS 530 OKC/HP and one STOLL CMS ADF 16BW machines.


Target group

This course is for professionals and students who want to gain a extensive knowledge of how industrial knitwear is designed, programmed and manufactured.


Fee info

For professionals:            € 1200,- (ex. VAT)
For students:                     €  950,- (ex. VAT)

Fee includes:

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



Week 29-30        13 July – 24 July

Week 34-35        17 Aug – 28 Aug


Week 36-37        31 Aug – 11 Sept

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the summerschool in week 29-30 is cancelled. We’ve added an option for week 36-37. You can sign up for these dates! If the measures taken by the government are still in place and prevent us from running the summerschool, your fee will be fully refunded. We will then look into an autumnschool 😉



Knitwear Lab
Josephine Bakerstraat 81


For more information or registering for one of the two dates, use the message box below or contact Thijs.
+31(0)653 419 327

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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.