The knitting professional must above all manage, monitor and potentially supply one or all of the machines intended to manufacture knitted textile products.

This trade first of all requires an ability to decipher and identify the specific conditions for making the product during all its manufacturing stages (fabric characteristics, quantity, deadline...).

Taking into account instructions given in the production order, the professional must show a great deal of concentration and expertise to cope with possible production hazards. Likewise the change in fibre thickness means the basic settings of knitting machines need to be adjusted.

With production underway, he or she starts to pick up loom-finished produced pieces either on rollers for circular knitting or in pleats for flat knitting. The preparation for knitted pieces ends with the drafting of draw threads.

This expert's knowledge concerns different fields including fibres and fabrics, methods and machines and the manufactured goods. Thereby he or she checks that the end product complies with all the stages of its manufacturing process.

Learning this trade involves different techniques including small and large diameter circular looms, flat looms, warp looms and Raschel....with associated tools such as latch needles, bearded needles, cylinder needles... specific technology that evolves over time. These different methods allow different types of stitches and knitting to be produced.

So knitted hosiery items are created (socks, tights...), jumpers and similar items, outerwear for men, women, children and knitted baby wear, knitted underwear.