Weavers and knitters


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Weavers and knitters set up and operate hand and power operated looms and machines to weave fibre into fabrics and carpet, or to knit (by machine or by hand) garments and other articles from yarn.


Entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades or an appropriate BTEC/SQA award. Training is usually provided on-the-job. NVQs/SVQs in Manufacturing Textiles are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3 and in Products from Textiles at Levels 1 and 2.

Typical tasks

  • prepares machine for operation by setting input packages, feeding thread, fibre or yarn through guides, rollers, tensioners and conditioning devices, and securing to output packages, spools or cards;
  • sets controls to produce article of specified size and pattern;
  • places fibre and yarn packages on machine and draws them through appropriate guides and tensioners;
  • monitors machine operation to detect broken threads of yarn, the evenness of warp tension and the quality of output;
  • removes completed garments and lengths of fabric from machine;
  • cleans and oils machine and reports any mechanical faults;
  • hand knits garments and other items according to pattern.

Common job titles

Maker, coat
Manufacturer (knitwear mfr)
Footer (hosiery, knitwear mfr)
Spinner, gimp
Transferer, hosiery
Topper and tailer
Maker, net
Hosier, surgical
Milliner, hosiery
Weaver, carpet
Weaver, pattern
Whaler, hosiery
Hand, circular
Foreman (textile mfr: hosiery mfr)
Maker, sock (hosiery, knitwear mfr)
Maker, lace, boot (textile smallwares mfr)
Maker, fringe, metallic
Foreman (textile mfr: textile weaving)
Runner-on (hosiery, knitwear mfr)
Hand, seamless
Worker, crochet
Worker, loom, hand
Foreman (bookcloth mfr)
Foreman, weaving
Weaver, contour
Maker, rug
Hand, smash
Maker, hosiery
Weaver, lace
Backer, carpet
Maker, lace, warp
Maker, heald, yarn
Topper (hosiery, knitwear mfr)
Maker, mat
Hosier, elastic
Weaver, asbestos
Weaver, textile
Gaiter, loom
Maker, band (textile smallwares mfr)
Plier, needle (hosiery, knitwear mfr)
Worker, carpet
Manufacturer, knitwear
Mounter (textile weaving)
Putter-up (textile mfr: textile weaving)
Hand, warp
Worker, lace
Joiner (textile mfr: hosiery mfr)
Foreman, loom
Maker, tassel
Hand, loom, warp
Hand, twist, net, plain
Foreman, shed, weaving
Maker, fabric, glove
Hand, twist
Runner-off (hosiery, knitwear mfr)
Tier, smash
Mistress, weaving
Hand, lace
Weaver, loom, pattern
Hand, needle, latch
Maker, lace
Tender, loom
Overlooker, loom (textile mfr: textile weaving:
Man, lace