Weaver or Knitter

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.


  • Hand knits garments and other items according to pattern.
  • Cleans and oils machine and reports any mechanical faults.
  • Removes completed garments and lengths of fabric from machine.
  • Monitors machine operation to detect broken threads of yarn, the evenness of warp tension and the quality of output.
  • Places fibre and yarn packages on machine and draws them through appropriate guides and tensioners.
  • Sets controls to produce article of specified size and pattern.
  • 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.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 22% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for weaver or knitter is £28,910

43 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 43. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for weaver or knitter roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £28,910 per year. That is about £2,409 per month or £14.83 per hour. New workers generally start on £10,814, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £37,436

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 43 people are employed in the region.

Apply or find out more

Marketing Permissions

Once we have responded to your initial enquiry we would love to keep you informed of other, similar courses you may be interested in via email.

Is this ok?