Swayam Central

Science and Technology of Weft and Warp Knitting

By Prof. Bipin Kumar   |   IIT Delhi
This course introduces the process of “weft and warp knitting” including its science, engineering, technology and design. The contents of the lectures have been systematically arranged to start from the basic of simple knit design, and then progressing towards engineering of advanced knitted structures and their technologies.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students, Lecturer, Senior Researchers, Designer, Industry Experts working in Knitting
INDUSTRY SUPPORT:   Voltas Pvt. Ltd. (Textile Machinery Division) Laxmi Industries High Performance Textiles Private Limited Texzium International Private


Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 17 Nov 2019
Category :
  • Textile Engineering
  • Level : Undergraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    Week 1:  Introduction to Knitting
    Week 2:  Flat and Circular Weft Knitting (Single Bed)
    Week 3:  Flat and Circular Weft Knitting (Double Bed)
    Week 4:  Basic and Advanced Weft Knit Construction – Part I        
    Week 5:  Basic and Advanced Weft Knit Construction – Part II
    Week 6:  Geometrical Modeling of a Weft Knit Structure
    Week 7:  Process Control in Weft Knitting
    Week 8:  Introduction to Warp Knitting
    Week 9:  Swinging and Shogging Motion Control in Warp Knitting
    Week 10:  Basic Warp Knit Constructions
    Week 11:  Double Bed Warp Knitting
    Week 12:  Technical Applications of Knitting


    1) Spencer, David J. Knitting technology: a comprehensive handbook and practical guide. Vol. 16. CRC press, 2001.
    2) Banerjee, Prabir Kumar. Principles of fabric formation. CRC Press, 2014. 
    3) Leong, K. H, S. Ramakrishna, Z. M. Huang, and G. A. Bibo. "The potential of knitting for engineering composites—a review." Composites Part A: applied science and manufacturing 31, no. 3 (2000): 197-220. 4) Choi, Wonseok, and Nancy B. Powell. "Three dimensional seamless garment knitting on V-bed flat knitting machines." Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management 4, no. 3 (2005): 1-33.


    Prof. Bipin Kumar is currently working as an Assistant Professor in The Department of Textile Technology at IIT Delhi. Prior to joining IIT Delhi, he worked as Research Assistant Professor (2016-2017) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. He graduated from IIT Delhi, with a PhD in Textile Engineering in 2013. After Ph.D., he served as Postdoctoral Scholar at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2013-2014) and The University of California Davis (2014-2016). He is the first recipient from India to be selected for the Fulbright Postdoctoral Program (2013-14) in the field of textiles. His main research focuses on Textile Fabric Structures and Mechanics. He has over 30 publications in leading refereed SCI journals of materials, textiles and medical fields, 4 patents, 2 authored book, 10 book chapters, and over 30 conference proceedings. He holds editorial membership of several international referred journals including AATCC Journal of Research, JEFF, FTEE and CTFTTE. Additionally, he is associated with several professional societies including American College of Phenology (ACP), Fiber Society, and International Compression Club (ICC), Austria. At IIT Delhi, he has taught several courses, including Fabric manufacturing, Textile Testing, Design and Manufacturing of Textile Reinforced Composite, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. For his outstanding contribution in research and teaching, he received several prestigious awards including IIT Delhi Teaching Excellence Award (2018), IEI Young Engineer Award (2018-19), ACP outstanding Material Scientist Award (2014), DST INSPIRE Faculty Award (2016), and Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research (2016). Currently, he is involved in several start-up ventures in commercializing smart e-textile products for medical applications.


    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    • Date and Time of Exams: 17 November 2019 ,Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched