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Vikki Haffenden

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Research interests

Knitted textile design, knitwear related to body size, body shape, body shape and ageing, textiles as a medium for education

Approach to teaching

My own experience and continuing practise underlies my teaching. I consider the making process to be part of the design journey, and that with a high level of technical skill a more comprehensive approach to design can be achieved.

Sharing knowledge and skills, and guiding and encouraging individuals in developing their own understanding and design practise is a continual joy to me. It is of course challenging, especially when theory and practise co-exist and both require critical consideration and the development of different skill sets.

In my work in the knitted textiles area, I am a very hands-on teacher, and expect and encourage students to explore an experiment with knitted textiles in a pro-active and deeply researched manner.

Scholarly biography

Dr Vikki Haffenden is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Fashion Textiles at the University of Brighton. Her specialist knowledge in textiles spans industrial knitted textile design and manufacturing,and digital textile design, through to the craft practise of hand knitting, all of which she contributes into the different levels in the knitted textile area. Vikki also teaches the principles of taking design into manufacture across the Faculty.

Vikki’s doctorate research encompassed knitted textiles and industrially produced knitwear, and investigated how to improve the fit of knitwear for larger sized women, and this is still one of her active interests. This doctoral research led to her involvement in a large-scale ESRC research project, ‘Design for Ageing Well’; part of the ‘New Dynamics of Ageing’ initiative. She discusses her contribution to the project in ‘Textile-Led Design for the Active Ageing’ (Woodhead, 2014).

Vikki is the author of several publications about hand knitting and her latest book, ‘Translating Between Hand and Machine Knitting’ was published in 2018. She is currently working on a new edition of ‘The Knitting Book’ (Dorling Kindersley, 1st ed 2010).

Vikki is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, and a Fellow of the HEA.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton


  • NX Arts in general
  • textiles
  • knitting
  • Design
  • TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • L Education (General)

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Research Output 2005 2020

Knit Step by Step: Techniques, Stitches, and Patterns Made Easy

Haffenden, V. & Patmore, F., 25 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) 224 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearchpeer-review

Some things you mite like to know: textiles as a medium to raise awareness about scabies

Haffenden, V., 24 Jan 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

The Knitting Book - new edition

Haffenden, V., 17 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) 2nd ed. UK: Dorling Kindersley. 364 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearchpeer-review


Lady Judy Burrowing-Down

Haffenden, V., Lanza, S., Moorton, H. & Middleton, J., 9 Jul 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputDigital or Visual ProductsResearch


Love at First Bite

Haffenden, V., Lanza, S., Moorton, H. & Middleton, J., 9 Jul 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputDigital or Visual ProductsResearch


Activities 2014 2019

  • 3 Consultancy
  • 1 Outreach and Public Engagement
  • 1 Publication Peer-review
  • 1 Invited talk

Bloomsbury Publishing (Publisher)

Vikki Haffenden (Reviewer)
17 May 20195 Jul 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

SOS Shepherdess

Vikki Haffenden (Consultant)
2 Nov 20183 Jul 2019

Activity: Consultancy


Vikki Haffenden (Consultant)
26 May 201611 Sep 2018

Activity: Consultancy

Member of Special Interest Group on Knitting

Vikki Haffenden (Consultant)
7 Jul 201511 Sep 2018

Activity: Consultancy

Parkinsons disease event at the Pheonix Arts Centre

Bobbie Farsides (Organiser), Vikki Haffenden (Participant)
10 Jun 2015

Activity: EventsOutreach and Public Engagement