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Vikki Haffenden

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Personal profile

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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body shape Earth & Environmental Sciences
clothing Social Sciences
baby Social Sciences
Knitting Arts & Humanities
market Earth & Environmental Sciences
ability Social Sciences
woman Earth & Environmental Sciences
fabric Earth & Environmental Sciences

Research Output 2005 2019

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

Textiles and Scabies

Haffenden, V., 3 Mar 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputWeb publication/siteResearch


Textiles as a medium to raise awareness

Haffenden, V., Oct 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibitionResearch


Translating Between Hand and Machine Knitting

Haffenden, V., 6 Sep 2018, UK. 320 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearchpeer-review

Knitting Machine

Scratch That!

Haffenden, V., 9 Sep 2017

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibitionResearch


Activities 2014 2016

  • 2 Consultancy
  • 1 Outreach and Public Engagement
  • 1 Invited talk


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

From fair-isle to football boots: unravelling seamless knitting

Victoria Haffenden (Presenter)
27 Nov 2014

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk