News, Yarn

Pairing colours with Ultraviolet

As we reported the other week the experts at Pantone have named Ultraviolet as the colour of the year for 2018. Of course, very few of us will want to knit or crochet in just one colour all year but we are set to see a lot of purple in fashion and homewares this year.… Continue reading Pairing colours with Ultraviolet


Tips: When to rip back or not

Some knitters see ripping back their knitting as a sign of defeat, but sometimes it really is the best answer and reknitting a number of rows will take less time and cause you less grief than trying to fix a problem another way. On other occasions there may be a quick fix that means the… Continue reading Tips: When to rip back or not

News, Patterns

Knitwear trends for 2018

What will we be knitting this year? We’ve been taking a look at the likely knitwear trends for 2018 and gathering some pattern inspiration for the next few months. Big and comfy Oversized jumpers, chunky knits and cosy sweaters to snuggle up in featured in the fashion collections and magazines for this season. And what… Continue reading Knitwear trends for 2018

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News, Yarn

Trendwatch: Colour of the Year

Each year the colour experts at Pantone pick a colour that they think will be a strong trend in the coming year and in some way sums up what is happening in the world. For the 2018 colour of the year they have chosen Ultra Violet, which the company describes as embodying “originality, ingenuity, and… Continue reading Trendwatch: Colour of the Year

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Events, News, Tips

Share a skill in 2018

One thing we know about the knitters and crocheters we meet and talk to through the year is that you are a very knowledgeable bunch. We also see how great you are at sharing your knowledge and skills, giving tips on social media and helping people at events. So we have a suggestion for 2018.… Continue reading Share a skill in 2018


Organise your knitting and crochet for the new year

December is always a busy time, and for many of us there isn’t much time to think about knitting and crochet – except for last minute gift making. But once the holiday rush is over there will be time for yarnie thoughts. For some that means plans for organising our yarn stashes, for others looking… Continue reading Organise your knitting and crochet for the new year

Patterns, Tips

A simple kids knitting project for the holidays

We have been asked a few times recently about good projects for kids starting to knit. With the school holidays upon us, here is one project that doesn’t involve weeks of knitting and where any early mistakes can become a virtue. With a finger puppet monster, it isn’t the end of the world if some… Continue reading A simple kids knitting project for the holidays

Charity projects, News

Help us share the Christmas Cheer – final chance to nominate organisations to receive mini stockings

These are just some of the boxes of mini stockings we have been sending out to charities all over the UK. You brilliant knitters and crocheters have been sending us parcels of these cute decorations which means we still have a few parcels to find a home. Among those to receive festive parcels have been… Continue reading Help us share the Christmas Cheer – final chance to nominate organisations to receive mini stockings