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Patterns, Tips

In praise of knitted hats

It has been chilly over the last few days so it is time to dig out the woolly hat collection. A hand knitted hat is a lovely thing. It can fit in a pocket or a bag, can be as individual as you like and pulling it on is an instant piece of comfort. Plus… Continue reading In praise of knitted hats

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Tips

Knitting tips: Try mattress stitch for neat seams

When we are out and about at events, one topic our yarn doctors are often asked about is sewing up. A lot of you don’t enjoy this aspect of finishing your projects and some say it is because their sewing doesn’t look neat. For straight seams, mattress stitch is a great choice and once you… Continue reading Knitting tips: Try mattress stitch for neat seams

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News, Tips

Rabbits, houses, windows and pirates – rhymes to help you knit

We recently asked you about the rhymes you have come across to help people learn to knit. There were lots of variations of the “bunny” rhyme: In through the bunnyhole Round the big tree Out through the bunnyhole Off hops she It is clear that rabbits have help many of us get started with our… Continue reading Rabbits, houses, windows and pirates – rhymes to help you knit

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Our most common piece of advice – do a tension square

Our yarn doctors are at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London this week, along with our fabulous volunteer knitting and crochet teachers, to help all the crafters attending the show. We know that a lot of the problems that knitters mention when they visit the UK Hand Knitting stand - this… Continue reading Our most common piece of advice – do a tension square

Tips, Yarn

Machine washing your knits

A lot of people will tell you that hand knits should never, ever go near your washing machine and tell you horror stories if stretched or felted garments, but as with many things when it comes to modern yarns (and modern machines) there is more to your washing options. There are reasons why you might… Continue reading Machine washing your knits

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News, Yarn

Get your red yarn out this autumn

Pick up any fashion magazine or browse the trend blogs and your will find universal agreement on one thing: Whatever you do this autumn, wear red. There are lots of pictures from the catwalks of head to toe red outfits, dramatic scarlet evening dress and brick red coats. Plus the colour gurus at   have… Continue reading Get your red yarn out this autumn