The hunt for the Nation’s Fastest Knitter kicked off at the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycraft Show in Manchester last week.
We had a lot of fun with people seeing how fast they could knit a single row of 100 stitches. It was particularly interesting to see all the variations on knitting technique and had a lot of chats about needle preferences and where to put the yarn.
Most people prefer to make an attempt in knit stitch but one contestant asked to be timed over a purl row as well – turned out she purls much faster than knit.
During the three days we had lots of mini competitions with mothers and daughters comparing times or all the members of a knitting group have a go.
All of which has given us some more ideas about how you can get involved.
As well as coming along to other ICHF Events show – Sewing For Pleasure and Fashion & Embroidery with Hobbycraftsat the NEC Birmingham, 16-19 March and Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show at ExCeL, London, 20-22 April – you can enter online by submitting a link to a video of your attempt. Watch the video below to find out how.
Making a video by yourself might be difficult so why not get friends or members of your knitting group to have a go. You could have a mini contest and help each other make the videos to enter.
Or if you run a local yarn shop you could run your own local contest and encourage your customers to enter videos.
We look forward to hearing about how you get on.
The closing date for online entries is Sunday 2 April 2017.