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.

red 2017There 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 deemed “Flame Scarlet” one of the essential seasonal colours.

But don’t be alarmed and think this means dressing like a post box.

There are a wide spectrum of reds and it seems that the fashion gurus and designers have chosen a wide variety of shades from brick red to ruby and garnet – even beetroot which means there are subtler options if that suits you better.

And while some of us will reach for the needles to create a bright bold long line cardigan, others might go for a splash of a wine or burgundy in the form of a hat or scarf. Every option is open to you and with so many yarn shades on offer you are bound to find something that will work for you.

We’ve picked out a few options to get you started.

And if you want to pair your red with another colour here is Pantone’s full autumn fashion palette.

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Join our autumn charity knit

This is the time of year when many of us turn our thoughts and needles to knitting gifts for Christmas and we hope you can find a bit of time to help us with our Christmas Appeal.

Last year we asked you to knit or crochet festive stockings which we turned in to strings of bunting and sent them out to care homes, hospices, lunch clubs and even a food bank. We had more than 1,100 stockings arrive at our office and we were so amazed with your generosity.

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Some of last year’s mini stockings

This year we are again asking you for Christmas stockings and there are three patterns on our website to help you. We will be turning the stockings in to Christmas decorations, so feel free to decorate them with beads or sequins. If you are visiting Yarndale or The Knitting and Stitching shows at Alexandra Palace and Harrogate we will be selling these stockings to raise money for Mind, a wonderful charity that works for better mental health for everyone and who are well known for their Crafternoon campaign.

Any stockings that are left over will be sent out to care homes, hospices etc, so if you know of an organisation that would like some stockings please do let us know by emailing

If you have a bit of spare yarn and half an hour, please consider making a stocking for our Christmas Appeal. You can drop your stockings off with us at the shows mentioned above or please send them to UK Hand Knitting, 60 Bridge Road East, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 1JU and please include your name and address so we can be sure to thank you.

Thank you for being so wonderful.

Join us at a yarn show or two this Autumn

We are going to be out and about at a range of shows this autumn, starting with our two yarn doctors holding surgeries Yarndale at Skipton Auction Mart, 23-24 September.
The yarn doctors are two expert knitters and teachers, Juliet and Bronagh, who will be available to show you new techniques, offer advice and help sort out problems you might be having with a pattern. Find them near the cafe at Yarndale.
The yarn doctors will also be available to solve your knitting and crochet issues  at three other autumn shows, alongside our wonderful volunteers who will be teaching people to knit and crochet for free, as well as inviting you all to join in some charity knitting.

Look out for the UK Hand Knitting area at the following shows.

Our volunteers are a lovely band of friendly people who are happy to share their knitting and crochet skills with others. Without them we would not be able to introduce so many people to yarn crafts each year. If you haven’t volunteered with us before and would like to find out more or sign up for future shows, please click here.

If these shows don’t suit you, why not have a look at our yarn event calendar to see if there is a show near you some time soon. It is a great way to check out a wide range of yarns, find new ideas and meet other knitters and crocheters.

Trendwatch: Fluffy and furry yarns

From the catwalk to the High Street, feather, fluffy fabrics and fun fur are set to feature heavily in fashion for this autumn and winter – especially when it comes to soft trims, coats and accessories. And it is all about having fun with colour and texture as you can see from these coats by Shrimps and Preen respectively.

This is a trend that knitters and crocheters can have a lot of fun with using mohair, fluffy and faux fur yarns.

The trick with these yarns is to allow them to do the work – especially with the hairiest types – so avoid complicated stitch patterns and choose simple shapes.

Combine a fluffy or fur yarn with a regular smooth one to create a trim on a hat or jacket or go high fashion by matching a long fur yarn with a more fleecy type to create a look like the Shrimps coat.

Mohair yarns have a lovely drape worked on large needles so are perfect for soft scarves and shawls as well as for draping tunic type tops.

Here are a few yarns to get you thinking.