Events, News

Get ready to knit in public

The UK Hand Knitting team are big fans of knitting in public. Wherever we are, if there is a chance for a sit down (or even a wall to lean on), it is likely a project or two will appear - and we are really happy to chat to people about what we're doing. So… Continue reading Get ready to knit in public

Patterns, Yarn

Inspirations – summer style for kids

The last few sunny days have made us put away the big woolly projects in favour of small items and cotton yarns, avoiding that lap blanket insulation some projects create. One good option for warmer weather knitting and crochet is to make children's and baby items which are also quick makes so will be ready… Continue reading Inspirations – summer style for kids


Don’t be tripped up by pattern instructions – part 2

Following on from our look at instructions like “at the same time” or “on every following”, this time we are going to give you some tips for dealing with the term “evenly”. Increasing evenly You occasionally still find this instruction in new patterns but it is more common in older ones. You will be asked… Continue reading Don’t be tripped up by pattern instructions – part 2


Don’t be tripped up by pattern instructions – part 1

We are always on the look out for knitting and crochet problems that you need help with and several people have asked our advice on making sure they understand pattern instructions correctly. We’ve picked out a few instructions that can trip people up. “Decrease on every” This instruction (and similar ones of increases) are quite… Continue reading Don’t be tripped up by pattern instructions – part 1


Straight or circular needles

When we meet knitters at events, we are often asked about using circular needles – in particular if there is any difference to using straight ones. As with all things knitting, needle choice is a very personal thing and some needles will suit some knitters more than others. When you are using circulars, you make… Continue reading Straight or circular needles

News, Patterns, Yarn

Trendwatch: Ice cream and texture

We’ve been flicking through the fashion magazines and blogs again, looking for some spring knitting inspiration, and we’ve noticed one phrase coming up a lot – ice cream colours. Pastels shades and subtle colours such as pale strawberry, pistachio, lilac and lemon are good choices for this spring and summer. Even variegated pastels will be… Continue reading Trendwatch: Ice cream and texture