News, Yarn

Colours for 2021

What do yellow and grey say to you? Fantastic stripes or strong opposites? Colours you never wear or is one of them your go-to colour? Every year the colour experts at Pantone chose a colour (or occasionally colours) of the year. These are supposed to predict the shades that designers will be drawn to and… Continue reading Colours for 2021

Tips

Nothing wrong with “selfish” knitting (or crochet)

We’re pretty certain that lots of you have made plenty items for others this year – whether that be making items for charity appeals, yarn bombing your local area with rainbows or Christmas decorations or completing a mile-long gift list. But some people will still describe knitting something for yourself as selfish. We don’t agree… Continue reading Nothing wrong with “selfish” knitting (or crochet)

News, Tips

Online knitting classes

Are you missing knitting classes whether at your local yarn shop or a yarn event? While opportunities to buy yarn and even see showcases of new items have appeared online, classes and tutorials via your computer or phone are now becoming more common. As it became clear that social distancing was going to halt the… Continue reading Online knitting classes

Charity projects, News, Patterns

Download our Commit To Knit 2020 pattern leaflet

Our Commit To Knit 2020 free pattern booklet, with a selection of hat patterns plus other winter warmers, is now available to download. As in previous years, we are asking knitters and crocheters to make one item for charity during October and if that was a hat for our #HatsfortheHomeless appeal, that would be fantastic.… Continue reading Download our Commit To Knit 2020 pattern leaflet

Charity projects, Events, News

Get ready to Commit to Knit this Autumn

  Commit to Knit month this year is October and this year we will be focusing on the homeless or those who have fallen on hard times.Commit To Knit month is when we ask knitters and crocheters to make just one item for a charity during the month, to help them raise funds and/or awareness.Last year we launched our… Continue reading Get ready to Commit to Knit this Autumn

News

Sign our petition to support yarn shops

The UK Hand Knitting Association has written to the Prime Minister to urge him to recognise the vital role craft and yarn shops provide supporting mental health and well-being to the country and citizens and designate them as essential retail. The UK’s yarn shops need your help at this time of crisis, just as they… Continue reading Sign our petition to support yarn shops

News, Patterns, Tips

Helping new knitters choose patterns

Lots of people have been taking up knitting this year, thanks to lockdown and the current social distancing measures, giving them more time at home. If you’ve been teaching someone to knit you may well be thinking about how to help them progress. One difficulty for new knitters, is finding suitable patterns once they have… Continue reading Helping new knitters choose patterns