Tips

Love your needle stash as much as your yarn

We were asking on social media recently about how many hooks and needles people have and how they store them. The answer to the first part seemed to generally be “a lot” while the storage options included jam jars, pringle tubes, Tupperware boxes and biscuit tins as well as handmade needle rolls and special cases.… Continue reading Love your needle stash as much as your yarn

News, Patterns

Trendwatch: Knit big this winter

Winter sweaters are getting bigger and bigger. Looking at catwalk pictures and magazine articles about winter fashion trends, we have seen lots of large textured sweaters with scarves or even belts. Big and bold is definitely the way to go which is good news for knitters because that means quick knits in chunky yarns. We’ve… Continue reading Trendwatch: Knit big this winter

Tips, Yarn

Love it or List it? (Your yarn stash)

Do you know what is in your yarn stash? Is every ball and skein something you love – or, perhaps more importantly, yarn that you will use? Really, even the purple eyelash yarn? Every now and again it is worth taking a look through your yarn stash and ask the love it or list it… Continue reading Love it or List it? (Your yarn stash)

Charity projects, News, Patterns, Tips, Yarn

Stashbusting for Commit To Knit (and how to adapt a pattern from DK to Aran)

This year as part of Commit to Knit we are asking people to make and donate hats for homelessness and refugee charities. We have a number of free hat patterns on our website including our basic beanie pattern. This simple pattern is easily customised: so you can use up your yarn stash by using stripes… Continue reading Stashbusting for Commit To Knit (and how to adapt a pattern from DK to Aran)

Charity projects, Events, News

Commit to Knit 2019 events

If you are taking part in Commit to Knit month and planning to knit or crochet something for charity during September, here are some events organised by retailers that might be of interest to you. Shed Load of Crafts, Enfield, Every Wednesday and Thursday in September Join Yvonne and Sandra to make hats for the… Continue reading Commit to Knit 2019 events

News, Yarn

Lovely yarns for autumn

There are lots of lovely new yarns appearing on the shelves at the moment but if you are not quite ready to tackle a chunky project just yet, what should you choose for some early autumn knitting? We have been looking at yarns out right now and choosing some to take us into slightly cooler… Continue reading Lovely yarns for autumn

Charity projects, Events, News, Patterns

Commit To Knit 2019 – Wherever I Lay My Hat

We have launched this year’s Commit To Knit campaign. As in previous years we will be asking all knitters and crocheters in the UK to commit to make at least one item for charity in September. The focus for this year’s campaign is to support yarn shops nationwide. “This year we want yarn shops to… Continue reading Commit To Knit 2019 – Wherever I Lay My Hat

Tips

Top tips for warm weather knitting

Summer knitting or crochet is a big area for debate. Some people put aside their yarnie projects for the summer, for others of us that just isn’t something we’d contemplate. The UK Hand Knitting team definitely falls in to the latter camp, so we’ve been gathering tips of warm weather crafting. Project size Keep it… Continue reading Top tips for warm weather knitting

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Your best knitting advice

We recently asked on social media for the best knitting advice you’ve ever been given. Here is a selection of your replies that we think other people might find useful. If you can knit and purl, you can complete any pattern. Rebecca Field Always plan to learn from your mistakes. Mistakes will make your project… Continue reading Your best knitting advice