Patterns, Tips

Don’t be tripped up by pattern instructions – part 3

You have told us about another pattern instruction that you find difficult or confusing, so we are adding another part to this series of posts. This time we will take a look at the phrase “complete to match first side, reversing all shaping”. This is something that you are most likely to come across when… Continue reading Don’t be tripped up by pattern instructions – part 3

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Charity projects, News

Commit to Knit returns for 2018

This year's Commit To Knit Month 2018, our campaign that encourages knitters and crocheters to make one item for charity, will take place in September. Last year crafters all over the country got involved and this time we are particularly calling on knitting groups across the UK to get involved. To celebrate Commit To Knit,… Continue reading Commit to Knit returns for 2018

Patterns, Tips

Summer crochet – perfect for accessories and homewares

Summer crochet – perfect for accessories and homewares. Are you one of those people who crochets more in summer? Some of us definitely get our hooks out more in the summer months. There are a number of reasons for this. One is that crochet goes so well with cotton or other summer yarns. There is… Continue reading Summer crochet – perfect for accessories and homewares

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Good knitting on TV and in the movies

Do you wince when you see someone "acting" knitting or crochet in a TV show or movie? A needle or hook is stabbed randomly at a piece that up to that point has been beautifully produced by someone who knows what they are doing. The random stabbing is accompanied by some yarn pulling or waving,… Continue reading Good knitting on TV and in the movies

Tips

Caring for your summer knits

At this time of year, we are more likely to turn to yarns with cotton, bamboo or linen fibres for their light airy qualities. However, the characteristics of these fibres that give the yarns these qualities can give us problems if we don’t care for them properly. The biggest issue with washing garments using these… Continue reading Caring for your summer knits

Commit to Knit month
News

Why your GP might recommend a knitting group

We regularly talk about knitting groups on this blog. We are big fans of knitters and crocheters meeting to craft together, share knowledge or just to squish each other’s yarn. Groups can be merely social or come together for a major project or to focus on creating items for charity. But it isn’t just us… Continue reading Why your GP might recommend a knitting group

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

Tips

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