News

How knitting became the new normal between shows on the BBC

We were very excited when the BBC introduced their new social distancing "idents" for BBC1 - that's the little videos that pop up before programmes - a group of knitters started appearing regularly on our screens. We decided to find out more about the knitters involved. We asked Sicgmone Kludje and Vea Koranteng from Black… Continue reading How knitting became the new normal between shows on the BBC

News

Yarn shop etiquette in the new normal

The easing of lockdown regulations means that yarn shops in England and Northern Ireland are now able to reopen and shops are getting ready to open in Wales and Scotland once permission is given. That doesn’t mean that every yarn shop will be open right away or that shops will be operating in the same… Continue reading Yarn shop etiquette in the new normal

Events, News, Yarn

Join our virtual yarn shop treasure hunt to dig up some yarnie prizes

To celebrate many yarn shops preparing to reopen, UK Hand Knitting has launched a treasure hunt to help knitters and crocheters re-discover their local store. There are 14 quiz questions to answer which lead you on a virtual magical mystery tour  around the UK. All the answers can be found on the UK Hand Knitting… Continue reading Join our virtual yarn shop treasure hunt to dig up some yarnie prizes

News, Patterns, Yarn

Summer yarns for 2020

We are having some lovely sunny weather at least part of the time and even if you are still mainly at home you will be in need of some summer knit and crochet ideas. There are some lovely cotton and other lightweight yarns around at the moment, so we’ve picked out a few examples for… Continue reading Summer yarns for 2020

News, Patterns, Tips, Yarn

Using yarn to entertain your kids

We have written in the past about school holiday knitting projects for kids and at the moment we've notice people including crafts in their home schooling plans so we though it was a good time to take another look at crafting with youngsters. You can find our top tips for teaching kids to knit here… Continue reading Using yarn to entertain your kids

Tips, Yarn

What better time to do a tension square?

There is a lot of discussion about the moment about what we should aspire to do during lockdown. We are not suggesting you master advanced yoga techniques, learn Tibetan or write a Booker prize-worthy novel. However, we would like to suggest that it might be the time to make a tension square for each of… Continue reading What better time to do a tension square?

News, Tips

Our campaign to support local yarn shops

It is a tough time for everyone right now and that includes the yarn shops we love. The UK Hand Knitting Association, whose members include the largest yarn brands in the country, has launched a campaign together with five leading craft publishers to support local yarn shops across the UK – “Yarn Shop Love” As… Continue reading Our campaign to support local yarn shops

Charity projects, News, Tips

Donating knitted items to charity shops

A few of you have been in touch lately to tell us that charity shops are turning away handknitted items because they cannot be sold in the stores. We got in touch with Trading Standards to find out more. Current law in the UK – which includes charity shops as well as other retailers –… Continue reading Donating knitted items to charity shops

News, Patterns, Tips

Join the men’s cable jumper trend

One of the biggest talking points from the recent Hollywood movie Knives Out was the cable sweater worn by Chris Evans which has proved a big hot despite the hole. It seems that men’s cabled jumpers are suddenly very popular as a result, so we’ve found some patterns for you to enjoy. They are all… Continue reading Join the men’s cable jumper trend

Patterns, Yarn

Quick chunky knits

With the weather we’re having at this time of year, it is easy to get caught out and discover your lovely cosy knitted hat is nowhere to be found in a cold snap. This one of the many reasons we love chunky yarns – you can turn out a warm accessory or two in very… Continue reading Quick chunky knits