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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

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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

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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

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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