News, Patterns

Our patterns are now available through our website

For many years the UK Hand Knitting member companies have been producing knitting patterns to help support the work of the organisation promoting knitting and crochet. The patterns are available as printed leaflets through yarn shops but we know that many of you often look for patterns online. So we have updated our website to… Continue reading Our patterns are now available through our website

News, Yarn

Transitional yarns for this spring

While some of us will wear knitted garments all year round it is important to find the right type of yarns for each season. Over the next few months we are likely to a have a mix of chilly days and those moments when you might just want a cardigan to pull on to go… Continue reading Transitional yarns for this spring

News, Uncategorized

Knitting and Crochet in Art

There is often a debate about what creative activities are art and what are craft. Some people arbitrarily draw lines that put knitting and crochet strictly in the craft category. But as photography has proved, some pursuits can be both depending on how they are used. We’ve been on the look out for art projects… Continue reading Knitting and Crochet in Art

News, Patterns

Get cosy by joining the blanket trend

Are you knitting or crocheting a blanket? Blankets are one of the big knitting and crochet trends right now with lots of patterns and knits available. They are particularly appealing at this time of year because you get more cosy as your blanket grows. With so many blanket styles available  - striped, log cabin, patchwork,… Continue reading Get cosy by joining the blanket trend

News, Yarn

Living coral – the colour for 2019

The colour gurus at Pantone have made their annual announcement of the Colour of the Year. This year it is the orangey pink “Living Coral”. This is a colour that they think will show up in lots of fashion and design from dresses and handbags to posters and logos over the next 12 months. The… Continue reading Living coral – the colour for 2019

News, Patterns, Tips

Books for men who knit or want to

As with most events UK Hand Knitting attend, we were joined by men on our stand at various times during our visit to last week’s Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show. Just like other knitters they came to teach, to learn, to show off projects and in one case to prove he could produce a neater… Continue reading Books for men who knit or want to

Events, News

Knitting, practical mindfulness and the benefits of “craftfulness”

For a number years we have been following, and promoting, the research by Betsan Corkhill and others that shows that knitting and crochet is good for our mental and our physical health. Our very own Bronagh has even knitted on live TV while wearing a heart monitor to prove how calming and relaxing making one… Continue reading Knitting, practical mindfulness and the benefits of “craftfulness”

Charity projects, News

Knitted poppies bloom across the country

As Remembrance Sunday approaches and we mark a century from the end of World War One, knitted and crocheted poppies are spreading across the UK. An impressive number of communities, churches and businesses have decided to mark the anniversary with swathes of hand craft remembrance poppies. Creating the poppies and displaying them has brought people… Continue reading Knitted poppies bloom across the country