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Look on trend with a knitted tank top

A knitted tank top or vest with jeans is the stylish look going into autumn according to the fashion mags – check out this piece about model Kendal Jenner from Harpers Bazaar (ignore the fact they can’t tell knitting from crochet). You could start wearing tops like these by themselves and then add a tee… Continue reading Look on trend with a knitted tank top

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Summer accessory knitting

Summer knitting is always a topic for debate. Some people think that working with yarn is a cold weather only activity while others of us wouldn’t be without our needles and hooks regardless of what the thermometer says. That said, casting on an over-sized chunky cardigan may not be the ideal option for a sunny… Continue reading Summer accessory knitting

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Settling in to knit at your local yarn shop

At UK Hand Knitting we are big fans of knitting and crochet groups of every type – in person and virtual. But right now, we’re really enjoying the return of yarn shop knitting groups. As with other knitting groups, those hosted in yarn shops offer a range of benefits to crafters. There is simply the… Continue reading Settling in to knit at your local yarn shop

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Knit and crochet to reduce waste

We recently showed you some of the fantastic recycled yarns on the market, but you can also use your crafting skills to reduce the amount of single-use items you consume. One of the most famous eco-knitting projects is to create “plarn” (plastic yarn) by cutting up plastic bags and then knitting or crocheting up into… Continue reading Knit and crochet to reduce waste

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Colour of the year 2022

Every new year the experts at Pantone identify their colour of the year, which they think sums up the shades and tones likely to influence the next twelve months of design. This year they have taken it a step further and added a new purply blue to their palette for 2022. Pantone describes “Very Peri”… Continue reading Colour of the year 2022

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Get ready to Commit to Knit a Hat for the Homeless

September is when we celebrate all the knitters and crocheters out there who tirelessly make items for charities to help with fundraising or to raise awareness of a particular campaign. It is also when we ask all knitters and crocheters to make  just one item for a charity or organisation to show their support for our Commit… Continue reading Get ready to Commit to Knit a Hat for the Homeless

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Working with Bamboo and Cotton Yarns

There are some gorgeous cotton and bamboo yarns around at the moment, but how much do you know about these fibres and the best ways to work with them? It is worth knowing a little about where these yarns come from and how they are made up, so you can get the most out of… Continue reading Working with Bamboo and Cotton Yarns

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Kids’ cotton sweaters

Cotton sweaters are a great choice for summer children’s knits. Cotton is robust, cool and usually can be machine washed so great for summery play clothes. Plus cotton can be more comfortable to knit with as the weather warms up. There are some great colour ranges available so you can have fun making sweaters in… Continue reading Kids’ cotton sweaters

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The year of the cardigan

2021 looks like being the year of the bright cardigan. Fashion designers and stylists have been pairing them with ball gowns while a year of lock downs has changed what we wear when with “loungewear” comfort being a top choice. And what is better for snuggling on the sofa than a lovely soft cardie you… Continue reading The year of the cardigan