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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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

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

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Trendwatch: Ice cream and texture

We’ve been flicking through the fashion magazines and blogs again, looking for some spring knitting inspiration, and we’ve noticed one phrase coming up a lot – ice cream colours. Pastels shades and subtle colours such as pale strawberry, pistachio, lilac and lemon are good choices for this spring and summer. Even variegated pastels will be… Continue reading Trendwatch: Ice cream and texture

News, Patterns

Knitwear trends for 2018

What will we be knitting this year? We’ve been taking a look at the likely knitwear trends for 2018 and gathering some pattern inspiration for the next few months. Big and comfy Oversized jumpers, chunky knits and cosy sweaters to snuggle up in featured in the fashion collections and magazines for this season. And what… Continue reading Knitwear trends for 2018

Patterns, Tips

A simple kids knitting project for the holidays

We have been asked a few times recently about good projects for kids starting to knit. With the school holidays upon us, here is one project that doesn’t involve weeks of knitting and where any early mistakes can become a virtue. With a finger puppet monster, it isn’t the end of the world if some… Continue reading A simple kids knitting project for the holidays

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Top tips for scarf knitting

We are off to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show, where our lovely volunteers will be teaching people to knit and crochet, and our Yarn Doctor will be solving your technique and pattern problems. You can find us in the Royal Hall near the stage and the Christmas tree. You can also join us… Continue reading Top tips for scarf knitting