News, Patterns, Tips, Yarn

Join our stashbusting summer

There are so many lovely yarns coming out for Autumn, but we know some of you are saying that you don’t have room in your stash. With this in mind, it is time for a session of summer stashbusting – that way you can make some room. Here are a few ideas and some pics… Continue reading Join our stashbusting summer

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Patterns

Summer shawls and cover ups

Shawls and lace wraps are not only handy summer cover ups for when a chill breeze starts and glamorous accessories. They are also perfect summer projects because they tend to be lightweight and are easily packed up for a trip. Plus it is quite possible that you could finish them on holiday and wear almost… Continue reading Summer shawls and cover ups

therapeutic knitting
News, Patterns, Tips

Knitting and crochet books to make you think

Here at UK Hand Knitting we’re always keen to take a look at new knitting and crochet books. Recently two arrived that have made us think about our crafting in new ways. Knit Yourself Calm – A creative path to managing stress Lynne Rowe & Betsan Corkhill, Search Press Mindfulness and use creative pursuits to… Continue reading Knitting and crochet books to make you think

Patterns, Tips, Yarn

Finding and saving patterns on Ravelry

When our Yarn Doctors are out and about on our stands at craft shows, one of the regular questions that people ask is “where can I find patterns?”. There are a number of answers including a wide range of knitting and crochet magazines, and browsing the pattern leaflets at your local yarn shop. Your local… Continue reading Finding and saving patterns on Ravelry

Charity projects, Patterns

12 days of Christmas decorations

As you have probably seen, we’ve been encouraging people to make mini Christmas stockings that we’ve been turning into bunting for care homes, hospices and other worthy recipients. It has been huge success with close to 800 stocking collected – that’s a lot of bunting. Not only is this spreading cheer across the country, but… Continue reading 12 days of Christmas decorations

Patterns, Tips

Knitting from charts

When we talk to knitters, many mention that they don’t like charts or are nervous of patterns that include them. Often this is because knitters haven’t ever been shown how to work from charts, so we thought we’d provide an introduction. Charts are simply another way of providing knitting instructions and if they are well… Continue reading Knitting from charts