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In praise of knitted hats

It has been chilly over the last few days so it is time to dig out the woolly hat collection. A hand knitted hat is a lovely thing. It can fit in a pocket or a bag, can be as individual as you like and pulling it on is an instant piece of comfort. Plus… Continue reading In praise of knitted hats

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Trendwatch: Cables

When we are out and about talking to knitters, the topic of cables comes up quite a bit. Experienced cable knitters tell us how much they love them and when we teach a cable novice how to tackle this simple technique they are amazed how easy they are. Everyone agrees that cables are a little… Continue reading Trendwatch: Cables

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Kids knits for back to school

It is not that long until the end of the summer holidays and so our minds have turned to kids’ knits for the autumn. Among the great things about a child’s jumper is that it is relatively quick to make and there is less  to hold while the weather is still at least a little… Continue reading Kids knits for back to school

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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

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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

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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