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News, Patterns, Yarn

Knitwear and crochet trends for this Spring

Spring and summer yarns are out, summer dresses are appearing in the shops and the clocks are about to go forward, s0 it seems like a good time to take a look at the new seasons knitting and crochet fashion trends. Colour block Two or more contrasting colours in your summer knits are set to… Continue reading Knitwear and crochet trends for this Spring

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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

Patterns

Books to inspire your gift knitting

As we get closer to Christmas you may well be revising your gift knitting plans to include some smaller items. Luckily we’ve recently come across a couple of books that might help with this. Knitted Toys by  Jody Long (Dover) Jody Long has come up with a selection of quirky toys that would make great… Continue reading Books to inspire your gift knitting

Charity projects, Events, News, Patterns, Tips

Join our Christmas Appeal and hone your sock skills

Over the past few weeks on the blog we've looked at baby knits being a great way to learn new skills with out the commitment of an adult garment.We've also had tips on making socks for the first time. If those two ideas interested to you, the UK Hand Knitting  Christmas appeal is just the… Continue reading Join our Christmas Appeal and hone your sock skills

Patterns, Tips

Books to help you tackle socks

Sock knitting is one aspect of yarn craft that seems to cause more debate than almost anything else. There are people who say they will never knit socks, those who say they look too difficult, those who only knit socks. Then there are the mysterious (to non-sock knitters) arguments about magic loop versus double pointed… Continue reading Books to help you tackle socks