Patterns, Tips

Baby knits – a first step to big knits

When we are out and about at craft shows we often meet people who tell us that they have been knitting for a while but they are nervous about trying to make a whole garment. Of course we also meet people whose first project was a jumper but this blog is for the first group.… Continue reading Baby knits – a first step to big knits

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Patterns, Tips

Summer knitting projects for kids

As the schools break up for the summer, many people’s thoughts are turning to how to keep their kids occupied for the summer. One way is to teach them to knit or crochet – see our tips here – but what if they have already mastered the basics? How do you keep them interested when… Continue reading Summer knitting projects for kids

Patterns

Behind the scenes: What makes a good sample knitter?

At UK Hand Knitting we are often asked about sample knitting for designers ad yarn companies. So in our latest look behind the scenes we talked to David MacLeod, Design Manager at Rowan about working with sample knitters and what the job entails. How important are good quality sample knitters? It’s very important to have… Continue reading Behind the scenes: What makes a good sample knitter?

Charity projects, Events, News, Patterns

Are you ready to Commit to Knit?

June is Commit to Knit month 2016, when we ask you to pledge to knit an item (or more than one) for charity. The month follows on from our first Commit to Knit campaign last year when hundreds of knitters and crocheters signed up to make items for a number of charities with yarn based… Continue reading Are you ready to Commit to Knit?

Patterns

Behind the scenes – entering the pattern archive

In our latest look behind the scenes of the yarn industry, we asked Emma Mychajlowskyj, sales director of Sirdar, about what sort of archive a large yarn company keeps. How big is the Sirdar archive? We have thousands and thousands of patterns in our archive – they date back to the 1930s, soon after the… Continue reading Behind the scenes – entering the pattern archive