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

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Ideas for crocheted Christmas gifts

Last week we looked a couple of books that could come in useful when knitting gifts. But we know that more and more of you are crocheting as well, so might also be thinking of getting your hooks out ahead of the festive season. If you are new to crochet it is probably best to… Continue reading Ideas for crocheted Christmas gifts

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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

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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

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Solving knitting problems: Cable mistakes

One frustrating thing that can happen with you knitting, is to look down and realise that you have cabled the wrong way. But if the mistake is only a few rows down, rather than rip out at the rest of your cabling, there is a way of untwisting that one rogue cable. Arrange your work… Continue reading Solving knitting problems: Cable mistakes

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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

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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?