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
Most knitters will have heard a story like this: A customer in a local yarn shop has looked through piles of patterns but can’t find what she wants. The LYS owner asks what she is looking for. “I want a red sweater, “ says the customer, “but none of these are red.” And all though… Continue reading Tips for choosing yarn colour
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
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?
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?
Do you have lots of single skeins or only a couple of balls of particular yarns in your stash? It is very easy to be tempted by a new yarn and buy one or two balls to try it out. The problem can be deciding what you can make with 50g or 100g of yarns.… Continue reading Facing the one skein challenge
When we’ve been out and about at craft shows recently, we’ve found that lots of people want to learn to crochet or have crochet queries they need help with. As much as we like helping you on our stands, we don’t think everyone who needs help will make it to a show we’re at so… Continue reading Books to help you crack crochet
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
Although some of you will already be Ravelry users, when we are out and about at shows we find that lots of people haven’t heard about this knitting website and community, so we thought it was time to introduce you. Ravelry has been described as “Facebook for knitters” but that sells it short – this… Continue reading An intro to Ravelry
Easter is approaching, the weather is getting warmer and we are enjoying the odd sunny spring day. All of which is lovely except when it comes to choosing your next knitting or crochet project. At this time of year you may not feel like casting on another snuggly woolly jumper but light cotton tops aren’t… Continue reading For spring knitting, think accessories