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A simple kids knitting project for the holidays

We have been asked a few times recently about good projects for kids starting to knit. With the school holidays upon us, here is one project that doesn’t involve weeks of knitting and where any early mistakes can become a virtue. With a finger puppet monster, it isn’t the end of the world if some… Continue reading A simple kids knitting project for the holidays

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Top tips for scarf knitting

We are off to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show, where our lovely volunteers will be teaching people to knit and crochet, and our Yarn Doctor will be solving your technique and pattern problems. You can find us in the Royal Hall near the stage and the Christmas tree. You can also join us… Continue reading Top tips for scarf knitting

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Knitting tips: Try mattress stitch for neat seams

When we are out and about at events, one topic our yarn doctors are often asked about is sewing up. A lot of you don’t enjoy this aspect of finishing your projects and some say it is because their sewing doesn’t look neat. For straight seams, mattress stitch is a great choice and once you… Continue reading Knitting tips: Try mattress stitch for neat seams

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Rabbits, houses, windows and pirates – rhymes to help you knit

We recently asked you about the rhymes you have come across to help people learn to knit. There were lots of variations of the “bunny” rhyme: In through the bunnyhole Round the big tree Out through the bunnyhole Off hops she It is clear that rabbits have help many of us get started with our… Continue reading Rabbits, houses, windows and pirates – rhymes to help you knit

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Our most common piece of advice – do a tension square

Our yarn doctors are at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London this week, along with our fabulous volunteer knitting and crochet teachers, to help all the crafters attending the show. We know that a lot of the problems that knitters mention when they visit the UK Hand Knitting stand - this… Continue reading Our most common piece of advice – do a tension square

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Machine washing your knits

A lot of people will tell you that hand knits should never, ever go near your washing machine and tell you horror stories if stretched or felted garments, but as with many things when it comes to modern yarns (and modern machines) there is more to your washing options. There are reasons why you might… Continue reading Machine washing your knits

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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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Using a colour wheel to pick out yarn combinations

Last week we talked about stashbusting using stripes, colourblocks and contrasting edges. But how do you decide what colours to use together? One useful tool is a colour wheel like the one pictured below. This colour wheel is a standard version with twelve segments. It is made up of the primary colours yellow, red and… Continue reading Using a colour wheel to pick out yarn combinations