Tips, Yarn

Have a knitting and crochet planning day

In many businesses being the person who goes into the office between Christmas and New Year can be a quite a good experience. You get peace and quiet to sort out your emails, clear out unneeded paperwork and generally prepare for the next few months. If you are off over the holiday period, you can… Continue reading Have a knitting and crochet planning day

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Tips

Quick tip: joining in the round

One of the questions the Yarn Doctors are asked more than anything else is: “How do I start knitting in the round?” While some people might say “Well, you just start knitting”, what this is really about is starting neatly in the round without ending up with a ladder or stretched stitch at the beginning.… Continue reading Quick tip: joining in the round

News, Patterns, Tips

Books for men who knit or want to

As with most events UK Hand Knitting attend, we were joined by men on our stand at various times during our visit to last week’s Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show. Just like other knitters they came to teach, to learn, to show off projects and in one case to prove he could produce a neater… Continue reading Books for men who knit or want to

Patterns, Tips, Yarn

Knitting with chunky and super chunky yarns

We recently talked about the trend for big cables and one way to achieve this is using chunky and super chunky yarns. These thicker yarns can also produce interesting lace effects and are great for quickly producing accessories such as hats and scarves or big and bold homewares.   One of the advantages of using… Continue reading Knitting with chunky and super chunky yarns

Tips

Tip time: Join the toes of your sock seamlessly

Recently lots of you have been asking the Yarn Doctors about sock knitting and in particular how to join the toes of your socks. We usually use Kitchener stitch, a sewing method that results in a seamless toe – so as comfortable as possible. Because there are a number of steps to the instructions for… Continue reading Tip time: Join the toes of your sock seamlessly

Events, News, Tips

Find a space to share your skills

When we are teaching and encouraging people to knit and crochet at yarn shows round the country, we are often approached by people with a very specific request. These are usually groups of two or three people where one person is keen to teach their companion(s) some aspect of knitting or crochet and ask if… Continue reading Find a space to share your skills

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Tips for crocheting spiral granny squares

Among this year’s Commit to Knit pattern collection, we have a stunning crochet blanket that features “spiral granny squares”. We have been very excited about learning to make this new style of square but they are a little different to make, so we thought we should pass on the tips we’ve picked up. When you… Continue reading Tips for crocheting spiral granny squares