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

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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

Charity projects, News, Patterns, Tips

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

Patterns, Tips

Don’t be tripped up by pattern instructions – part 3

You have told us about another pattern instruction that you find difficult or confusing, so we are adding another part to this series of posts. This time we will take a look at the phrase “complete to match first side, reversing all shaping”. This is something that you are most likely to come across when… Continue reading Don’t be tripped up by pattern instructions – part 3

Patterns, Tips

Summer crochet – perfect for accessories and homewares

Are you one of those people who crochets more in summer? Some of us definitely get our hooks out more in the summer months. There are a number of reasons for this. One is that crochet goes so well with cotton or other summer yarns. There is something very satisfying about the crisp stitches in… Continue reading Summer crochet – perfect for accessories and homewares