News, Tips, Yarn

New Year Knitting Resolutions

  Instead of going on a diet or setting yourself some extreme exercise challenges, have you thought about making some knitting or crochet new year resolutions. We have a few ideas: Learn a new technique. Choose a technique that would allow you to tackle a pattern you’ve always admired but didn’t feel you had the… Continue reading New Year Knitting Resolutions

Events, Patterns, Tips

Stashbusting Christmas decoration patterns

Have you ever knitted or crocheted your own Christmas decorations? These can be great stash busting projects (which, let’s face it, we all need once in a while!) as a lot of decorations are small items so don’t take much yarn to make. The larger projects on this list still don’t require a lot of… Continue reading Stashbusting Christmas decoration patterns

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Love your needle stash as much as your yarn

We were asking on social media recently about how many hooks and needles people have and how they store them. The answer to the first part seemed to generally be “a lot” while the storage options included jam jars, pringle tubes, Tupperware boxes and biscuit tins as well as handmade needle rolls and special cases.… Continue reading Love your needle stash as much as your yarn

Tips, Yarn

Love it or List it? (Your yarn stash)

Do you know what is in your yarn stash? Is every ball and skein something you love – or, perhaps more importantly, yarn that you will use? Really, even the purple eyelash yarn? Every now and again it is worth taking a look through your yarn stash and ask the love it or list it… Continue reading Love it or List it? (Your yarn stash)

Charity projects, News, Patterns, Tips, Yarn

Stashbusting for Commit To Knit (and how to adapt a pattern from DK to Aran)

This year as part of Commit to Knit we are asking people to make and donate hats for homelessness and refugee charities. We have a number of free hat patterns on our website including our basic beanie pattern. This simple pattern is easily customised: so you can use up your yarn stash by using stripes… Continue reading Stashbusting for Commit To Knit (and how to adapt a pattern from DK to Aran)

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Top tips for warm weather knitting

Summer knitting or crochet is a big area for debate. Some people put aside their yarnie projects for the summer, for others of us that just isn’t something we’d contemplate. The UK Hand Knitting team definitely falls in to the latter camp, so we’ve been gathering tips of warm weather crafting. Project size Keep it… Continue reading Top tips for warm weather knitting

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Your best knitting advice

We recently asked on social media for the best knitting advice you’ve ever been given. Here is a selection of your replies that we think other people might find useful. If you can knit and purl, you can complete any pattern. Rebecca Field Always plan to learn from your mistakes. Mistakes will make your project… Continue reading Your best knitting advice

Tips, Yarn

Wrangling your yarn stash part 2 – tracking

We recently posted about ways to store your yarn but if you have a large stash it can be difficult to remember what is in it or where you have safely placed that particularly beautiful purchase. Regardless of whether you have gone down the ziplock bag, shelving or storage unit option, you need a tracking… Continue reading Wrangling your yarn stash part 2 – tracking