Tips

Finding the right needles for you

Last week when we were talking about knitting in the heat a number of people mentioned using wooden or bamboo needles, which reminded us of the importance of choosing the right needles for particular circumstances. Having the right tools for a project can make a difference. We will all have a particular preference for our… Continue reading Finding the right needles for you

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Tips, Yarn

Yarns for the heat

It is hot. I think we are all agreed on that. In the UK, every news bulletin reminds us that this is the warmest or driest or both summer since 1976. There are warnings about going out in the midday sun. So what are we poor knitters and crocheters to do? We’ve been thinking about… Continue reading Yarns for the heat

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

Tips

Caring for your summer knits

At this time of year, we are more likely to turn to yarns with cotton, bamboo or linen fibres for their light airy qualities. However, the characteristics of these fibres that give the yarns these qualities can give us problems if we don’t care for them properly. The biggest issue with washing garments using these… Continue reading Caring for your summer knits

Tips

Don’t be tripped up by pattern instructions – part 2

Following on from our look at instructions like “at the same time” or “on every following”, this time we are going to give you some tips for dealing with the term “evenly”. Increasing evenly You occasionally still find this instruction in new patterns but it is more common in older ones. You will be asked… Continue reading Don’t be tripped up by pattern instructions – part 2

Tips

Don’t be tripped up by pattern instructions – part 1

We are always on the look out for knitting and crochet problems that you need help with and several people have asked our advice on making sure they understand pattern instructions correctly. We’ve picked out a few instructions that can trip people up. “Decrease on every” This instruction (and similar ones of increases) are quite… Continue reading Don’t be tripped up by pattern instructions – part 1

Tips

Straight or circular needles

When we meet knitters at events, we are often asked about using circular needles – in particular if there is any difference to using straight ones. As with all things knitting, needle choice is a very personal thing and some needles will suit some knitters more than others. When you are using circulars, you make… Continue reading Straight or circular needles