Patterns, Tips, Yarn

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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Tips

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

steam block knitting
Tips

Blocking your knitting

Among the things our yarn doctors are regularly asked about are “how do you block your knitting?”, “is blocking lace difficult, I am nervous about starting a shawl” and “what are blocking wires?”. So following our look at summer shawls last week, we have some tips about blocking your knitting and crochet. Wet blocking This… Continue reading Blocking your knitting

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Tips, Yarn

Tips: Summer knitting and crochet with cotton

At this time of year we often think about using cotton yarns to create cool, summer garments. If you are used to working mainly with wool, cotton can behave differently so we have collect some useful tips to help you with your warm weather projects. Thank you to everyone who contributed tips on social media.… Continue reading Tips: Summer knitting and crochet with cotton

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News, Patterns, Tips

Knitting and crochet books to make you think

Here at UK Hand Knitting we’re always keen to take a look at new knitting and crochet books. Recently two arrived that have made us think about our crafting in new ways. Knit Yourself Calm – A creative path to managing stress Lynne Rowe & Betsan Corkhill, Search Press Mindfulness and use creative pursuits to… Continue reading Knitting and crochet books to make you think

striping yarns
Tips, Yarn

Using long colour change and self-striping yarns

As we revealed in our post about summer knitting trends, stripes are in. One of the ways to achieve lovely striped garments is to use yarns dyed with long sections of contrasting colours that give you stripes as you work. There are lots of these yarns about at the moment as you can see from… Continue reading Using long colour change and self-striping yarns

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Knitting and crochet blogs for you to enjoy

On our regular e-newsletter we choose a knitting or crochet blog of the month that we think our followers will enjoy. In case our blog readers aren’t signed for the newsletter, here are a few of our favourites from the past year that you might enjoy browsing over the bank holiday weekend. Elsie Pop is… Continue reading Knitting and crochet blogs for you to enjoy