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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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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

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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

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Why teaching kids to knit will help them with maths and technology

I noticed something when I was teaching my seven-year-old niece to knit. She isn’t that keen on sums in her homework, but if I asked her to keep track of her stitches she would happily tell me how many she had gained or lost. And if I asked questions like “You’ve knitted three rows this… Continue reading Why teaching kids to knit will help them with maths and technology

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Your knitting speed questions answered

Thanks to our current collaboration with ICHF Events to see how quickly knitters can complete a row of 100 stitches, for the Nations’s Fastest Knitter competition, we’ve had more than a few questions about how to knit faster. The first thing to say is that often with knitting you can have a bad case of… Continue reading Your knitting speed questions answered