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

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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

Tips

Tips for getting on top of you unfinished projects

At the start of the year many of you told us that your resolution was to finish off your unfinished projects – and some of you told us that you had several knitting or crochet works in progress (Wips) that you hadn’t got round to finishing yet. So we have been collecting some top tips… Continue reading Tips for getting on top of you unfinished projects

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Events, News, Tips

Share a skill in 2018

One thing we know about the knitters and crocheters we meet and talk to through the year is that you are a very knowledgeable bunch. We also see how great you are at sharing your knowledge and skills, giving tips on social media and helping people at events. So we have a suggestion for 2018.… Continue reading Share a skill in 2018

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Organise your knitting and crochet for the new year

December is always a busy time, and for many of us there isn’t much time to think about knitting and crochet – except for last minute gift making. But once the holiday rush is over there will be time for yarnie thoughts. For some that means plans for organising our yarn stashes, for others looking… Continue reading Organise your knitting and crochet for the new year

Patterns, Tips

A simple kids knitting project for the holidays

We have been asked a few times recently about good projects for kids starting to knit. With the school holidays upon us, here is one project that doesn’t involve weeks of knitting and where any early mistakes can become a virtue. With a finger puppet monster, it isn’t the end of the world if some… Continue reading A simple kids knitting project for the holidays

Charity projects, News, Patterns, Tips

Top tips for scarf knitting

We are off to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show, where our lovely volunteers will be teaching people to knit and crochet, and our Yarn Doctor will be solving your technique and pattern problems. You can find us in the Royal Hall near the stage and the Christmas tree. You can also join us… Continue reading Top tips for scarf knitting