Patterns

Behind the scenes: What makes a good sample knitter?

At UK Hand Knitting we are often asked about sample knitting for designers ad yarn companies. So in our latest look behind the scenes we talked to David MacLeod, Design Manager at Rowan about working with sample knitters and what the job entails. How important are good quality sample knitters? It’s very important to have… Continue reading Behind the scenes: What makes a good sample knitter?

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Patterns

Behind the scenes – entering the pattern archive

In our latest look behind the scenes of the yarn industry, we asked Emma Mychajlowskyj, sales director of Sirdar, about what sort of archive a large yarn company keeps. How big is the Sirdar archive? We have thousands and thousands of patterns in our archive – they date back to the 1930s, soon after the… Continue reading Behind the scenes – entering the pattern archive

News, Patterns, Yarn

Behind the scenes: Introducing a new yarn

In our occasional peak behind the scenes in the yarn industry, we had the chance to talk to Debbie Bliss about introducing a new yarn to her range. How do you decide to introduce a new yarn? Is it driven by trends or fashion or does customer feedback come into it? First of all I… Continue reading Behind the scenes: Introducing a new yarn

Patterns, Yarn

Behind the scenes: Creating a pattern collection

In the first of our occasional looks behinds the scenes of the yarn industry, we talk to Annabelle Hill, sales and marketing director at Stylecraft about putting together pattern collections. Why do yarn companies produce pattern collections alongside their yarns? It is important to have the right yarn at the right price, in the right… Continue reading Behind the scenes: Creating a pattern collection