Join our autumn charity knit

This is the time of year when many of us turn our thoughts and needles to knitting gifts for Christmas and we hope you can find a bit of time to help us with our Christmas Appeal.

Last year we asked you to knit or crochet festive stockings which we turned in to strings of bunting and sent them out to care homes, hospices, lunch clubs and even a food bank. We had more than 1,100 stockings arrive at our office and we were so amazed with your generosity.

knitted christmas decorations

Some of last year’s mini stockings

This year we are again asking you for Christmas stockings and there are three patterns on our website to help you. We will be turning the stockings in to Christmas decorations, so feel free to decorate them with beads or sequins. If you are visiting Yarndale or The Knitting and Stitching shows at Alexandra Palace and Harrogate we will be selling these stockings to raise money for Mind, a wonderful charity that works for better mental health for everyone and who are well known for their Crafternoon campaign.

Any stockings that are left over will be sent out to care homes, hospices etc, so if you know of an organisation that would like some stockings please do let us know by emailing Juliet@ukhandknitting.com

If you have a bit of spare yarn and half an hour, please consider making a stocking for our Christmas Appeal. You can drop your stockings off with us at the shows mentioned above or please send them to UK Hand Knitting, 60 Bridge Road East, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 1JU and please include your name and address so we can be sure to thank you.

Thank you for being so wonderful.

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Join our Christmas Appeal and hone your sock skills

Over the past few weeks on the blog we’ve looked at baby knits being a great way to learn new skills with out the commitment of an adult garment.We’ve also had tips on making socks for the first time.

UK Hand KNitting stocking appeal

If those two ideas interested to you, the UK Hand Knitting  Christmas appeal is just the thing for you. We are asking knitters and crocheters across the country to join our Christmas appeal and spread some festive cheer by making mini stockings which will be made into bunting. We want to bring a little Christmas spirit to care homes and lunch clubs by getting as many people involved as possible to make some festive bunting.

Anyone can get involved simply by making a mini Christmas stocking from left over yarn. We have created two special knit patterns and Raveler RhonddaM has kindly donated a crochet pattern, all of which can be found on the UK Hand Knitting website.

One of the patterns, mini Christmas sock, is worked in the round and has all the components of a full adult sock in minature. Perfect for learning sock construction while using up the odds and ends in your stash.

We are keen to make as many metres of bunting as possible. Knitters and crocheters can drop off their bunting at the UK Hand Knitting stand at the Knitting and Stitching Shows at Alexandra Palace and Harrogate, or by sending them to
Christmas Stocking Appeal
60 Bridge Road East
Welwyn Garden City
Herts AL7 1JU
Please join with UK Hand Knitting to spread some cheer this Christmas