Welcome to the Knitting and Crochet Guild
We are a national educational charity dedicated to UK hand knitting, domestic machine knitting and crochet, run by volunteers and supported by subscriptions and donations.
Community is at the heart of our ethos and we aim to bring together enthusiastic yarn creatives from across the Globe. We are passionate about taking our crafts into the future while respecting the traditions and skills of the past. We look to encourage, inspire and be inspired by amazing makers at local level through our branches and the wider Guild community. We are here to facilitate learning new skills and about the history of knitting and crochet.
Please take a look at what makes us special and come and join us.
The Guild's Heritage Lottery Fund Project - The Collection in 100 objects is on our news pages. We'd love to hear your comments and feedback.
Events: Please do visit our Events pages. Although a lot of your favourite annual shows have been postponed, some have gone online.
We realise that many of our members would be uncomfortable attending a large residential event in September, and so we are running another online Un-Convention from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th September 2021.
The programme will be published on 15 July and members will then be able to book their priority places (on a first-come-first-served basis).
June edition of Slipknot is available
Slipknot is our quarterly publication for members. You can see a list of past Slipknots here, and the page has links to versions that members can download.
April Issue of Across the Needlebed
The fourth edition of our publication for machine knitters is now available to members from the Members' area (you need to log in to see it).
Not a machine knitter? It is still worth a look - looking at how machine knitters do things might inspire you to look at your hand knitting or crochet in a different light - you might even be inspired to machine knitting for yourself!
Covid-19 - Message from the Guild
This is a difficult time for everyone and it is affecting us all in very different ways. For us, as a Guild, it has meant that there is a delay in dealing with membership applications and renewals. Our volunteers are working as hard as they possibly can, so please do bear with us. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible but, in the meantime, do take the opportunity to either learn a new skill or use your stash. You could have a go at any of the Knit or Crochet Alongs - links on the Facebook page or here on the website. Although our branches are not holding face-to-face meetings, coordinators are finding other ways to keep in touch with members. The important thing, however, is to stay safe.
Yarn shops are facing tough times
Now that yarn shops are open again, please do make an extra effort to support them.
During Lockdown, we probably all got used to doing all our yarn shopping online but they really need us to return to them. There is nothing like seeing the true colour of a yarn or feeling it between your fingers - and you cannot do that online! If we don't use these shops, they will disappear.
Creating hot heads in Leeds
The Leeds Central branch will be knitting/crocheting hats for charity with an aim to make at least one hat each ready for distribution in November of this year. If any members of the Guild would like to join in and donate a hat they’d welcome the additional donations.
Kelly Ferguson is the Branch Co-ordinator and members can contact her through the branch Facebook group about the charity project or for the Zoom details for branch meetings (currently fortnightly on a Wednesday at 7pm).
Members, please feel free to request to join the Facebook group!