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Welcome to the Knitting & Crochet Guild website

Group of crocheters in a cafe

We are a UK-based charity dedicated to 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.


Front cover of "The Lost Flock" by Jane Cooper. Depiction of horned sheep's head against a rural background and flock of sheep.

The Lost Flock – 30% discount (offer ends 30 Nov) and an exclusive talk by the author

Chelsea Green publishers are offering members 30% discount on "The Lost Flock" by Jane Cooper. A video exclusive to members is being prepared of the talk Jane gave to members on 16 November. !The story of the remarkable and rare little horned sheep, known as Orkney Boreray, and the wool-obsessed woman who moved to one of Scotland’s wildest islands to save them." - Cal Flyn, author of "Islands of Abandonment" ...
Anonymous screen shot of a membership card

Membership fees are increasing from 1 January 2024

Many members will not be aware that our annual subscription of £25 has remained unchanged since 2012. We now offer a lot more than we did in 2012 and our subscriptions no longer cover our outgoings. The Guild received a small legacy in 2021, which has helped in the last year or so. However, to continue we will be increasing our annual subscription for UK and digital memberships to £28 from 1 January 2024 (as announced at the AGM in September). Fees for other membership types will also increase. If you pay by standing order, please remember to update it ...

Our publications


SK180 – Slipknot – September 2023

Memories of James Walters, Tangled Galashiels, Right Royal Toppers, Jester Pattern Leaflets ...

Across the Needlebed

AN014 – Across the Needlebed – October 2023

Christmas is coming ...., Recycling old credit cards, The Sybil Kenton donation ...

Guild news

Miniature hand knitted Aran style jumper

Barbara Smith to teach on V&A course

Barbara Smith, our publications curator for the Collection, will be lecturing as part of the V&A Knitting of the British Isles: A Hands-On History course on 21st February 2024. Barbara will be talking about the evolution of Aran Style. We have more details on our Event listing for the course ...

Find a Guild event

Our Branches meet regularly – look at the Branches list to find out when