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 now live, 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 to next year, some have gone online.
The third 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!
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 have had to close yet again during this lockdown. Perhaps one local to you is running a click-and-collect scheme (or phone-and-collect), or has a web-based shop. Please do make an extra effort to support them. During Lockdown, we have 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.
This tribute to the NHS has been produced by one of our members, using double filet for heart and cloud, normal for rainbow with hula hoop in red round for support!
All Guild members receive a fantastic range of benefits, from local meetings with like-minded enthusiasts to exclusive pattern downloads and discounts - and plenty more!Join Today
Coronavirus has hit yarn shops particularly badly and they really need your support. Click here for our list of yarn shop members. Click on the image above to read about the YarnShopLove campaign being run by the UK Hand Knitting Association in conjunction with 5 major craft publishers.
A great way to use up your stash and give you an exciting little knitting project to get your needles round! Learn more here. The mystery blanket is made up of knitted squares - you can download a file with only the latest squares here. If anyone would like to do the same thing for crochet or machine knitting please let us know.
The Guild has branches around the country and you'll be more than welcome to come along to any meeting to see what we get up to. Click on our interactive map to find a branch or a yarn shop member near you.