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.
September edition of Slipknot
Slipknot is our quarterly publication for members.
The September edition is available to members online.
You can see a list of past Slipknots here, and the page has links to versions that members can download.
October Issue of Across the Needlebed
The fifth 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!
- Things I wish I'd known about - Cut &Sew
- Exploring Fairisle
- Knitting a lined hat (single-bed machine)
- Exercise in ladder-back jacquard
- The back page ....
Have you seen the first episode of the BBC Four series "Fabric of Britain"? Called "Knitting's Golden Age" it looks at how knitting has evolved over the last couple of centuries.
We are proud that the segment on knitting for children was led by Dr Angharad Thomas, the Textile Archivist for our Collection. Angharad explains the context of several items from the collection, including matinee jackets like the one shown here (that we showed you as day 49 of the 100 Objects project last year), and several knitted toys.
If you live in the UK and have a TV licence, you can watch the programme on BBC iPlayer until 3 September.
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.