Slipknot

Journal of the Knitting & Crochet Guild

Slipknot is the quarterly journal by members for members, packed with information, events, articles, contacts and letters. It is a key benefit for members and each issue is eagerly awaited.

Do consider writing about something for Slipknot, contributions are welcome from all members. Think about what you have enjoyed in the journal, and things you would like to see but haven't appeared before. There are some detailed guidelines which you can download here. The Slipknot team are always happy to advise and review ideas.

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Copies of all issues of Slipknot are held at Britannia Mill - another reason to visit to see over 40 years of the Guild's own publication.

You can view a summary of the contents of some recent issues below.

Our copy deadline for the June 2021 issue is 31 March 2021.

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Slipknot 171 - June 2021

Features

  • A garden for life
  • Are you sitting comfortably?
  • Artful knitting
  • Book Reviews
  • Did you know?
  • Highland Threads
  • Knitted underwear
  • Patterning on a knitting machine
  • Shared aims
  • Sue Blacker, 1951–2021
  • Using wire on your knitting machine
  • Visual design approaches on machines
  • V-stitch mini shopping bag
  • Your memories of Patricia Roberts

The Guild

  • 200 Club
  • Branch reports
  • Contributions to Slipknot
  • Directors and post-holders
  • From the Editor
  • Message from the Board
  • The Guild on social media
  • Un-Convention 2021


Slipknot 170 - March 2021

Features

  • A Knitted Christmas tree
  • A knitter’s story
  • Alive and kicking: the sequel
  • A nymph in spring
  • Book Reviews
  • Buying a knitting machine
  • Designing in flow
  • Did you know?
  • Endless ends
  • In memory of Patricia Roberts
  • Knitting History Forum AGM and
  • Conference
  • Lockdown gansey squares
  • Lockdown projects
  • LYS in Berwick upon Tweed
  • Machine knitted woven felt
  • Notes from the edge
  • The demise of Denman
  • There’s always something new to learn
  • Woven in Kirklees – nominations

The Guild

  • 200 Club
  • Branch reports
  • Contributions to Slipknot
  • Directors and post-holders
  • From the Editor
  • Message from the Board
  • Speakers List
  • Volunteer for the Guild
  • What do you do with Slipknot?


Slipknot 169 - December 2020

Features

1920s patterns in the Collection

Alive and Kicking

A series of Un-Conventional yarns

A stitch with a story

Book reviews

Coronavirus craft groups

Did you know?

Fair Isle felting

Family threads

Introducing… Desiree Jeans

Knitting the Herring

Lockdown projects

Making a video for UnConvention 2020

Nordwand mittens

The art of gift-giving

Woven in Kirklees

The Guild

200 Club

Branch reports

Contributions to Slipknot

Directors and post-holders

Easyfundraising

From the Editor

Message from the Board

The Guild on the Net

Cover image is of seasonal table mats, knitted by Margaret Grinter

Slipknot 162 - March 2019

Contents

Features

  • A knitter on holiday in Tallinn
  • A Rainbow Jumper pattern
  • Book reviews
  • Did you know?
  • Grasping the (D) nettle
  • How to make a cute little bunny
  • How to make a Tunisian wave
  • Internationalisation of knitting
  • Japanese whimsy
  • Knitting in Sydney, Australia
  • More Traveller’s Tales
  • The Brown Betty teapot
  • The most Popular Pattern ever published
  • What’s on – Spring 2019


The Guild
  • 200 Club 29
  • An introduction to new (co-opted)Board member Linda Curry
  • Branch reports
  • Contributions to Slipknot
  • Convention booking form
  • Directors and post-holders
  • Farewell
  • From the Editor
  • KCG Oxford Regional Day
  • Message from the Board
  • New (and old) Branches

Slipknot 157 - December 2017 - Cover photo - Emma Vining's Diamond Kites sweater by kind permission of The Knitter Magazine, pub. Intermediate Media. See page 20.

Slipknot 156 - September 2017 - Cover photo - A Tam O' Shanter from our Sheffield Branch

Slipknot 155 - June 2017 - Cover photo - Yarn: Britsock Indian Summer by The Knitting Goddess available from Brityarn.co.uk. Image courtesy of The Knitting Goddess.

Slipknot 154 - March 2017 - Cover photo - Sally Magill's Little Birds Wall Hanging - see page 21

Slipknot 153 - December 2016 - Cover photo - Robin designed by Sue Stratford. The pattern is available in the members area of the Guild website. Sue's book "A bird in the hand" was published recently.

Slipknot 152 - September 2016 - Cover photo - one of the garments made by Chloe Woodman, University of South Wales, seen at Graduate Fashion Week 2016 - Photo courtesy of Emma Vining


Slipknot 151 - June 2016 - Cover photo - Liz Smedley's mohair mix with white cotton hairpin crochet & beads - See P22


Slipknot 150 - March 2016 - Cover picture - Flowers for Memories

Read Sheila Metcalfe's article on page 13.

Slipknot 149 December 2015 - cover photo - The final squares in the Yarn Story competition, courtesy of Juliet Bernard - see article on page 7

Contents

  • A Knitter's Journey - a 40th Anniversary Project
  • Anny Blatt and Stitchcraft
  • Appeal for bunting for Guild displays
  • Book reviews
  • Branch reports
  • Continental knitting workshop at Toft Alpaca, Warwickshire
  • Did you know?
  • Have you ever tried a "Knitting Retreat"?
  • In the Footsteps of Sheep
  • In the Loop 4
  • Issue 150
  • Knitted squares
  • Message from the Board
  • Mini Christmas stockings
  • Proper Woolly
  • Shetland Wool week the easy way
  • Successful sociable crochet project
  • The Guild 1891 lace sampler: pattern 36 - antlers and large eyelets
  • The Healthy Eating Rug
  • Wartime knitting
  • Yarn Stories competition

Slipknot 148 September 2015 - Cover photo - Sleeve detail from the Aberteifi cardigan - see Did you know? on page 18

Contents

  • 2015 AGM report
  • £1 coin purse
  • Anny Blatt
  • A machine knitter's perspective
  • Bedfordshire Branch Regional Open Day
  • Book reviews
  • Branch reports
  • Can you help?
  • Celebrating Kaffe
  • Did you know?
  • Helping the trawlers
  • I Knit Fandango
  • Knitting event in the Wiltshire/Somerset/Dorset border
  • Looking for somewhere to donate your surplus yarn (and needles)?
  • Members' achievements
  • Message from the Board
  • Review of the 2015 Convention
  • Shetland visit
  • The National Federation of WIs/Kingston Design Knitwear project
  • Wedding preparations
  • Wraps per inch (or WPI) tools

Slipknot 147 June 2015 - Cover picture - Irish crochet bag from the Guild Collection, courtesy Emma Vining - see London branch report on page 26.

Contents

  • Branch reports
  • Crocheted friendship panel
  • Daisy card
  • Did you know?
  • Does anyone remember Enid Blyton's campaign for knitted squares
  • Guild 1891 Lace Sampler Pattern 5 - Little Flowers
  • Guild 1891 Lace Sampler Pattern 10 - Little Spinners
  • Guild competition 2015 - Afternoon Tea
  • Guild patterns on Ravelry
  • KHF/KCG visits to Clothworkers' Centre
  • Lee Mills Open Day
  • Members in print
  • Message from the Board
  • Mrs George Cupples
  • New branch in Bath
  • News from Slipknot
  • The Guild on Facebook
  • The Transitions Conference 26-27th November 2014
  • Too many books
  • Two Worcestershire Second World War knitting parties
  • Vicki Twigg and Twiggstitch
  • What colour is White?
  • Writing for Slipknot
  • Yarn Stories launches Guild-inspired competion


Slipknot 146 March 2015 - Cover picture - Betty's fuchsia motif, created and photographed by Emma Vining. See Page 22

Contents

  • A Guild outing
  • Advice to the Victorian yarn buyer
  • And Wendy Poole is setting up a new branch in Cornwall
  • Bedfordshire branch regional open day
  • Betty's fuchsia challenge
  • Book reviews
  • Branch reports
  • Centenary Stitches exhibition
  • Classifying yarn colours
  • Convention competition 2015
  • Did you know?
  • Greta - a 1930s Lacy Jumper
  • Introducing Hilary
  • Irish crochet
  • Lee Mills open days 2015
  • Message from the Board
  • Scottish members get connected
  • Shetland Wool Week
  • The Butterick Publishing Company
  • The Fife Craft Collaboration 2014
  • The fun of creating
  • The Guild on Facebook
  • Twenty go to Norfolk
  • Using spinners' shade cards
  • What does the average farmer get for his wool?

Slipknot 145 December 2014 - Cover picture - Crochet snowflake by Sally Magill, to reflect the season.

Contents

  • Book reviews
  • Branch reports
  • By any other name
  • Crochet sampling
  • Did you know?
  • Fibre East 26-27 July 2014
  • The Gansey Symposium at Sheringham Museum
  • A happy event?
  • KA knitting needles
  • Kaffe Fassett 50 years in colour exhibition at Aberdeen Art Gallery
  • Knitted Knockers UK
  • Knitters Circle News
  • Knitting at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire
  • Knitting weekend in Sheringham 9-11 January 2015
  • Letter to the Secretary
  • Message from the Board
  • "Oh GreyT Granny"!
  • Sampler pattern 58: Hanging cones
  • Sewing in threads
  • Shetland Sojourn
  • Twist again
  • A unique gem from the collection
  • Working with beads

Slipknot 144 September 2014 - Cover picture - Knitted cacti in the Guild collection, courtesy of Barbara Smith - see Evangeline McNicol's section in the article by the students who used the collection at Lee Mills on page 10.

Contents

  • AGM minutes
  • Book reviews
  • Branch reports
  • Catch them young
  • Convention weekend
  • Did you know?
  • Explorations in Scandinavian knitting
  • The Guild's gansey collection
  • Knitted quilts at The Old Post Office, Tintagel
  • Message from the Board
  • The Patons pattern archive
  • Scrapbooks
  • Students at Lee Mills
  • Victorian squares knitting workshop
  • Vintages patterns and modern challenges
  • Ways to donate to the Guild
  • A world of wool - the Expressions arts festival

Slipknot 143 June 2014 - Cover picture - Child's coat and hat knitted for the film "Tell us of them" from a patterns supplied by the Guild Collection.

Contents

  • Book reviews
  • Branch reports
  • The Coats archive of garments
  • De stash at the convention
  • Did you know?
  • From the Patons archive: 1965 Aran sweaters
  • Knitting for others
  • Knitting for the troops
  • Making the Scatness tunic
  • Message from the Board
  • The Misses Ryder of Richmond in Yorkshire
  • Shetland Wool Week 2013
  • A stitch garden
  • A tape measure jug?
  • Tell them of us
  • Tudor Merchant's Knitted Cap Workshop
  • Useful aids for easier crafting
  • Where do you see the Guild in 2020?
  • Woolly thoughts from Down Under

Slipknot 142 March 2014 - Cover picture - Fan and feather patterns created by members at a workshop with Huddersfield Branch

Contents

  • 200 Club
  • A welcome home tablecloth
  • Bedfordshire branch regional open day
  • Book reviews
  • Branch reports
  • Convention competition - design a lace item
  • Copleys evening charmer
  • Cupolet
  • Did you know
  • Directors and post-holders of Knitting & Crochet Guild
  • Kathleen Kinder - Sampler Pattern 3 - Lacy Ogee
  • Kathleen Kinder - Sampler Pattern 38 - Eyes in the Forest
  • Message from the Board
  • Message from the Editor
  • Social media
  • Sprint before you can crawl
  • Thank you from Wendy
  • The KCG Collection update
  • Wanted Coloured knitting needles

Slipknot 141 December 2013 - Cover page - Jaeger 2oz Jumper and knitting pattern from the Guild collection.

Contents

  • 200 Club
  • Alexandra Palace Set Up
  • Book Reviews
  • Crochet - Easy Mobius Scarf
  • Crochet Day - New Milton
  • Daily Telegraph Royal Baby Pattern Update
  • Did you know
  • Elenore Riego de la Branchardiere - myth and reality
  • Highland Crafters
  • Knitted 1891 Sampler patterns no. 20, Bricks and cables
  • Message from the editor
  • Mrs Ronaldsons Lace Charts 1 & 2
  • New Huddersfield Branch Report
  • North Knitters Branch Report
  • Pattern for a 2oz Jumper from the Guild collection
  • Poppies
  • Report on Lace Knitting Workshop
  • Shop Review - Be Inspired Fibres, Edinburgh
  • The Knitting and Stitching Show - Alexandra Palace
  • The Mary Moons of Hull
  • The Mystery of the Sea Boot Stocking
  • Vogue Knitting
  • Your help requested?

SlipKnot 140 September 2013 - Cover picture - Royal Baby's Fisherman's Sweater - Read Barbara Smith's Article on Page 15. The front of the pattern is reproduced with permission of the Daily Telegraph.

Contents

  • 200 Club
  • Book Reviews
  • Branch Reports
  • Celebrating 30 Years - Pauline Turner Crochet around the world
  • African Hats
  • Did you know?
  • Helen Jordan's Hairpin Crochet Workshop at the AGM
  • How do you like your shawl?
  • Knitted Garden Scene
  • Lacy Scarf Pattern
  • Message From the board
  • Minutes of the AGM
  • Miss Ronaldson's Charts and Garter Stitch Lace
  • Multi Stranding
  • Pebble Crochet
  • Update RHS Tatton
  • Royal Baby's Fisherman's Sweater
  • The art of the Gansey
  • The Lady's World Fancy Work Book
  • Third time lucky
  • Victorian Lace Day Amendment
  • Wire Works
  • WWKIP Day: We have a winner

SlipKnot 139 June 2013 - Cover picture - Making a Shawl

Read Judith Morley's article on page 16.

Contents

  • 200 Club
  • A testament to yooth
  • A Victorian lace workshop
  • Book Reviews
  • Branch Reports
  • Did you know?
  • Favourite makes
  • Fundraiser crochet poppy pattern
  • Hello from Wendy Poole - and thank you from Lesley
  • Knitted 1891 Sampler Patterns : no 26 Faggot Honeycomb
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Making a Shawl
  • Message from the board
  • Needle review - Hiya hiya short bamboo circulars
  • Rare Breeds - A Collection From Blacker Yarns
  • Results of Questionnaire to members in February 2013
  • Sonja Henie - Skating mittens
  • Stitchtopia
  • That Inaugural meeting in 1978
  • The Copley Family
  • The Sewing Box - Wool Shop
  • Wool House

The Notice for the AGM on 13 July 2013 was sent out with this copy of SlipKnot.

Slipknot 137 December 2012

Slipknot 137 - December 2012


Contents

  • 200 Club
  • 2013 AGM and Convention
  • Book reviews
  • Branch reports and changes to local coordinators
  • Can you help find missing 1930s Wendy’s patterns
  • Cholera belts
  • Did you know?
  • In search of missing Shetland lace articles
  • Hand-Knitted Woollen Bathing Suits in the 1930s
  • Happy Christmas and a New Year’s Resolution
  • In the loop 3 report
  • “Inspired to knit” competition
  • Knitting and Stitching Show - Alexandra Palace 2012
  • Letters
  • Message from the Board
  • Ruffled flower in crochet
  • So how many dpns DO you need to knit in the round?
  • Woolsack project
  • Yarn shops
  • Yorkshire Wool Week

Slipknot 136 - September 2012

Slipknot 136 - September 2012


Contents

200 Club 9 A beautiful lace

Book Reviews

Branch reports

Crochet – a captivation and an escape into creativity

Crocheted friendship bracelet

Did you know?

Financial accounts summaries

Hints for the home

Horseshoe lace scarf

How to get involved with your Guild

The Magic of machine knitting

Message from the Board

Minutes of the 34th Annual General Meeting of the Guild

Online membership

The Polish Star Stitch

Sanquhar gloves

Too many symbols?

Twilley’s health vests

Woolsack report

Yarn shop

Slipknot 135 - June 2012

Slipknot 135 - June 2012


Contents

  • Amendment to Co-ordinator’s list
  • Are you using the best needles for your project?
  • Book reviews
  • Branch reports
  • Collection update
  • Copley’s advice to fashion knitters
  • Dent gloves in the Knitting and Crochet Guild collection
  • Did you know?
  • Elizabeth Forster, designer
  • Filet band
  • Knitting & Stitching Show 11-14 October 2012 at Alexandra Palace
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Message from the Board

Members can access some earlier editions of Slipknot online.