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Wee houses

4th November 2021

Have you seen our latest Make Along on Facebook and Instagram?  It is the most gorgeous scarf and cowl pattern by Blogstar Julia Marsh, from the blog Hand Knitted Things, called Wee Houses.   Knitted in...

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Taming your stash

27th May 2021

If you're anything like us your yarn lives in bags, baskets, behind the sofa or by the side of your bed, depending on what project you are working on at the time. Some of our WIPs never get completed and we...

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Yarn Substitution

18th February 2021

If, like us, you spend many happy hours browsing patterns online, the chances are you will have found a design you love the look of that uses a yarn you can’t get hold of. Or you might be lucky enough to have a...

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Stitch markers

11th February 2021

For knitters and crocheters, stitch markers can be a real marmite subject. We are going to confess right here and now that we love, love, love them. Not only are they very pretty but they are so useful...

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Why is tension important?

16th July 2020

Have you ever had the experience of knitting something to the correct size in the pattern to discover you have created a miniature sweater or a cardie that completely drowns you? Dare we ask whether you checked your...

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Mosaic Crochet

9th July 2020

Mosaic crochet is one of our favourite techniques at the moment. It gives crocheters the opportunity to play with colour in a really graphic way reminding us of tiled walls and floors such as this design called...

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Fabulous crochet trunk show

25th June 2020

One of the highlights of each season is when we send our collections out so that yarn shops can hold a trunk show for their customers. It gives people the chance to see a pattern made up and try it on as well as...

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Knitted Rainbow

22nd May 2020

Rainbows have become such a feature of our lives, showing our support for the key workers.  They are a symbol of hope and they have been popping up everywhere; in windows, trees, cars and on...

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Cornish Comfort

21st November 2019

From the comfort of her new home in Cornwall, Blogstar Helen Shrimpton, aka Crystals and Crochet, has created another blinder of a blanket design in Special DK – Cornish Comfort. Every time we hear that Helen has a new...

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Prickly friends

19th September 2019

At the recent Stylecraft Purl Anniversary party, the delightful Emma Varnam held a workshop to teach 10 lucky people how to crochet succulents. That’s not as random as it sounds because Emma has a new book out called...

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Blocking      

25th July 2019

Have you ever wondered why so many knitters and crocheters block their work? Blocking is the term for getting your work to the right shape or dimensions defined in a pattern you are making and is a very useful way to...

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Heel Post

24th May 2018

We love to knit socks, which is why we brought out our own sock yarn – Head Over Heels – just over a year ago. There are so many decisions to be made when you embark on a pair of socks.  Will you knit it top down or toe...

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Deck the halls

2nd December 2nd02nd1

Now that it’s December we don’t feel at all guilty about cranking up the Christmas music, getting the Christmas card list out and starting to plan our decorations. There are lots of...

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Festive knits

18th November 2021

Have you spotted our Head Over Heels Festive yarn packs in your local yarn shop? The limited edition pack includes one ball of solid red, one ball self-striping yarn, one ball of Fair Isle...

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Wee houses

4th November 2021

Have you seen our latest Make Along on Facebook and Instagram?  It is the most gorgeous scarf and cowl pattern by Blogstar Julia Marsh, from the blog Hand Knitted Things, called Wee Houses....

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