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Valentine's Day 2020 Crocheted Heart Pattern

Published 07 Feb 2020

Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year with a really cute crocheted heart pattern!

These hearts take just minutes to make -- measuring just 5cm (width) by 3.5cm (height), they’re the perfect little decoration for when you want to make something a bit smaller.

 

You can make as many or as few as you like – each crocheted heart requires less than 1g of yarn to make, so with an average 100g ball of yarn, you can get just over 100 crocheted hearts!

We recommend our Teddy Classic Family DK Yarn (100g) in Burgundy for this pattern:

Materials and Equipment required: 4mm crochet hook; 2g of DK yarn.

Abbreviations: ch = chain; dtr = double treble; tr = treble ; trtr = triple treble; slst = slip stitch.

To start: Chain 4. Working into 4th chain, crochet the following: 1dtr, 1trtr, 1dtr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1trtr, 1dtr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1trtr, 1dtr.

Then: ch3, slst.

Bind off and sew in ends.

 

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Yarn Festivals to Visit - February to March 2020

Published 27 Jan 2020

Yarn festivals are always fun to visit, and they’re a great place to buy more wool, meet new people, and get some inspiration for your future knitting or crochet projects.

You can also chat with exhibitors about any questions you may have – they’ll be more than happy to help you pick out the perfect wool for your next project!

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If you’re looking for ideas for fun days out this year, here’s a list of some great wool and yarn festivals that you can visit:

 

February 2020

Textiles East Fair: 21–22 February 2020

Swavesey Village College, Cambridgeshire, CB24 4RS, England

The Textiles East Fair is a great show covering a wide variety of crafts, such as embroidery, haberdashery, and quilting.

With over 20 exhibitors, there are plenty of ways to get inspired for your next crafting project, no matter what it is!

For more information, including show times, travel directions, and a handy blog with extra details, visit their website at https://textileseastfair.wordpress.com/.

 

Unravel: 21–23 February 2020

Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR, England

Unravel is a yarn show which takes place over 3 full days in February. With over 80 exhibitors, this show is a real pot of gold for any crafter.

Crafts and other items available from exhibitors include the following: wool, yarns and fibres, buttons and badges, printed t-shirts, hoodies, clothing, bags, knitting and crochet kits/gifts/hampers, patterns, accessories, pom-poms, banners, cards, and prints.

There are plenty of workshops and tutors, so you can bring along any project you’re having difficulty with, and get some expert help. If you’re the competitive type, there’s a pattern design competition – applications must be received by midnight on January 15th 2020.

Food is available to buy here, as well as tea and coffee. For more details, including show times, competition details, and travel directions, visit their website at http://craft.farnhammaltings.com/portfolio/unravel-festival-knitting/.

 

The Stitch Festival (previously known as The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show): 27 February – 1 March 2020

The Business Design Centre, London, N1 0QH, England

Previously known as the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, the Stitch Festival is a lovely show covering a wide variety of crafts: knitting, crochet, sewing, dressmaking, embroidery, textile art, needlecraft, and more.

The Stitch Festival holds 200 exhibitors, with plenty of workshops, demonstrations, competitions and exhibitions. Perfect for anyone with a good eye for fashion and textiles!

You can find more details, including show times, competition details, and travel directions, visit their website at https://www.thestitchfestival.co.uk/the-stitch-festival-experience/.

 

March 2020

Cornwoolly: 15 March 2020

Cornwall College, Pool, Cornwall, TR15 3DR, England

Due to such a great event last year, Cornwoolly have had to relocate to a larger venue! With over 30 exhibitors, there is plenty of inspiration for your next crafting project. Exhibitor crafts include the following: knitting, crochet, weaving, and much more.

For show times and directions on how to get here, visit their website at https://www.cornwoolly.co.uk/.

 

Yorkshire Yarn Festival: 21 March 2020 

White Syke Fields, York, YO41 1LN, England

The Yorkshire Yarn Festival holds over 20 exhibitors, and is the perfect day out for all lovers of crafts and wool. The venue has wheelchair access, but may have some uneven surfaces due to being part of a working farm.

Admission is free, and there is plenty of free parking directly outside the venue.

To find out more, visit their website at https://www.yorkshireyarnfest.com/.

 

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Travelling with Knitting, Crochet, and Other Crafts

Published 20 Jan 2020

(Note: this is UK-specific advice).

If you’ve ever been worried about what the protocol is when taking your crafting projects with you on holiday, here’s all the information you need on what to bring.

 

For travelling on planes, the official UK government guidelines state that knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing needles and small scissors with blades of less than 6cm are permitted in both your hand and hold luggage. These scissors can either be round-ended, blunt or sharp, just as long as they’re the right length.

For other modes of transport, I would follow the same advice. You can take knitting needles and crochet hooks on any train in the UK. You are also allowed to take knitting needles onboard the Eurostar train as part of your luggage allowance.

Personally, in any of these cases, I would be inclined to use shorter, less sharp knitting needles if possible (but there’s no specific rule stating that you can’t take longer ones, if that’s what you need).

Do make sure that you have somewhere safe to store them on your journey, just in case (for example a padded suitcase or handbag).

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List of Helpful Knitting Abbreviations

Published 13 Jan 2020

Here’s a handy guide to all the essential knitting abbreviations that you might find in patterns or magazines:

  • alt = alternate
  • beg = beginning
  • bet = between
  • cn = cable needle
  • CO = cast on
  • dec = decrease
  • dpn = double-pointed needles
  • foll = follow
  • inc = increase
  • k = knit
  • kfb = knit 1 into front and back of a stitch
  • k2tog = knit 1 stitches together
  • LH = left hand
  • p = purl
  • pat/patt = pattern
  • p2tog = purl 2 stitches together
  • prev = previous
  • psso = pass the slipped stitch over
  • rem = remaining (stitches)
  • rep = repeat
  • RH = right hand
  • RS = right side
  • sl = slip
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st = stitch
  • St st = stocking stitch
  • WS = wrong side
  • yb = yarn back
  • yf/yfwd = yarn forward
  • yo = yarn over
  • yrn = yarn round needle

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