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  • FAQs: How to Join Stitch London

    Feeling the need for a bit of the Stitch in your life? Want to break your sticks and string free from the sofa? Have a whole stash of bitching you want to get out of your system?

    Join Stitch London and get your Stitch on the world’s woolliest city.

    How do I join?

    All you need to do is sign up to our newsletter by CLICKING HERE. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm that you want to join our mailing list. Confirm by clicking on the link.

    The next time our newsletter goes out (we send them every two weeks), you’ll be sent one into your very own Inbox.

    Where are your meeting details? We only publish meeting details in our newsletter. You’ll have to wait till the next one comes out and is sent to you. In the meantime you can see our newsletter archives, with meeting details here in our newsletter archives.

    What happens when I’ve received the newsletter? Just come along to a meeting. That’s it. No membership card. No nothing. Just come along and knit.

    I don’t live in London. Can I still join? Our newsletter is a woolly whirl of competitions, knitting news, mad ranting from Gertrude our giant pink ball of yarn Agony Aunt, free patterns and all manner of knitted treasure. Join our mailing list from wherever you are in the world. You can be an Stitch Londoner wherever you are.

    How much does it cost? Not a thing. It’s all free free free. Meetings are free. Newsletters are free. We’ll teach you anything you want to know (about knitting) for free. The company of all our other members is free. But you’ll have to buy your own drinks and food (if you want them).


    Where do you meet? You need to sign up to our newsletter to find out when and where we meet. We change venue and day every week. We always meet from 6pm. We always meet near a tube station in central London. We always meet on a weeknight, never a weekend.

    I crochet/sew/spin/cross stitch? Is that ok with you? Stitch London have never ever been known to let a good crafter down. Join us whatever your craft. We’ll be just as welcoming and probably want you to tell us all about it.

    I can’t knit but am desperate to learn. Can you teach me? We teach anyone to knit for free if they turn up to a learners meeting with yarn and needles (check the newsletter for the learners meeting dates). Learner spots are limited so make sure you get there early to sign up. Click here for full details of our free Learner meetings.

    Please note: All our teachers are very kind volunteers who don’t get paid a penny to teach you and do it for the love of the knit. Lessons are completely free. (But if you’d like to say thanks by buying your teacher a drink or a slice of lovely cake to say thanks we’re sure they’d appreciate it)

    What do I need to bring? A guide to what to bring along can be found on our website here.

    We believe that choosing your own yarn and needles is all part of learning to knit, so there’s also a page of London Yarn Shops on the site for you to get your sticks and string from. Useful, eh?

    Do you teach crochet? There are many people who crochet at Stitch London meetings but at the moment we don’t offer crochet lessons. You’re welcome to ask a fellow crocheter for tips. We hope to be able to offer crochet soon. Watch this space.

    I’ve never been to a meeting before. Can I just turn up? Yes. We don’t need you to tell us you’re coming along. Just turn up, pull up a chair, sit down, and stitch. We have newbies come along every single week so you won’t be alone.

    I can’t get there for 6pm. Can I turn up at any time? What time do you finish? Meetings begin at 6pm. You can turn up any time you like. Stitch London is very easy-going. Come for the whole night, come for five minutes, come for an hour. Up to you. We normally stay at the venue well past 10pm. Every venue we choose is open late. So turn up when you like.

    I know how to knit but want to learn more complicated stuff. Can you help? The Stitch Londoners are happy to help you learn any part of knitting from the basics to more involved stuff. There are always lovely folks willing to lend a hand to teach new techniques too. All you need to do is turn up and ask. If we don’t know how then we’ll learn along with you.

    I have a blog. Will you link to it? We certainly will. Let us know where you blog is and we’ll stick you on our Stitch Londoners Blogs list. You can also link to us here if you want to return the favour.

    We even have a shiny Stitch London Member button for you to add. Don’t know how to add a button to your blog? Helpful tutorial (for WordPress, Blogger, and Typepad) if you CLICK HERE (thanks Crafty Crow).


    I signed up but I don’t have my newsletter yet. Where is it?!?!? You should get a confirmation email saying you’re signed up. You will get your newsletter as soon as the next one is sent out. Newsletters are sent out every two weeks on a Friday afternoon. Check it hasn’t been sent through to your junk mail too.

    You should have also been sent a link to our archives if you just can’t wait for the next one.

    Don’t go! I have more questions!

    You can email us at stitchettes@stitchLDN.com if you have anything else you need to ask. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

    33 Responses to “FAQs: How to Join Stitch London”

    1. Mike said

      Just passing by. Btw, you website have great content!

    2. holyhandcrafter said

      Waaa waa waaaaah

    3. Erssie said

      Hello.
      I can knit and crochet, and am always up for showing new people how to do it.

    4. Julia said

      Hiya – Id love to join, but I am a crocheter not a knitter! Will I be shunned unless I take up the second needle?

    5. Laurie said

      I am a crocheter and knitter too ( mostly crochet) but I really need some help with reading patterns in general I cannot seem to follow any, woul that be ok?
      xx

    6. Kat said

      Hello all!
      I have been an avid cross-sticher for years but have recently picked up a crochet book, but all I seem to do is make some interesting knots! Was going to come down tomorrow to say hello and hopefully find someone who can help me out more than my book can!
      Looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow, please come and say hello, I’m the one with the bright red hair at the front! (its black at the back!)

    7. Cathrine said

      What a great idea! I just wish I lived in London…..

    8. Greetings Everyone,

      I am new to the website (within the last month or sew) and I am looking for anyone that my be interested in sharing their patterns with the world to get recognition. I recently released an application, Easy Stitch for iPhone and iPod Touch that teaches the basics on Knitting, Crochet and Embroidery.

      With our next update, we wanted to give back to the crafting world and offer people the opportunity to share their work worldwide. If you have something that you think is really great and want to share it with others, please let me know. You can send an email to “info @ easytstitchapp .com” for more details.

      Thanks and have a great day!

    9. mechelle said

      You can use these tags:

             
      
      Im a new to the website. I am a student. My course is BSTGT(BACHELOR Of SCIENCE IN TEXTILE ANG GARMENTS TECHNOLOGY) a four years course in one of the universities here in the Philippines. Located at San Fernando City La Union. I joined  on your website for me to gain more knowledge about knitting so that I can use new ideas in creating our projects.Because our subject is all about KNITTING..

    10. Stasia said

      I bet other Yanks would love to purchase an SNB London tee – I know I would! You guys got any swag we can order?

      VERY cool newsletter – SO wish I was back in Putney and could attend your gatherings.

      Keep up the great work.

    11. Monika said

      Hello everyone :) I’m new to this site and well I’m not very good at knitting, but I sounds like a really fun way meeting new people and spending a great evening in a new city and of course to learn to knit :).

    12. Joyce said

      great site – glad I found you – totally by accident by the way! Will be along to the next meeting (unless it’s next Monday when I am not working!)

    13. hasnida said

      hi!..just dropped by ur site. would love to join but i’m not resides in uk. unfortunately there’s no circle like this in malaysia currently. a good for learner knitters like me as i just learned knitting through youtube and it works.pity for me cause no one can teach me to knit a sweater/cardigan. i just knitted it through the neck and feel like disaster thus stop me from countinue knitting. wish someone could help me..arghhhhh….

    14. Jean said

      Hello there,

      My mom (who does not speak English) is a good knitter. She came to visit me in London and would stay for a month or so.. Can she join the knit shop? Should I bring her along one night?

      Many thanks!

      Best,
      Jean.

    15. Cathy said

      Hi, I was wondering what the age range is at these knitting meetings? I’m 20 and was just going to pop along to perhaps meet other students… or is the age range a lot higher than 20? Do many students go?

      Thanks :)

      • Hi. We range from teens to people in the 60s and every age in between. There are students there and people who were students not so long ago too. Many 20 year olds or there abouts. You should be fine. :)

    16. MP said

      I knit on the subway and because I’m no good at all my needles go flying through the air to land at other people’s feet. So far, no casualties. But that’s not a good way of meeting people at all. You’ve got a much better gig going. I’m headed to London soon and plan to come to your May sessions with bells on.

      • Tattieknits said

        I knit in the tube as well, and find that if you knit something small-ish in pastel colours people get up and give you their seat….

        Have found though that lots of people look at you, but no one dares to ask!

    17. Sazzy said

      Hi

      Am really interested in the Stitch Group – used to knit when I was doing my textiles degree many years ago – my gran was an avid knitter….forgotten it…Am deaf and can lipread (If anyone can use sign language that would be great!), can I join?? (I seriously need to find a new hobby and hey bingo!)

    18. Talia said

      Hi,

      I can’t currently knit or crochet but would love to learn, especially to crochet. Will someone be able to teach me at one of your meetings?

    19. Tobla said

      Hi!
      I live in Canada and I don’t knit. After seeing your site I want to learn to knit and go to London! (or go to London and learn to knit)
      You guys are brilliant!

    20. Hannah said

      This sounds great, what a nice idea! It must be funny to see the reaction of passersby when you are all knitting away!

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