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Posts Tagged ‘learn’

New Year Newbies Stitch Up 2012 and Stitch London’s 6th Birthday

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 29, 2011

It’s official. 2012 will be the year of the Stitch! This year Stitch London plans to cram as much stitching in as possible and we’re starting as we mean to go on with our fantabulous GIANT NEW YEAR NEWBIES STITCH UP!

3rd January 2012
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Every year we gather as many stitchers as we can at our second home, London’s Royal Festival Hall, to get our public stitch on in style. Each year we see around 200 proud crafty people gather.

Stitch London Stitch Up's can sometimes be seen from space

Celebrate Stitch London’s 6th Birthday!

This year we’re turning 6 years old! To celebrate we’ll have some spot prizes which will be given out randomly throughout the evening. Woo hoo!

Pass on the Knitting Love

STITCH LONDON NEEDS YOU! For our New Year Stitch Up we invite anyone new to knitting or new to the group to come along. We offer free lessons in knitting basics for learners, which is where is splendiferous Stitch Sages come in. If you know how to knit and think you know enough to pass it on (it’s really very easy), then please join our Stitch Sage team. You only need to teach for about half an hour and then keep an eye on your learner’s in case they get a bit lost while they practice.

We really really need new Stitch Sages to pass on the woolly love, so if you want to volunteer in the New Year please drop us an email at with the subject “I want to help wrangle the woolly Godzilla”.

It’s easy to teach. It gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. It’s a fabulous way to begin the new year. Create a brand new knitter! You can read some of our inspiring Stitch Sage stories here.

Find out more about teaching as a Stitch Sage here

Learn How to Knit

Fancy learning to get your knit on? The New Year Stitch Up is your chance to learn to knit for free!

You can bring your own yarn and needles, but Stitch London will be offering Whodunnknit How to Knit Kits in three flavours Sheep ‘n’ Aliens, Floating Flutterguys and Stitched Squid (each perfect for beginners), as well as Whodunnknit Stitched Self Mini Me Knitting Kits for those who know how to knit already.

The Whodunnknit Knitting kit includes:

  • An exclusive Stitch London skyline drawstring bag to keep your projects in
  • A set of bamboo knitting needles
  • A set of 4 Stitch London knitting badges
  • 2x 25g balls of brightly coloured yarn
  • A ultra-cute pair of ‘snips’ scissors
  • A tapestry needle for weaving in your ends
  • An 8-page Stitch London How to Knit booklet
  • Everything you need to make the Whodunnknit pattern of your choice (choose from Sheep and Martians, Floating Flutterguys, a Finger-fighting Stitched Squid or a Stitched Self Mini Me) along with the Whodunnknit knitting pattern

How do I order a Whodunnknit knitting kit?

Drop us an email at and let us know how many kits you would like and which pattern you would like with it. Each kit costs £14.

Want to learn crochet instead?

The lovely Tofty Makes will be offering How to Crochet Kits with full instructions in the fabulous full-colour booklet. See more about her How to Crochet Kits and the cute amigurmi creature you can make over at Tofty Makes.

Drop us an email at and let us know how many crochet kits you would like and we’ll pass it on to Tofty Makes. Each kit costs £14. See more about the contents here.

Crochet Kits from Tofty Makes

Can anyone come along to the Stitch Up?

Anyone and everyone is welcome. We’re multi-craft, multi-cultural and we love craft as much as you do. All you need to do is turn up, pull up a chair and start stitching. If you crochet, cross stitch, spin, embroider or do any other kind of craft you’re more than welcome to join us.

For those who wish to learn to knit you need to sign up when you arrive (look for the New Stitcher Sign Up Sheet) from 6pm. Teaching will begin at 6.30 once most of our Stitch Sages have arrived.

What does it cost?

It’s all totally free! Woo hoo!

Join us on the night! If you can’t make it you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where we’ll be posting pictures on the night.

See you there and Happy New Year!


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HEEEEEELP!?!? Knitting help the virtual way

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on February 17, 2010

Taking those first steps into the world of craft can be mighty scary. Do not fear newbies! Help is only a click away. We give you the 10 best places on the web to learn to knit and crochet!

Giant needle grouches?

Giant needle grouches?

1. You Tube

Nope, it’s not all kids trying to be Johnny Knoxville and undertaking absurdly dangerous stunts on their skateboards. Nor is it only a place to watch top politicians cock up in an unimaginable way over and over again. You Tube is a knitting tutorial goldmine. Just do a Google search for videos and you’ll see what we mean. Or you can just search the word knit in You Tube’s own search engine… It truly is a godsend!!

You Tube is also great for crocheting video tutorials. Check out our Google search and You Tube search.

Fantastic diagrams and clear instructions, learn2knit provide tutorials on not only the basics, such as casting on, knit and purl, but also cables, lace knitting and colourwork.

And for you happy hookers: they have crochet pages too!!

Too many categories to mention on this one, but it gives you step-by-step instructions on how to make many basic patterns, linking to other articles where necessary. And because it’s a wiki, you can help by contributing and editing articles.

Techniques with Theresa is the feature you need to look out for. Here, you can learn the basics, plus how to fix mistakes, how to pick up stitches and how to graft stitches. Clear instructions and photographs to illustrate the techniques.


WIP gone horribly wrong?


For detailed, well illustrated step-by-step guides, try It is a bit advertisement-heavy, but well worth looking at. They too have crochet pages.

Videos for everything. Ever. We heart this website. Go there and run about in virtual awe

For things that are a bit more advanced. If you’re stuck for the more technical side of things go here and breathe a sigh of relief.

Every one who wields the sticks and string loves a bit of Knitty. Not only do they shove pattern fabulousness in your face for free, they also have a list of standard knitting abbreviations. Most useful.

You could ask our very own Gertrude Woolsworthy, the internet’s only giant pink ball of yarn agony aunt. She might be slightly insulting about it but sometimes knitters need a bit of tough love.

Ravelry is where knitting lives online. In the simplest terms it is Facebook for knitters. To anyone who is a Ravelry member it’s soooo much more. Organise your stash and needles, find free patterns, join groups, ask real knitters for help, see how other people got on with the patterns you’re about the try out. The list is endless. We’ve also got our own home on there at the Stitch and London message board. Join us. We have virtual cake.


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Submit to the Knit for 2010: First meeting of the year

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 27, 2009

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Newbies and oldbies (ok so you’re not really old and we do like your lovely familiar faces) join us for our first Stitch of 2010. We take over the Royal Festival Hall for our biggest meeting of the year.

It’s also our 4th birthday so we’ll be giving away a few presents too. We have two one-year subscriptions to The Knitter magazine and a very lovely How to Knit book from Usbourne.

Learn to knitLearn to knit: We’ll be teaching knitting for free at this meeting. So bring along your sticks and string and we’ll make a knitter of you before the night is over.


Come to learn the ways of the knit, come to pass on your knitting knowledge, come for the stitchin’, stay for the bitchin’ but do come.

If you’ve never come to an S&B London meeting before this is the one to attend

Go on. Fight the shyness, join us for some prime public stitching and start your New Year with a woolly bang.

MONDAY 4th January 2010
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

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Purl Alpacas Workshop: knitting on the farm

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 11, 2009

A fine woolly beast awaits you

A fine woolly beast awaits you

Who wouldn’t love to hang out with cuddly faced alpacas and knit in the surrounding green of the English countryside? Course you would! Well now you can.

Purl Alpaca Designs would like to invite you to one of their Knitting Workshops on their farm near Cambridge. Dates are 24th of October, 3rd November and 14th November.

You can hang out with the beasts by getting up close and personal with the original fibre providers, enjoy warm welcoming coffee and home-made biscuits at Scotland Farm, and get knitting with a unique Purl Alpacas design and benefit from one to one tuition from the designer.

Talks, chat, good company and home-cooked lunch are all included along with a Purl Alpacas knitting pack.

Price: £95 per person.
11am to 4pm
Price includes:

  • Knitting pack with 5 balls of wool
  • Home-cooked lunch
  • Biscuits, tea and coffee
  • Knitting tuition
  • Alpaca tour and talks (from people, the alpacas can’t talk)

Scotland Farm is just outside Cambridge, very close to the A428 at Dry Drayton. Ample car parking available and full directions provided on booking.

For more workshop info see the Purl Alpacas shiny new website

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Knit for Victory Special Offer – learn to knit at the V&A

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on September 24, 2009

Fair Isle Sock, Scotland, 1969

Fair Isle Sock, Scotland, 1969

The Victoria and Albert Museum is possibly the craftiest museum London has and it’s been an S&B London favourite as long as we can remember. This autumn they’re offering a  series of ‘make do and mend’ practical courses that will help you kick the credit crunch, and get you crafting your way to Christmas.

You can learn some of those old-fashioned skills and translate them into creative designs for today, and you can start with unravelling the mysteries of knitting with guru, Trudy Healey Potter and the V&A Knit for Victory course.

Whether you have never cast on a stitch in your life or have already grasped the basics of knit one, purl one, Trudy will simplify the tricky world of tension, yarns, and patterns.

SPECIAL OFFER: The V&A are offering S&B Londoners 20% off full course price. Our exclusive price is £184 (Full price £230) Quote: Knitting offer when booking

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS: Stitch and Bitch London members are also being exclusively offered the chance to purchase individual sessions at £35 per session. (Quote: Stitch and Bitch when booking)

The course includes all materials, a tour of Waterloo-based shop I Knit London shop, and 10% discount off shop purchases.
The course is suitable for beginners.

That’s a whole lot of knitting for your money, and how often can any of you say you learned stitching skills amongst a collection spanning 5000 years of art and craft. Certainly beats sitting at home squinting at a book.

Suitable for beginners

Knit for Victory – Knitting for Beginners

Tuesday 29 September
Tuesday 6 October
Tuesday 13 October
Tuesday 20 October
Tuesday 27 October
Tuesday 3 November 2009

Victoria and Albert Museum
Seminar Room 2
Sackler Centre
Cromwell Road

Time: 14.00-16.30

FULL COURSE of 6 sessions £184 with 20% S&B London discount (Quote ‘Knitting’ when booking)
SESSIONS £35 each (quote ‘Stitch and Bitch’ when booking)

To book call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

For full details visit

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Calling All Newbies!

Posted by knittingninja on December 27, 2007

As we approach the end of a very successful year at S&B London, we can look back and be utterly proud of all the knitters we have taught throughout the year. But we don’t want it to stop there! Oh no. We want 2008 to be just as productive as 2007 and get more of you to join our ranks and become accomplished knitters.

As always, we will be teaching people to knit for FREE, every week, in Central London at our weekly S&B meeting. To kick off the year, we are hosting a special Newbie Meeting for absolutely anyone to come along and learn for free and we are dedicating this one entirely to all your newbies.

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Waterstones Costa Coffee Cafe (in the basement)
203-206 Piccadilly


Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Don’t be scared, we don’t bite! Come along for a friendly, informal knit and also a beverage and some chocolate, if you’re not on a post-Christmas detox.

To find out when the coming meetings are being held, join our mailing list here and you’ll receive our fortnightly newsletter which has in it the coolest of the knitting world.

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