About Us

The UK Hand Knitting Association (UKHKA) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting hand knitting and associated yarn crafts.

The UK Hand Knitting Association is a charitable organisation dedicated to promoting the crafts of knitting and crochet through a variety of activities. We have developed a nationwide network of volunteers who pass on their skills to encourage newcomers to learn to knit or crochet at craft shows and other events across the UK.

The UKHKA Board Members are major distributors of yarn and related products in the UK. 
 

Facts & Figures

The number of Knitting Groups on www.ukhandknitting.com is nearly 400
In Google’s Top 10 “How-to” Searches of 2014 crochet came in at number 3 and knitting at number 5.
Many celebrities enjoy picking up their pins including:

Meryl Streep, Ella Henderson, Andrew Flintoff, , Nicholas Hoult, Ryan Gosling, Charlize Theron Amanda Seyfried (Les Mis/Mamma Mia film), Harry Styles, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Danish actress), Bill Drummond (artist & music producer), Jenny Éclair. Cara Delevinge (model), Mia Wasikowska, Jo Brand, Annie Lennox, Tori Spelling, Diva Zappa, Scarlett Johannson, Debra Messing (Will and Grace), Jimmy Hill, Muslim Shabaz (Big Brother), Kimberley Stewart (Rod's daughter), Tracey Ullman, Kate Holmes, Laurence Fishburne, David Arquette, Uma Thurman, Kate Moss, Hilary Swank, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss, Winona Ryder, Uma Thurman, Brooke Shields, Lily Allen, Madonna, Julia Roberts.

John Lewis department store sold enough yarn to go around the world twice in 2014
Craft skills (which include Knit/Crochet) contribute £3.4 billion to the economy, according to research that measures the economic impact of thousands of small craft businesses in the UK according to the Crafts Council.


Immediate Media Craft Intelligence 2017

Craft participation has increased from 13.1m people in 2007, to 18.1m in 2017.
Knitting has been in the top 3 crafts for 10 years, holding the top spot for over half of that, with 5.9 million people picking up their pins  
53% of UK women have a craft hobby, which equates to 14.1 million women and  68% of UK women have crafted in the last 12 months, equating to 18.1 million.


UK Hand Knitting Association Knitting Patterns

These patterns have been created by the member companies and proceeds go towards funding UK Hand Knitting activities such as our “learn to knit” stands a yarn shows.
Click here to browse and buy our patterns online.
UKHKA patterns are available from retailers throughout the UK. Please contact individual UK Hand  Knitting members for a list of their retail stockists in your area.
Occasionally problems do occur. If you believe there is an error in you pattern please follow the link below.
 
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