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October 2021

Our Knitting and Crochet Horror Stories

By Amy 1 month ago

As Halloween is just around the corner, we thought it’d be fun to share some horror stories with you... of the knitting and crochet variety! What could possibly be scarier for us knitters and crocheters than a spilt glass of something over a work in progress! The game of will-I-have-enough-yarn?! Or that awful moment you realise you’ve made a mistake right in the middle of your project and hours of work are undone in a matter of seconds! It’s enough to send shivers down our spine just thinking about it! *shivers*

Here at The Knitting Network, we love knitting and crochet, so we thought we’d share some of our own horror stories.

Please be aware: the following content may cause sever distress and those with a nervous disposition may want to stop reading now.. you have been warned!...

A Terrifying Tale by Rebecca E.

It was a dark and stormy night and I was rushing to finish an amigurumi project. The wind was howling and tension in the room was high as a game of yarn chicken looked unlikely to go in my favour. I still had hope that I’d manage to win, until……out of nowhere……a bundle of fur, paws and claws seemed to drop from the ceiling! A battle ensued between cat and human and the precious remaining yarn tumbled in slow motion towards the edge of the sofa. I peeped onto the floor, holding my breath and with one eye shut, and to my horror…..I discovered the treasure…..floating lifeless in my half empty coffee mug……

A Knitting Horror Haiku by Natalie W.

I stare in anguish

Cables in a perfect storm

Cut in one swift move

An Alarming Account by Susan R.

Its close to midnight

Something evils lurking in the dark


Under the moonlight

I see my dog and it almost stops my heart

I almost scream

My blanket lays on the floor all messy

I'm on my knees

as the horror unfolds before me

I'm paralysed


Cause its a jumble

a jumble night

and no one can save it from the beast that's striked


You know its a killer

Killer night

When your blankets on the floor

and its been torn from door to door


Its a killer

Killer night


You hope it's just your imagination

but all the while

You hear the dog creeping up behind you

He's outta time


It's the dogs home

There ain't no second chance

for the beast that eats the yarn


Its the dogs home

The dogs home now

A Frightening Fable by Amy S.

The day had been long and my knitting project was just what I needed to help me unwind... I had just started knitting some booties that needed to be finished the next day, so the pressure was on! I was on the 3rd row and all was going well. I could feel the stresses of the day floating away. My mind was drifting off to the gripping baking related program on the television and I thought, 'this is going to be a good night'. But, my mind must have wondered too much as when I looked down at my work, half way down was a purl row, right where a knit row should have been! Disaster! Out came the stitches, one by one, until the mistake was undone. Back I went to my knitting and off wondered my mind… ‘they’re not going to have time to finish!’ I thought, ‘they’ve still got the second cake to bake and they’ve forgotten to turn the oven back on! Disaster!’ I thought. Then, I looked down at my work... it’d happened again, a purl row, right where the knit row should be. Out came the stitches! One by one, until the mistake was undone. ‘This time, I need to concentrate’ I thought! Back I went to my knitting and off wondered my mind… ‘On no, they’ve not added the eggs! They’ll have to make the cake again!’ I thought. Feeling like I couldn’t watch, I looked down at my work and there it was, for the third time… a purl row… right where a knit row should be… off went the television, and off went my knitting… hurtling across the lounge floor.

A Shocking Short-story by Vanessa F.

“The dreaded first project that keeps on haunting”

There was a full moon outside and the rain was hammering on my window as I began to start my first ever crochet project… It was a moment I had been anticipating for a while. I had watched tutorial after tutorial on how to master the double crochet stitch, and this was it, this was my time to shine! I started crocheting but every time I tried to pull my hook through after every stitch, my grip got tighter and tighter, until there was no movement whatsoever in my half-finished blanket project. The nerves had clearly gotten the better of me. I had decided to use mis-matched colours and balls as I was supposed to be practicing after all. Alas, the finished project reminded me of another horror story, without realising it, I had created… Frankenstein’s Monster!

And now every time I walk past my spare room, that dreaded first project keeps on haunting me. Do I keep it, or do I discard of it for good?

A Nail-biting Narrative by Amy L.

‘’The Tale of the Missing Yarn’’

Nothing haunts me more than the ball of Stylecraft Cosy Delight that disappeared one cold, dark winters night(mare).

I was up against it. Knitting as fast as I could, trying to finish a shawl in time to gift to a friend. The project came everywhere with me. I even brought it to work to show off my progress (maybe sneak in a few rows), and all was going well... until, that is, I left the office to drive home that evening.

Cradling my precious WIP, I opened the back door of the car and tucked it down on the seat, safe and sound for the drive home. A short while later once I'd arrived, I opened the door and to my horror, the yarn was missing! The incomplete shawl lay lifeless. No yarn attached to complete it, just a frayed, broken end.

All night I tossed and turned, wondering what could have happened. The following morning on my return to the office, as I neared my destination, I followed my missing yarn back into work. The ball must have fallen from the car as I closed the door the night before, and I'd driven home with it unravelling behind me!

We’d love to hear your knitting and crochet horror stories! You can share yours on our Facebook page here >>

If we’ve put you in the Halloween mood, why not take a look at our terrifically terrifying Halloween Collection, which includes all of our spookiest knitting and crochet products!

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Halloween Pattern Round-Up!

By Amy 2 months ago

We’ve gathered some of our spookiest patterns to get you in the Halloween spirit, with fangtastic patterns for you to sink your teeth into! Including some ghoulishly good decorations for the home, spook-tacular accessories and frightfully fun dress-up costumes that will make your Halloween simply fa-boo-lous!

Whether you’ll be out trick or treating with little ones, hosting your own party at home, or celebrating in your own way, we have everything you need to make this the most terrifyingly brilliant Halloween yet!

These Halloween Monsters in King Cole Tinsel Chunky are perfect for bringing some spookiness indoors. Try hanging up the spiders and ghosts using different lengths of yarn and dotting the little monsters around where they’re least expected to make your guests jump! BOO!

Halloween Monsters in King Cole Tinsel Chunky and Dollymix DK

Be the best Halloween host and wow your guests with these feverishly fun Halloween cushions! Also made in King Cole Tinsel Chunky, there are lots of shades to choose from so you can play around with different colour combinations.

Halloween Cushions in King Cole Tinsel Chunky

We love this little witch doll and sweet pumpkin! Great if you want to get into the Halloween spirit without being too scary! For those trick or treating, the pattern also includes a cauldron for keeping all of those devilishly delicious trick or treat goodies!

Halloween Characters in King Cole Tinsel Chunky

This gourd-geous knitted pumpkin hat can be knitted in sizes from 2 to 6 years and is ideal for keeping little ones cosy if they’re out trick or treating! We recommend using Emu Classic DK yarn for this pattern as it’s 100% acrylic and beautifully soft. You can also buy this as a kit, including the yarn and pattern here >>

 Pumpkin Hat Knitting Pattern

If you prefer sweet to spooky then this pattern is purrfect! This vintage cat hat knitting pattern is both practical and super cute! Why not get creative and knit a make-shift tail using the same yarn? Knit a simple rectangle, sew along the length, stuff with some toy filling and rouche up each end. You could even embellish a simple mitten and bootie pattern with some embroidered pink paw prints for the full cat look!

Cat Hat Vintage Knitting Pattern

For all of those dinosaur fans, this ever-popular dinosaur jacket pattern by Stylecraft is an excellent costume choice! Some may say it’s roaringly good!

Jackets in Stylecraft Bambino DK

Getting back into the spookiness, this knitted skeleton jumper is just the ticket! Finish off with some black trousers and black gloves to complete the effect and you’ll be in for a frightfully fun night!

Halloween Sweater Knitting Pattern

For the complete pumpkin ensemble, this fun knitted jumper goes smashingly with the knitted pumpkin hat! We currently have this available as a kit which you can find here >> and if you wanted the complete pumpkin set you can buy the kit for both the hat and jumper here >>

Pumpkin Jumper Knitting Pattern

For something a bit different, we love this knitted robot jumper! You could even complete the costume with a homemade robot head, hands and feet! Why not re-purpose some of our handy packaging boxes? Cut to the right sizes and painted, this could be a fun project to make and for your little ones to wear!

Robot Jumper Knitting Pattern

Is it a witch, is it a ghost, is it a ghoul? This ladies cape can be knitted in black, red, white, orange or even green for a versatile Halloween outfit addition!

 Shoulder Capelet Knitting Pattern

We hope you enjoyed our Halloween round-up and hope you all have a spectacularly spooky Halloween! For even more Halloween inspiration, why not have a look through our NEW Halloween Collection >>

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We’re Celebrating! 25,000 Trustpilot Reviews!

By Charlotte 2 months ago

Thank you! We’re delighted to be celebrating 25,000 reviews on Trustpilot, whilst maintaining our 5-star 'excellent' rating, making us proud to be the UK's favourite yarn shop!*

This is a wonderful milestone for all of us at The Knitting Network and we wanted to let you know just how much we appreciate the time you have spent sending us your amazing comments!

Hearing your feedback is so important to us as we pride ourselves on delivering first-class service to our customers across our entire business, whether that be in our warehouse, where we pick and pack your order using our eco-friendly packaging, through to answering your questions and queries on the telephone or online. Your feedback helps to shape our business and we always strive to improve our product offering and service, to make it better for you.

We don’t wish to boast, but we couldn’t celebrate this milestone without sharing some of our favourite reviews, that have made us smile and left us feeling a sense of accomplishment. Have a read:

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Charity of the Month - The Wildlife Trusts

By Charlotte 2 months ago

We’re delighted to be supporting The Wildlife Trusts as our charity of the month throughout October! During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £ at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to The Wildlife Trusts, a registered charity no. 207238.

We’ll also be matching donations so whatever you donate, we’ll donate the same amount, therefore doubling the total amount raised for the charity.

The Wildlife Trusts believe people are part of nature; everything we value ultimately comes from it and everything we do has an impact on it.

Wherever you are, Wildlife Trusts people, places and projects are never far away, improving life for wildlife and people.

We believe that by working together, we can change the natural world for the better; everyone has a part to play.

To find out more about the vital work that The Wildlife Trusts does please visit their here.

Helping Hedgehogs This Autumn:

Autumn is an important time for Hedgehogs as they get ready for hibernation. This means surviving for many months without food or water while living off their own fat reserves that they build up in Autumn. As the season progresses, many people ask how we can help hedgehogs to build up their reserves ready for the winter months. Not only this, but hedgehogs also need a home to settle down into for the winter.

“Hedgehogs are found across the UK, absent only from some Scottish islands. Gardens, hedgerows, woodlands, grasslands, parks and cemeteries are all important hedgehog habitats. Adult hedgehogs travel between 1-2km per night over home ranges as big as 10-20 hectares in size. In suburban areas, this means they range over entire housing estates and neighbourhoods.”

“To save the hedgehog we need people to work together with neighbours to make small changes that will make a big difference. This is crucial because no garden or green space can help hedgehogs in isolation, but when they are linked together hedgehogs can thrive in any location.”

How can you help?

Help hedgehogs to get around by making holes and access points in fences and barriers to link up the gardens in your neighbourhood. Find out more here.

By providing safe places for hedgehogs to live, you’re much more likely to see these prickly creatures in your garden. Find information on how to build a hedgehog home here.

You can download a booklet which provides all the vital information about helping hedgehogs this Autumn here.

FREE PDF Hedgehog Patterns:

Throughout September we’re also offering our hedgehog knitting and crochet patterns as FREE to download as a PDF - Print at home pattern to raise awareness of this endangered species.

DK Hedgehog Toy Knitting Pattern

Hedgehog Toy Crochet Pattern

Last Month’s Charity: Throughout September we helped to support Young Lives Vs Cancer and raised over an incredible £1,935 thanks to your checkout donations and our matched donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated!

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