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Charity of the Month - Dementia UK

By Vanessa 17 days ago

We’re delighted to be supporting Dementia UK as our charity of the month throughout January!

During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £1 at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Dementia UK, a registered charity in England and Wales (1039404) and Scotland (SCO47429). A company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales (02944156).

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

About Dementia UK:

Dementia UK's Volunteer Ambassador and our lovely customer, Maureen Winfield, kindly got in touch with us to discuss her experience with Dementia UK and nominated the charity for our Charity of the Month. We were delighted to hear about Maureen's experience with Dementia UK and how she uses her knitting talents to raise money for the charity. For Christmas 2020, she has raised £800 for Dementia UK by making festive covers for chocolate oranges. Amazing work Maureen!

Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through our Admiral Nurse service. They give the compassionate one-to-one support, guidance and practical solutions people need, and that can be hard to find elsewhere.

Dementia UK believes that everyone who needs the support of a specialist dementia nurse should get one, and the charity are working hard to increase the number of Admiral Nurses across the UK.

Admiral Nurses are continually trained, developed and supported by Dementia UK. Families that have their support have someone truly expert and caring by their side. They are a lifeline, helping families to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

To find out more about the vital work that Dementia UK does please visit their website.

Helping those with Dementia by knitting 'Twiddle Muffs':

Our partnership inspired Dementia UK's ‘crafty’ Corporate Partnerships Executive, Josanne, to look at the benefits of knitting.

"In the past few weeks, I’ve read many articles about the benefits of knitting, and they all talk about wellbeing benefits such as stress relief, reducing depression and anxiety, and even lowering blood pressure. One article mentioned that it was as relaxing as yoga. No wonder knitting saw a boom in 2020, with both the BBC and Forbes Magazine reporting it as a ‘cool’ activity once more. Knitting can also help to stimulate different areas of the brain and help with attention and concentration, so it led me to think it could help someone with dementia too.

I’ve been in touch with my local knit ‘n’ natter group in Sheffield for a few years now, as they have created items for my charity raffles and tombolas. When they heard I was going to work at Dementia UK, they decided to make some twiddle muffs and blankets. I had never heard of these before and was amazed the see the range of colours, buttons, bells, and ribbons" - Josanne, Corporate Partnerships Executive, Dementia UK.

For more information on how to make 'Twiddle Muffs' please visit Dementia UK's website here.

Last month's charity of the month:

Throughout December, we helped to support Crisis and raised an incredible £1,784 thanks to your checkout donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated! We’ll also be matching your donations bringing the total raised for the charity to £3,568.

Crisis work directly with thousands of homeless people, providing vital help so that people can rebuild their lives and are supported out of homelessness for good. Read more here.

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Last Minute Christmas Projects

By Vanessa 1 month ago

Christmas is fast approaching but there's still time to start your next knitting or crochet projects or use up your oddments.

Here's a round up of our favourite knitting and crochet patterns from gorgeous tree decorations to stars and table decorations.

Mini Christmas Tree Decoration Knitting Patterns:

These festive knitting patterns for a mini star, stocking, tree and heart will transform your Christmas tree.

Mini Christmas Tree Decoration Knitting Patterns

Christmas Chain Decoration Knitting Pattern:

Make a sparkly addition for your Christmas tree! The rings are knitted strips, then joined together to create a festive decoration you can use year after year.

Christmas Pudding Knitting Pattern:

Yes, they're woollen, but this fun pair of knitting pattern Christmas puds look good enough to eat!

Christmas Pudding Decoration Knitting Patterns

Christmas Star Crochet Pattern

Crochet this pretty openwork Christmas star with our simple crochet pattern. This lightweight festive make would look stunning adorning the top of your tree or as an understated hanging decoration.

Christmas Star Crochet Pattern

Necklaces Knitting and Crochet Patterns

Knit or crochet a gorgeous necklace for party glamour. The crochet pattern necklace is made up of chain links that are worked in double crochet. The necklace - made using our knitting pattern - consists of two layers, worked in stocking stitch.

Necklaces Knitting and Crochet Patterns

Christmas Tablemat and Coaster Crochet Patterns

Dress up your table this Christmas with our festive set of crochet pattern placemats and coasters. They'll look wonderful as you tuck into your turkey and all the trimmings.

Christmas Tablemat and Coaster Crochet Patterns

Christmas Crackers Knitting Pattern

Our knitting pattern Christmas crackers make fun decorations or even gift wrap for tiny presents. In order to be seamless the crackers are worked in the round - but as they are knitted on double-pointed needles they're just about the simplest example of this kind of knitting.

Christmas Crackers Knitting Pattern

Jar Covers With Texture Crochet Pattern

Add a festive sparkle to your Christmas table with these crochet jar covers with bobbles and texture. Our crochet pattern jar covers on a container filled with something lovely make gorgeous gifts too.

Jar Covers Texture Crochet Pattern

Festive Christmas Tree Decorations Crochet Patterns

From the figgy pudding to the snowman and red-breasted robin, every one of our cute knitting pattern decorations shouts Christmas!


Snowflake Crochet Pattern

Hang groups of these delicate snowflake crochet pattern decorations on your tree or mantelpiece.

Snowflake Crochet Pattern

Star Bunting Crochet Pattern

Each star is made with basic stitches worked in the round, then it's sewn on to a pretty ribbon to finish.

A great crochet pattern to display in your home during the festive season.

Clothes Peg Angel Crochet Pattern

These delightful figures are crochet motifs arranged as a dress and wings over a wooden clothes peg. It's a clever, simple concept and combined with a metallic yarn, they come alive!

Clothes Peg Angel Crochet Pattern

Christmas Hairband Crochet Patterns

These jolly Christmas fascinators are an ideal way to use up oddments from your stash. They're crocheted around headbands and make a quirky alternative to flimsy paper crowns.

Our instructions will show you how to make a holly, Christmas pudding, robin and present head accessory.

Christmas Hairband Crochet Patterns

Mini Christmas Jumper Knitting Pattern

For a card, make just one beaded front. To make a hanging decoration, make two Christmas jumpers and sew together.

Mini Christmas Jumper Knitting Pattern

Mini Christmas Decorations Crochet Patterns:

These sweet and unusual star, stocking and Santa hat knitting pattern Christmas decorations will look lovely on your tree.

Mini Christmas Decorations Crochet Patterns

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Charity of the Month - Crisis

By Vanessa 2 months ago

We’re delighted to be supporting Crisis as our charity of the month throughout December!

During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £1 at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Crisis, a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Registered charity No’s : E&W1082947 & SC040094. Company No: 4024938.

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

Crisis work directly with thousands of homeless people, providing vital help so that people can rebuild their lives and are supported out of homelessness for good. They offer one to one support, advice and courses for homeless people in 12 areas across England, Scotland and Wales. They use research to find out how best to improve our services, but also to find wider solutions to homelessness. Together with homeless people and Crisis supporters, they campaign for the changes needed to end homelessness for good.

Helping the homeless this Christmas:

Each year Crisis supports thousands of people who are homeless. And now, as the harshest time of year approaches, they’re getting ready to help people again. Social distancing means they will be doing things differently, but they’ll be looking after as many people as we possibly can. And the spirit of a Crisis Christmas will be exactly the same. They will treat people with care and respect – giving them that warm Crisis welcome, so they get their dignity back and feel ready to take on life again.

This Christmas Crisis’ frontline teams will be providing food and festive treats. They’ll be on hand with emotional and wellbeing support, offering everything from Christmas games and advice to volunteer befrienders. Nutritious meals, somewhere to stay, help for the future – it will make such a difference to people.

To find out more about the vital work that Crisis does please visit their website.

Knit a snood and wristwarmers to support Crisis:


Support Crisis by purchasing our Crisis Charity Christmas Kit. Supported by Stylecraft, our Double Loop Snood and Wrist Warmers are knitted using Stylecraft Life Changes DK and are a perfect addition to your winter wardrobe. This charity knit is exclusively available at The Knitting Network. For each kit sold we will donate £5 to Crisis, our charity of the month for December.

You can purchase your Christmas charity kit here.

Last month's charity of the month:

Throughout November we helped to support Barnardo’s and raised an incredible £2,085 thanks to your checkout donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated! We’ll also be matching your donations bringing the total raised for the charity to £4,170. Barnardo's is the UK's oldest and largest national children's charity. Every year, the charity supports over 350,000 children, young people and families, through over 1,000 vital services across the UK.

Barnardo's aim is to provide the best outcome for every child, no matter who they are or what they have been through. Read more here.

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Poppy Displays For Remembrance Day

By Vanessa 2 months ago

We spotted some wonderful tributes to Remembrance Day across Whitstable in Kent last weekend.

Some lovely local crafters have been busy making knitted and crocheted poppies and arranged them in a heart shape along the seafront in Whitstable.

It made a beautiful tribute to Remembrance Day.

These fabulous crocheted poppies were delicately arranged and made a wonderful effect in Whitstable's town centre.

It's not too late to make yourself a knitted or crocheted poppy using our patterns:

Knitted Poppy Pattern

Knit a poppy and help to commemorate the start of the First World War.

Knitted Poppy Pattern

Crochet Poppy Pattern

Crochet a poppy and help to commemorate the start of the First World War.

Crochet Poppy Pattern

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