Get the knitting bug with modern designs

You might be tempted to think about knitting as a somewhat old fashioned kind of pastime, but the truth is that it’s a hobby that’s enjoying a real resurgence at the moment.

Knitting has become very popular with people of all ages, thanks to the rise of new patterns, fun designs and laid back knitting circles.

Get out your needles and remember how much fun knitting can be with the help of some modern designs and lovely patterns.

Rediscovering the joy of knitting

There’s something very relaxing about the click of knitting needles and there are few things that beat the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve made something yourself. If you’re a little rusty or you’ve never had a proper go at knitting, you’ll be glad to know that there are lots of guides, videos and helpful hints available free online. Turn to Knitting Help for some useful exercises for beginners or spend many happy hours trying out the exercises in the Craft Yarn Council’s learning centre. Vogue Knitting also has a nice how to knit section which is sure to have you powering ahead in no time.

One of the driving forces behind knitting’s return to the mainstream is the fact it can be a wonderfully social activity. Knitting groups have been popping up all over the country, encouraging keen knitters to come along and make new friends. To find a group near you, enter your details into Stich n’ Bitch or Knit Together. You’re sure to find plenty of welcoming knitters nearby and if not, maybe you could try setting up a social group yourself.

Knitting can also be a very therapeutic activity and one that can be easily paired with other entertainments, such as listening to the radio or watching TV. It might take you a little while to be skilful enough to concentrate on something other than knitting, but eventually you’ll find it’s perfectly possible to multitask. If you want to have a go at knitting in front of the TV, have a go at one of the Examiner’s easy TV knits.

Finding inspiration to get knitting

When you’re in search of inspiration, turn to fun sites and publications such as Modern Knitting and Milla Mia for some excellent ideas and beautiful patterns. There, you’ll find everything from simple designs for beginners to ambitious projects for only the most competent knitters – ideal if you’re on the hunt for a challenge. On the other hand, if you’re looking for wacky ways to wield your needles, Trend Hunter’s 100 knitting inspirations – covering everything from cute hats to knitted wigs – is sure to help.

More creative ideas can be found from the community at Craftsy, who share their own fabulous designs with other knitters free of charge. Another excellent resource for knitters of all stripes is the UK Hand Knitting Association. Sharing everything from information about knitting shows to shopping details and reports on knitting awards, it’s a real gem for those who love working with wool.

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Mother of three grown-up daughters I am the ultimate multi-tasker and am passionate about my role as Silversurfers Website Editor and Social Media Manager. Always on the lookout for all things that will interest and entertain our community. Fuelling fun for the young at heart!

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Linda Bott
25th Aug 2014
Thanks for voting!
I have been knitting for 50 years and am currently knitting baby clothes for my new grandchild in Canada due next Feb. I have a fab local yarn store. I also do a lot of sewing but find that it is more difficult to buy fabric and sewing needs locally, have to resort more to the internet which I don't like as I like to feel fabric before I buy it.
janet sproston
25th Aug 2014
Thanks for voting!
But buying the wool is more difficult these days seems to be a lack of shops its all internet buying if I won lottery I would love to have a traditional wool and baby clothes shop!!
Joan Shannon Wilson
19th Jul 2014
Thanks for voting!
not many knitting and crochet and no DRESSMAKING classes in Potters Bar Herts UK where I live
Mair davies
19th Jul 2014
Thanks for voting!
Ive been knitting for the oast 50 yrs, and cant relax without a project or two on the go

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