Get knitted

If you’re keen to embrace this season’s fashion for chunky knitted items but want to avoid the designer price tag, or if news stories about ‘yarn-bombing‘ have caught your eye – look no further. Westminster Libraries can help.

Knitting needles

Knit VintageKnitting and crochet have enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent years. Fashion mores, the Etsy / Folksy / vintage trend and, perhaps, the return to austerity have all played their part. Staff across the Triborough library services have caught the bug too – RBKC Libraries recently blogged about it.

Animal HatsYou can find many books on knitting and crochet in our libraries – recent titles include Knit Vintage (patterns for ‘starlet sweaters’ and other knitwear from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s) and Animal Hats (the title is self-explanatory, but some of the designs have to be seen to be believed!).

Knitting needles

I asked Gill, one of our resident knitting gurus, which reference gems she would particularly recommend. Here are her top three:

  1. Ultimate Knitting Bible: a complete reference with step-by-step techniques, by Sharon Brandt. “As the title suggests, it is an excellent guide for both novice and experienced knitters”.
  2. A Stitch in Time: Vintage Knitting and Crochet patterns 1920-1949, by Jane Waller. “The patterns have been reworked for modern yarns”.
  3. Mary Thomas’s Book of Knitting Patterns “Another technique book”.

A simple catalogue search for the words ‘knitting or crochet’ yields 25 titles on our shelves published in 2012 alone – or have a browse through the stock in your local library and get started!

Knitting needles

Finally, one of the loveliest aspects of knitting’s resurgence is the revival of the knitting circle. Libraries are in on that too, with a long-established group at Church Street Library on Saturdays and a craft session with Timebank every other Friday at Maida Vale Library.  This week is a good week to pick up your needles (or crochet hooks), as two more groups are starting up:

So what are you waiting for? There’s no minimum skill level, everyone’s welcome – it’s time to knit!

[Ali, Gill]

3 responses to “Get knitted

  1. The first crocheting divas session at Queen’s Park went very well with ten ladies attending and two men. I have a photo! The health Improvement Team took blood presures (mine 119 over 85) while we crocheted! My only sadness is I left my mum’s darning mushroom (don’t ask me why I took it along) somewhere in the library. It was a great atmosphere.


  2. Excellent turn out 🙂 – hope someone finds the darning mushroom for you!


  3. Pingback: Yes, I *did* make it myself! | Books & the City

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