Friday, 1 May 2015

Knitting & Crochet Guild Design Competition

A call out to you all you budding knit & crochet designers - here is your chance to enter a fabulous competition and support The Knitting and Crochet Guild. Read on for more info about the competition and how to enter.

The Knitting & Crochet Guild Archive is an amazing resource with knitted and crocheted samples going back to the 1830s as well as a huge collection of pattern leaflets and every kind of knitting needle and crochet hook you can imagine.
The Yarn Stories brand believe this is an historic collection, arguably larger than the Victoria and Albert Museum and one that should be treasured, so they have come up with a very special design competition for knitters and crocheters from all around the world to enter.

Yarn Stories have gathered together a selection of inspirational images of items in the archive on Pinterest and they would love you to design a 15 cm blanket square in DK yarn inspired by the archive, which can be created in either knit or crochet to become part of a blanket design. You can read more from Yarn Stories and see extra images by following this link too.

The competition is now open and closes on 5th June. A judging panel including Debbie Abrahams, Jane Crowfoot and Angharad Thomas from the KCG archive, as well as members of the Yarn Stories team will choose 10 finalists by the middle of June. Then Yarn Stories will throw open the judging to knitters and crocheters all over the world to vote for their favourite square during July and August.  

The overall winner, announced on 4th September, will receive £100 of Yarn Stories yarn and each finalist will receive two balls of the Yarn Stories yarn of their choice.

But the excitement doesn’t end there. All the finalists’ squares will be put together into a blanket pattern that will be available on the Yarn Stories website with 50% of the revenue going towards the continued protection and support of the archive. The finished blanket will be at The Knitting and Stitching show in October for you to see.

You don't have to be a guild member to take part, but it is an organisation we highly recommend you join. You can find details of your local groups here and can join by following this link.

Amanda Crawford, Head Designer at Yarn Stories says: “I have been lucky enough to visit the Knitting and Crochet Guild Archive and it is such an amazing collection. We wanted to do something to support this vital piece of history for knitters and crocheters everywhere. Our competition is a fantastic project and we are very proud to be able to help the archive.”

Entries for the Yarn Stories competition should be sent to
Yarn Stories/KCG competition
Spa Mill
New Street
Huddersfield HD7 5BB