The UK Hand Knitting Association (UKHKA) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting hand knitting and associated yarn crafts.
The UK Hand Knitting Association is a charitable organisation dedicated to promoting the crafts of knitting and crochet through a variety of activities. We have developed a nationwide network of volunteers who pass on their skills to encourage newcomers to learn to knit or crochet at craft shows and other events across the UK.
The UKHKA Board Members are major distributors of yarn and related products in the UK.
Facts & Figures
The number of Knitting Groups on www.ukhandknitting.com is over 400
From 23rd March to May 10th 2020 there was an increase of 50% in people searching 'How to Knit' on Google during the first phase of lockdown in the UK
Many celebrities enjoy picking up their pins including:
Meryl Streep, Ella Henderson, Andrew Flintoff, , Nicholas Hoult, Ryan Gosling, Charlize Theron Amanda Seyfried (Les Mis/Mamma Mia film), Harry Styles, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Danish actress), Bill Drummond (artist & music producer), Jenny Éclair. Cara Delevinge (model), Mia Wasikowska, Jo Brand, Annie Lennox, Tori Spelling, Diva Zappa, Scarlett Johannson, Debra Messing (Will and Grace), Jimmy Hill, Muslim Shabaz (Big Brother), Kimberley Stewart (Rod's daughter), Tracey Ullman, Kate Holmes, Laurence Fishburne, David Arquette, Uma Thurman, Kate Moss, Hilary Swank, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss, Winona Ryder, Uma Thurman, Brooke Shields, Lily Allen, Madonna, Julia Roberts, Tom Daly, Ronnie Woods
Craft skills (which include Knit/Crochet) contribute £3.4 billion to the economy, according to research that measures the economic impact of thousands of small craft businesses in the UK according to the Crafts Council.
Immediate Media Craft Intelligence 2019
Just under two thirds of British women have taken part in a craft in the past year, equating to 16.5 million women.
Knitting continues to be in the top 3 crafts, as it has been for over 10 years now (since the study began), with 5.7 million British women picking up their knitting needles and hooks. Participation in crochet saw an increase of almost half a million new crafters for 2019, versus 2017.
Crafters are more likely to multi-craft than not, with just under a third of crafters taking part in one craft (5.4 million), versus two thirds (11.2 million) who participate in two crafts or more. 53% of British women have a craft hobby, which equates to 14.1 million. The number of new entrants has increased by 1% since 2017, with 8.8 million British women trying a new craft for the first time in the last 12 months.
Further panel research conducted by Immediate Media in May 2020, on their Insiders panel, highlighted that a huge 96% of their audience view hobbies as just as important, or more so, during the outbreak versus before. 1 in 4 have bought crafting equipment/materials as a direct result of the coronavirus outbreak and a similar proportion said they were spending more time crafting now. Additionally, 79% of those who craft said they found it useful to relieve stress with the current situation.
Sources: Craft Intelligence 2019 and Immediate Media Insiders Panel May 2020
UK Hand Knitting Association Knitting Patterns
These patterns have been created by the member companies and proceeds go towards funding UK Hand Knitting activities such as our “learn to knit” stands a yarn shows.
Click here to browse and buy our patterns online.
UKHKA patterns are available from retailers throughout the UK. Please contact individual UK Hand Knitting members
for a list of their retail stockists in your area.
Occasionally problems do occur. If you believe there is an error in you pattern please follow the link below.