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Now that we’re spending more time than ever at home, many of us have turned to crafting as a way to calm our minds, gain some relief from the outside world, and flex our creative muscles. And I’m sure a lot of us have also learned that it’s a great way to keep our hands busy and avoid the inevitable endless phone scrolling whilst we watch TV.
Heading into a new year provides the perfect opportunity to pick up a new craft and try your creative hand at something new (using some beautiful yarn still, of course). From weaving to pom pom making, we’ve put together a list of 6 yarn crafts to learn this year, plus all the information you need on how to get started with each one.
If you’re living alone or missing your friends and family, why not pick a craft to learn together so that you can send each other progress photos and tips as you go?
If you’re used to knitting, going from 2 needles to 1 hook can feel a bit awkward and uncomfortable. But once you get comfortable holding your hook and yarn, you’ll be raring to go. If you’d love to get into making little teddies or play food for your bored little ones, learning to crochet gives you access into the wonderful world of amigurumi – for which you can find endless books and tutorials online.
One thing to note: it’s a good idea to choose whether you want to learn with UK or US crochet terms – if you want to get into amigurumi, you’ll find most patterns are written in US terms. It’s best to pick one to stick with at first to avoid confusion.
To get started, you’ll need: A set of hooks in different sizes & stitch markers
Our best yarn for the job: Aran yarn is a great choice as you can easily see each stitch you make (new aran range coming February 2021)
Woolyknit’s top 3 crochet tips:
- Practice with patterns – they’re instruction manuals that will help get you familiar with new stitches and techniques
- Don’t be afraid to frog – if you need to rip out and start again, it’s really not a big deal!
- Don’t be defeated by your tension – keep practicing and it will come naturally
We covered lots of crochet tips on our blog last month – check it out here.
Tutorials to help you get started: Bella Coco’s blog and Youtube channel is full of resources and a great place to get started
Credit: Doris Poms
If you’re less into making clothing, and more into making home decor, this is the one for you. Creating wall hangings can be a great way to use up any scraps of yarn leftover from other projects – we recommend using chunky and textured yarn to create a really interesting and tactile finish. If you need any design inspiration, a quick search on Pinterest will result in lots of beautiful examples.
If you’re more interested in traditional loom weaving, check out our interview with Wiseheart Textiles to find her top tips.
To get started, you’ll need: A weaving loom
Woolyknit’s top 3 weaving tips:
- If you don’t have a loom, why not DIY one using a photo frame?
- When creating your warp, keep your threads nice and tight – our Nylon wool is perfect for making a strong warp foundation
- Don’t be tempted to pull your weft yarn tight!
Tutorials to help you get started: The Weaving Loom is a great blog filled with lots of information to help you start weaving
Credit: Pavel Danilyuk
Of course we had to give knitting a quick mention! Knitting is a great craft to get into if you don’t want to invest in lots of tools and equipment. If you’re already a knitter and are interested in machine knitting – check out our interview with Sally Butcher to get her top tips.
To get started, you’ll need: 5mm/6mm knitting needles (check your yarn specification to match your needle size)
Our best yarn for the job: Aran yarn is great for helping you to see each stitch (new range coming February 2021)
Woolyknit’s top 3 knitting tips:
- Don’t be afraid of patterns – you can find a list of our beginner patterns here and our entire range here (if you’re scared of all of the abbreviations, check out and download our glossary here)
- Don’t worry about speed, there’s no need to rush – enjoy the relaxed speed
- Find another knitter! The Woolyknit community is full of knitting experts happy to share their advice
You can find our full list of knitting tips here.
Tutorials to help you get started: Sheep and Stitch is a fantastic site to help you get started
Arm knitting is a fun and quick way to make larger scale knits and requires no extra tools and equipment aside from your arms and your yarn. We did a whole blog post on how to get started with arm knitting, including a tutorial for a blanket and all of our top tips.
To get started, you’ll need: Your arms!
Our best yarn for the job: Extreme Chunky Merino – make sure you grab some in the sale before our stock goes!
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Woolyknit’s top 3 arm knitting tips:
- Keep your hands close together to form tight and consistent stitches
- Make sure you’re pulling each stitch tight (without cutting off circulation to your hands!)
- If you want to stop mid-project, slide your stitches onto a wrapping paper roll or broom handle
Tutorials to help you get started: Check out our arm knitting blog post!
Credit: Doris Poms
POM POM MAKING
We are fascinated by the art of pom pom making! A quick search on Pinterest brings up a whole host of pom poms, from leopard print poms to koala shaped poms (check out our pom pom inspiration Pinterest board here). Last year, we chatted to pom pom making and weaving extraordinaire Doris Poms in our Meet the Maker series about her inspiration and top tips. If you’d like to hear about how she creates her beautiful fibre art for her Etsy shop (pictured above), you can find our full interview with her here.
To get started, you’ll need: A pom pom maker (if you’d rather make your own pom pom maker, check out this DIY pom pom maker tutorial)
Credit: Shelley Busby
Last year, we had the pleasure of interviewing Shelley Busby (Made by Busby) in our Meet the Maker series. Shelley makes bright and joyful punch needle creations for her Etsy shop, from spotty initial hoops to rainbow hearts. Check out our interview to find all her tips on getting started with punch needle, as well as her advice for new creative small business owners.
To get started, you’ll need: Monk’s cloth, punch needle hoop and needle
Our best yarn for the job: Something robust and textured, like our aran wool range
Woolyknit’s top 3 punch needle tips:
- Follow online tutorials – they’re free to access and really helpful if you don’t know where to start
- Choose a strong hoop that will keep your work taught
- Keep your yarn tension loose
Tutorials to help you get started: A good place to start is the Sarah Maker blog
Learning a new craft is a brilliant way to keep your mind occupied and your hands busy to avoid any inevitable doomscrolling. In 2021, we hope to continue to supply you with all the yarn you need to keep you crafting through the hard times – if you ever have any questions about the best wool to use for your next project, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via social media, email or phone.
If you’d like to try any of these crafts, we would love to see your progress photos – remember to tag us on social media using @Woolyknit or send us an email/DM!