Yarn Stories Launches A Fantastic New Design Competition In Support Of The Knitting And Crochet Guild


The Knitting and 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.

Yarn Stories believe this is an historic collection that should be treasured, so we have come up with a very special design competition for knitters and crocheters from all around the world to enter.


We have gathered together a selection of inspirational images of items in the archive on Pinterest. We would like you to design a 15cm blanket square in DK yarn inspired by the archive, which can be created in either knit or crochet.


The competition is now open and closes on 12th 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.


Entries for the Yarn Stories competition should be sent to:

Yarn Stories/KCG competition

Spa Mill

New Street


Huddersfield HD7 5BB