Winter Is Coming….Start Knitting!

Please note this competition is now closed – thank you to all who entered and congratulations to our winner Sheena Marks!

The chilly weather is creeping in and now is the perfect time to start knitting cosy scarves, gloves, hats, jumpers and cardigans!

If you prefer your hand knits in eye-catching shades, then why not check out our range of multicoloured yarns?

RiotDK

King Cole Riot DK

RiotDKDesign

Riot DK by King Cole looks exactly as it sounds – a riot of shades in one ball! A blend of premium acrylic and wool, it produces a self-striping effect as you knit and the different tones complement each other beautifully!

CabaretDK

Stylecraft Cabaret DK

CabaretDKDesign

Another self-striping yarn, Cabaret DK from Stylecraft offers multicolour with added glitz! The shades range from stormy blends and ocean hues to eye-popping rainbow mixes – all with a metallic thread running thoughout for extra sparkle.

ColourWheel

Sirdar Colourwheel

ColourWheelDesign

Colourwheel by Sirdar is a striking mix of acrylic and wool and will add a beautiful burst of colour to your wardrobe! A double knitting yarn, it’s versatile and every ball features a free scarf pattern on the band.

CandySwirl

Stylecraft Special Candy Swirl

CandySwirlDesign

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Bright and fun, Special Candy Swirl by Stylecraft is bursting with colour and will knit and crochet funky garments, accessories and homeware! It’s one of our favourites this season and has a great range of patterns for you to choose from.

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C&H are offering you the chance to win a Stylecraft Special Candy Swirl knitpack which includes three balls of knitting yarn and a pair of 4mm knitting pins as well as a pattern which features three different scarf designs to create.

To enter, just tell us about the first thing you ever knitted or crocheted!

The competition closes at midnight on 14th November and the winner will be notified on the 16th November. Please note this giveaway is open to UK entrants only. Only one entry per person and the winner will be picked at random.

 

88 Comments

  • Elizabeth

    A bright red bobble hat! I was 7 at the time and it seemed the height of fashion. The red hat has long gone but it would be great to make a Stylecraft scarf!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for your comment, I think a bobble hat is always in fashion! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Jane butler

    I knitted a scarf for my father when I was 6….horrific red and yellow (edges all over the place!)

  • I knitted a scarf for my father when I was six, it was bright red and yellow, edges were uneven to say the least.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Jane, Thanks for your comment, a scarf is always a good place to start knitting! Thanks for entering and good luck!

      • Rosemarie

        After practising making clothes for my dolls, they had a fantastic wardrobe, I made myself a dusty pink cardigan. I was 7 when I did this, we never had a television so crafting was our pastime, my Mother taught me. I am now 72, still knitting and crocheting and have passed on my skills to my Granddaughter.

        • Sarah Stephens

          Hi Rosemarie, Thanks for your comment, what a great way to practise knitting skills and it’s lovely that you have passed these on to your granddaughter! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Katherine Hurrell

    The first proper thing I knitted was a sweater for me – it was very 80’s with red, yellow, green and blue colour blocks. I was 11 and thought I was the absolute bees knees in it!!!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Katherine, Thanks for your comment, the sweater definitely sounds like 80’s fashion! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Helen Jenkins

    At my age I’m afraid I can’t remember the first thing I made….but suffice to say I must have enjoyed it as I’m still knitting and crocheting but now for my three grandsons the latest being soft toys Iggle Piggle and Uppsy Daisy from ‘In the night garden’

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Helen, Thanks for your comment, what lovely toys to have made for your grandchildren and it’s wonderful that you have never lost the enjoyment in knitting and crochet! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Diane Kennedy

    It was 1950 and I was made to knit socks with cotton yarn for the soldiers! It took years before I learnt to enjoy knitting.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Diane, Thanks for your comment, I’m sure the socks were much appreciated by the recipients! Thanks for entering and good luck!

      • Sonia W Smith

        My granny taught me to knit when I was about seven and the first thing I produced was a dishcloth! It was a square knitted with blocks of seven rows of garter stitch alternating with blocks of seven rows of stocking stitch. Happy memories of her love and patience. She would be delighted with the progress I subsequently made…..and the introduction of J-cloths!

        • Sarah Stephens

          Hi Sonia, Thanks for your comment, that sounds like a complicated first knit, so well done! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Therese Brook

    First thing I knitted was a scarf for my brothers teddy. My brother was very sick at the time and I remember how happy he was with my efforts and I have never stopped knitting. It is a labour of love.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Therese, Thanks for your comment, what a thoughtful thing to have knitted for the first time! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Carol Boyd

    I hated knitting as a child (we all had to learn it then) and when I was pregnant with my first child, I taught myself to crochet from a book and made bootees, mittens, hat and matinee jacket. I still have photo of my son as baby wearing them and I’m amazed that I managed to do so well for a beginner! I find it much harder to learn new things now.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Carol, Thanks for your comment, well done on your first crochet items, they do sound tricky for a beginner! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Susan Ketley

    I was taught to knit by my Dad. He is left handed and I am right handed so it was quite a task. I often get comments about how I knit and I always blame my Dad! However I did go on to teach my sisters, my daughter and sons, and now I am teaching my granddaughter and I will be teaching my grandsons when they are older (they are 1 and 2). I don’t remember the first thing I knitted, but I do know that my Sindy had lots of clothes.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Susan, Thanks for your comment, that must have been very tricky trying to learn but it sounds like you mastered it! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Karen H

    I must have tried to knit the usual dolly scarf… But I am afraid that would have been too long ago to mention … And the item probably wasn’t upto much.. I would never describe myself as a knitter (more of an embroidery person) but for the past 2 and a half years I have been making small knits to sell to my colleagues to raise money for Cancer Research in memory of a late colleague. So it’s Ferro Rocher covers at this time of year and cream egg cosies at Easter. This year alone I have made 60 bunnies and chickens and 70 Christmas puddings. It keeps me out of mischief!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Karen, Thanks for your comment, scarves are a very popular first item and I love the sound of the confectionery covers! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Jean Thompson

    Hello, my first knitting was squares to be joined into blankets for the ‘war effort’. My Gran taught me to knit,crochet & do tatting. We used any wool or cotton donated. I was 8 years old. Now 82 and grateful.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Jean, Thanks for your comment, a lovely first knitting project that must have been much appreciated! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Janice Hosking

    My grandad taught me to knit during the war. I can’t remember how old I was but it was certainly pre-school age. The wool was blue and he told me to knit him some cups and saucers! When my mother took me to tea with my grandparents the following week, he asked me how I’d got on, and I answered that I couldn’t do the handles.

    My projects have been more practical since then and I currently belong to two knitting groups, and still clacking needles 70+ years on.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Janice, Thanks for your comment, a fantastic first knit and it’s wonderful that you still enjoy knitting now! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Heather Morris

    My Mum was always knitting, so I was given a short pair of needles, some wool and knitted a scarf for my Teddy Bear while she knitted him bobble hat, trousers and jumper. The scarf was a bit wobbly but it launched me into a love of knitting for a lifetime.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Heather, Thanks for your comment, scarves certainly are a popular fist knit and it’s lovely that you still love knitting! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Katherine

    The first thing I ever knitted was a simple Navy scarf made out of boring acrylic with two bands of pink wool at the ends. It was a stockinette stitch – great for a beginner, but so boring to make! I eventually finished it and four years later I still wear it! It definitely fuelled my wool buying addiction and I still get compliments on it, but I dream of creating more exciting things now.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Katherine, Thanks for your comment, it’s great that you are still wearing the first thing you ever made and that you are complimented on it! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Jane

    My dad taught me to knit when I was little and the first thing I made was a garter stitch teddy in squeaky bright orange acrylic (which rather dates me!) and when I stuffed him, his legs grew and grew and grew and …………

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Jane, Thanks for your comment, a lovely story and a very memorable first knit! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Janet

    The first thing I knitted was a red teddy bear in garter stage. He had button eyes. It was quite tricky to learn to knit to start off with, may be because i am left handed. My granny who taught me had lots of patience. Fond memories!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Janet, Thanks for your comment, I can only imagine how much more difficult it is to learn to knit left handed so well done! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Irene Broughton

    The most hideous knitted thing I remember wearing was the knitted swimming costumes. My brother and I wore these in the 1950’s and when they got wet they stretched down to your ankles! Horrible!

  • Caireen

    I was roughly 8 years old and my baby doll was my favourite toy. I made a few items for it including a cardigan…I think I still have it somewhere with my dolls, my daughters play with them occassionally (I’m now 36). Still knitting to this day.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Caireen, Thanks for your comment, a dolls cardigan sounds like a very intricate project for a first knit! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Christine Harrison

    The first item I knitted was a scarf for my doll. My mother was always knitting and I’m sure she showed me how to cast on and knit before I went to school. I started school when I was four and a half years old.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Christine, Thanks for your comment, scarves are definitely a popular first knitting project! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Irene Broughton

    My grandmother taught me to knit and had so much patience with my frustration and dropped stitches.
    My dolls were very well dressed – eventually!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Irene, Thanks for your comment, like any craft, knitting is definitely a skill that can only get better with practice! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Helen Gathercole

    I knitted a pair of yellow mittens for my doll when I was about six. I didn’t have a pattern but my mum helped me work out the size! Now I enjoy knitting for my grandchildren!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Helen, Thanks for your comment, a great first knit, and very impressive with no pattern! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Cathy

    The very first thing I remember knitting was a scarf for a tiny teddy bear. This would have been over fifty years ago now. I have been knitting ever since. Tried loads of other crafts but always end up back at knitting.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Cathy, Thanks for your comment, knitting is most certainly a skill that stands the test of time! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Gill Southwell

    Aged 8, I knitted a raglan sleeved doll’s cardigan in maroon and grey from a Woman’s Weekly pattern – strange really, I was a terrible tomboy and never played with my doll! Like many, I was taught to knit by my grandmother.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Gill, Thanks for your comment, a tricky first knit especially at only 8! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Linda Hart

    The first thing I remember knitting was a ‘Doctor Who’ style scarf using yarn from my Mum’s stash. I had no idea then about using the same thickness of wool throughout. It must have looked a bit of a mess, but I loved it!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Linda, Thanks for your comment, a brilliant first knit and not messy but unique! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Jenny Turner

    I was 5 when I attempted my first piece of knitting and I had to stop at the end of each row so my mother could do the first stitch for me. It was a rectangle, sort of, using a ball of fantastic multi-coloured random yarn. I still have it, aged 65! I moved on to make ‘things’ for my stuffed animals, dolls and trolls and THEN… in the 1960’s, knitted an awful, but fashionable, white pillbox hat that was brushed up with a wire brush when finished in order to make it fluffy like fur!!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Jenny, Thanks for your comment, what lovely things to have created and it’s amazing that you still have your first knit! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Namrita Sharma

    The first thing I ever knitted was a very holey and very wonkey scarf……I was 8 when I first started and it’s still going, I’m now nearly 40 so almost there! I had much better luck with crochet and made a cushion cover which I still have. I also made a baby blanket which I gave to my best friend when her son was born. You’ll be pleased to hear that both the cushion and the blanket have straight lines!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Namrita, Thanks for your comment, a fantastic story and it’s great that you have tried your hand at both knitting and crochet. Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • julie sharp

    With my Grandmothers help I knitted a scarf for my doll there were more holes than stitches! I persevered and now can knit most, not all patterns I always have something on the go.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Julie, Thanks for your comment, I think most first knits must have a few holes here and there! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Helen Fothergill

    Years ago I knitted a cardigan for my baby godson years ago and knitted nothing else for years. I have recently knitted hat different scarves with different speciality wools

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Helen, Thanks for your comment, a very thoughtful first knit! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Gill Retallick

    I was taught at school how to knit, but the stitches were always tight on the needles as I was so hot! Knitted angel tops for my first baby, but not really came into knitting again until my husband passed away seven years ago as I felt I needed to be useful. Knit as long as the pattern is easy! Knitting jumpers for my adult children for Christmas presents this year. I continue to knot for the youngest granddaughter, who is two. Many scarves too for charity or for friends.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Gill, Thanks for your comment, knitted gifts are so personal and thoughtful – the best kind! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • ann ryan

    I knitted a green and yellow scarf for school when I was about seven. My mum taught me to knit and and I used to sit and hold the hanks of wool whilst she wound them into a ball. Things have changed a bit since then!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Ann, Thanks for your comment, I’m sure many will remember wool winding! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Patricia Ezzard

    Started knitting about the age of 6 years . My dolls were very well dressed with colourful scarves.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Patricia, Thanks for your comment, dolls clothes and accessories are another popular first knit! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Sue D

    I started attempting to knit dolls scarves around the age of 7 with various degrees of success. The first useful items I ever finished were a pair of mittens for myself when I was around 11. They were submitted as one of the items for assessment for my girl guide knitting badge. I’ve been knitting ever since along with crochet, dressmaking, cross stitch and quilting at various times.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Sue, Thanks for your comment, it sounds like you are very creative – and I hope you got your knitting badge! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Sheena

    I must have done lots of small knitting projects when I was young although I can’t remember them now. The first thing I remember knitting was a lace dress when I was 12. I decided to knit it when I was told I was to young to get a Saturday job and wanted something interesting to do. My mum bought the pattern (which I still have) and one ball of wool so she could check that I was able to follow the pattern before she bought the rest of the wool. It was a beautiful dress and I got a lot of pleasure wearing it, and lots of lovely comments!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Sheena, Thanks for your comment, what a wonderful garment to have knitted and it’s fantastic you still have the pattern! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Judy Farrell

    At 7 I was introduced to knitting at school with a really interesting DISH CLOTH at least it taught me how to knit and now I can make anything I like

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Judy, Thanks for your comment, a great example of how learning the basics is just a stepping stone to more interesting creations! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Amanda Rayner

    The first thing I knitted was a pink scarf for my doll. I was 8 years old. My grandma showed me how to do basic stocking stitch and helped me with casting on and finishing off. Later she worked out a pattern for a knitted dress for my toddler dolls. Once she had shown me how to make them I knitted dresses in different colours using leftover wool. My grandma showed me how to knit matching pants for my dolls (very important!) and even matching hats. Later I knitted a toy fish and got my Guides craft badge. I love knitting and as a teenager in the 1980s I designed a neon orange tank top with a yellow lightning bolt, a green pocket and bright blue padded spots (stuffed with old tights of course). I still enjoy wearing it for fancy dress. I’m looking forward to knitting soft toys for my nephew this autumn and winter.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Amanda, Thanks for your comment, you obviously enjoyed learning to knit and the tank top sounds amazing! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Helen Bedford

    I am not sure if it was the first thing I knitted but I remember being taught to knit by my mum and making a scarf either out of pink or red wool. I ended up making a very strange shaped scarf which was a little bit like lace due to dropping stitches and increasing somehow!
    Luckily I am now a little more capable and have even attempted to teach my two sons to knit!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Helen, thanks for your comment! Great to hear about you teaching your boys – knitting is certainly not just for girls! Thanks for entering and good luck.

  • I remember my grandma teaching me to knit when I was about 7 years old and the first thing I made was a little scarf for my dollies. I have knitted a few oversized acrylic jumpers in the 80’s and also a long cardigan in the obligatory mohair! Then a few baby clothes for my babies, but have not really picked it up again until recently. I am really enjoying all the lovely yarns and colours there are to choose from nowadays. I have recently learnt to crochet and the first thing I made was a beret, which I love! Thanks for the opportunity to win this pretty bundle!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Caroline, thank you for commenting, it’s great you have recently taken up knitting again, it’s so rewarding! Thanks for entering and good luck.

  • Hilary Brown

    Hi, The first thing I ever knitted was a simple T jumper (2 pieces) for my favourite bear. It was in multi-coloured wool (DK)…. and it is still going strong nearly 60 years later!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Hilary, thanks for your comment! A lot of people seem to have knitted for their teddy bear as a first knit! Thanks for entering and good luck.

  • Deborah

    My first memory of knitting is at school in a girl’s only class where we made a red scarf but I can’t remember finishing it. I was around 9 -and all of the boys did basket weaving that seemed much more interesting.
    The first real knitting project that I finished successfully was a cable sweater that I sent off for from the Sunday Times. It had a sheaf of corn on the front with lots of bobbles, and I still own and wear it. I remember finishing it whilst watching Boris Becker winning Wimbledon.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Deborah, thanks for your comment! It’s amazing what you can remember from something you have created! Thanks for entering and good luck.

  • Kathryn Stroud

    My sister Pippa, a life-long lover of knitting, taught me to knit a couple of years ago when I retired. After laboriously practising the basics I bought some beautifully soft Sirdar yarn and made her a Snood with the free pattern. She loves it and I feel very proud of my new-found skills!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Kathyrn, thanks for your comment! How wonderful and a very thoughtful first project! Thanks for entering and good luck.

  • Janet Grant

    After being taught the basic plain and purl stitch as a child, my first ‘proper’ knitting was in 1960, when I was 12. I was going to stay with with my brother-in-law’s family in Devon for a holiday so decided to knit a jumper to take with me. I knitted a light sage green V-neck jumper in Patons Big Ben wool. It had a sort of holey diamond pattern on the front and until a few months ago I still had the pattern, (accident with some water!). Sadly I had no concept of tension (must have ignored the advice on the patternI), and had to keep returning to the wool shop in Catford for more wool. I took said jumper on holiday and it was SO big my cousin and I both got into it. What was I thinking!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Janet, thanks for your comment! A great story and a fantastic first ‘proper’ knit! Thanks for entering and good luck.

  • Bronwyn

    My first ever knitting project was knitting a square for a charity event at school. Fortunately my skills have improved a lot since those days and I have knitted many a cardigan as well as better looking squares and blankets!! I would love to win this. Thanks.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Bronwyn, thanks for your comment! A lovely first knit and a great project to learn from! Thanks for entering and good luck.

  • Alison Grace

    a dress for my Sindy doll

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Alison, thanks for your comment! Dolls outfits are a popular first knit! Thanks for entering and good luck.