Hundreds of animals to take over The Knitting & Stitching Show
By Mark Hayhurst 15 Sep 2018
Crochet (and animal!) fans are in for a treat at The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in October as hundreds of amigurumi crochet animals take over the show’s iconic Palm Court Foyer.
From Alexandre the Russian Blue Cat to Zack the Skunk, the entire TOFT Edward’s Menagerie collection of 300 soft crochet animals will be swinging and climbing their way around the show’s stunning entrance. The cuddly collection was designed by TOFT founder and yarn enthusiast Kerry Lord who picked up a crochet hook for the first time just a fortnight before her baby son Edward was born.
Each animal is made using simple crochet techniques set out in TOFT’s Edward’s Menagerie books and pattern kits, with downloadable step-by-step instructions and video links that anyone can pick up quickly, from complete beginners to advanced crocheters. Each animal has a universal pattern which, with a change of hook or yarn, can create different sizes and possibilities. No special equipment is required and each animal pattern uses 75-125g of DK yarn.
TOFT will also be hosting The Hangout Area in Alexandra Palace’s Palm Court where show visitors can meet guest artists for book signings or hook up with like-minded crafters and Instagram friends. The Knitting & Stitching Show takes place at Alexandra Palace, London from October 11-14 and features galleries by leading textile artists and groups, over 250 workshops and demonstrations, a dedicated Dressmaking Studio, artists live at work, drop-in knitting and crochet lessons from volunteers from UK Hand Knitting, a Graduate Showcase, Knitters’ Café, Prosecco Bar and over 300 exhibitors from all over the world selling essential craft supplies.