Knitting & Crochet Guild

Un-Convention 2020

Un-Convention 2020 has now finished

Un-Convention 2020 was the first virtual convention for the Knitting & Crochet Guild. It was held online from 9th to 15th September 2020. This website will remain live until 30 September.

All events are free*. Please consider making a donation to the Knitting & Crochet Guild, or joining us.

*Links from the Un-Conventional Marketplace will take you to shops and paid events.

Members

Registration for interactive events has now closed. Members who applied to take part in these have been sent an email with the joining information - check your spam folder if you have not received it.

Non-members

You can apply for membership on our website.

Follow the links

Follow the link for each day (on the heading for each day) to see more details of the event for that day.

Closed captions (subtitles) in Un-Convention

Interactive events. Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide closed captions (subtitles) during interactive events. If a recording of an interactive event is later published as a video, any subtitles will have been created using speech-to-text recognition software and may be misleading in places.

Videos. With very few exceptions, the videos in Un-Convention have closed captions (subtitles) available. You can turn these on and off by using the white rectangle with dark lines on it that is to the left of the cog wheel at the bottom of the video on YouTube.

Videos with subtitles that have been checked for accuracy are marked in the programme with "Checked subtitles". Other subtitles were generated by speech-to-text recognition software.

Keynote Events

Join us for interviews, talks and panel discussions, some with an opportunity for members to take part (See the listings for interactive events). Follow the link to the day for more details.

Interactive Events

These interactive events were held during Un-Convention.

Central Leeds Branch online meeting: Central Leeds Branch

Workshops:

Learn to Crochet - from Beginner to Bobble in 5 workshops. Workshop 1. For absolute beginners - the Short Stitch: Lindy Zubairy

Knitting gloves: using the internet as a resource: Angharad Thomas

Huddersfield Branch meeting: Huddersfield Branch

Q & A on Kaffe Harmony Blankets: Kaffe Fassett

Workshops:

Ideas for knitting and felting: Ruth Rignall

Q&A on "Black Knitters and Crocheters Matter - A conversation with myself": Lorna Hamilton-Brown

Joint Oxford and Bedfordshire Branch online meeting: KCG Branches

Workshops:

Learn to Crochet - from Beginner to Bobble in 5 workshops. Workshop 2. For absolute beginners - the Medium Stitch: Lindy Zubairy

Your machine knitting questions answered: Jane Harrisson

Annual General Meeting. KCG Board.

Show & Tell: where you take the lead

Workshops:

Knit a seamless cover for your phone or tablet - an introduction to double-sided knitting: Clare Griffel

Birmingham Branch Show & Tell: Birmingham Branch

Reading Branch online meeting: KCG Branch

Workshops:

Learn to Crochet - from Beginner to Bobble in 5 workshops. Workshop 3. For absolute beginners - the Tall Stitch: Lindy Zubairy

Show & Tell where you take the lead

Workshops:

Learn to Crochet - from Beginner to Bobble in 5 workshops. Workshop 4.Beginners' supplement -Make a simple crochet flower: Lindy Zubairy

Knitting gloves: using the internet as a resource: Angharad Thomas

Q&A on the videos "Learning brioche": Tricia Basham

Q&A on 'The hand knitting “industry” in Norwich in the later sixteenth century'. Lesley O'Connell Edwards

Workshops:

Learn to Crochet - from Beginner to Bobble in 5 workshops. Workshop 5. Improvers' Crochet - Bobbles, puffs and popcorns: Lindy Zubairy

Ideas for knitting and felting: Ruth Rignall

Q&A on the videos "Learning brioche": Tricia Basham

Videos & Catch-up

See our specially produced videos on our Collection, recordings of Keynote Events, and much more.

KCG Collection 100 objects - "Patrons": Frances Ayres

How to knit a cat: Janet Collins

Learning brioche: Semi-brioche and one colour brioche: Tricia Basham

Machine knitting: Introduction to working with hand tooling; Working with beads; Fagotted lace; Knitweave; Manual lace; Mock cables and pick ups: Jane Harrisson

KCG Collection 100 objects - "Preservation": Frances Ayres

Beyond the blanket: the design process, inspiration and creation of a Mystery Blanket design: Debbie Abrahams

Kaffe Harmony Blankets - Member bonus: Kaffe Fassett

Knitted Leeds - Part 1-City Planning: Kelly Ferguson

Introduction to using a knitting machine: Sally Kentfield

Learning brioche: Two colour brioche knitted flat: Tricia Basham

Modular Machine Knitting: Ria Burns

KCG Collection 100 objects - "Like it or Loathe it": Frances Ayres

Knitted Leeds - Part 2: Kelly Ferguson

Learning brioche: Two colour brioche knitted flat with simple decreases and an increase: Tricia Basham

Supreme mistress of crochet: Linde Merrick

Get to grips with surface crochet: Helen Jordan

Yarn wraps: Sarah-May Johnson.

KCG Collection 100 objects - Volunteers: Frances Ayres

An introduction to Anne Lavene and her revolutionary "Visual Patterns": Anne Lavene

Learning brioche: Two colour brioche in the round with a wristlet project: Tricia Basham

Using wire on your knitting machine: Erica Thomson

KCG Collection 100 objects - "Hand knitting" "Crochet" and "Machine knitting": Frances Ayres

Un-Conventional yarns: Caroline Davenport

Using open source software to knit images on a Brother 950i knitting machine: Sally Kentfield

The Gladys Jeskins sampler: Kelly Ferguson

Q & A on Kaffe Harmony Blankets (Recording): Kaffe Fasset

KCG Collection 100 objects - "Books" and "Tools": Frances Ayres

An introduction to Kihnu colourwork: Rachel Lemon

Beaded crochet: Jane Crowfoot.

Soil to soil: A Sustainable approach to designing knitwear: Ria Burns

KCG Collection 100 objects - "Art": Frances Ayres

Cables and Twists on a knitting machine: Liz Holness

Distitch: Assia Brill

Hats with Jennifer: Janet Collins

iinouiio: Spinning yarns and weaving tales: recycling our past; creating a future: John Parkinson

Machine knitting a Kimono style jacket: Tricia Scott

What can you do with i-cord?: Pamela Wigglesworth

Social Media

Join in on

our Facebook Group, Ravelry, and Instagram

Instagram take overs

Designer profiles

Patron: Debbie Abrahams

Patron: Lorna Hamilton-Brown

Designer profiles

Designer profiles

Patron: Jane Crowfoot

Patron: Jane Crowfoot



Please be aware when following the link to our Ravelry Group.
Ravelry has rolled out a website update in June. Some users have reported they have experienced headaches, migraines, and even seizures whe visiting the site. Ravelry is still working on on improving compatibility with accessibility devices such as screen readers. You may wish to proceed with caution when accessing the Ravelry website.
An option has since been added to revert back to the "classic Rav" look (as opposed to "NuRav"), but this still requires logging on from the new interface first. (Then you need to click on your profile pic in the top right corner and select the "Classic Ravelry" option.) With that option, most, but not all features, as before.
Links to the Ravelry site that end with "?newlook=0" (without quotes) should send the user directly to the classic version of the page in question). This does not work for the login page.
Tablet on KCG blanket with "Sharing space" on the screen.

Events hosted by members for members.

See more details here.

Photo tutorial for beginners to mosaic knitting: Frances Ayres

Let's get together (Tunisian crochet): Lindy Zubairy

Introduction to stranded knitting: Steve Foreman

Shetland during Wool Week 2019: Gogglefrogs

UK double crochet face pad: Marianne Penny

Tablet on KCG blanket with "Un-Conventional Market" on the screen.

You may be charged for taking part in the events listed in the Un-Conventional Marketplace.

Here you will find workshops, demonstrations, and products for sale. The only involvement of the Knitting & Crochet Guild in these events is listing them on this website. All communication about the events must be directly with the provider.

See more details here.

200 club

It is never too late for members to join the 200 club and support the Guild - with a chance of winning in one of the draws. Download an application form.

How did we do?

This is our first online convention, so we'd be very interested to know your views as to what worked and what didn't - please take a moment to complete our short survey.

Many thanks!