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What yarn should I buy?
You are free to buy any yarn that you like. We don’t endorse any brand as we are independent of the yarn companies. Generally though, yarn with a high acrylic content works well as you tend to get a consistent thickness throughout the ball. Double knitting balls are generally around 300 metres per 100g and chunky is 150 metres per 100g.
Why do you suggest 3mm needles with double knitting, or 4.5mm with chunky? Surely the needles are too small.
Having smaller needles when knitting toys and items with stuffing makes the stitches and the gaps between smaller. The knitting is dense and it hides the stuffing behind your work.
What makes us unique?
There are lots of things that make us stand out from the crowd, here are some of them.
- We are constantly developing new knitting patterns, there are new ones at least every 2 weeks
- All patterns are designed by hand, not computer generated
- Patterns are easy to read and understand
- We tell you on the sale listing what materials you will require and also the skills needed
- All printed patterns are professionally printed
- You can get in touch with the designer of all of our patterns and ask questions
- Make suggestions, we love to hear them
- All patterns are double knitting or chunky – you can find the materials on any high street
- Our patterns make great presents
What will I receive?
If you order a download PDF file, you will receive an email just after payment with a link to your download. If you don’t receive your email, please check your spam or trash folder as it can appear there sometimes.
If you order a leaflet, you will receive an A5 professionally printed leaflet – there are no photocopies or home printing here. Your pattern will come in an A5 envelope with a 400gsm card insert to protect it in the post. Your knitting pattern will be sent by Royal Mail first class within 24 hours of your order.
I have ordered a download, but I haven’t got it – What now?
After payment is received, an email is triggered automatically with a download link. This is an automated process, so if you don’t receive it within a few minutes, please check your spam or trash folder to see if it has appeared in there. If you still haven’t received your pattern then please get in touch and we will be happy to help.
How do I get in contact?
You can easily send us a message. There is a contact link in the top bar, just click on it and type away.
Can I get some help when I am knitting?
Absolutely, just drop us a line through the Support button at the bottom right of every page and someone will get back to you.
Why do you charge so much?
Knitting by Post is a small family business. Unless you support little developers like us, you are likely buying your patterns from a large yarn company that will sell lots of yarn when you buy their patterns. That doesn’t happen here. You are free to buy any yarn that you like. This impacts on the price of the pattern. A large company could absorb the development costs as they make it up elsewhere but it isn’t possible here. We have to charge a price that reflects outgoings but also allows for further pattern development too. Most of our patterns are about the price of a frothy coffee in a coffee shop which we consider to be reasonable.
By supporting Knitting by Post and buying our patterns, you are supporting a small business in the UK.
Why are your patterns so inexpensive?
We also get asked why we sell at a very reasonable rate when others are much more expensive. We want to be fair to all our knitting customers and create a business for the future. By taking large margins from our patterns it won’t make anyone want to come back. It is tricky setting the prices so that everyone – including our customers benefit.
Where do you stand on copyright?
All knitting patterns sold by Knitting by Post are protected under UK copyright. You may not sell or duplicate any pattern that you receive. This includes making photocopies or distributing PDF files.
Click here for an article on the GOV.UK website about copyright relating specifically to knitting patterns.
Can I sell the finished items?
We understand that a lot of knitters make items for sale and we want to acknowledge that. You may sell any item that you make for profit or for charity. There is one condition attached, that the finished items must be hand knitted and not mass produced in any way.
This is a concession that is made from the rights of the business and reserve the right to change this concession.
What about the safety?
Please make sure when you make a knitted toy from Knitting by Post that it is appropriate for the person that you will give it to. As Knitting by Post has no control over the materials used (e.g. that the stuffing used is flame retardant) it is not possible to guarantee that they are suitable or safe for children or adults. If you are unsure then please err on the side of caution at all times.