The 2017 British Craft Awards winners and highlights of the Stitches 2017 show

Stitches show giant sheep

This weekend we got our hands on lots of new yarns and patterns for the coming year, at the CHSI Stitches Show in Birmingham.

There was a lot of buzz about Rico’s new Bubbles yarn. It’s a novelty yarn in a playful palette that’s ideal for making dish scrubbies. We’d love to wash up with these!

Rico Bubbles crochet yarn at Stitches show

TOFT had oodles of adorable amigurumi, naturally, and we were smitten with their new mini designs. This charming chameleon is hooked in hand-dyed yarn, and there’ll be more of that to come in the year ahead.

At Erika Knight, we couldn’t keep our eyes off the three Shibori-inspired shades they’ve added to their Studio Linen yarn, showcased beautifully in the new crochet shawl designed by Sarah Hazell.

Erika Knight Studio Linen crochet shawl Erika Knight Studio Linen crochet shawl

Another of the real highlights was bagging front row seats for the fashion show, where we saw some gorgeous Lion Brand creations in action on the catwalk.

We definitely noticed trends for unicorns, linen yarns, pastel shades and Tunisian crochet. There are exciting crochet-alongs planned for summer 2017, too. Watch this space.

The British Craft Awards

The show was also our chance to present the prizes in the 2017 British Craft Awards, and we had a great time celebrating the best of British knitting and crochet. And here are the winners and runners-up in each of the five categories in the 2017 Awards – congratulations to everyone.

Product of the Year winner:
The Yarndale Show

Designer of the Year winner:
Jane Crowfoot

Blog of the Year winner:

Brand of the Year winner:

Retailer of the Year winner:
Wool Warehouse 

And we also had two runners-up in each category…

Product of the Year runner-up:
Addi circular needles
Clover Amour hooks

Designer of the Year runner-up:
Lucy of Attic 24
Karie Westermann

Blog of the Year runner-up:

Brand of the Year runner-up:
West Yorkshire Spinners

Retailer of the Year runner-up:
Black Sheep Wools
Love Knitting 

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