5 reasons to go to crafting festival Knit Works

5 reasons to go to crafting festival Knit Works

The fest features a strong Scandic element, with Norway's Arne & Carlos and Iceland's STEiNUNN

1. Knitting is the new black
They say so themselves. Crafting is cool and there’s no sign of this abating, so throw away any notions you hold about it being for your gran and succumb to its twee charms. At the very least, learning this new skill will take you away from Facebook and get that grey matter churning again.

2. You’ll be learning from the best
Who else knows more about woolly jumpers than the Scandinavians and Scots? Organised by the Danish Cultural Institute as part of Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, there are exhibitions, a symposium and workshops in crochet and knitting, plus a two-day-long knitathon to create a communal masterpiece.

3. Unleash your inner hippy
Take a leaf out of Reykjavik-based fashion label STEiNUNN’s book – a chilled-out workshop (Sun 20 Jul, 11am–1pm) encourages you to let the drumbeat take over and teaches the art of knitting without needles.

4. Could be a moneymaker
The Nordic Knitathon (Sat 19 & Sun 20 Jul, 11am–4pm ) allows for anyone, young or old, experienced or beginner, to take up their needles and get knitting. Your 15x15cm square contributes to a massive blanket, and with friendly tutors on hand to make sure your skills are as sharp as possible, you’ll be a master in no time which can only mean one thing. Etsy, here you come.

5. It’s just plain cute
As demonstrated by Norway’s Arne & Carlos whose workshop (Sun 20 Jul, 1.30–3.30pm) is nothing less than a bundle of fun. Focused on storytelling through knitted dolls, they are guiding participants through their own pattern to create a little crocheted flower.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Sat 19 & Sun 20 Jul.

Knit Works!

An entire weekend of all things knitting with people who know a thing or two about woolly clothes: Scandinavians. Listen to designers speak about their craft, check out the exhibition Knit Works! or add your handiwork to the Knitathon. Presented by the Danish Cultural Institute.

Knit Works! Exhibition

Exhibition of knitwear from Nordic designers STEiNUNN (Iceland), knitting duo Arne and Carlos (Norway), Maiken Espensen (Denmark) and Brora (Scotland).