Centre for Knitting and Crochet

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The Knitting & Crochet Guild is a registered national educational charity supported by subscriptions and donations and administered by volunteers.

It was established in 1978 to preserve and nurture the skills of knitting and crochet and to conserve what is a major part of our cultural and craft heritage. The Guild has accumulated an important and rapidly-growing Collection of garments, samples, domestic knitting machines, yarns, tools and ephemera related to knitting and crochet over the last 200 years, as well as setting up a well-stocked Library of books, periodicals and patterns.

The Guild has also been successful in mounting exhibitions and running courses and workshops as part of an expanding education programme. It has been active in producing commercial publications, establishing a book and Pattern Search Service and HelpLine, publishing a substantial quarterly journal (SlipKnot), setting up regional groups, providing displays and clinics at national yarn fairs, selling Heritage Kits and much more.

The Guild aims to promote the crafts of knitting and crochet by raising public awareness of these traditional skills and drawing attention to their usefulness, versatility and beauty. There is also a need to promote a feeling of fellowship amongst those still practising these crafts, including ethnic groups with their own knitting and crocheting traditions, and to encourage people to share their common heritage.

The next step in the expansion of Guild activities is a major one. A museum/education Centre needs to be established in larger, safe, permanent and secure premises to allow the now huge Collection and Library to be used to their full potential.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Association or society

Opening hours

Currently closed for rationalisation
Open for Working Days by volunteers

Admission charges


Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Social History

Centre for Knitting and Crochet
Unit 4, behind Lee Mills flats
Jackson Bridge
West Yorkshire




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