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Knitting & Crochet Guild Collection

Preservation is one of the key aims of the Knitting & Crochet Guild. The history of our crafts can only be maintained if we preserve what has been created in the past; the objects themselves as well as the methods and techniques used to create them. Our Collection provides inspiration for future projects, whether we are seeking to recreate an item from the past using modern yarns or find new ways of using forgotten techniques.
Tea cosy in Clarice Cliff style.

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Knitted and crocheted items and other textiles


Catalogue of the Knitting & Crochet Guild's collection of textiles, mainly hand knitted, domestic machine knitted and crocheted items, including items…

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Our Collection in 100 Objects

100 Objects project posters as one image

Sample the variety of objects in our Collection through the eyes of our Collections Team.

Viewing our Collection

The Knitting & Crochet Guild is run entirely by volunteers, and our Collection is no exception. We rely on people donating their time and skills to select, catalogue, conserve and display the items in the Collection. We have over 50,000 items in the Collection, so it will take us a long time to make them all available online. Even though we may not have all our items available to view through this catalogue, you can see our Collection at our headquarters if you make arrangements in advance by emailing the Collections Team.

Finding items in our Collection

Find out what the entries for different types of object mean:

Display of coloured balls of yarn.


We have created "Exhibits" of items that provide you with snapshots of the breadth of our Collection. These are listed on the Exhibits page, or you can use the "Browse Exhibits" menu item.


If you know what you want to see, you can use the Search option that is at the top right of each page of the Catalogue. Just type in the words you want it to search for and press the "magnifying glass" icon.If you find this lists too many records, you can narrow down your search using the advanced search page. You can reach that page if you click on the three dots to the left of the magnifying glass and choose "Advanced search". Our "Understanding items" help page explains what the main fields are used for in a record.Listing items by topicWe have organised this catalogue into "collections". You can list these from the "Browse collections" menu item.