Published on January 11th, 2013 | by Serena


Introducing the first ever Loveknitting project competition…

We so enjoy hearing all the stories of customers’ projects, we’ve decided to launch a competition for the best one!

We’ve chatted with a lot of customers about projects they’re currently on, just finished or planning next. Now’s your opportunity to tell us all about a project and be in with a chance to win £100 (or local currency equivalent) to spend at

What’s the theme?

The theme for January is New Beginnings. This can be interpreted any way you like: a new style, a new technique, a type of garment you’d never tried, a yarn you hadn’t worked with before; it can be as simple as the first item you knitted or as profound as a project made at a new stage of your life.

What’s the prize?

The winner will receive a voucher code for £100 to spend at Your entry and the runners-up will also be featured on our blog and social media networks where everybody can admire them!

But I don’t live in the UK!

That’s fine – the voucher will deduct the equivalent of £100 from your shopping basket in any of the currencies we support. As of 11th Jan 2013, these values are approximately US$160, CA$160, EU€120, AU$150, NZ$190, DKKr900, SeKr1000, NOKr890 and ZAR1400. These values may change with currency fluctuations.

How do I enter?

Just send an e-mail to with January Project Competition as the subject. Give your entry a title, include at least one photograph of your project and tell us all about it! You can write as little or as much as you want, but we suggest a few hundred words (a few short paragraphs). Include your full name, e-mail address and phone number and age if under 16 so that we can be sure of contacting you if you win! To stop our e-mails getting all snarled, please don’t send us any photos bigger than 1MB. If you are under 16 you must have parental permission to enter.

Who can enter?

Everyone! Except Loveknitting employees – that wouldn’t really be fair. However, if you are under 16 you must have your parents’ permission to enter.

When can I enter?

Any time up until Thursday the 31st of January 2013. We recommend getting your entry in well before this date, just in case your e-mail goes astray.

Who will see my entry?

Your entry may be featured on our website, blog, social media networks and other publicity material. Of the contact details provided with your entry, we will only publish your first name. If you would prefer us to disguise any information included in your entry before publication, just let us know.

Are crocheted projects allowed?

Of course! We love knitting – that doesn’t mean we don’t love other crafts too! Anything made mostly out of yarn (or felt, or fleece) is allowed.

Anything else I need to know?

Because we may publish your entry and there are rules governing the use of a person’s likeness, it is important that any photos you submit featuring a picture of a person’s face are submitted with that person’s permission, and parental permission if the person is under 18.

The entry consists of three items that will have been created by an individual: the project itself, images of the project and the written text. If any of these items have been made, taken or written by someone other than you, it is essential that you have that person’s permission before submitting. In other words, you can ask someone else to take the photo for you, you can have help writing the text, you can even submit a project made by someone else – but you must have permission from those people to submit their work. If anyone else has been involved in the creation of any of your submitted material, please make this clear in your entry.

Can I see the full terms and conditions of entry?

Yes: they can be found here.

About the Author

Serena loves sunshine, strawberries and Great Danes. She has gone from non-knitter to yarn obsessive in under two years, and is determined to drag the rest of the world along with her.

Last updated: December 6th, 2013.

3 Responses to Introducing the first ever Loveknitting project competition…

  1. Serena says:

    A massive apology to everyone who had their entry bounce back this morning! The competitions e-mail address wasn’t properly set up – d’oh! It’s all working now, promise 🙂

  2. A R Ball says:

    Can’t send you any photos – haven’t knitted it yet! What is the closing date for the actual entries, as opposed to just applications and information?

  3. Sue Bamford says:

    My New Beginning was a return to crochet after seeing an exhibition of crocheted coral at the Hayward gallery of few years ago.

    I walked out of the gallery on a cloud, seeing the craft in a whole new light, and my brain just full of ideas and wonder. It truly was a life changing moment, and my hands literally ached to pick up a hook again.

    From there, I began re-learning to crochet after about twenty years away from the craft originally taught to me by my great-grandma on a visit to her in Florida as a nine-year old, but this time instead of making granny squares I was creating strange furled and folded forms! People on the bus asked me questions about the bizarre forms I was making , and so I spread the word!

    My sculptural coral work changed the course of my MA degree, and using it as a vehicle to discuss issues of marine plastic pollution, I transferred to a new MA in Art and Environment.

    As part of my degree work, I had the opportunity for a month’s residency in Egypt to make a crocheted coral reef in resort hotel. I makd pieces whilst chatting with the residents about marine plastic pollution, causing equals measures of delight and confusion at how this domestic craft was being explored.

    Images from the reef that I made are on my facebook page, here:

    and here:

    and more of my woolly work is shortly to be exhibited at a major environmental charity.

    I have such clear memories of learning with my great-grandma, and have a granny-square afghan on my sofa that keeps her memory alive in me everyday. I’m sure she would find it amusing and wonderful that the skills she taught me, I spent a summer teaching to Bedouin children on a beach on the Red Sea!

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