The knitting festival you need to add to your autumn calendar

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The knitting festival you need to add to your autumn calendar


You know you’ve grown up a bit when your idea of a festival-y good time is a three day knitting adventure in Scotland rather than raving in a hot tent til dawn, but I’m more than happy to embrace it and head off to the Loch Ness Knit Festival this October.

Georgina Wilson-Powell

Mon 9 Jul 2018

The Loch Ness Knit Festival is now in its third year and it’s become a cult hit in the crafting calendar thanks to its friendly atmosphere and location in Inverness, it’s a great excuse for an autumn break in the Highlands. 

2,000 keen knitters descend on the banks of the iconic Highlands loch to knit, stitch and network.

Festival Director, Willie Cameron says “Knitting is the ‘new black’ on the trend scene and has been taken up by many who want to de stress from the fast pace of our modern society. It has been proved as a form of wellness. Loch Ness Knit Fest is a brilliant weekend with music, culture, storytelling, local food and drink and lots of yarn. Come along and experience it!”

Have you been to Loch Ness Knit Fest?
Love knitting? Have you been to Loch Ness Knit Fest?
Love knitting? Have you been to Loch Ness Knit Fest?

Image Photography | Loch Ness Knit Festival

This year’s line up includes 30 workshops and presentations, a crafting village with demonstrations, a Highland feast, a knit and natter lounge and much more. 

And you don’t need to be a demon with the knitting needles either, the festival is aimed at anyone who wants to up their wool skills, from beginners to people who can knock up a pair of socks in a matter of evenings.

This year's teachers come from all over the world, from New Zealand, Denmark and of course, the Highlands - and they’re not all fuddy duddy grannies who want to kit you out in scratchy jumpers. 

Some of the ones to watch out for are:

  • Chrissie Day is a knitwear designer and mixed fibre artist who has published 11 books.
  • Elizabeth Johnston is a Shetland spinner and knitter and was recently announced as the patron of the well established knitting event, Shetland Wool Week.
  • Christel Seyfarth is a Danish knitwear designer and organiser of Fanø International Knit Festival.
  • Maddie Harvie is an Edinburgh based freelance designer and knitting teacher “inspired by colour, geometry and knitwear construction".

Knitting, as a search term, increased 53% in 2017 according to Google, so what are you waiting for? 

Knitting fits in with the make and mend, locally produced and slow fashion trends of the moment and it’s also thought using our hands calms us and makes us happier (after all you can’t swipe right and knit at the same time can you?).

Isn’t it time you picked up the needles and got clacking?

Loch Ness Knit Fest runs from 19 – 21 October 2018. Tickets are on sale now at