British Knitting Awards 2013

Let's Knit and Let's Get Crafting invited readers to nominate their favourites back in May of this year, and compiled the results into a shortlist that appeared in the August issue and online for three months. Says Let's Knit Editor, Sarah Neal: "With such a great response behind it, the British Knitting Awards is a true representation of consumer opinion and as such these awards are highly coveted by key names across the industry." The final list of winners recognises a total of 47 companies and individuals, and categories include Best Knitting Designer, Best Luxury Yarn Brand and Best Knitting Blog.
As well as celebrating big names such as Sirdar, Rowan, Deramores and John Lewis, the awards also sought to highlight the importance of small local knitting shops by dividing Independent Yarn Store into six regional categories for the first time.

This year we held our first ever Awards Presentations at The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London and had a fantastic evening congratulating and celebrating with our winners    

Black Sheep Wools Winner Best Independent Store North of England
Black Sheep Wools Winnder Best Knitting Blog - Runner Up Best Online Store - 3rd Place Best Website
Caroline's Wool Shop Winner Best Independent Store Wales
Christine's Wool Shop Runner Up Best Independenet Store Midlands
Crafty Yarns Winner Best Independent Store Ireland
Debbie Bliss Runner Up Best Baby Yarn Brand Runner Up Best Luxury Yarn Brand
Debbie Bliss Winner - Best Book 2013 3rd Place - Best Overall Brand
I Knit, London Winner Best Independent Store South of England
John Lewis Winner Best Chain Store
Knit Nottingham Winner Best Independent Store Midlands
Knit Nottingham Winner Best Independent Store Midlands
Loveknitting 3rd Place Best Online Store
Rowan Winner Best Luxury Yarn Brand Winner Best Pattern House Runner Up Best Sock Yarn Brand Runner Up Best Overall Brand Runner Up Best Ready-To-Use Kits 3rd Place Best Book 2013-la
Rowan Winner Best Pattern House
Sirdar Winner Best Baby Yarn Brand Winner Best Overall Yarn Brand Runner Up Best Pattern House Runner Up Best Book 2013
Stylecraft Runner Up Best Value Yarn Brand
The Knitting & Stitching Show @ Alexandra Palace London Winner Best Knitting ShowEvent
The Little Knitting Co. Winner Best Ready-To-Use Kits
The Yarn Cake Winner Best Independent Store Scotland
Woolfest RU Best Knitting ShowEvent
Yarn on the Square 3rd Place Best Independent Store Midlands

Yarns

  • Best Baby Yarn Brand WINNER Sirdar
    Runner up Debbie Bliss
    3rd Place Deramores
  • Best Independent
    Yarn Brand

    WINNER Deramores
    Runner up Easyknits
    3rd Place Fyberspates
  • Best Value Yarn Brand
    WINNER King Cole
    Runner up Stylecraft
    3rd Place James C Brett
  • Best Luxury Yarn Brand
    WINNER Rowan
    Runner up Debbie Bliss
    3rd Place Manos del Uruguay
  • Best Sock Yarn Brand
    WINNER Patons
    Runner up Rowan
    3rd Place Opal
  • Best Overall Brand
    WINNER Sirdar
    Runner up Rowan
    3rd Place Debbie Bliss

Retailers

  • Best Chain Store
    WINNER John Lewis
    Runner up Hobbycraft
    3rd Place Abakhan
  • Best Pattern House
    WINNER Rowan
    Runner up Sirdar
    3rd Place Patons
  • Best Independent store

  • North Of England
    WINNER Black Sheep
    Wools, Warrington
    Runner up Baa Ram
    Ewe, Leeds
    3rd Place Purl City Yarns,
    Manchester
  • South of England
    WINNER I Knit, London
    Runner up Get Knitted, Bristol
    3rd Place Loop, Islington
  • MIDLANDS
    WINNER Knit Nottingham,
    Nottingham
    Runner up Christine's Wool
    Shop, Birmingham
    3rd Place Yarn on the
    Square, Ely
  • WALES
    WINNER Caroline's Wool
    Shop, Newtown
    Runner up La Mercerie,
    Cowbridge
  • IRELAND
    WINNER Crafty Yarns,
    Strabane Co. Tyron
    Runner up The Glenn
    Gallery, Cullybackey
    3rd Place Selections Wool
    Shop, Carrickfergus
  • SCOTLAND
    WINNER The Yarn Cake,
    Glasgow
    Runner up Wool For Ewe,
    Aberdeen
    3rd Place Kathy's Knits,
    Edinburgh

Online

  • Best Online Store
    WINNER Deramores
    Runner up Black Sheep Wools
    3rd Place Loveknitting
  • Best Knitting Blog
    WINNER Black Sheep Wools
    Runner up Kate Davies
    Designs
    3rd Place Attic 24
  • Best Website
    WINNER Ravelry
    Runner up Deramores
    3rd Place Black Sheep Wools

Products

  • Best Knitting Needle Range
    WINNER Knit Pro
    Runner up Milwards
    3rd Place Pony
  • Best Accessory Range
    WINNER Knit Pro
    Runner up Clover
    3rd Place Pony
  • Best Ready-to-use kits
    WINNER The Little Knitting
    Company
    Runner up Rowan
    3rd Place Patons
  • Best Book 2013
    WINNER Knits For You and
    Your Home –
    Debbie Bliss (Quadrille
    Publishing 2013)
    Runner up Sirdar Book 323 –
    Baby Bamboo Knits (Sirdar)
    3rd Place Rowan Knitting
    Magazine 53 (Rowan
    International 2013)
  • Miscellaneous

  • Best Knitting Show/Event
    WINNER The Knitting &
    Stitching Show –
    Alexandra Palace London
    Runner up Woolfest- Cumbria
    3rd Place Wonderwool –
    Wales
  • Best Knitting Designer
    WINNER Louisa Harding
    Runner up Kaffe Fassett
    3rd Place Kim Hargreaves