Idea Brochure

Join Crocheters and Knitters Nationwide



Knit-Out & Crochet events were started in 1998 by the Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCA) with the help of volunteers to bring knitting, crocheting and yarn crafts to the public's attention. Now large and small groups and guilds nationwide are sponsoring Knit-Outs. Knit-Outs can be as informal as a group getting together in public to knit or crochet or large gatherings with a variety of activities. At CYCA Knit-Out & Crochet events, there are:

  • Free, how to knit and crochet lessons
  • Fashion shows
  • Show & Share
  • Demonstrations
  • Product and magazine displays
  • Children's yarn crafts area
  • Knitting and Crochet Guild representation
  • Charity knitting and crochet activities

Knit-Out & Crochet events are FREE educational and informational happenings. THERE IS NO SELLING. A Resource List is provided to direct consumers to area stores, mail order and Internet sites, where they could purchase supplies and to knit and crochet guilds and groups.

This brochure provides ideas and suggestions for planning such an event. There's no exact formula for success. Every town is different; every region varies. What's universal is that no matter where you live, when you knit or crochet in public, people stop, admire what you are doing and want to know more. KNIT-OUT & CROCHET events were originally started in the fall, beginning in mid-September and continuing through mid-October, but now there are held year-round. CYCA hopes to maintain a listing of upcoming Knit-Out events at this site. If your group is planning a Knit-Out, please email us detailed information. We need to know: Name of sponsoring group(s)

  • Time and place of the event
  • Exact directions to the location (be specific and brief)
  • What you plan to do
  • Local contact name and phone number (phone numbers are essential in case CYCA staff has questions or if a member of the press wants to contact you)
  • Names, addresses and specific reporters' names at your local newspapers

You should send a press release to your local newspapers about your group's involvement, noting the location and time of your event. (See further details "Promoting the Knit-Out & Crochet Event" that follows.) IT'S A GREAT GROUP PROJECT

Whether you are part of a knit or crochet guild or club, church group, friends or co-workers, Knit-Outs are a fun project in which to participate. You'll become mentors to new knitters and crocheters. It's a terrific way to build awareness for your guild or club. Plus, it's important that these novices know where they can get assistance after the event is over.