Paulineknit ~ A life of hand knitting

Sharing Hand Knitting skills

Pauline and Paulineknit

Pauline/Paulineknit has retired from formal retail sales and formal hand knitting services including pattern writing; pattern grading and conversion; pattern checking (technical editing); text editing; test knitting and knit to order (including for designers, authors, students, individuals); consultancy; teaching; author.


She does continue hand knitting on an informal basis and pursues her own ideas for hand knitting designs and publications.


As a result Pauline is donating the remaining Paulineknit stock and other items associated with her business as well as surplus personal hand knitting and craft related items to the "Good Causes" that she supports. 

More about Pauline

Pauline Hornsby was taught to knit by her mother, grandmother and aunts in about 1952. Since then hand knitting has been her major hobby. Throughout her life she had always wanted some type of career in hand knitting but circumstances forced her along other pathways.

In 1994 Pauline joined the Knitting & Crochet Guild, including attending the Cambridgeshire Branch for its monthly meetings where she made many friends. In late 1996 she joined the Editorial Team of SlipKnot, the quarterly journal of the Guild, eventually taking on the responsibilities of Co-ordinating Editor and typesetter, as well as editor and typesetter for other Guild and KCG Trading Limited publications.

She later joined the Guild Committee and became a member of the Centre for Knitting and Crochet Team, and the Publications Team among other activities. In January 2000 she was a co-founder and appointed Managing Director of KCG Trading Limited, the trading company of the Knitting & Crochet Guild. Her Guild and KCG Trading Limited activities ceased in 2002.

Pauline has taught hand knitting up to City & Guilds level and holds the Part 1 qualification. She pattern (technical) checked for a national magazine for many years and she has also pattern checked for a national knitting magazine, renown international knitting book publishers, and for international commercial yarn spinners. She has pattern written for national and international knitwear designers, commercial yarn spinners, students and individuals who wanted their ideas translated into knitting patterns. In 2004 she was involved in writing the majority of the patterns for the Dyed in the Wool football fan exhibition by Julie Henry.

Having started her business in 1995, in mid-1998 she called her business Paulineknit (using her 'stained glass' hat [for which a pattern will be made available] as her logo). She tried to retire at the end of June 2008, thought she had 'fully' retired in April 2010 but definitely retired in May 2014. She intended to sell her own excess and unsold Paulineknit stock by mail order but is now donating materials and items knitted from the stock to the "Good Causes" she supports. 

She continues to knit and still attended the monthly knitting group until it had to fold, and now many others! Pauline has found it difficult to give up her need to pass on the skills of knitting and continues to do this in an informal manner. 

Where to see Pauline's work

Paulineknit Publications and Paulineknit Blogs

Pauline will continue knitting, attending knitting groups and events and involving herself in knitting activities. Instead of the original intention of completing and selling her own hand knitting skills booklets, patterns and publictions by mail order, the text and patterns will now be proivided in a series of Paulineknit blogs thus allowing free access to all knitters. 

Scarf Knitting Patterns

Archive Policy

Former clients' paperwork is kept for a full five years (or longer at the client's request) before shredding and disposal.

For example, all work carried out in 2012 will be shredded and disposed of during 2018. All work carried out in 2011 has been shredded and disposed of in 2017.

Paper work not required for archiving is shredded before disposal. 

Confidentiality Policy

All information and designs supplied by

former clients remain strictly confidential

All information previously given by customers for mail 

order purchases will not be shared with anyone else 

Mail Order and Retail Sales

The decision has been made to cease Mail Order and Retail Sales and to donate the remnants of my retail business to "Good Causes". This includes patterns, books, magazines, tools and accessories and some yarns. Some of my personal knitting materials will be donated too. With more than enough yarn and projects to outdo my life expectancy, this decision makes sense to me. I belong to several knitting groups, some of which knit for Good Causes, so there is no shortage of recipients. Therefore the Mail Order catalogue has been removed from this website.

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