Welcome to Knit Fest 2016

Join us in Inverness this autumn for Loch Ness Knit Fest – an exciting and innovative four-day festival for the international crafting community to be held in the heart of the Highlands.

Inspired by the hugely successful Danish Strikkefestival (and with the blessing of its organiser Crystal Seyfarth) our inaugural international knitting festival will be hosted by venues across the Highland capital, including the legendary location of neighbouring Loch Ness, promising to be an event to remember for everyone involved.

Drawing on the region’s rich cultural and crafting history Loch Ness Knit Fest will see crafters come together in stunning surroundings to network, shop and share knitting knowledge.
Combining an exciting array of exhibitors with a fully flexible visitor experience Loch Ness Knit Fest is a chance to craft memorable moments amongst fellow makers while discovering this inspirational Scottish setting.

With everything from immersive knitting experiences to hands-on wool workshops, Loch Ness Knit Fest will cater for all kinds of crafters who can enjoy appearances from Scottish knitting icons such as Alice Starmore, as well as festival spokesman and Landward favourite Sarah Mack.

The jam-packed programme offers festival goers a chance to create an experience tailored to their own stitching style, picking presentations and weaving in workshops to create four days of truly unique knit fest fun.

Want to be a part of it? Registration for guests is open now and limited exhibitor spaces are still available.

Loch Ness Knit Fest is a collaborative project from Cobbs, Planit Scotland and Visit Inverness Loch Ness with funding from Event Scotland, Highland Council and the Common Good Fund.


Knit your Nessie

We couldn’t launch Loch Ness Knit Fest without a nod to the area’s most famous resident, which is why we are appealing to everyone involved, or interested, in our event to ‘Knit a Nessie’.

Take Part in a Knitted Nessie Challenge

The resulting ‘Knitted Nessies’ will be used in the run up to our Highland knitting festival as part of a Knitted Nessie Challenge right here on the shores of Loch Ness, before being put to good use to help worthy causes in the local community.

Knitted Nessies can take any form, but you can find a pattern suggestion together with details of how to submit your knit on our dedicated Knitted Nessie Challenge page.

Get making those monsters!

What’s On

Fashion Shows
Knit Cruises

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Knitting in public

Highland Crafters Invited to Knit in Public on Saturday

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Milton Stitch Club Offer Nessie Challenge Masterclass

Knitting and crochet fans in Easter Ross are being offered the opportunity to join a FREE Nessie Challenge Masterclass, hosted by the Stitch Club at the Mercat Centre, Milton as part of the Loch Ness Knit Fest pre-festival programme. Crafters Offered Chance to Create Monster Knits The members of the club, which meets at the […]


Hobbycraft to Host Knit Fest Preview in Inverness

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