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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. Until recently she has taught, given talks and demonstrations, and led workshops. She pattern checked for a national magazine for many years and she also pattern checked and edited 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. In 2006 she was co-author with Alice Chadwick of London Tricot, published in French in France and later in English in the USA.

Having started her business in 1998, in mid-2001 she called her business Paulineknit (using her 'stained glass' hat [for which a pattern is available] as her logo). For a few years she ran a small hand knitting mail order business but family circumstances forced closure. 

She tried to retire at the end of June 2008 and then again in April 2010 but really not until May 2014. The intention to complete and sell her own hand knitting skills booklets, patterns and publications by mail order has now changed to publishing them online in a cluster of Paulineknit blogs, allowing free access to all knitters.

She is selling her former retail stock at reduced prices, as well as her own excess preowned books, knitting pattern books, knitting magazines and patterns from pre-1970 to 2012. She continues to knit and still attends the original monthly knitting group, and now many others!

1 comment:

  1. Good morning Pauline,

    I hope this message finds you well.

    As part of the commemorations to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, Huntingdon Town Council is planning a number of poppy themed displays across the town.

    One of our Councillors has kindly pointed me in the direction of your blog, which is fantastic, and I wondered whether you might be interested in helping us to knit a large number of poppies to use across our displays?

    Should you be interested in getting involved, my telephone number is 01480 410384 and my email address is

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Best wishes and Happy New Year,



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