Author Natalie Haynes' Sunday night knitting habit

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Comedian-turned author Natalie Haynes has spoken to the Telegraph about her love of knitting and how she uses it as a way of relaxing at the end of a long weekend spent writing. 

The 40-year-old told the publication how she likes to start Sundays with a walk in the park and then often stops off at her local pub for a spot of lunch before returning home to get on with some craft work. 

For her, the end of the weekend offers the perfect opportunity to log onto the internet and swap ideas with fellow knitting fans. 

"It's a great time to be a knitter because a good amount of egalitarian pattern sharing goes on online," she said. 

While the web is a good source of ideas, she explained that a lot of the designs she downloads are American. This can be an issue as, according to the writer, in the US they "knit in the round rather than with straight needles".  

It requires a different skill set and so she has been teaching herself this style of knitting popular on the other side of the pond. 

She is kept busy knitting jumpers for her friends who are having babies, although she joked that Wimbledon can serve as a distraction and result in some three-armed pullovers. 

It seems as though Haynes is not on her own when it comes to a passion for knitting. Google trends revealed that searches for the term 'knitting' rose by 30 per cent in the UK in 2013. 

Not only that, figures suggest there has been a marked interest in people choosing to take up the past-time. 

The statistics revealed a staggering 430 per cent increase in the search phrase 'knitting for beginners' over the last five years in the UK. 

Why not try your hand at knitting with one of our great patterns, many of which are free to download? The Anita stocking stitch cropped cardigan by Sarah Hatton is designed with extra fine merino wool, cashmere and Royal Alpaca. It is a luxury item but designed with the beginner knitter in mind. 

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