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Keep Calm and Cast On

Keep Calm and Cast On - Yellow

Every knitter knows this is the best possible advice in all circumstances. Even if you’re procrastinating by knitting, hey, at least you’ll have a jumper by the end of it! If you’re a strung out, tangled-up, deadline-bound knitwear designer, every time you look at this poster I hope it will remind you to take a deep breath and remember why you love knitting. See number 1? It’s calming. If you’re snowed under with Christmas knitting/shopping/carding, if you’re annoyed at someone, or if you’ve just been dumped (ahem), keep calm and cast on. Stiff upper lip, darlings.

Click on any of the thumbnails to download a PDF file of the poster. Then print away!

The crown design is from a slipover I started knitting years ago, by the way. I suspect it just needed to be seamed together, but it’s still sitting in a basket in Ankara. Funny how that happens…

Keep Calm and Cast On - Blue Keep Calm and Cast On - Pink Keep Calm and Cast On - Green Keep Calm and Cast On - Charcoal Keep Calm and Cast On - Purple Keep Calm and Cast On - Red


  1. Knitting and crocheting is such a good way to de-stress. Thank you for creating this poster as a friendly reminder.

  2. Lovely choice of poster colours.

  3. Elly says:

    Great poster, thank you – it will adorn my new workroom in the new year :)

  4. Paula says:

    Thank you for the poster.

    Your website is lovely.

  5. Kristina says:

    I love it! Made me smile.

  6. Darci says:

    Love these…thanks for the share

  7. Angela says:

    Thank you, I love it. I just need to find the perfect place to hang it.

  8. elleninindy says:

    hi —

    i’d love to print out “keep calm . . . ” but my mac is balking. still, i’ll think of it as i rush to finish the giftmas knitting.



    • laylock says:

      If yours is anything like my 3-year-old Macbook, I can understand! Recently I’ve had to try to “keep calm” with it all too often. Never mind, maybe you can set it as your desktop wallpaper? :)

  9. Britt says:

    Ooh! Lovely. Right in the middle of finals, so I believe shall put this over my desk as I type away! Thank you.

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  11. Stasia says:

    I have the original hanging up in my house, but this is SO much more appropriate! Thank you very much for making these available!!

  12. Julie says:

    Great minds think alike! I’ve designed a range of greeting cards with this sentiment plus a few more appropriate ones too. Check out my etsy site if you get a minute:

    • laylock says:

      Your cards are lovely, Julie! I especially like the ‘yo’ cards, so clever. If I’d seen them before I probably wouldn’t have made these posters. ;) I shall plug your shop on the Rav thread too. Hope you’ll excuse the (sort of) serendipity!

  13. LadyDanio says:

    Love it! Can I be a pain in the arse request a yummy emerald green background color? Pretty pretty please? ;)

  14. puggerhugger says:

    delightful! cheers!

  15. riaknits says:

    I love the posters!I shall print the purple one – it will coordinate well with my soon-to-be-green coloured yarn room. (Well, it’s a regular room, it just houses the stash. ;)) Thanks!

  16. Melynda says:

    Wow! This is such a nice gift! This will definitely be framed when I make my dream knitting studio(which may be in this upcoming year!).

    • laylock says:

      Thanks so much, Melynda. I hope 2010 brings you your dream studio, so we can see many many more of your gorgeous creations! :)

      • Melynda says:

        Just came back to bookmark this page and saw your response. We will be starting to frame out the basement for finishing next week. Today I did a post about craft rooms but I will soon be doing a post about specific elements in my craft room and this will be included. I just need to find a good printer!

  17. Lyn says:

    I love this design! I want it on a t-shirt!

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  20. Mairin says:

    I love this poster! Thank you for creating it!

  21. Hannah says:

    Thank-you so much for this, been looking for something like this for weeks now!!

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