We are so excited to welcome back to EYF, TOFT, the brilliant British yarn brand specialising in luxury wools and approachable patterns, alongside their irresistible crochet creations and the exciting new special edition crochet kit for Dougal the sheep, modelled on our very own festival mascot!
Initially established with a focus on fashion-led knitting kits, founder Kerry Lord created the super popular Edward’s Menagerie series of books which have taught thousands around the world how to crochet for the first time. Check out #edsanimals on Instagram to see thousands of posts from fans around the world.

DOUGIE - new for 2019! Recognise his good looks?

DOUGIE - new for 2019! Recognise his good looks?

We have a special love for our sheep mascot and we were delighted when Kerry came up with the idea to bring him to life in crochet form. Not only will you be able to get your hands on this beautiful kit for the first time at EYF, but you'll also be able to get your photo taken with the 6ft(!) version of Dougal, which is being made by the TOFT Team as we speak! 

MORAG!! Back for EYF!

MORAG!! Back for EYF!

Morag the Highland Coo, the EYF 2018 TOFT special, will make a comeback due to popular demand.
The kits for both Morag and Dougal will be available at EYF and simultaneously they will be launched on the TOFTwebsite on Thursday, 21st March. 


We are really delighted to have Kerry and the TOFT team on board for the Photo Booth: it's one of the absolute highlights of the show and we know you're going to love posing in your very best knitwear with some of the Edward’s Menagerie animals!

Our Photo Booth has become a firm fixture at EYF over the past few years and TOFT are generously sponsoring this fun activity once again, making it available for free to all our visitors.
If it's your first EYF in 2019, let us fill you in...each year we dedicate a space for a Photo Booth and this year it’s going to be better than ever, giving you FREE take-away double prints throughout the weekend - we'd love for you to come along and strike a pose!

Show off your latest FO or purchases, pose with a friend or simply enjoy the company of Dougal the EYF Sheep as your photo pal! Take away a copy of your photos as a souvenir of your trip to Edinburgh. You can find photos from previous years' Photo Booths on our Images page here. It's a really joyful addition to the show and we LOVE it!

CROCHET SESSIONS in the Marquee!
Not sure how to crochet? Want to refresh your techniques?
Just sit down at one of the TOFT tables in the marquee and a member the TOFT team will get you started!  They’ll walk you through all the basic stitches you’ll need to make a project and give you the confidence to try something new.


Whether you’re excited to crochet your first shawl, or keen to try making an amigurumi animal, the friendly team of experts will be able to guide you through everything you need to know! Team TOFT will be in the marquee every day Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Just drop in and join the fun!

Find the Grassmarket Shawl pattern in our free  wool::press  festival newspaper!

Find the Grassmarket Shawl pattern in our free wool::press festival newspaper!