Knitting and Crochet Holidays
Our knitting and crochet holidays appeal to both beginners and seasoned professionals. Knitting For All teacher Samira Hill offers exciting workshops, suitable for all abilities! Whether you would like to learn to knit, improve your knitting skills or learn some new knitting techniques, there will definitely be something for you!
Want to learn to crochet? There is no previous experience needed, and soon you will get hooked on making endless amounts of colourful granny squares, and even combining crochet techniques with your knitting!
The following themed workshops are tailored to suit various abilities, interests and techniques. You are also very welcome to bring your own project as the focus of your workshop, and you will get help and advice throughout the duration of the activity week.
Beginners – Want to learn to knit?
Make, learn and have fun! Create a pair of beautiful slippers, as you learn and enjoy the basics of knitting! These lovely slippers are made out of a single ball of yarn and are a great project for beginners – no knitting experience needed! Unleash your creativity with your own choice of yarn colour and embellishments, and you will be amazed at what you can do!
Introduction to Aran cables knitting
For those who have knitted before, and who would love to learn to knit those fancy garments full of beautiful interlacing cables and plaits! Our beautiful Cabled Cowl is a great project to learn the basics of cable knitting, as well as completing a gorgeous, reversible garment you will love to wear!
Introduction to multicolour knitting
For those who have knitted before, and who want to have a play with colours! Our beautiful reversible Slipped Stitch Cowl will show you how to create intricate colour effects simply by manipulating your stitches! Unleash your creativity by choosing contrasting yarns, or colour-changing yarns of your choice for a great impression!
Introduction to Fair Isle knitting and steeking
For those who have had a bit more practice on their needles, learn various techniques of knitting in the round (on 4 needles or using Magic Loop) as you cast on and start knitting a beautiful Fair Isle Tea Cosy! You will then learn the Fair Isle technique of stranded knitting while following a simple two-colour chart. Once the body of the Tea Cosy is knitted up, you will learn the traditional Shetland technique of “steeking”, i.e cutting through your knitting with confidence and finishing up your gorgeous cosy! A pattern for matching complimentary coasters will also be available should you want to keep practicing at home.
Learn the tricks and techniques of beautiful multidirectional knitting for a striking woven effect! Learn it while making a gorgeous scarf, then further your skills by taking Entrelac knitting in the round to make a beautiful hat!
Introduction to crochet
No experience of knitting or crochet is needed for this fun workshop that will get you to crochet beautiful and colourful accessories in no time! You will learn the basics of crochet as you create traditional “Granny Square” designs in various colours and shapes, suitable for blankets, cushion covers, coasters etc.. You will be amazed at how easy and fun it is to create some beautiful crochet pieces!
Discover the wonderful effects of this beautiful reversible knitting technique! Start by learning the basics of Brioche knitting whilst making a gorgeous and cosy scarf, then move on to shaping techniques to create beautiful eye catching patterns.
Learn to knit brilliant socks from the toe up, and say goodbye to toe-grafting and left over yarns! When knitting your socks from the toe up, you get to finish the socks when the yarn runs out. Learn to make socks on 4 needles, on circular needles using the Magic Loop technique, and for those with some experience in sock knitting, learn to knit 2 socks at the same time on a single circular needle!
Advanced crochet workshop
For those with a little knowledge of crochet basics, we explore various stich combinations, textured stitches (bobbles, spikes…), lace crochet, crochet cables and colourwork techniques, as well as learning to understand and follow crochet patterns.
Tunisian crochet workshop
For those who know how to crochet, why not try your hands at Tunisian Crochet? Learn the basic stitches of this beautiful technique, then move on to make gorgeous home accessories combining stitches, and explore Tunisian colourwork further with Tunisian Entrelac!. After this workshop, you will be able to pick up any Tunisian Crochet pattern and follow it with confidence!
Other themed workshops
If you already know the techniques explored in the workshops above, themed workshops can also be tailored on other areas of interest in knitting or crochet, so please feel free to contact your tutor about other field or technique you may be interested in.
What you will need
- Materials are not included in the workshops, but wool, needles, crochet hooks and accessories will be available for sale during the activity week.
Included in your break
- En-suite accommodation in Gartmore House
- Full board – breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Expert tuition from your tutor
- An optional trip to Loch Katrine or The Scottish Wool Centre for breaks of 4 nights or more.
Samira Hill is a professional knitting and crochet teacher, and as part of the Knitting For All company teaches children, teenagers and adults various textile craft activities on a regular basis. In her spare time, she likes to design her own garments and accessories, and is constantly busy with trying out new techniques, intricate stitches or adventurous projects! Samira believes life is a constant learning curve, and there is always something new to learn and try when it comes to knitting or crochet for that matter, whatever your abilities. Her teaching always reflects her attitude to knitting: very creative, rewarding, social, relaxing, therapeutic.. And most importantly, it’s fun!
Find out more about our knitting programmes.
Dates and cost
Sunday 8th – Friday 13th October 2017 – £345 per person (5 nights) (special introductory rate)
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th October 2017 – £199 per person (2 nights) (special introductory rate)
Sunday 26th November – Friday 1st December 2017 – £345 per person (5 nights) (special introductory rate)
Friday 12th – Tuesday 16th January 2018 – £375 per person (4 nights)
Friday 16th – Sunday 18th February 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd February 2018 – £499 per person (5 nights)
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th March 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 4th – Friday 9th March 2018 – £499 per person (5 nights)
Monday 2nd – Friday 6th April 2018 – £375 per person (4 nights)
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th April 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Friday 11th – Sunday 13th May 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 13th – Saturday 19th May 2018 – £579 per person (6 nights)
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th June 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 17th – Friday 22nd June 2018 – £499 per person (5 nights)
Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July 2018 – £375 per person (4 nights)
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd September 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 23rd – Friday 28th September 2018 – £499 per person (5 nights)
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 14th – Friday 19th October 2018 – £499 per person (5 nights)
Friday 9th – Monday 12th November 2018 – £299 per person (3 nights)
How to book
*Please advise which workshop you would like to do at time of booking.
Terms and Conditions
A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For breaks booked within 6 weeks, full payment is required at time of booking. Breaks are subject to availability and subject to change.