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Learn to Crochet – Missenden Abbey

The picture above looks lovely doesn’t it!  I am really looking forward to tutoring here in the summer!  If you would like to Learn to crochet and have struggled in the past, the one way to do it really successfully is with a teacher helping you out.  You could be an Absolute Beginner, or you may have started to crochet, but can only make Granny squares, can’t read a pattern, or are disappointed with how your crochet turns out.  This course will ensure that you have great foundations and fall in love with crochet!

When I first created my learn to crochet course, the one thing I wanted to do is to teach over a period of weeks, so that people could go home, practice their skills, and then come back with the pieces they made so that we could talk about them and all learn from any mistakes, but also to celebrate the successes.  Many ladies were really pleased about the progress they made when they compared the first week to the last week.  As a teacher I am also able to change what I’m teaching if we find that you know what to do I can adapt what I teach you – for example different ways of starting a new colour, how to crochet some of the ‘ends’ as you go, different ways of joining squares, or join as you go squares.

As far as pattern reading goes, we start with plain english, and then I have graded the patterns so that you will be learning more terms and other ways patterns work, until you will be confident about reading patterns.

I was at Ally Pally (The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace) last year, and had a chat with the people from Missenden Abbey, they do residential courses for adults in a really wide range of subjects, many of them creative.

As a result I have adapted my 5 week course to be over 3 days, six sessions.

Session 1: starting with a chain, working trebles on a ready made sample, to make rows with straight edges.

Session 2: Granny squares: working in the round and changing colours.

DSCF4839Session3: Working into the foundation chain, working in rows, intro to a Granny Stripe pattern.


Session 4:  Increasing and decreasing,ripple patterns


Session 5: following a commercial block motif pattern with a 3D element (a flower!)

Session 6:  Starting a larger project, good finishing, joining squares, blocking and any other crochet problems solved.


My aim is to give you all the fundamental skills of crochet, and lots of potential projects for example scarves, blankets and cushions, While the course runs thought the day, since I will be resident too, I would be happy to help people during the evenings too.

If you would like any further information please leave a comment, or go to the Missenden Abbey website – linky, or for a direct link to the course click the linky here