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Curious about crochet?

Getting all hooked up!


Learning to crochet  is one of my most requested workshops and it’s a great way to dip into the world of crochet.  There are some fantastic resources available online – Craftsy, Simply Crochet Magazine and The Craft Network to name a few, but there’s nothing like a bit of hands on tuition.



basic stitches

The workshop is designed to cover all the basics you need to get started, perfect for complete beginners or for folk who just want to brush up on their skills.

  • holding the hook and yarn
  • basic stitches
  • changing colour
  • reading a simple pattern

Learn to Crochet, McAree Brothers, Stirling

There’s also the social aspect of gathering together with a group of like minded people, giving yourself dedicated time to play with yarn, learn something new and have a good old chat. It’s all very informal and fun, questions you might think silly are encouraged  – I’ve certainly had plenty of them!

We all have to start somewhere. . .

It probably helps that I’ve been in the exact same position myself and wished I’d had my Grandma around to give me the benefit of her knowledge. I was already teaching  knit classes/ workshops in John Lewis Glasgow for Rowan Yarns and kept being asked if we had anything for crochet- so no pressure to brush up my skills! This was all before the internet was readily available, I couldn’t look at You Tube clips and Ravelry  hadn’t been invented.

Off I went, crochet hook in hand trying to remember everything my Grandma had shown me as a kid. My right hand naturally held the hook – a bit like a drumstick, I knew how to make a slip knot, but it was the left hand….holding the yarn, it took time & determination to figure out this crochet thing and I’m so glad that I did.

my first crochet project

my first crochet project

With lot’s of trial and error, checking through reference books  and crochet patterns, it all gradually started to make sense. Looking at it from a knit knowledge angle really helped, the technique might be different but there is a lot of cross over; rows are rows, stitches are still stitches, you take away for a decrease and add for an increase, right?

How I developed my crochet logic is pretty much the basis for the Learn to Crochet workshop and hopefully folk on the workshop start to develop their own, to gain confidence and have that light bulb moment.

Practice makes perfect. . .

The more you practice the easier it gets, if you can hold the hook / yarn and make a chain, you’re able to do the rest. We take things a step at a time, gradually building everything up, getting familiar with the different stitches and abbreviations. Once the fingers are under control and actually do what you want them to there’s no end to the possibilities.

Spending a day dedicated to crochet being gently guided along is the perfect place to start. So if you’re curious about crochet or looking to expand your stitching know how, why not join me on my next Learn to Crochet workshop, it would be great to see you!

Carol x



Day trip to Stirling

I didn’t have to travel far for Saturday’s workshop at McAree Brothers in Stirling. It only takes 20 min on the direct train from Glasgow and a short walk up to the store.

It’s a journey I’ve done many times before having previously worked in the store and being a regular workshop tutor I feel very much at home.


creative crochet floral scarf project

This Saturday was all about getting creative with crochet, we were focusing on a floral theme and how to join motifs together as you go.


getting all creative with crochet




It was a smaller group than usual which was great as we could really get our sleeves rolled up, spread ourselves out and take over the workshop space.


Everybody was up to speed with the basic stitches so it was straight into being creative and getting to grips with the different motifs and introducing folk to the wonderful world of crochet graphs.

Graphs are being used more widely nowadays with crochet which is great, especially with the differences in UK & U.S crochet terminology. The stitches might have different names but the symbols are the same regardless of what language the pattern is written in, it also helps you figure out how everything fits together.

We started by working through a selection of the motifs and familiarising ourselves with the construction, then looked at the different methods of how to join them all together.


mix n match

With this type of project you can be very free form and almost make it up as you go along , although if this isn’t your thing you can plot everything out by pinning the motifs onto a piece of fabric or paper and linking together with chains similar to Irish Crochet.

The pinning helps stop the motifs from moving as you link them and will give you a guide as to how long the chains need to be to keep the fabric flat.


linking with chains




I chose a selection of Rowan Cotton Glace and Patons 100% cotton DK for the project and we dipped into PatternBank’s Pinterest page for inspiration – well worth looking at!

The mix of gorgeous yarns, great company and plenty refreshments made the time fly by, it was all over far to quickly!


Thank you everyone for a wonderful day and looking forward to seeing all your completed projects on my beatknit Facebook page

Carol x