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Knitting and Crochet Holidays

Our knitting and crochet holidays appeal to both beginners and seasoned professionals. Knitting For All teacher Samira Hill offers a wide variety of exciting workshops, suitable for all abilities! Whether you would like to learn to knit, improve your skills or learn some new techniques, there will definitely be something that appeals!

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!

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2021

Two night Holidays

Our 2-night knitting and crochet holidays run Friday to Sunday and start from £399 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.
May 21st to 23rd 2021
June 18th to 20th 2021
September 10th to 12th 2021
October 15th to 17th 2021
November 19th to 21st 2021

Five night holidays

Our 5-night knitting and crochet holidays run Sunday to Friday and start from £849 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.
April 11th to 16th 2021
May 16th to 21st 2021
September 12th to 17th 2021
October 10th to 15th 2021
November 21st to 26th 2021

Six night holidays

Our 6-night knitting and crochet holidays run Saturday to Friday and start from £949 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.
June 12th to 18th 2021
July 17th to 23rd 2021
August 7th to 13th 2021

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family who doesn’t want to do one of our courses, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests can enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. Please add them on at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

The following themed topics are on offer for each holiday, and Samira will tailor these to suit your skill level and interests. You are also very welcome to bring your own project as the focus of your holiday, and you will receive Samira’s friendly help and advice throughout the duration of the course.

Beginners – Want to learn to knit? Find out more...

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 - Find out more...

This workshop is for those who have knitted before, and who would love to learn how to knit those fancy garments full of beautiful interlacing cables and plaits. A 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 - Find out more...

If you have knitted before and who want to have a play with colours then this workshop is for you. Working on a 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.

Introduction to Fair Isle knitting and steeking - Find out more...

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 lovely 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”, which is cutting through your knitting with confidence and finishing up your cosy! A pattern for matching coasters will also be available should you wish to keep practicing at home.

Entrelac knitting - Find out more...

Learn the tricks and techniques of multidirectional knitting for a striking woven effect. You'll start by making a stunning scarf, then further your skills by taking Entrelac knitting in the round to make a fantastic hat!

Introduction to crochet - Find out more...

No experience of knitting or crochet is needed for this fun workshop that will have you crocheting impressive colourful accessories in no time! Learn the basics of crochet as you create traditional 'granny square' designs in various colours and shapes, suitable for blankets, cushion covers and coasters amongst other items. You will be amazed at how easy and fun it is to create delightful crochet pieces!

Brioche knitting - Find out more...

Discover the wonderful effects of this beautiful reversible knitting technique. Start by learning the basics of brioche knitting whilst making a cosy scarf, then move on to shaping techniques to create eye catching patterns.

Advanced crochet workshop - Find out more...

For those with a little knowledge of crochet basics, we explore various stitch combinations, textured stitches (bobbles, spikes…), lace crochet, crochet cables and colourwork techniques, as well as learning to understand and follow crochet patterns.

Sock knitting - Find out more...

Learn to knit brilliant socks from the toe up, and say goodbye to toe-grafting and left over yarns! This method means you can finish the socks when the yarn runs out. Learn to make socks on 4 needles, on circular needles using the 'magic loop' technique. For those with some experience in sock knitting, learn to knit two socks at the same time on a single circular needle!

Tunisian crochet workshop - Find out more...

For those who know how to crochet, why not try your hands at Tunisian crochet? Learn the basic stitches of this stunning technique, then move on to make splendid 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.

If you already know the techniques mentioned above, our courses can be tailored to you for other areas of interest in knitting or crochet, so please feel free to contact your tutor about other field/s or technique/s you may be interested in.

2-night course

Friday
Check in is from 4pm where you will be welcomed by our staff. You are then invited to enjoy tea and coffee in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
At 6pm there is a welcome talk from the Gartmore House staff and a meet and greet session with the course tutors where they discuss what you will be doing over the coming days. This is also a great opportunity to meet your fellow guests.
Dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Saturday
Tuition runs from 10am to 4pm. Enjoy a mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea and coffee break with homemaking so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Sunday
Rooms need to be vacated by 10am. Spend the rest of the day indulging in your art or craft and enjoying tea, coffee and home baking mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Depart at 4pm.

5-night course

Sunday
Check in is from 4pm where you will be welcomed by our staff. You are then invited to enjoy tea and coffee in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
Come 6pm everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet. This will give you the chance to get to know your fellow guests and tutor before the start of the course.
Dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday*
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

*Wednesday
After a few days of working hard on your craft, you may like to take a break and head out to explore a little bit of the local area with a scenic sail across Loch Katrine. If you would prefer to stay in the house, then you are free to pursue your craft at your leisure but please note that your tutor will not be on hand for tuition on the Wednesday afternoon.

Friday
Check out by 10am

6-night course

Saturday
Check in is from 4pm where you will be welcomed by our staff. You are then invited to enjoy tea and coffee in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.

Come 6pm everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet. This will give you the chance to get to know your guests and tutor before the start of the course.
Dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Sunday to Thursday*
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you
can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

*Wednesday
After a few days of working hard on your craft, you may like to take a break and head out to explore a little bit of the local area with a scenic sail across Loch Katrine. If you would prefer to stay in the house, then you are free to pursue your craft at your leisure but please note that your tutor will not be on hand for tuition on the Wednesday afternoon.

Friday
Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • Specialist tuition from Samira Hill
  • Full board catering
  • En-suite accommodation
  • Complimentary afternoon trip to Loch Katrine (5 and 6-night course only)
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

Materials are not included in the workshops, but wool needles, crochet hooks and accessories will be available for sale during your course. Your tutor will be delighted to advise you on what to bring with you, should you have a specific project or interest in mind.

Tutor Samira Hill
Your tutor 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, Samira 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!

For more information about Samira please visit her website.

Reviews from previous knitting & crochet guests:

  • ‘Had a fabulous time. Staff were friendly and Samira was exceedingly helpful. I’ve come away with skills that I did not have when I arrived.’ Mari, Knitting & Crochet Holiday
  • ‘Thoroughly enjoyed it. Samira Hill, the tutor, was excellent. Nothing too much trouble. Thank you.’ Irene, Knitting & Crochet Holiday 
  • ‘The whole experience was excellent as per previous visit – we will be back next year. Many thanks to all the wonderful staff.’ Hazel, Knitting & Crochet Holiday
  • ‘Have had a most informative and enjoyable time in the splendour of this magnificent building.’ RW, Knitting & Crochet Holiday

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