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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!

Dates and prices 2019

Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December – £385 per person (2 nights) – BOOK ONLINE

Dates and prices 2020

Sunday 26th – Friday 31st January – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Friday 31st January – Sunday 2nd February – £385 per person (2 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 16th – Friday 21st February – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd February – £385 per person (2 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 15th – Friday 20th March – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd March – £385 per person (2 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 19th – Friday 24th April – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Friday 24th – Sunday 26th April – £385 per person (2 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 17th – Friday 22nd May – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th May – £385 per person (2 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 13th – Saturday 19th June – £745 per person (6 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 19th – Friday 24th July – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 8th – Saturday 14th August – £745 per person (6 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 6th – Friday 11th September – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Friday 9th – Sunday 11th October – £385 per person (2 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 11th – Friday 16th October – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd November – £385 per person (2 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 22nd – Friday 27th November – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE

Above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room (full board basis), should you wish to bring a companion who is not taking part in the course, then they will receive a reduction in the above price; please contact us for details.

Please advise on your choice of workshop at the time of booking. Thank you.

Prices updated September 2019.

How to book

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact our team.

Payment, Terms & Conditions

A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For craft & activity breaks booked within 6 weeks of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Craft & activity breaks are subject to availability and subject to change.

What’s included?
Courses are based at Gartmore House; all rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities and many have wonderful views over Flanders Moss Nature Reserve, towards Stirling. Your course includes full board; all meals are freshly prepared by our chefs. Enjoy a glass of wine as you relax in the dining room looking out over the views and discussing your day’s work. Bar facilities are available during dinner. 5-Night (or more) courses include an optional visit to Loch Katrine (with one hour cruise) or The Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle (transport is provided).

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 for 5-night breaks, and 16:00 for 2-night breaks).

The following themed workshops are on offer for each course, 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 workshop, and you will receive Samira’s friendly help and advice throughout the duration of the activity week.

- 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.


Other themed workshops
If you already know the techniques explored in the workshops above, themed workshops can also 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.

5-Night Course
Sunday

16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Monday & Tuesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Wednesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 12:30)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
12:30 Lunch
After lunch there is an optional visit to either Loch Katrine (includes a 1 hr sailing on the loch) or the Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle. Alternatively you can opt to stay at the House and continue your work in the studio (untutored)
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Thursday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
19:00 Celebratory dinner with entertainment
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Friday
08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out

Weekend Course
Friday
16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge 
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor 
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Saturday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Sunday
08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out. Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
16:00 Course ends for the day. Make your own way home

 

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 visit https://www.knittingforall.com/knitting-and-crochet-retreats-at-gartmore-house/

‘Really enjoyed the course. Excellent tutor. Good food and good company. Hoping to come again.’
Knitting & Crochet Course, June 2019

‘Thoroughly enjoyed the course and hotel. Staff extremely helpful and friendly. Appreciated the lovely food and homebakes.’
Knitting & Crochet Course, June 2019

‘Our knitting tutor, Samira, was brilliant. She was very patient and extremely well organised and subject matter was clearly presented. I would recommend her knitting courses to anyone who would like to learn to knit or improve their skills. I really enjoyed being with her for the week. Gartmore House is a stunning place to stay; comfortable and heaps of food.’
Knitting & Crochet Course, May 2019

‘I found the week instructive, comfortable and really enjoyed the food. Thank you chefs. Really appreciated the transfer from Stirling as it encourages use of public transport and makes Gartmore a viable destination.’ Gill, Knitting & Crochet Course, May 2019

‘Excellent course. Good that we could all work on our own projects even though we were at different skill levels. Tutor very knowledgeable and helpful.’ Amanda, Knitting & Crochet Course, March 2019

‘Thank you to all staff – everyone very friendly and efficient. Thank you too, to Samira. A great way to spend a weekend! Room was fab! Thank you.’ Margaret, Knitting & Crochet Course, February 2019

‘Another lovely course with super accommodation and teaching.’ Katherine, Knitting & Crochet Course, February 2019

‘Had a lovely time. Look forward to coming back soon.’ Shaista, Knitting & Crochet Course, February 2019

‘Brilliant time, we will be back (be warned). Haha!!!!’…. ‘Already booked for next year! Says it all.’… ‘Thanks for a fab time – looking forward to coming back.’… ‘Enjoyed the sail on Loch Katrine. The tuition was excellent and supportive. Dining room staff were pleasant and patient. Well done for a wonderful experience.’ Knitting & Crochet Course, July 2018

‘Recommended by word of mouth. Excellent all round. thank you for a great stay. Staff always friendly and helpful’… ‘Samira was absolutely brilliant – very patient and gave us great ideas – many thanks’… ‘Just grand… Food exceptional, well cooked and always hot!’ Knitting & Crochet Course, June 2018

‘This was my first visit and I am planning to return in May 2019. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course with Samira – first class – learned such a lot. Thank you to all the staff for their care and attention during my stay.’ Knitting & Crochet Course, September 2018

‘A thoroughly great experience. Never thought at my age that anyone could teach me how to crochet, however Samira succeeded where all others failed. Will be back in 2019!’ Linda, Knitting & Crochet Course, September 2018

Our team is here to help with any queries that you may have about the course. You may also like to take a look at our FAQs blog post to see if we answer any of your queries there. Don’t forget that our team are happy to assist with any questions – please feel free to get in touch.

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