At Woman’s Weekly HQ in London, 29 keen readers joined us to learn to crochet and were quickly hooked


Womans Weekly learn to crochet workshop 2015

Our experts taught how to hold the crochet hook, individual stitches and the way to read patterns

We know that lots of our wonderful readers are very experienced knitters but crochet is something lots of you have always wanted to master.

So we weren’t a bit surprised that our crochet workshop on 24 April was a sell-out. It’s always fantastic to chat with dedicated Woman’s Weekly fans and the day kicked off with a cuppa and chocolate biscuits at 10am.

It was a relaxed and friendly atmosphere as everyone got to know each other. Our very own knitting and crochet expert Freddie Patmore was joined by four professional guest tutors – designers Jane Crowfoot, Diana Bensted, Natalie Warner and Cara Ackerman – from our kind sponsors at DMC Creative.

Everyone was buzzing and anxious to get going, so we quickly picked up our crochet hooks and got stitching!

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Experts including Jane Crowfoot (right) determined the best style to teach each individual participant

Crochet is always a bit fiddly to master but Freddie, Jane, Diana, Natalie and Cara have endless patience. They were happy to take the time to troubleshoot everyone’s technique and make slight tweaks and adjustments, tailoring a crochet style for each keen student.

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WW’s Freddie Patmore (left) and guest tutor Diana Bensted (right) went from table to table

Our workshops are so popular that participants have travelled to London from as far away as Holland to take part. This time one of our crochet beginners made the trip all the way from Devon to grasp this new skill and she certainly enjoyed a very full day.

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Our readers had such a relaxing day learning the new skill

We spent the morning working on the basic stitches and finding out the correct way to hold the crochet hook, which is surprisingly tricky. Soon everyone found their rhythm and there was a contented hum in the room.

Before we knew it, it was time for a bite to eat in the Blue Fin Building’s spectacular cafe and a stroll by the Thames, with some art fans making a quick visit to the Tate Modern, which is directly behind our offices.

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We taught readers how to read a crochet pattern

After lunch we put everything learned into practice and began to tackle reading patterns. It was so nice to see creations forming from the various stitches demonstrated. Everyone had their own original project to work on.

Sheila Seabrook wasn’t disappointed.  ‘I found it very interesting and enjoyable,’ she told us, and Sally Smith was impressed by the teaching: ‘The lovely ladies (I met Cara and Freddie) were skilled at teaching and forever cheerful and positive.’


Womans Weekly learn to crochet workshop 2015

The ladies tried out a variety of different projects in the afternoon

The day flew by and we all had a wonderful time. Everyone did immensely well and the secret of half-trebles, trebles and double-treble stitches is no longer a mystery. We can’t wait to welcome the next workshop group.

Don’t miss out on our next Learn To Crochet days and other exciting workshops. You can find all the information about what’s coming up, right here.