Crochet is Available for Everyone

Crochet is for:

  • Beginners -- at a workshop or with Pauline’s book “Crochet for the Absolute Beginner” (see items to purchase)
  • anyone of any age, both men and women – if you cannot travel or if you are shy, enrol for the International Diploma in Crochet distance learning course.
  • experienced crocheters
  • lovers of Tunisian, broomstick, hairpin crochet and all other aspects of the craft
  • researchers and historians
  • artists and designers
  • all, whatever your background or culture

Five aspects of Crochet bringing calmness

  • A) The steady rhythmic movement of the crochet hook working a repeat pattern, helps to reduce stress thus encouraging relaxation
  • B) A special prime characteristic of crochet is that it is a tactile hands-on craft, satisfying the sense of touch. This can be enhanced when crocheting with different types of yarn
  • C) The frequency and vibration of different colours is known to be valuable to restore health both of the mind and the body. Crochet is a perfect medium for colour to be introduced in a healthy way
  • D) When relaxed to the point of boredom crochet can actively stimulate the brain by working challenging projects or learning a new technique such as Tunisian, broomstick, hairpin, Irish crochet, or Aran-style.
  • E) Crocheting in public can attract comments from others sitting close by or just in passing. These casual comments can ease loneliness if you live alone, or are left alone for long periods.
Eric Morecambe wearing crochet

Eric Morecambe wearing crochet

Pauline Turner

Pauline Turner


Added to our list of ways to support you and crochet, there is now a 4 one hour tutorial courses, covering Tunisian: Hairpin: Broomstick: and Aran-Style (Cable) crochet, at a combined cost of only £25. You can own a copy of this course by going to

One recipient wrote: “Hello crochet community. I want to share the amazing learning I have had from the DVD’s by Pauline. They are so detailed and easy to follow. They drill down to essential points of technique enabling individuals to produce crochet to an excellent standard. Each technique is explained and demonstrated carefully and accurately so it is easy to repeat end reproduce all items. I would definitely recommend these to beginners and experienced crocheters. They are a great investment. Thank you, Pauline ”

New Book

'The Art of Tunisian Crochet' Published by Crowood: ISBN 978 1 78500 924 2

Although transport challenges delayed delivery of this book printed in Portugal it has now arrived and being distributed to retailers.

The Art of Tunisian Crochet is the last of a long line of books Pauline Turner has written on crochet since 1980, including Crochet for the Absolute Beginner – a bestseller since 2003 published by Search Press

Crochet for Beginners

Pauline Turner

Pauline Turner was born and has lived, taught, and owned a craft/education business in Lancashire all of her life. Although crochet was the last of the 41 crafts she taught, she is often referred to as a pioneer of crochet.

Her determination in the 1980’s to remove the ‘granny’ stigma attached to crochet, and with the background of knowledge from all her other crafts, Pauline set out to introduce crochet in many innovatory ways. Educational establishments, publishers and craft associations clamoured for her services after she left her full-time post as a lecturer, inviting her to numerous locations ranging from Alaska to New Zealand, Russia to the North Americas, where she taught and demonstrated crochet.

Crochet Design was started in 1985 and since then she has become:

  • Founder of the International Diploma in Crochet distance learning course
  • First editor and Life member of the Knitting and Crochet Guild
  • Crochet Guild of America’s board member as an International Liaison Officer from the start of the Guild
  • Honorary Licentiate of the City and Guilds
  • Inducted into the American crochet guild’s Hall of Fame

Despite her achievements Pauline loves to be involved in showing the physically impaired, the emotionally stressed, and those in need, how to crochet. Her only regret is there are insufficient hours in the day to do all she would like to do.

“Thank you for a great weekend workshop. From teaching skills to colour, I learned a lot both on a personal level and have a few new ideas for my own teaching in school and with crochet. It was lovely to meet the others and see crochet from their perspective. The chats and the coffee together after we finished on Saturday all added to the weekend. Getting my Certificate for Part I was a special and proud moment for me too. Once again, thank you for the wonderful weekend of interaction and reflection”