Welcome to Crochet Design

Crochet for Beginners

Having just received the catalogue of books published by Search Press it once again listed my book ‘Crochet for the Absolute Beginner’ but with the added red tag BESTSELLER. I wrote this book 2005 under the title of “Beginner’s Guide to Crochet’ which was a normal bound book that was reprinted every year. In 2014 it changed its image and now goes under the title of ‘Crochet for the Absolute Beginner’ which is a spiral bound hardback containing the 144 detailed illustrations of each technique. As acknowledged in the front of the book no models were used. These are my hands!

Many of you may have introduced yourself to Pauline Turner at Wonderwool in April or Woolfest in June but would like to remind you of the 10 one-day workshops held at Crochet Design. These on-day workshops are the only known company whose founder gives a money back guarantee ensuring you learn the technique requested when you enrol.

If you need to travel some distance but still would like to enjoy the wide range of techniques offered The next 2-day weekend is on 7th & 8th September 2019. This crochet weekend aims at covering pleats, darts and shaping; braids; toys and their features; and hangings/collages/cushions. This particular weekend has the added advantage of making the weekend into a mini-break holiday as there is a one-day workshop on the 10th September letting Monday the 9th September the opportunity to explore the town or the near-by Lake District. These workshops have another advantage as the skills of those attending a workshop range from beginners to Diploma graduates.

Whilst on the subject of courses you may like a residential stay at Higham Hall. Four days exploring ‘The Appeal of Crochet;” will be held in November 2019 and May 2020.– check the Calendar of Events.

2019 is confirming crochet is unique

More magazines are wanting information and designs worked in crochet. Knitting and Craft magazines such as ‘Let’s Knit’ and’ Let’s Get Crafting’ are adding crochet to the pages of their specialist magazines. These are two magazines writing about Crochet Design. ‘Mollie Makes’ has also begun to add one crochet design and we must not forget the already established magazines for crochet ‘Inside Crochet’ and ‘Simply Crochet’.

All this expansion is proving crochet is no longer the poor relation of needlecrafts. More people want to crochet, as we can see through Facebook and social media. Once you get ‘hooked’ you get a thirst for more knowledge. Long before social media existed, Pauline Turner knew it could be difficult for people to learn modern innovatory ways to crochet and began writing modern easy-to-follow instructions. Having her books published prompted her to begin a distance learning course - the ‘Diploma in Crochet’ which was soon to become the International Diploma in Crochet.

Crochet Design Know-How

We are pleased to be able to give professional answers to the enquiries we receive. Not all the patterns and instructions via social media are as helpful as they first seem and Crochet Design receives a lot of “Can you help?” emails. If the internet does not help you then contact us; it is a long time since we have been unable to answer a crochet question.

On 1st July 2019 I received this message. “I recently designed/crocheted my own cardigan and a Jacket which was the main reason I came to your diploma workshops - on top of this I found the crochet workshops therapeutic as crocheting is too, which helped with my stressful job at that time and helped my confidence grow. I have sewn a few items since being retired and about to see a tunic with a crochet yolk for me. I still teach work people. Your crochet diploma course and workshops had a lot of value for me as you can see. It was worth the money for personal gain. Plus I had a very thoughtful, funny and gifted tutor!

Crochet Design has the answers through:

  • Pauline Turner’s publications
  • A Morecambe one-day workshop (which has a money-back guarantee that you learn what was requested and agreed upon when booking)
  • Via a short two or three-day course. These are held in various places.
  • The distance learning International Diploma in Crochet Course which takes you through every aspect of crochet and is ideal for those crochet workers who want to expand their knowledge of crochet or are searching for ways to give their crochet a professional finish.