Learn to crochet with Katy Bevan

Ref: SWE33620

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Learn to crochet or improve your crochet skills, starting from the absolute basics and move on to create squares that you can join together.

Course Description

This is a course over two days for anyone who has always wanted to try crochet or improve their crochet skills.

You will start off making a simple yet charming pot-holder. Then you will learn to crochet in the round, the treble and half-treble crochet stitches. By the end of the course, you will be ready to try a granny square and have the confidence to tackle a written pattern and make sense of a chart so you can carry on independently.

You will work in a small group with personal attention so that the tutor can answer your specific questions. You will be able to work at your own pace, so it will it is suitable for all levels, from beginner to improver.

Come with a friend or meet some new ones, all are welcome to come and enjoy the wonderful world of crochet. It is an addictive craft that you will find hard to stop.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply all the yarn and crochet hooks for use during the course.
  • (Additional materials will be available to buy.)

What students need to bring

  • Bring along your own hooks and yarn to use if you like, though there will be plenty available for you on the day.

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Additional crochet hooks and yarn will be available to buy from the tutor.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.


Katy Bevan

Katy Bevan is a curator, writer and educator specialising in knitting and crochet. She has worked in craft book and magazine publishing for 20 years and writes about the history and art of knitting and textiles for magazines such as Selvedge, The Knitter and Rowan, writes a blog at thecrafter.me and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Trustee of the Heritage Crafts Association. She believes in the benefits of craft for health and wellbeing and is usually to be found knitting.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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