Enjoy the comfortable surroundings of a beautiful 18th century country house in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Scotland for a perfect knitting retreat in 2018.

Knitting For All teacher Samira Hill will be offering exciting knitting and crochet workshops suitable for all abilities. Whether you would like to learn to knit, improve your knitting skills or learn some new knitting techniques, there will definitely be something for you. 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!

The following themed workshops are tailored to suit various abilities, interests and techniques. If however,there is a knitting or crochet technique you are interested in learning which does not figure in these workshops, please refer to the “other suggestions” section below. You are also very welcome to bring your own project as the focus of your retreat, and you will get help and advice throughout the duration of the activity week. Numbers attending the courses are small to allow Samira to give you personalised instruction.

Please make sure you contact Samira about any of your workshop choices prior to the start of the activity week.


Beginners – Want to learn to knit? Make, learn and have fun! 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!

Our slipper project is perfect for beginners!


Introduction to Aran cables knitting. This is for those who have knitted before and would love to learn to knit those fancy garments full of beautiful interlacing cables and plaits! Our 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. This is for those who have knitted before and who want to have a play with colours. Our 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 for a great impression!


Introduction to Fair Isle knitting and steeking. This is 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 beautiful 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”, i.e cutting through your knitting with confidence and finishing up your gorgeous cosy. A pattern for matching complimentary coasters will also be available should you want to keep practicing at home.


For those who are looking for a bit of a challenge: “Reversible Cabled Cowl”, multicoloured “Slipped Stitch Cowl” and our pretty steeked fair isle tea cosy.


Entrelac Knitting. Learn the tricks and techniques of beautiful multidirectional knitting for a striking woven effect! Learn it while making a gorgeous scarf, then further your skills with Entrelac knitting in the round to make a beautiful hat!


Brioche knitting. Discover the wonderful effects of this beautiful reversible knitting technique! Start by learning the basics of Brioche knitting whilst making a gorgeous and cosy scarf, then move on to shaping techniques to create beautiful eye catching patterns.


Sock knitting. Learn to knit brilliant socks from the toe up, and say goodbye to toe-grafting and left over yarns! When knitting your socks from the toe up, you get to finish the socks when the yarn runs out. Learn to make socks on 4 needles, on circular needles using the Magic Loop technique, and for those with some experience in sock knitting, learn to knit 2 socks at the same time on a single circular needle.


Fancy learning a new technique? Entrelac, brioche and toe-up socks


Introduction to crochet. No experience of knitting or crochet is needed for this fun workshop that will get you to crochet beautiful and colourful accessories in no time! You will learn the basics of crochet as you create traditional “Granny Square” designs in various colours and shapes, suitable for blankets, cushion covers, coasters etc.. You will be amazed at how easy and fun it is to create some beautiful crochet pieces!


Advanced Crochet workshop. For those with a little knowledge of crochet basics, we explore various stich combinations, textured stitches (bobbles, spikes…), lace crochet, crochet cables and colourwork techniques, as well as learning to understand and follow crochet patterns.


Tunisian Crochet workshop. For those who know how to crochet, why not try your hands at Tunisian Crochet? Learn the basic stitches of this beautiful technique, then move on to make gorgeous 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!

Just a few examples of the crochet patterns Samira has on offer.


OTHER SUGGESTIONS: If you already know the techniques explored in the workshops above, themed workshops can also be tailored on other areas of interest in knitting or crochet, so please feel free to contact Samira about other techniques you may be interested in.


Please note: Materials are not included in the workshops, but some wool, needles, crochet hooks and accessories will be available for sale during the activity week. Please contact Samira if you have any questions about the required materials before you buy them to avoid getting items not suitable for your project.


For any information regarding the knitting and crochet activities at Gartmore House, please contact Samira Hill: samira@knittingforall.co.uk or phone 07849 209 872


Available Dates and Cost

Friday 12th – Tuesday 16th January 2018 – £375 per person (4 nights)
Friday 16th – Sunday 18th February 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd February 2018 – £499 per person (5 nights)
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th March 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 4th – Friday 9th March 2018 – £499 per person (5 nights)
Monday 2nd – Friday 6th April 2018 – £375 per person (4 nights)
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th April 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Friday 11th – Sunday 13th May 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 13th – Saturday 19th May 2018 – £579 per person (6 nights)
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th June 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 17th – Friday 22nd June 2018 – £499 per person (5 nights)
Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July 2018 – £375 per person (4 nights)
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd September 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 23rd – Friday 28th September 2018 – £499 per person (5 nights)
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October 2018 – £289 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 14th – Friday 19th October 2018 – £499 per person (5 nights)
Friday 9th – Monday 12th November 2018 – £299 per person (3 nights)

How to book

If you would like more details, or to book, please call Gartmore House on
01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com