Crochet - What Next? Tools and Techniques
Tutor: Diana BenstedCourse Code: 3219-15


Have you learned to crochet, but want some ideas on what to make next? Have you been crocheting a while and want to learn something new? Terrified of Tunisian? Apprehensive about Amigurumi? This course will settle all those nerves, give you new crochet skills and understanding with techniques and projects.


You will learn how to do Tunisian Crochet, Broomstick Crochet and Amigurumi. Each of the techniques can be used to create a beautiful project, we will also have time to do some crochet surgery – If you have a project in progress that you have got stuck on, need some advice or learning how to read patterns.

We will spend a day learning how to make and design our own Amigurumi (crocheted toys) starting with how to create basic shapes, learning the techniques -starting with a magic ring, invisible decreases and sewing up, then making a sketch and making the toy!  Our second day will focus on Tunisian Crochet – starting with the basic stitch and colour changing.  Working with different stitches, and in combinations, and making a pair of fingerless mitts.

On our final day we will start by learning Broomstick Lace, and have some time to explore and play with all the techniques we have learned.

You will be supplied with some sample yarns, and the additional tools for use in the class can be purchased at a reduced cost during the course.  You can bring any tools that you already have.

We will be using:
Standard crochet hooks 3.5mm and 5mm
Tunisian crochet hook 5.5mm
15mm knitting needle (just one!)
Variegated Chunky yarn – for Amigurumi
Double Knitting Yarn – for Tunisian
4ply yarn (sock weight) – for Broomstick
Knitters sewing up needle
Toy Safety eyes

Please bring with you

Ideas for an amigurumi toy/doll, this could be a doll, monster, animal etc, and a sketch or image found on the internet, at this stage simple is great!!

Items we will be using are as above, if you have your own of any of these, please do bring them along.

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

Crochet hooks in various sizes – From £2.50 to £7.99 for individual hooks and sets from £30
Toy eyes (for amigurumi) – from 20p per pair
5.5mm Tunisian crochet hook - £3
Single Knitting needles (sizes 10, 12, 15 or 20mm) from £1 each


This course is suitable for any level. You do need to know how to crochet, but just the basics, holding the hook and yarn, making a chain and double /treble stitches - everything else can be taught.

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Diana Bensted

Diana Bensted

I left primary school teaching to pursue a craft I am passionate about – Crochet! I opened a shop and honed my crochet skills, teaching crochet (and a bit of knitting) to many people. I started designing and found that I love to make patterns that are easy to follow, and that use a minimum of sewing up! I specifically use photo and video tutorials to support those new to the craft but use ingenious twists to interest those who have been crocheting for years. I have designed for some national magazines and yarn producers, this experience has helped me to develop my designing skills, but I now prefer to sell my patterns and kits directly to my lovely customers online and at shows! I love passing on my passion by teaching at every opportunity!

7th to 9th Aug 2019
Wednesday to Friday


9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"A very good course.  Thoroughly enjoyable, thank you."  (Summer School 2019)

"Excellent teacher - very patient and knowledgeable."  (Summer School 2019)

"Diana was most helpful each day, and very attentive to my needs as a beginner.  I learned a lot and the handouts will be most useful."  (Summer School 2019)