How to Crochet short courses

Evening classes with Nicki Merrall

Evenings, dates to be confirmed
Being Knitterly Studio, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Each short course comprises three classes and costs £48.00. Each class takes place from 19:00–21:00. Book your course by adding each of your chosen three dates to the basket. There is a maximum of five students per class.

To do the beginners’ short course you do not need any skills. You may have never crocheted, tried and struggled, or lack confidence with the basics.

To do the improvers’ short course you need to be able to do double and treble crochet stitches and make a basic granny square.

Details below.

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How to Crochet short courses for beginners and improvers

How to Crochet for beginners

Learn to crochet during this short course for beginners. This course is suitable for you, whether you have never tried to crochet or have tried and struggled.

You will start by learning how to hold the hook and yarn and make a foundation chain. Then you will learn the basic stitches. You will begin to recognize crochet abbreviations and follow written instructions, as well as use symbols and charts. By the end of the course, you will know how to make granny squares, join them together and add a border. You will feel inspired to make cushion covers, bags, scarves, and throws: anything based on a square or rectangle!

“Absolutely loved doing these classes. From a complete beginner to being able to do Granny Squares! Looking forward to doing the next three classes.”


Beginners class content:

  1. Holding the yarn and hook while making a foundation chain, working rows of double and treble crochet stitches.
  2. Working in the round, making slip stitches, changing colour, and making a granny square.
  3. Joining granny squares together and adding a border.


  • You have never tried to crochet.
  • You have tried to crochet and struggled or you lack confidence.

How to Crochet for improvers

Learn new skills during the short course for improvers. This course is suitable for you if you know the basic stitches such as double and treble crochet and have tried a traditional granny square.

You will use the basic stitches to make simple projects such as different granny squares, circular containers, and flowers. At the same time, you will gain confidence in using abbreviations and written instructions, as well as symbols and charts. After finishing this course, you will have the confidence to try out other patterns.

“Another three weeks. It flew past! We went on to learn how to do different granny squares and how to crochet flowers. It was fantastic. I am now totally hooked (sorry) on crochet.”


Improvers class content:

  1. Making variations of the traditional granny square as well as techniques for joining granny squares.
  2. Making circles and tubes, then using them for coasters and containers.
  3. Using techniques such as loops, picots, and shells to make flower petals.


  • You can do double and treble crochet stitches and make a basic granny square.


Further Information

Price includes:

  • Tuition.
  • Yarn for samples and projects.
  • A crochet hook (for beginners only).
  • A summary of the techniques covered.
  • Refreshments.


Please bring:

  • Notebook and pen.
  • 4.0 mm crochet hook (improvers only).



The Being Knitterly Studio is in a beautiful Edwardian house in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

After booking, Nicki will email you details and directions, as well as ask about your previous experience.

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Additional information

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Tuesday 2 May 2023, Tuesday 9 May 2023, Tuesday 16 May 2023, Tuesday 23 May 2023, Tuesday 6 June 2023, Tuesday 13 June 2023, Tuesday 20 June 2023, Tuesday 27 June 2023

10 reviews for How to Crochet short courses

  1. Linda

    I was an absolute beginner but with Nicki’s help and encouragement I was able to crochet a granny square by the end of lesson three. An excellent class!

  2. Clare

    Absolutely loved doing these classes. From a complete beginner to being able to do Granny Squares! Looking forward to doing the next 3 classes

  3. Catherine

    Really enjoyed the course, great tuition, guidance and encouragement from Nicki and great sense of achievement making a granny square by end of lesson 2. Highly recommended.

  4. Lizzie Cooper (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this course, something I had wanted to do for a long time and with the help of ever patient Nicki I have mastered the Granny square which I’m now practicing at home! Thankyou Nicki and I’ looking forward to the improvers course. I’d highly recommend this course to any beginners, very good value with a friendly and professional tutor.

  5. Lindsey Clark

    I had crocheted decades ago, but I had got into such bad habits. Nicki was so patient with me ; a great teacher. I was so proud of my very first granny square and the course has given me the motivation to continue at home. I enjoyed the home made refreshments as well. A thoroughly great course.

  6. Linda S (verified owner)

    As a complete beginner this course was ideal. It was lovely to be in a small group who were friendly and encouraging. With Nicki’s guidance and patience I was able to master a granny square by the end of the third week. I would highly recommend this course and will hopefully join the improvers course in the future.

    • Being Knitterly

      You did well! I’m looking forward to seeing what you make with all those granny squares.

  7. Amy (verified owner)

    I began Nicki’s course as a complete beginner, having never picked up a crochet hook in my life. I found learning the new skills very challenging at first but the combination of Nicki’s fantastic support and guidance in class, and lots of practice at home have meant that I have now mastered the crochet skills taught. Thanks to Nicki I now have the confidence to work on my own project. I am so happy to have learnt a new skill and I’ve definitely been bitten by the crochet bug. I have already booked on to the improvers course and I can’t wait to learn more!

    • Being Knitterly

      Thank you Amy, I’m looking forward to seeing your finished granny square blanket. It will look wonderful!

  8. joanna (verified owner)

    Excellent course taught by a skilled and patient teacher. How nice it is to learn a new skill in ones later years! Granny can now do Granny squares with confidence and pride. Thanks Nicki

  9. Elaine Sellars (verified owner)

    Many thanks Nicki for my superb improvers crochet course. You are a patient, clear and knowledgeable teacher and you create a warm and welcoming place to learn. I started with you as a complete beginner and I now love to crochet. I have a hobby that enriches my life – I shall be back to learn more!
    I’m also loving the yarn I’ve bought from you.
    Thank you again.

    • Nicki Merrall

      So glad you enjoyed this course, Elaine. Looking forwards to seeing what you make next?

  10. Paula Tenwick (verified owner)

    After many failed attempts at learning to crochet myself – either via YouTube, with books or friends trying to teach me – I found Nicki online and decided to have one last try. Nicki is incredibly knowledgeable and very patient and I was totally thrilled when the penny dropped after just one session. I completed the ‘Beginners’ course and went on to do the ‘Improvers’. I just love coming to Nicki’s classes and cannot wait for the next course. I am learning all the time and slowly building in confidence. No question is ever too silly and I always feel so comfortable at class. Thank you Nicki and see you again soon! x

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