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Knit and Crochet in the West of Ireland

19th – 24th April or 17th – 22th May 2020

6 days from £1,495pp

In light of the current Coronavirus crisis, we have taken the decision to postpone departures before 30th April to a future date. We will be updating this page with new departure information once we have the details finalised, and will be contacting those due to depart regarding alternative arrangements. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this difficult time.

Join us for a relaxing break in the charming city of Galway with friendly workshops hosted by one of our experts. Days out explore the rugged Connemara countryside and visit the island of Innis Oirr, home to the traditional style of Aran knitting.

  • Knitting and crochet workshops with Carol Meldrum or Sarah Hazell
  • Full day excursion to Innis Oirr and workshop with local knitters 
  • Entrance to the cliffs of Moher
  • Walking tour of Galway
  • Visit to Kylemore Abbey 
  • Visit to Connemara Leenane Sheep & Wool Centre 

Perfect for Yarn Lovers

Carefully crafted for yarn lovers, this knitting and crochet holiday embraces all things woolly! Our experienced knitting and crochet expert will be on hand throughout the holiday; joining us on yarn-related excursions and hosting inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to spark your creativity.

Knit and Crochet in the West of Ireland 

On this superb 6-day knitting & crochet holiday you'll enjoy workshops led by either Carol Meldrum or Sarah Hazell and discover the stunning scenery, spirit and traditional crafts of the west coast of Ireland. Included excursions give you a chance to explore the charming city of Galway and visit the Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre amidst the rugged Connemara landscape.

Knitting has been a part of Irish life since the 1600's when knitting schools were established across the country. During the 18th century knitting became a source of income for many households thanks to an abundance of wool. Aran sweaters with their distinctive design are a symbol of Ireland. A full day excursion to the smallest of the Aran islands is a chance to learn about Aran knitting - the Innis Oirr way.

With Carol Meldrum or Sarah Hazell

Caught up in Cables with Carol Meldrum (19th – 24th April 2020)

Carol's West Coast of Ireland project is inspired by traditional cable knit designs. Over the course of the trip we will look at the construction of cable designs and using either knit or crochet techniques, will create a cable hat or cowl design.

The project is worked in the round from the bottom up, beginning with the rib. For the main body of the design you can pick from a variety of cable patterns or even mix and match if you're feeling adventurous!

This workshop is suitable for those who understand basic knit / crochet techniques or want to improve on existing skills.

Infinity Loop with Sarah Hazell (17th – 22th May 2020)

Sarah's West Coast of Ireland project will cover a variety of knitting and crochet methods. We”ll create an infinity loop that can be turned into a scarf using the following techniques:

  • Twists and bobbles – focus on using twisting techniques rather than a cable needle to move stitches and getting a really neat finish on bobbles
  • Wandering cables – focus on asymmetric cables using cable needles to introduce a modern twist
  • Crossed stitches – focus in crossing stitches to create the illusion of textured aran patterns
  • Front and Back posts – focus in crocheting around front and back posts to create the illusion of cables
  • Finishing techniques – simple crocheted edging.

Your Accommodation

Galway Bay Hotel

This 4-star hotel is set on the shores of Galway Bay, one of Ireland’s most scenic locations. Facilities include fully equipped gym, pool, steam room and sauna. The Bay Brasserie offers modern style cuisine with fresh fish and local produce. The classic rooms offer easy comfort, timeless style and warm bright décor. Facilities include TV, radio and complementary Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, iron and ironing board.