Knitting

Overview

Ideal for anyone who loves knitting, travel, and wonderful crafting experiences, our collection of knitting holidays features the Shetland Islands, the Faroe Islands, and Norway – all of which hold their own time-honoured knitting traditions and techniques, and are at the top of every knitter’s bucket list! You can also explore the knitting heritage of remarkable destinations including Peru, Finland, the Baltics and more.

Most cruises, retreats and tours include a Stitchtopia knitting kit, as well as opportunities to meet local knitters and designers, visit yarn stores, and enjoy ‘woolly themed’ excursions. Our experienced experts will host workshops, and, under their guidance, you can learn the traditional techniques of some of the world’s greatest knitting nations. We also offer weekend breaks which focus on workshops, where you can develop your skills as you work on your very own knitting project.

Experienced knitters, those looking to simply improve their skills, and knitters travelling alone are all warmly welcomed. So, if you want to develop your knitting skills, make new friends, or simply broaden your travel horizons, look no further than a Stitchtopia knitting holiday.

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11 Holidays available from £499pp

Patchwork & Quilting
Festival

By far the most popular event in our programme, Stitchtopia Festival is back! This is the ultimate weekend residential event for all crafters.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • Up to 4 half-day workshops with our experts, kit cost extra
  • Unlimited tea and coffee during workshop breaks
  • Evening talks and entertainment

Availability:

  • 2024 8th March
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Knitting

Discover the rugged beauty and rich knitting history of the remote Faroe Islands under the guidance of local expert, Katrina í Geil.

  • Return flights from Edinburgh to Vagar with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • 7 nights bed and breakfast in 4-star accommodation
  • Welcome and farewell dinners at the hotel
  • 5 half-day knitting workshops with Katrina í Geil, kit included
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • 1 full-day and 1 half-day sightseeing tour, including visits to local textile designers

Availability:

  • 2024 3rd June 5th August
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
Knitting

On this superb holiday, enjoy workshops led by Julie Dubreux and discover the stunning scenery and traditional crafts of Ireland's west coast.

  • 5 nights half-board accommodation
  • 4 half-day knitting workshops with our expert, kit included
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel package includes return flights from London Heathrow to Shannon with 1 piece of hold luggage and airport transfers
  • Excursions and entrance fees as described in the itinerary

Availability:

  • 2024 23rd June
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Crochet
Knitting

See the famous Ring of Kerry and enjoy a guided tour of Kerry Woollen Mills on this County Kerry knitting and crochet holiday alongside our expert Sarah Hazell.

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 2 evening meals
  • 1 full-day workshop and 2 half-day workshops with Sarah Hazell, kit included
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Excursions and entrance fees

Availability:

  • 2024 8th July
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
Knitting

Embrace knitting traditions, gaze out on Colca Canyon and take in the majestic views at Aguas Calientes alongside Carol Meldrum or Jane Crowfoot.

  • International flights from London to Lima (with 1 stop) with 1 piece of check-in luggage
  • Internal flights from Lima to Arequipa and Cusco to Lima
  • Titicaca train from Puno to Cusco
  • Airport transfers
  • Tours of Lima (including Manos del Peru knitwear company), Arequipca (including Alpaca Centre), Floating islands tour on Lake Titicaca, Cusco city tour (including visit to Traditional Textile Centre), Sacred Valley tour (including talk and demonstration of traditional textile techniques), Away Weaving Association and Machu Picchu
  • Chocolate making workshop
  • 13 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 3 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Three half day workshops with our accompanying expert, kit and tea & coffee included

Availability:

  • 2024 18th July 3rd September
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Knitting

Accompanied by expert Julie Debreux, enjoy excursions to Lyngheisenteret Heathland Centre, Hillesvåg Wool Spinning Mill and Museum, and Osteroy.

  • 7 nights half-board accommodation
  • 2 full and 2 half-day knitting workshops with Julie Debreux, kit included
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel package includes return flights from London to Bergen, with 1 piece of checked luggage
  • Excursions and entrance fees

Availability:

  • 2024 2nd September
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Knitting

Discover the highlights of the Scottish Highlands as you join Carol Meldrum for a week of knitting workshops and excursions.

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation with dinner on the first and final evenings
  • 2 and a half days of knitting workshops with Carol Meldrum, kit included
  • Beaded Dorset Buttons workshop with Tania Ashton Jones
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • The services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2024 6th October
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Knitting

Learn about the rich textile and knitting traditions of Estonia and Latvia and explore Tallinn and Riga's magical Christmas markets.

  • Return flights to Tallinn and from Riga with 1 piece of checked luggage
  • 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 2 half-day workshops with Anna Nikipirowicz, kit included
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2024 5th December
Travel Options
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Knitting

Experience the magical colours that form in the Arctic sky, cruise among the Norwegian fjords, and enjoy fantastic, expert-led workshops.

  • Return flights from London to Bergen and Kirkenes to London (via Oslo)
  • 6 nights accommodation on MS Polarlys (2023) or MS Nordlys (2024)
  • 1 night half-board accommodation in both Bergen and Kirkenes
  • A full programme of workshops with Anna (2023) or Carol (2024), knitting kit included
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Excursions and entrance fees

Availability:

  • 2024 9th December
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Crochet
Knitting

Join us for a festive 3-night retreat in Harrogate with Frederica Patmore. Enjoy creating several crochet and knitting Christmas-themed makes!

  • 3 nights half-board accommodation
  • Christmas-themed workshops with Frederica Patmore, kit included
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Afternoon tea at Bettys

Availability:

  • 2024 9th December
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Knitting
NEW

See the famous Ring of Kerry and enjoy a guided tour of Kerry Woollen Mills on this County Kerry knitting holiday with our knitting expert

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 2 evening meals
  • Excursions and entrance fees
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • 1 full-day workshop and 2 half-day workshops, kit included

Availability:

  • 2025 14th July 6th October
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Meet the
Experts

Each holiday is accompanied by a passionate, enthusiastic expert who specialises in their craft, allowing you to learn different techniques and improve your skills from the best!

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Janice Gunner

Janice Gunner

Janice is an award-winning textile artist, teacher and author. She won the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in Quilting at The Festival of Quilts 2019. Janice has a particular interest in traditional Japanese textile techniques including Shibori, the subject of one of her books.
Jane Crowfoot

Jane Crowfoot

Trained as a constructed textile designer, Jane Crowfoot has worked within the hand knitting craft industry for the last 25 years and is recognised as one of the leading designers within her field, more recently acknowledged as one of the pioneers of the UK crochet revival.
Emma Leith

Emma Leith

Internationally renowned for her yarn-bombing exploits, Emma has worked on numerous large scale commissioned yarn installations and gives regular talks and presentations on this popular movement. She works closely with Rico Design Yarns, Deramores and Simply Crochet.
Karin Hellaby

Karin Hellaby

Internationally renowned quilt teacher Karin Hellaby is the author of 11 quilting books and numerous patterns. She is a regular teacher at the Houston International Quilt Show and has been invited to teach at quilting symposiums in New Zealand, Dubai, Paducah and more.
Anna Nikipirowicz

Anna Nikipirowicz

Anna is a crochet and knit designer, tutor and author of several crochet books. Her designs are regularly featured in craft magazines, and she also is a regular on Yarn Lane TV where she shares her designs and techniques. She also works closely with West Yorkshire Spinners and LoveCrafts.
Pat Archibald

Pat Archibald

Pat is a UK textile artist and tutor. Throughout her career, she has exhibited her work worldwide, won some wonderful awards, and even established Scotland’s first dedicated patchwork and quilting shop. Pat feels that each collection of quilts has its own unique identity.
Carol Meldrum

Carol Meldrum

Carol Meldrum is a textile designer, workshop tutor, and author of many popular knitting and crochet titles. She is the creative force behind the fashion accessories label, Beatknit. Carol is also a successful workshop tutor teaching all aspects of knit and crochet.
Katrina í Geil

Katrina í Geil

Katrina í Geil is a textile and knitting designer of international standing. She combines knowledge from knit and design with personal styling to give her garments a more personal edge. Katrina’s work focuses on reinventing the traditional Faroese craft and culture.
Julie Dubreux

Julie Dubreux

Julie Dubreux is a French knitwear designer and knitting instructor. Her designs have been published in Pom Pom Quarterly, Laine Magazine and Knit Now UK, as well as in books such as I Knit Paris, My Favourite Things and Homecoming.
Sarah Hazell

Sarah Hazell

Sarah Hazell has a passion for textiles. She worked as a full-time primary school teacher and then as a part-time tutor in Creative Textiles at her local college, before joining Rowan Yarns as a tutor. Sarah has a particular interest in colour work and exploring decorative techniques and, through her workshops, she aims to give inspiration as well as expertise.
Frederica Patmore

Frederica Patmore

Frederica is a knitting and crochet designer who has been working in the industry for nearly 20 years. She spent three years working as a designer and technical editor on the Woman’s Weekly Magazine team before co-founding Love To Knit and Crochet magazine.
Debbie Abrahams

Debbie Abrahams

Debbie started her handknitting business back in the mid-nineties and is a designer, author and workshop tutor. She has been running her global Mystery Blanket and Cushion Clubs for almost two decades and is best known for her vibrant designs which combine beading with colourwork.
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