Classes with Gaynor White

Classes with Gaynor White

Gaynor is a crochet-obsessed teacher and pattern designer from Wokingham in Berkshire.

She learned to knit and crochet as a child, trained and worked as a French teacher for over 10 years, and then picked up her hook again 10 years ago. Gaynor jokes that she is “lucky enough to call myself a full-time hooker…”

In 2012, Gaynor set up The Barkham Hookers crochet group with a few friends in her living room. They now run 4 group sessions a week as well as many regular private lessons with over 600 members on Facebook alone. You can find them on Facbook via The Barkham Hookers' Charity Group, where many of their charity projects can be seen.

She is very proud of the fact that The Barkham Hookers raised over £60,000 for various national and international charities, £52,000 of that for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Gaynor loves designing and making blankets, many of which can be found as free CALs (crochet-a-longs) on her blog: Confessions of a Barkham Hooker. During the pandemic, she designed the Coronavirus CAL, posting a new section daily then weekly with colourful pictures and detailed notes.

Signature Technique

Crochet Blankets incorporating a variety of patterns and colours

Top Tips

- Crochet is very forgiving. Don’t be afraid to adjust or change the pattern to suit your needs or likes. And remember, if in doubt pull it out!
- Use a larger hook to work a long foundation chain to avoid it curling up.
- If you work quite loosely choose a slightly smaller hook than advised and a larger hook if you work tightly.
- When working in rows do not forget to work into the last stitch - - which is probably the chain 2/3 made at the start of the previous row.
- Use military buttons as the centre in poppies to add something special.
- If you are working with several balls of yarn, chuck them on the floor and let gravity help you keep them untangled.

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Classes with Gaynor White
  • Crochet Baubles with Gaynor White

    Gaynor White has a Covered Bauble for every occasion. She shares with us how to crochet them in this comprehensive workshop.

    She expertly demonstrates making two circles, using a mixture of chains, trebles and half trebles. Introducing the treble spike stitch to produce a star effect on the ba...

  • Shopping String Bag with Gaynor White

    Shopping bags are a must for us all these days. This beautiful crochet string bag is not only space saving but stretches to carry your groceries.

    Gaynor  uses a mixture of treble, double, chain and double treble crochet stitches to complete this bag. There are tips on counting your stitches an...

  • Crochet Poppy with Gaynor White

    Using Chunky Yarn and a size 4 hook Gaynor White shows a quick and easy method for crocheting a poppy.

    These simple to follow instructions and handy tips are ideal for beginners to crochet.

    Utilising half trebles, chains and slip stitches this 3 petal poppy grows quickly. Adding a leaf to y...

  • Meet Gaynor White – Crochet Enthusiast

    Introducing Gaynor White our latest Crochet expert. Discussing with Valerie how Yarn Bombing brightens up her local town.

    An expert in combining stitches to make stunning blankets Gaynor talks through the various techniques she teaches. Including a join as you go techniques for crochet squares...

  • Stash Crochet Bag with Gaynor White

    Ever wondered what to do with all those left over yarns? Gaynor White has the perfect solution, a chunky crochet stash bag.

    In this comprehensive workshop Gaynor explains all the steps to make this beautiful bag.

    Beginning with continuous rounds in double crochet she demonstrates how to mak...