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Watermill knitting tutor Sarah Hazell


Sarah Hazell

Course dates 2019

Saturday 4 May to Saturday 11 May 2019


Sarah is an experienced workshop tutor and loves to teach new techniques and inspire confidence in others. This will be her third visit to the Watermill. She says: “You have created something truly unique in the Tuscan countryside! The perfect location to relax, reflect and inspire creativity.”

You will find more about Sarah on her website,, where you will find small, stand-alone collections with an emphasis on creating sustainable clothes and accessories. “I work with a range of yarn suppliers in order to bring depth and variety to my work and more choice to the knitter or crocheter."

In 2017 she was teaching knitting in India, where she led a two-week holiday, raising funds for the Knit for Peace charity. “I also worked with women in one of the projects that the charity supports and I have returned full of inspiration for a new collection and tremendous enthusiasm for sharing my skills.”

Knitting example from Sarah Hazell at the watermill in Tuscany

Knitting projects

In 2019 you'll be working with Sarah on a brand-new project based on one of her most successful designs – The Phoebe Poncho. Sarah says: "I have also been listening to your feedback and am aware that lots of knitters want to understand how they can alter an existing pattern to get a better fit.” So this year’s project at the Watermill will focus on just that – by demonstrating how a simple folded poncho can be altered for different heights, body shape, arm length and necklines."

Sarah will bring all the yarn you need for the poncho (8 balls of 100g, Cotton-mix, Aran-weight, so that it grows quickly) and that you’ll be able to choose your colour before you come. Sarah's instruction will include how to record measurements; make decisions about sleeve and body length; decide on a stitch pattern and work on a neckline; as well as finishing techniques like sewing up and blocking.


You will also have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning new knitting techniques and tips from Sarah ... and enjoying the true, unspoilt Bella Vita.


Thanks for such a wonderful week! It had everything: fun, knowledge, good food and drink. Like a week out of time – Looking forward to 2019. - Rhoda Goldberg, Watermill guest 2018

Thank you for the invigorating knitting experience last week. The weather cooperated beautifully and the food at the Watermill and the other locations was excellent and varied. It is a plus for you that Sarah will return next May. She is prepared and organized; flexible and patient with attendees of all capabilities with a good sense of humour. - Linda Seifried, Watermill guest 2017

Sarah Hazell is an inspiration. She has a mountain of knowledge that she shares generously and passionately. She has a lovely friendly, calm approach and takes the necessary time to demonstrate the techniques involved. Her colour choices are sensational with knowledge of how to use the best yarn to show the stitches used. She gives all students something from the newest of knitters to the more advanced. It is a pleasure to spend time with her, sharing the love of her craft. - Linda Hewston-Stocks: Crocheted Mandalas Workshop May 2017