Diana Bensted

Diana Bensted

Hi, My name is Diana,

I am passionate about crochet, and consider myself to be a crochet ambassador, I design crochet patterns, teach and blog about crochet.

I also offer my own classes, Absolute Beginners - learn to crochet has been really popular, as has the Next steps in Crochet, I offer many techniques including Tunisian, tapestry and broomstick crochet, and have created several different Christmas courses. I teach workshops at Knitting and Stitching shows, Ally Pally and Olympia, also residential courses at Missenden Abbey. I also offer learn to knit and sock knitting.

You can find my blog with inspiration, tutorials, patterns and much more by clicking on the link above.

I belong to 3 groups that crochet or knit, two are follow ons from the shop groups and are on Monday evening from 7pm at the Angel pub in Waltham Abbey, Friday afternoon from 1.30pm at Sir Maxima’s coffee shop, and also on Friday from 10.30 at Love13 in Bush Hill Park, come over and chat if you are in the area!

I live with my husband and son. I am a Christian, currently with a Baptist/URC church, and am in Grapevine - the band/choir, and webmaster. I was a primary school teacher, and specialised in teaching children with speech and language difficulties (sometimes linked with autism/asperger’s) and owned my own wool shop for 4 years, unfortunately I came under some difficulties with the bigger online stores, so had to close the physical shop. However, I now design for Women’s Weekly, Inside Crochet and DMC, as well as self publishing, I have a blog and I teach Crochet in lots of different places.

I look forward to your comments!

original designs  

Beyond K&S Tunisian Mitts
The Crochet Chain
Candy C2C Blanket
The Crochet Chain
Easter Eggy Bunny
The Crochet Chain
Zennor Quoit
The Crochet Chain
Mystery Shawl CAL - Shawl 6 - Marazion
1 Skein, 2 Skein, 3 Skein Shawl
Mystery Shawl CAL - Shawl 5 - Bladderwrack
1 Skein, 2 Skein, 3 Skein Shawl
Mystery Shawl CAL - Shawl 4 - Zennor
1 Skein, 2 Skein, 3 Skein Shawl
Mystery Shawl CAL - Shawl 3 - Skewjack
1 Skein, 2 Skein, 3 Skein Shawl
Mystery Shawl CAL - Shawl 2 - Perranporth
1 Skein, 2 Skein, 3 Skein Shawl
Mystery Shawl CAL - Shawl 1 - Praze-an-Beeble
1 Skein, 2 Skein, 3 Skein Shawl
Raggedy Ralph, Folk Monster
The Crochet Chain
Jewel C2C Blanket
The Crochet Chain
Vintage Ripple Blanket
The Crochet Chain
It's A Classic
Woman's Weekly Knitting & Crochet, November 2016
Rainbow Granny Blanket
Rainbow Granny Blanket
Over The Rainbow
Woman's Weekly, 21 June 2016
Tropical Tapestry Cosy
Inside Crochet, Issue 74, 2016
Simply Stunning
Woman's Weekly 20 October 2015
Festive Holly Garland
DMC Crochet 15329L/2, Festive Holly Garland
Tiny Tatty Teddy Baby Blanket
DMC Crochet 15285L/2, Tiny Tatty Teddy Baby Blanket
Tangerine Dream
Woman's Weekly 18 August 2015
Him And Her Retro Jacket
Woman's Weekly Knitting & Crochet, September 2015
Orange Crush Waistcoat
Woman's Weekly Knitting & Crochet, July 2015
Crochet Cutie
Woman's Weekly Knitting & Crochet, May 2015
Age UK Warm House
The Crochet Chain
Felicity Fairy
Christmas Toys
Syd the Snowman
Christmas Toys
Ninja Penguin
Christmas Toys
Mother Christmas
The Crochet Chain
Father Christmas
The Crochet Chain
Gilbert Gingerbread Man
The Crochet Chain
Amigurumi Eyeball
The Crochet Chain
Tweedy Cushion Cover
Inside Crochet, Issue 50, 2014
Loren Jumper
The Crochet Chain
Mobius Cowl
The Crochet Chain
Konstance Wrap
The Crochet Chain