Local yarn shops all over Chicagoland have updated their class lists for fall. New knitters can learn skills to add to their repertoire, and seasoned knitters can make a project with several other students for support. Don't know how to knit yet? Never fear; many stores offer classes for beginning knitting in groups as well. Here is a roundup of some classes being offered in October and November at your local yarn shop:
Elgin Knit Works: This local yarn shop in the western suburbs allows many classes to be scheduled around the knitter's time, versus having to stick to a calendar. The Potato Chip scarf, Wingspan shawl, Baby Hat, and Colorwork Hat are just a few choices in this array, with prices averaging under $20 per class hour. Classes must be scheduled in advance, and students can either stop in the store or call to register. More information can be found on the store's website.
Gentler Times Stitching: This store, located in Naperville, actually has two locations to serve customers, and their class list calendar shows classes at both locations. There are several project-based classes and knit-alongs, including slipper socks, a Halloween trick-or-treat bag, entrelac socks, and a snood. Class prices and times can be found on the stores' websites, and registering for classes can be completed at either store.
I'd Rather Be Knitting: In addition to beginning knitting, I'd Rather Be Knitting in Buffalo Grove offers several project-based classes throughout the fall season. The knitted animals class only involves basic knitting skills and knitters will make Amanda Berry's Topsy Turvy Turtle and Candy Rabbit in the class. The Sundry Shawl, Lima Cowl or Pillow, and Elise Crochet Shawl are also available, and all of the above classes occur on Sundays. Contact the store for pricing and registration information.
Knit 1: This north-side store offers a four-part Beginning Knitting course for the first four Saturdays in November. The $125 cost of the class includes all materials, and students get to choose what project they would like to complete. Knit 1 also offers a $20 project class, held Mondays from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m., where students can bring any project in which they need a bit of instruction, and the instructors will work with each student on their unique needs for the duration of the class. Reserve your spot in a class by calling Knit 1, or dropping in the store during regular business hours.
Loopy Yarns: Loopy Yarns, located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago, has a vast array of classes for fall including beginning knitting and crochet. For four weeks in October and November, Loopy offers a top-down sweater class for $80 not including materials. In the class, you will learn the construction of a top-down, raglan-style sweater and knit it along with other students. There is also a class teaching set-in sleeves, for those who do not like raglan-style sleeves.
Montoya Fiber Studio: Montoya in Evanston offers many project-based classes throughout the year, and the one which starts this Saturday is a Lace-Yoke top-down sweater. The class runs for three Saturdays, and the cost of the class is $60 which does not include materials. The student will receive a 10% discount on materials for the class. Montoya also offers flexible learn-to-knit classes to tailor to the individual students' schedules. Contact the store for more details.
Nina: This local yarn shop, located near the Division Blue Line stop in Chicago, offers several ninety-minute, one-session classes on basic and intermediate skills such as Beyond Beginner Knitting, Multi-Color Knitting, Chevron Knitting, Cables, Entrelac, and Knitting in the Round. Check Nina's website for the class schedule, and information on registration. Classes are only $25 per session.
The Nook: This local yarn and candy shop in Lisle offers classes on a weekly basis, with 24-hour notice required for registration. Students can learn crochet socks, knit fingerless mitts, and beginning knitting among other classes. Classes are reasonably-priced, and may are capped to a maximum number of students to ensure personal attention. The Nook class schedule is released in their newsletter on a monthly basis, so sign up for the most up-to-date information on their classes.
Three Bags Full: For those who are thinking ahead to Christmas, this store in the heart of Northbrook offers a Santa Hat or Stocking class during the middle three Saturdays in November, for $60 which includes all three sessions. The store also regularly has beginning and intermediate knitting classes in two sessions totaling twelve classes. Contact the store for registration information, and for a full class schedule.
Woolly Lamb Yarn Studio: In November, owner Brigitte Biver will be teaching an Introduction to Brioche stitch class over two Wednesdays. The cost of the class is $50 and all that is required is two balls of yarn and one set of needles, with recommendations for both on the store's website. You can also go into the store to register for the class.
For the most current class list, contact your local yarn shop for details. While many knitters are loyal to the one or two shops closest to their location, classes are a great way to meet knitters from other parts of the city and see other local yarn shops and their offerings. You may also discover a skill you never knew you liked, and will have the support of the instructors to get you through any difficult spot, and your knitting will make it all the way into the winter.
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