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For further information about classes, call Westport Yarns at (203) 454-4300.

Please check your calendar before signing up for classes!

For information on children's classes, call Westport Yarns at (203) 454-4300.

Our class schedules allow for an extra 15-30 minutes so you can choose your yarn at the beginning of a class. Of course, always feel free to come in and browse our wide selection during regular store hours.

Classes are non-refundable and there are no make-ups for missed sessions. If Westport Yarns must cancel a scheduled class, students will receive a full refund.


Wish you had a knitting or crochet tutor? Call us to schedule a half-hour of tutoring with any one of our accomplished Westport Yarns staff. Learn to perfect a technique, knit on double pointed needles, knit in the round, cable, knit a buttonhole, pick up stitches, learn mattress stitch or make a bobble. You name it - and we will be happy to teach you. You will develop confidence and build you knitting and crochet skill repertoire. Don't let that one technique stop you from making your next project. Times are flexible and the cost is minimal. Why wait? $20.00/30 minutes


Beginning Knitting

This class is perfect for the first-time knitter or someone who is revisiting knitting.  In this class Margaret Peters will cover the basics:  how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.  The skill level of each class will be dictated by the students attending. Selecting appropriate yarn and needles will be done at the beginning for the class. Children 13 and over welcome. For children ages 10-12, we recommend a private lesson.

 

Session 1: Thursdays, August 13, 20: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Session 2: Thursdays, September 10, 17: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Session 3: Saturdays, October 3, 10: 9:00 - 11:00 am

 

Cost: $50 per 2 session class

 
Sit & Knit/Crochet


Join your knitting community for Sit and Knit/Crochet. You will find it inspiring to see what others are knitting or crocheting. This is a time when the store is open to the community to come and be in the company of others who enjoy the same hobby that you do. Pick your favorite time to come, or come to both groups.

Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Cost: Our Compliments



I Love Laura


• Are you confused, frustrated, overwhelmed?

• Do you drop stitches at a whim?

• Are you in need of help?

• The answer to all your knitting questions are in this knit

group with Laura Eckel.

 

A casual group for help and inspiration for your knitting, crochet or weaving concerns. Come for help and guidance from Laura and enjoy in the camaraderie.

Please email Laura at lauraeckel.ilovelaura@yahoo.com if you are interested in attending.

Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $25

Stitch & Chat

 

Pam Grushkin's Stamford based Stitch and Chat will now have an additional group time at Westport Yarns.

Beginners as well as more advanced knitters and crocheters are welcome to come to Stitch & Chat. 

At Stitch and Chat you choose what you'd like to do: project support, learn a new technique, learn or strengthen basic knitting skills, felting, socks, stash knitting, essential skills (follow-up to basic knitting skills), refine abilities in finishing, conquer advanced methods, embellishments, cables, and pattern stitches.


Developing confidence knitting and crocheting is even more fun when we do it together!

Please email Pam at pam@pamgrushkin.com if you are interested in attending.

Tuesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 am


Cost: $25

The Breakfast Club

 

The Breakfast club will meet the first Sunday of the month. It's a time to relax. Pam Grushkin will help you with existing projects and/or give advice on new projects. Come exchange ideas and see where the time takes us.

Please email Pam at pam@pamgrushkin.com if you are interested in attending.

First Sunday of each month, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $12 or $10 per class with the purchase of any 3 of this ongoing series of classes.

 

Ravelry Demystified

 

The Ravelry network enables you to keep an online record of your projects, patterns, yarn stash, needles, and so much more. Ravelry has a vast database that you can use to search for patterns and yarns as well as other fiber related topics. Learn how to make the most of this great community. Pam Grushkin leads the class.

Any Level, please bring laptop, ipad, or tablet.

Saturday, August 15

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Cost: $35.

Otto the Polar Bear Stuffed Toy

This little bear makes an adorable gift for babies and children of all ages.  Otto is knit in one piece from the top down and stuffed as you knit. No annoying little bits and pieces to knit and sew together.  There are no seams in this little lovey.  There are double pointed needles to contend with, and it’s totally worth it. You’ll learn how to pick up stitches off the knitted head/body and how to graft stitches together.  This may become your “go to” gift to knit. You’ll be knitting your love into this stuffie that will be treasured and toted around for years to come.

Pam Grushkin leads the class.

Adventurous Advanced Beginner; must know how to knit with double pointed needles

Sundays, August 16, 23, 30

or

Sundays, November 8, 15, 22

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $65.

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L'Oblique Fantastique Baby Blanket or Purse (solid or multi)

 

Have you been looking for a baby blanket pattern that is a little out of the ordinary? Have you seen the sample at Westport Yarns, but thought it might be beyond your skill level or a little too much knitting? You can do this on a smaller scale without having to initially commit to a much larger project.

Saturdays, August 29; Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

September 12, 26;  Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Cost: $95

Introduction to Fair Isle

 

Lying between the Orkney and Shetland Islands is the remote island of Fair Isle. In this introductory 4 hour workshop, Laura Ely will guide you through the art of knitting this beautiful color work.  This is your opportunity to learn a new skill in a non- threatening environment!  Stranded or Fair Isle knitting can be done with one or two hands.  It’s a blast!   What have you got to lose?  Beginners can make a 2 color swatch and more experienced knitters can begin a headband.

             

Wednesdays, September 9, 23

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $50

 

Wonderful Wallaby

Laura Ely will help you create a Wonderful Wallaby, a fun-to-make knitted version of a hooded sweatshirt pattern from Cottage Creations.  This sweater is an adventure in seamless knitting.  Work it up in soft, warm wool for winter or in cotton for the perfect beach cover-up.  You will learn how to knit in the round using both circular and double-pointed needles, how to knit a gauge swatch, how to work the Kitchener Stitch (grafting), as well as lots of knitting tips and tricks.

Mondays, September 21, October 5, 19, November 9, 30, December 14

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $125

Weaving Studio

 

If you weren't warped already, you'll be warped now!

Beginners and advanced beginners are welcome in this comprehensive class with Laura Eckel.

If you are a complete beginner, you will learn the different parts of the loom, the terms used in weaving, how to warp the loom, determine the amount of yarn to use in your project, weave, and remove the project from the loom. If you have taken weaving before you can review warping and/or try new ideas. Class size is limited to 4 people.

Beginners: We recommend the 2 session classes.

Session 1: Sundays, October 11, 25   9:00 - 12:00 pm

Session 2: Sundays, November 8, 22   9:00 - 12:00 pm

 

Cost: For 2 session workshop: $90

For follow up single session workshops: $45

WESTPORT YARNS KNITS THE GREAT AMERICAN ARAN AFGHAN  with Julie Van Norden

 

The Great American Aran Afghan, like its sister The Great American Afghan, is an heirloom to be treasured for many generations to come.  However it can be daunting when faced alone. That’s why we at Westport Yarns are forming The Great American Aran Afghan knitting group. Similar to a knit-a-long, we are going to be doing one to two squares a month (only the easiest squares will be doubled up). Since the afghan is made up of 20 squares, in a little over a year you will have an amazing family heirloom.

This will not be a regular class, one Sunday morning a month will be designated as a group get-together where anyone needing technical support can get help. Since this is an afghan you will need 4,000 yards to complete it.  The Great American Aran Afghan book is available on Amazon.

Intermediate Level

2nd Sunday of the month, join at anytime.

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $15 per session.

Building Blocks Sampler Afghan

 

Do you know how to knit and purl, but want to expand your skills?

“Building Blocks is a skill building class that has students knitting a different 12″ block every month that can be pieced together to create a lovely sampler afghan.

Pam Grushkin will guide you through the various stitches and techniques each month as your knitting knowledge is increased.  With a different skill focus each month there is something new to learn at each class.  Topics such as gauge, cast ons, bind offs, cables, increases, decreases, lace, pattern reading and more are covered. Each block builds upon the skills of the previous block, allowing the knitter to gain confidence.

The curriculum was created by Michelle “Knit Purl” Hunter.” 

Beginner level and up.  Must know how to cast on, knit, and purl.

4th Saturday of the month. Join at anytime.   

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am

Cost: $25 per session. $300 for 12 months, 10% off if paid in full for 12 sessions. Pattern booklet included in cost.

CustomFit Sweater for Beginners and Intermediate Knitters

 

CustomFit makes custom patterns for hand-knit sweaters. It takes your choices, your body, and your hand-knit gauge and produces a pattern perfectly suited to you. Design and fit expertise are built-in, so you get to make all the fun choices (“I want a long-sleeved scoop-neck!”), without worrying about the hard ones (“How much ease do I need in my waist?”).

This is the perfect first sweater because the directions are well clearly written and you will learn the many techniques that go into knitting a sweater: how to read a pattern, increases, decreases, different stitch patterns, blocking, and seaming.

Once someone has knit up their first CustomFit sweater, they often imagine combining CustomFit with a favorite sweater pattern to recreate a design they love.  In CustomFit language this is called “mashing up” or taking your pattern and mashing it up with a well-written CustomFit pattern. Pam Grushkin will assist you in the step-by-step process of “mashing up” to create your ideal sweater.

Click here to view our gallery of finished CustomFit sweaters

Skill Level:       Beginners must know how to knit, purl, k2tog, ssk.

Advanced/Intermediate must have knit a CustomFit sweater.

Wednesdays, September 16, 30, October 24, 28, November 11, December 2

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $150* (Free pattern with purchase of yarn for Customfit sweater.)**

*Includes a personal consultation.

**Customfit pattern is $9.95.

Christmas Stockings

 

In this class Laura Ely, will guide you through the steps in knitting a beautiful colorful Christmas stocking just in time for the holidays! Pick one of 8 of Ann Norling’s designs: an angel, Santa’s face, a tree with presents, Noel, snowflakes, a wreath, a teddy bear, or a fireplace. You will learn how to follow charts, knit using the intarsia method, turn a heel, the Kitchener stitch, shape a toe, and the duplicate stitch.  Everyone will get to personalize their stocking with a name as well! It will surely be an heirloom for years to come!

Mondays, September 28, October 5, 19,November 9,

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $95

Rowe Sweater Coat

If you love cables and are looking for the ultimate cable project, look no further! The gorgeous Rowe jacket had me salivating the minute I saw it. Knit with worsted weight yarn*, Rowe features one of the most glorious back panels ever, with a to-die-for central cable design. I don’t know what will keep you warmer, the jacket itself or all the compliments you will be receiving when you wear it. It’s a great project for knitters of every size. The class starts in September and you’ll be finished in time to wow the relatives at Thanksgiving. Cable junkie Julie Van Norden leads the class.

Customers will receive 20% off purchase of the yarn for the class.

Tuesdays, September 29, October 13, 27, November 10, 24

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $125

Linen Stitch Workshop

 

The Linen Stitch creates a woven look which is further enhanced when you use 3 or more colors. The Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf is a perfect project for experimenting with this stitch. Any variegated fingering weight yarns will do. Pam Grushkin will introduce you to the linen stitch, give you time to practice it, and assist you with picking out colors for the scarf.   

Saturday, October 3

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Cost: $35

Basic Mittens

 

The winter winds will be here before you know it! Join our "mitten maven", Laura Ely, and learn all the techniques you need to create a pair of mittens on double pointed needles. They will surely be a versatile gift for all ages from infants through adults.

Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $75

Knit a Top Down Pullover

The idea of knitting a sweater from the top-down can sound completely daunting to a lot of knitters. But once you learn this straight forward technique, you’ll come back to it time and time again.  Top down sweaters are fun to knit not only because you can try them on as you knit and it’s easy to adjust sleeve and hem lengths; but the best part is minimal finishing and by finishing, I mean sewing seams.

Pam Grushkin will guide you through knitting a top down sweater that will soon become a favorite. The Essence Pullover is a cozy turtleneck knit in a new “light as air” worsted weight yarn from Tahki, Tahoe.

Wednesdays, October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 9

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $125

Renaissance Shawl with Jane Elliott

 

Don’t be afraid of lace knitting! Jane breaks down the simple yet complex-looking lace pattern for you, and every other row is just purled. This lovely lace shawl is equally comfortable with jeans or your best dress. It requires 700 yds of DK weight fiber – linen, cotton, merino – whatever you like.

 

Saturdays, October 10, 24, November 7

 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Cost: $95

 

Baby Or Child's Mock Cable Cardigan

 

This classic Straker design sweater looks much trickier than it really is! The cabled yoke is not really a cable after all and is such fun to knit! Become a real pro at yarn overs as you whip up this much beloved pattern with Laura Ely. Directions are for either a baby (size 6, 12, 24 mos) in fingering weight yarn or child’s sizes 4, 6, 8,10, 12 in sports weight yarn.

Mondays, October 12, November 2, 16, 30

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $85

Baby Blankets

 

Pick one of three of Laura Eckel's fabulous baby blanket patterns (Sun & Moon, Alphabet, or Reversible Blocks) and under Laura Ely's guidance, you will create an heirloom for a special wee one.  Great for stroller, car seat or crib.  You will surely feel comfortable reading charts after this class.

Mondays, October 12, 26, November 2, 16, December 7

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $75

Beginner Socks on 4 Needles

 

Have you often wondered at the miracle of the turned heel? Pondered the clean marvel of the grafted toe? Do you feel that if the world had warmer feet it would be a better place to live? Then this class, my friend, is the class for you! Over the course of 3 classes Julie Van Norden will introduce you to the mysteries of knitting socks on double pointed needles. By the end you will be tossing around terms like "gusset" and "kitchener" to the awe of your friends! But beware! Socks are addicting...

Saturdays, October 17, 31, November 14

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Cost: $75

Fair Isle Mittens

Ramp up your colorwork skills with this beautiful pair of Fair Isle mittens featuring a central snowflake design. Knit in the round on DPNs these mittens will really have all your friends in awe. Learn how to combine colors for the most impact. Class will include a quick discussion of color theory as it applies to Fair Isle design. Julie Van Norden will lead the class.

Tuesdays, October 20, November 3, 17

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $85

 

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Crochet for Knitters

Any Skill Level

Crochet is an incredibly useful skill for the knitter. This beginner class is designed for those with little or no crochet experience.   During this 2 hour session, Pam Grushkin will teach you how to bring the power of the crochet hook to your knitting:

  • Single Crochet
  • Finishing details: “No sew” seams, tighten loose necklines, and finish your knits with crocheted borders.
  • Crocheted provisional cast ons.
  • Using your crochet hook to fix mistakes.

Saturday, November 21

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Cost: $35

Lady Jane Cardigan with Jane Elliott

This ultra-feminine cardigan features a flattering torso band and flares gently to the hip, and will flatter any figure. Jane’s stitch-by-stitch, row-by-row instructions make this beauty a project you can make for yourself or a special someone.

Saturdays, November 21, December 5, 19, January 2

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Cost: $125

Continental Knitting

 

Become a knitting superhero and learn how to knit faster and more efficiently than you ever have before. Continental knitters hold their yarn with their left hand versus English knitters who hold their yarn in the right hand. Continental knitting lends itself to a more fluid movement where the yarn is waiting to be “picked” as you move along. You don’t have to stop and “throw” your yarn. Pam Grushkin will teach you how to knit and purl in the Continental style. Think of all those projects in your queue, waiting to be knit! Your productivity will increase! Isn’t a brief period of awkward fingers while learning this new skill a reasonable trade-off for a lifetime of quicker knitting?

Contact us if interested, pam@westportyarns.com

Cost: $35

Introduction to Lace Knitting

 

With Pam Grushkin

Advanced Beginner: must know how to knit and purl

Does the idea of knitting lace scare you?  There is a common misconception that lace has to be knit on the smallest of needles and the thinnest of yarn.  Lace can be as easy or as difficult as you choose. 

There are beautiful patterns for lace cowls, scarves and shawls in different weight yarns and levels of difficulty.  In this class you will learn the lace knitting basics: paired decreases, yarnovers, centered decreases, working from charts, and reading your knitting. We will also discuss casting on/binding off for lace and blocking your work.

 

Contact us if interested, pam@westportyarns.com

Cost: $35

   


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