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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.

 

Two session classes that meet Saturdays, 9:00 - 11:00 am.

February 6, 13

March 5, 12

April 9, 16

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.

 

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.

Sundays, January 10, 24  9:00 - 12:00 pm

Sundays, February 14, 28  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.

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. Cable junkie Julie Van Norden leads the class.

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

Saturdays, January 16, 30, February 13, 27, March 12    

                       

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am

Cost: $125

Exploration Station

 

Exploration Station is a dramatic shawl knit in four colors. While knitting this top down semi-circle shawl, Pam Grushkin will teach you shortcut rows, two-color brioche ribbing, slipped stitches, stripes, and a chevron border. As an added twist the designer, Stephen West, uses an icord tab cast on and an icord edge as you knit.  It will change the way you border your shawls! What a terrific opportunity to test out these different techniques in small doses. Let the exploration begin.

Skill Level:  Intermediate: knit, purl, reading/working stitch repetitions, simple color changes, cast on, bind off.

Wednesdays, January 6, 20, February 3, 24

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

or Daytime:

Wednesdays, January 6, 20, February 3, 24

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Cost: $90

 

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Artyarns Swirl Tee

 

The first session will be taught on February 13 by our own Danni Conway where you will begin the process of casting on and beginning the increases for this top down summer tee.

In the second session, on February 27, Iris Schreier of Artyarns will introduce the class to the technique of German Short Rows.  This design element makes this attractive two color tee a dream fit for many body types.

You'll want to use the German Short Rows technique in place of regular short rows for all your projects in the future.

This tee fits bust sizes 32/34 to 48/50.  The length is adjustable.

Instructors: Iris Schreier and Danni Conway

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner.

Saturdays, February 13, March 5

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Cost: $50

Clawthorpe Yoke Sweater

 

Clawthorpe is worked in the round from the bottom up. Both the body and sleeves begin with a provisional tubular cast-on, and the neck is bound off with a tubular bind-off. After the body and sleeves are joined, raglan decreases are worked to shape the underarms, and short rows are worked to raise the back yoke. Julie Van Norden

Skill Level:    Advanced

Tuesdays, January 12, February 2, 16, March 1

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $95

                                                                                                                               

 

© Kelbourne Woolens + Amanda Stevenson Lupke

Cowl or Hat

 

Tired of knitting scarves? Then this class is for you. Using the skills you've learned in basic knitting, we'll introduce you to using circular needles for either a cowl or a hat. Circular needles allow you to avoid the dreaded "sewing up" of some projects, and let you take on larger items like afghans and throws. At the first class you will choose yarns and needles and decide whether you want to make a wonderful new baby, toddler or adult hat; or a cowl for yourself (maybe you'll even splurge on cashmere!.  You'll soon see why most experienced knitters use circulars.....it's a secret we'll let you in on.

Instructor: Margaret Peterson

Skill Level: Beginner, must know how to knit, purl and cast on.

Saturday, February 20

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Cost: $35.

Blanket 101

 

Instructor: Margaret Peterson

Skill Level: Beginner, must know how to knit, purl and cast on.

Tuesdays, February 9, 16

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Cost: $65.

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, March 5, 19, 26

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Cost: $75

Adama Cowl

 

The Adama Cowl pattern is a great way to try out basic lace. Per the designer, Hilary Smith Callis, “Adama is a quick-to-knit shawl-cowl hybrid. It is shaped as a shawl, but the second half is worked in the round to create the illusion of a semi-circular shawl worn wrapped around the neck without ends to worry about tying. The majority of the cowl is done in a simple diamond lace pattern, with bands of Stockinette and Garter stitch breaking things up.” Pam Grushkin will guide you through the process.

 

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner.

Wednesdays, March 2, 9

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $60

Magic Loop 2 @ time, toe up socks

 

Do you suffer from Second Sock Syndrome? Do you forget to write down any pattern changes as you go? Do your socks come out different sizes? Pam Grushkin will teach you Judy Becker's Magic Cast on and how work 2 socks, toe up, at the same time on 1 circular needle using the Magic Loop technique.

Saturdays, April 2, 16, 30        

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Cost: $75

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.

 

Contact us if interested, pam@westportyarns.com

 

Cost: $35

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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