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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.

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

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.

Beginning Knitting

This one-hour class is perfect for the first-time knitter or someone who is revisiting knitting. This is an ongoing class where 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.

This class will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month

10:00 - 11:00 am

Cost:  $25

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.

Daytime:

Tuesday/

Thursday group meets


1:00-3:00pm

Thursday group meets
6:00- 8:00 pm

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.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Mondays,

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost:  $25

Stitch and 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

pamgrushkin@optonline.net

if you are interested in attending.

Tuesdays


9:00 am -

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.

 

 

 

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

Session 1:

 

Session 2:

 

Session 3:

 

 

 

For 2 session workshop -

Cost:  $90

For follow up single session

workshops -

Cost: $45

Advanced Beginner Techniques

In this class, Margaret Peters will introduce the Long Tail, Knitted and Cable cast on methods, knitted cables and simple lace stitches.

to be announced

Cost $35

Beginner Basic Set-in Sleeve Cardigan

Have you knit your fill of cowls, scarves, and hats?  Does the idea of knitting a sweater leave you shaking in your shoes?  In this comprehensive beginner sweater class, Pam Grushkin will take you from picking the right yarn/size through all the components of knitting a set-in sleeve cardigan: increasing, decreasing, shaping, picking up stitches, blocking, and finally sewing. 

You haven’t heard the best part yet.  This sweater can be knit in any yarn, any weight, and any size.  Once you’ve signed up, you will meet with Pam to discuss your sweater and pick your materials. Then you are a swatch away from beginning your Basic Set-in Sleeve Cardigan

Saturdays, February 1, 15, March 3, 4, April 5           

9:00 – 11:00 am

Cost: $120

Crochet for Knitters

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.

February 27

9:00 - 11:00 am

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?

March 6

9:00 - 11:00 am

Cost: $35

Vogue Knitting #12 Graphic Jacket

You can get a little jaded working in a knitting store surrounded by wonderous, fiber-y things. But there are times when eve we are snagged (perhaps not the best term to use when describing knitting ~ but whatever) and we immediately want to take up needles and knit away! So it was with the Graphic Jacket on the cover of the Holiday issue of Vogue Knitting.  If you are similarly smitten, let Julie Van Norden lead you through the ins and outs of the pattern.  Using only 2 colors you will create a bold statement for the spring.  Pair colors like pink/gray for a sophisticated Chanel-like look or put the winter blues behind you with a turquoise/lime green combo.  Whatever you choose, it’s the perfect spring sweater.

Tuesdays, March 18, April 1, 15, 29, May 6  

 

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cost: $120

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 22,

April 5, 19

9:00 - 11:00 am

Cost: $65

Magic Loop Toe Up Socks

(one at a time)

Are you curious about what’s magical about the magic loop?  Pam Grushkin will teach you how to knit a sock from the toe up using the magic loop sock method.  The Magic Loop method is a great option for knitting socks and other small circumference items like hats and sleeves using just one long circular needle.

Wednesday’s. April 30,

May 14, 28     

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cost: $65

Any Which Way You Can

Multidirectional Tank Top

Axil  by Norah Gaughan is a multidirectional tank that challenges your sense of which end is up.  “Almost seamless, starting from the lace panel in the center, the knitting is turned, picked up, and knitted from the center out, creating a v-neck, geometric tank top.” Pam Grushkin will teach you how to read a simple lace chart, pick up stitches, and graft stitches. It’s all action packed into this cute tank.      

DATE CHANGE

Saturdays, May 17, 31, June 14, 21 

9:00 – 11:00 am  

Cost: $95

Forensic Knitting

Let’s face it, we all have at least one project stashed away in the back of a closet gathering dust.  You last laid eyes on it anywhere between 1-30 years ago.  Every time you think about starting a new project, that old project nags at you, the knitted/crocheted equivalent to an albatross.  This is the time and place to unearth that project (hopefully the directions and needles are still in the bag).  Pam Grushkin will use her Forensic Knitting skills to see where you left off and how you can proceed (or cut your losses and repurpose the yarn).

Wednesday, May 7      

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cost: $25

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.   

Wednesday,

May 21

6:30 - 8:30 pm

 

Cost:  $25
       

 

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