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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.

Saturday, November 1, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Cost: $35



 
Next Steps for Beginner Knitters


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

Saturday, October 18, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Cost: $35

 

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, 11:00 am - 1:00 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.

Session 1: Sunday, September 14, 28 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Session 2: Sunday, October 12, 26 9:00 - 12:00 pm

Session 3: November 9, 23 9:00 - 12:00 pm

Cost: For 2 session workshop: $90

For follow up single session workshops: $45

Cambridge Shawl

 

Feel like a Duchess and look like one too! The Cambridge Shawl is patterned after a shawl worn by Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. It’s an oversized shawl with a ruffled edge and a nice reversible pattern in the middle so that you can toss it on any old way. There are a couple of tricky bits when you get started (provisional cast on, short rows) so let Julie Van Norden get you started on the right foot and send you on your way. Knit it in cashmere and really feel like royalty!

Tuesday, September 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $35


Customfit Sweater Class Series

 

Pam Grushkin will guide you through knitting your ideal sweater, you will learn how to read a pattern, shaping, picking up stitches, seaming, and blocking.  This is a great opportunity for first time sweater knitters as well as knitters who have found their previous sweaters lacking.

CustomFit makes individualized patterns for hand-knit sweaters. It takes your choices, your body, your yarn and your gauge and produces a pattern perfectly suited to you.

In this class, Pam will take your measurements, you knit a swatch and choose your sweater elements(style, neckline, sleeve style, edgings, etc.). She will enter that information along with your measurements into the CustomFit program and create a pattern that is perfect for you.

Series 1 Dates: Wednesdays, September 17, October 1, 15, 29, November 12, December 3, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Series 2 Dates: Sundays, October 26, November 9, 23, December 14, 28, January 11,

10:00 – 12:00 pm

Cost: $150 (includes personal consultation)

Pattern free with purchase of yarn for CustomFit sweater, otherwise pattern is $9.95.)

 

 

Herringbone Hat

with Pam Grushkin

The Herringbone stitch creates a very dense fabric that is wonderfully warm for those cold winter days.  It is a slightly involved stitch pattern that mimics the woven looking fabric used to make men’s Herringbone suits. 

The brim for the hat is knit flat with the Herringbone stitch then seamed together.  The stitches for the crown are picked up to continue knitting in the round. 

The hat fits great and when knit with cashmere provides the ultimate in warmth.

Wednesday, October 8, 22, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cost: $50

 

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 11, 25, November 8, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Cost: $65

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, October 13, 27, November 10, 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $95

 

Shawl-Collared Cowl with Jane Elliott

 Those wonderful neck warmers that elevate any basic outfit from functional to fabulous – are you coveting one? You can do this!!  Jane doesn’t do many bulkier designs, but when she saw the delicious selection of cozy, heavier weight beauties at Westport Yarns, she was a goner for this gauge. The result of your efforts will make you the envy of all!  Truly quick and doable projects that make great gifts! These very versatile pieces give you an opportunity to experiment with texture on a non-intimidating scale, and are designed with shaping to ensure fit.

Saturdays, October 18, November 1, 15, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Level:  Intermediate to Advanced

Cost: $110

Super-Crescent Renaissance Shawl with Jane Elliott

 

 You’ve seen the Renaissance Shawl in the store; this is its smaller, more casual cousin. If you think lace is beyond your skill level, let Jane break it all down for you in this series of 3 sessions. 

Sundays, October 19, November 2, 16, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Level:  Intermediate to Advanced

Cost: $110

            

Geo Fugue Cowll with Jane Elliott

This cowl is very interesting in its construction.  Wear it over your favorite top, or with your  Geo Fugue Jacket to add the look of a different collar.

Sundays, October 19, November 2, 16, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Level:  Intermediate to Advanced

Cost: $110

Baby Skeletor Sweater with Jane Elliott

  This unisex baby sweater, with its interesting textured stitches, is quick and easy to make and will hold your interest to the very end.  Choose from 3 sizes.

 

Saturdays, October 25, November 8, 22, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Level:  Intermediate

Cost: $110

Scandanavian Slipper Socks

 

Scandinavian knitting has long been admired for its beautiful combination of color and pattern and for the inventiveness and strength of its construction. Let Julie Van Norden lead you through a pair of Scandinavian slipper socks. For people who are already traditional sock knitters, this is a way to kick it up a notch. The perfect holiday gift – if you can bring yourself to give then away!

Tuesday, November 4, 11, 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cost: $65

 

 

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Artyarns Manteau Capelet

with Pam Grushkin

Knit this chic, luxurious capelet in time for the holidays.

The sparkle of Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light in this simple & elegant capelet frames your neck like a beautiful necklace and adds the perfect finishing touch to the bottom border.  The pattern repeat is easy to remember and combines a subtle feather and fan stitch with a defining eyelet row.

The Manteau Capelet designed by Pam Grushkin is featured in Iris Schreier’s Book, One + One: Wraps, Cowls & Capelets: 29 Projects From Just Two Skeins.

Wednesdays, November 5 & 19           6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cost: $50

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.

Since this is such a large project we are not treating it as a regular class. One Sunday morning a month will be designated as a group get-together where anyone needing technical support can get help. We are hoping that whether you need help or not you will come to these Sundays to enhance the feeling of community. The project requires an inordinate amount of wool, 4000 yards (yes, you read that right, 4000). As such we were thinking that participants should be able to buy the yarn for each square by the month.

Intermediate Level

Coming in 2015

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, November 15, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Cost: $35

Knit a Classic Hat with Pam Grushkin

 

Are you tired if knitting flat projects?  This class will introduce you to knitting in the round via a classic hat.  You will learn how to join your stitches in the round without twisting, jogless join, different brim choices, decreasing, and how to knit with double pointed needles. This classic hat style (otherwise known and a beanie or ski cap) is easy to knit and available in five sizes from baby to adult and three yarn gauges.

Saturdays, November 22, December 6

Time:  9:00 – 11:00 am

Level:  Beginner, must know how to cast on, knit, bind off

Cost: $50

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.

 

to be announced

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?

to be announced

Cost: $35

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.

to be announced

Cost: $35



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