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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.

Tuesdays, December 1, 8:  9:00 - 11:00 am

Saturdays, December 5, 12: 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.


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

Cost: $90


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Intro to Cables


Cables look mysteriously difficult.  Knitting cables is actually a simple technique of crossing one group of stitches over another using a cable needle. This class is great whether you have knit cables before and would like to improve your cable confidence OR have never knit a cable before. In this class, with Pam Grushkin, you’ll learn how reversible cables work while knitting up a cowl or boot cuffs.  

Advanced Beginner. No prior cable experience required.

Saturday, January 9

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Cost: $35.

© Jennifer Dassau

Frieze Shawl/Scarf


Every now and then a pattern comes along that gets us really excited (more than usual).  This eye-catching shawl/scarf looks more complicated than it is and that will be our secret.  While knitting this colorful accessory, Pam Grushkin will teach you the cabled cast-on, the quilt stitch, the mosaic technique using slipped-stitches, and the i-cord bind off – all using only one color at a time.

“It is an elongated, asymmetrical triangular shawl with a curved top edge. You’ll start knitting with just a few stitches at one tip, then work your way across to the opposite edge creating the triangular shape by increasing/decreasing at the edges. It is finished with an i-cord bind-off.” From the designer, Lisa Hannes.

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

Mondays, November 9, 16, 30

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $75


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Baa-ble Hat


Inspired by the sheep of Shetland and the wintery colors of the land and sky, this is the official hat of 2015 Shetland Wool Week!  It is knit in Aran weight wool so should go fairly quickly.  Laura Ely is sure to get you hooked on her favorite fair isle knitting.

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

Tuedays, November 10, 21. December 8

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $75


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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



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.

Sundays, January 10, 31, February 28, March 6, 27, April 10

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

*Includes a personal consultation.

**Customfit pattern is $9.95.

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. Cable junkie Julie Van Norden leads the class.

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

Tuesdays, October 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

New Dates: If you missed the dates for this fabulous coat in the fall, you'll be glad to know we have added a new session starting in January.


Saturdays, January 2, 16, 30, February 13, 27                           

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am

Cost: $125

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

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, February 20, March 5, 19

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Cost: $75

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 - 4:00 pm

Cost: $125

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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