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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.

Saturdays, February 7, 14      9:00 - 11:00 am


Saturdays, March 7, 14            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.


Do What Scares You Workshop Series

In the knitting world there are some techniques that send even experienced knitters screaming into the night.

Every month we will offer a workshop in one of these terrifying techniques. Together we can help you overcome your fears and start you on your way to becoming a more confident knitter.

Next up in the series:

Provisional Cast On: Saturday, January 31, 1:00-3:00 pm

Stranded Knitting: Saturday, February 7, 9:00-11:00 am

Lace: Saturday, February 28, 9:00-11:00 am

Short Rows: Sunday, March 15, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Kitchener Stitch: Saturday, March 21, 9:00-11:00 am

Double Pointed Needles: Saturday, May 2, 9:00-11:00 am

Other techniques to be covered:



Double Knitting


Moebius Cast On


Pickin up stitches


Herringbone Stitch

Each 2 hour workshop is $35.
Receive a 10% discount on the purchase of 3 workshops*
Receive a 15% discount on the purchase of 6 workshops*
Receive a 20% discount on the purchase of the whole series (14 workshops) $390.
*Applicable to any of the workshops.

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, January 11, 25    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Session 3: Sundays, March 8, 22    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, beginning January 11 - Join at anytime.

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $15 per session.

Not Just Plain Jane Mystery Knit #2 – Special Preview     

This 3-part class is a special early offering to Westport yarns customers and their friends. The project will be made available to the general public on Ravelry at the conclusion of the series. Jane will guide students through the creation of a one-size-fits-all ladies’ accessory piece. Those of you who are familiar with Jane’s work know that they will receive extensive support, and that their hard work will result in something spectacular!           

Intermediate to Advanced Level

Saturdays, January 17, 31, and February 14   9:00 - 11:30 am

Cost: $75

Child's Intarsia Sweater


If you have been afraid to knit an entire sweater, this class is for you! Also look at what choices you have! Choose from our selection of  Roo patterns and which size you’ll be knitting (from 6 months to 6 years). You can knit it as a simple solid sweater or add stripes and a design.  Laura Ely will show you how to do color-work with the intarsia method as well as the 3 needle bind off, picking up stitches, and assembling a sweater.

Mondays, February 2, 16      6:30 – 8:30 pm

Tuesday, February 10

Wednesday, March 11

Cost: $65

Koigu Hat


Become accomplished in two handed knitting in this fun class!  It’s a rewarding lifetime knitting skill!  Laura Ely will guide you through the steps of knitting this unisex hat.  Two skeins of Koigu merino yarn will be included in the cost of the class. Swapping parts of your skeins with other students will be encouraged to make your hat even more colorful.

Adventurous Advanced Beginner Level

Mondays, March 16, 23, 30

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $65

Knit a Beret for Spring - it's got to be on its way by April!


Knit this jaunty beret to wear on chilly spring mornings. This beret is a great project for beginners or first time hat knitters. In this class, Pam Grushkin will teach you how to knit in the round, work basic increases, decreases, handle double pointed needles, seaming, and weaving in your ends. The beret can be worn slouchy or as a classic beret.

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

Wednesdays, April 1, 15, 29

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $65

Sheep Sweater Dress & Booties


This adorable smock style dress has a trellis- patterned yoke and sheep grazing around the hem.  There is a picot edge for a delicate lace effect. Laura Ely will guide you through the steps of knitting this for that special little one in your life.


Advanced to Intermediate Level

Mondays, April 6, 20, May 4, 11

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $95


Cuff Down Magic Loop Socks ~ 1 @ 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 cuff down 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.

Adventurous Advanced Beginner Level. Must have knit socks before.

Saturdays, April 11, 25:  9:00 – 11:00 am and Saturday, May 9: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cost: $65

Heart Motif Sweater


This colorful child’s cardigan is such fun to knit as you see the various hearts grow! Laura Ely will lead you through knitting this charming Zoe Mellor designed ruffled edge garment.  A trans- seasonal piece, knit in all cotton, is sure to delight any little girl.

Adventurous Advanced Beginner Level

Mondays, April 16, 27, May 11, June 1

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $95

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...

Adventurous Advanced Beginner Level

Saturdays, May 16, 30**, June 13

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am. **The 2nd session is from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $65

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, beginning May 23            

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.

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, to be determined. Contact us if interested, pam@westportyarns.com


Time: 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?

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

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


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Westport Yarns 582 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880 p:203.454.4300