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The best knitting classes for beginners

Gotham Fine Yarns
Owner Rebecca Lai teaches newbies how to pick the appropriate yarn for their projects, read yarn manufacturer labels, cast on stitches, knit and purl, bind off and master other basic finishing techniques. Seventy-five-minute classes take place every Tuesday at 6:30pm, Thursday at 3pm and Sunday at 5pm, and cost just $30 apiece. Lai also offers private lessons for $38 a session. 148 Orchard St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (646-863-3504,

Knitty City
Instructors Maxine Levinson and Jane Martin offer both monthly group courses (two hours for $30) and private lessons (one hour for $50) any time. Both women have been knitting for more than 20 years, and Levinson teaches cancer patients at Mount Sinai the tao of the needles in her free time. 208 W 79th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-787-5896,

Make Workshop
Stitch ’N Bitch queen Debbie Stoller touts this venue as a fantastic place to learn knitting; even A-lister Hilary Swank has stopped in for a class. Diana Rupp has taught crafts for almost a decade, and has been an avid knitter since she was seven years old. Each month she offers a two-day course for $150, and private lessons are available anytime for $80 an hour. 195 Chrystie St between Rivington and Stanton Sts, suite 402b (212-533-9995,

The best knitting classes for advanced learners

Brooklyn General
BG instructors Heather Love and Kaitlyn Falk-Wongare offer classes in toy knitting ($120); Fair Isle, or standard color-work knitting ($160); lace knitting ($160); and steeking ($50), a technique that actually involves cutting your project. Check the website for the most up-to-date class schedules. 128 Union St between Columbia and Hicks Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-237-7753,

Downtown Yarns
This quaint East Village yarn shop offers such advanced classes as the sock workshop ($75), a make-your-own-project class ($100), and an Elizabeth Zimmermann workshop ($75), where you learn how to re-create the famous British knitter’s patterns. Check the website for the most up-to-date class schedules. 45 Ave A between 3rd and 4th Sts (212-995-5991,

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