Top knitting classes and groups in New York City
This winter, warm up by constructing scarves and other snuggly garb during knitting classes at these shops.
Wed Feb 20 2013
Illustration: Andrew DeGraff
Want to be able to make cozy hats, sweaters and mittens as well as Grandma does? Learn how to at these NYC stores, staffed with experts who can teach you basic and advanced techniques of knitting and crocheting. And for some affordable, cool cold-weather accessories (made by, you know, other people), check out our roundup.
Argyle Yarn Shop
Don’t let the Park Slope spot’s simple interior fool you: Its modest storefront hosts a huge variety of classes, including how-tos on making lined mittens ($75), baby sweaters ($80) and chunky cable hats ($45), as well as more advanced techniques like entrelac ($50), which gives the appearance of woven diamond patterns. Bonus: All sessions are capped at six or eight people, so you’ll get plenty of attention. 347-227-7799, argyleyarnshop.com
- 288 Prospect Park West between 17th and 18th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Discover a solid selection of needles, yarn, notions, tools and books inside this Carroll Gardens shop. Aspiring knitters should opt for its beginners’ course ($130), while well-versed vets can shape slippers ($90), Fair Isle mittens ($160) and other tougher-to-conquer items. 718-237-7753, brooklyngeneral.com
- 128 Union St between Columbia and Hicks Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Cook’s Arts & Crafts Shoppe
The folks at this family-owned establishment have taught generations of Queens denizens how to knit and crochet since 1970. In addition to basic classes ($15–$50/hr, materials included), the shop has more detail-focused lessons ($15/hr, materials included) on brioche knitting and European- and Continental-style executions. The space also throws gratis BYO yarn happy hours and meet-ups around the nabe. 718-366-6085, cookscrafts.com
- 80-09 Myrtle Ave between 80th and 81st Sts, Glendale, Queens
Although it only opened in 2006, this Upper West Side gem has attracted a fervent and (dare we drop the pun) close-knit community of crafters. Its afterschool kids’ club ($25–$35, plus $10 materials fee), wherein young’uns over seven years old can concoct cases for their iPods or iPads, and beginner ($30) programs are among the most popular. Keep an eye on KC’s calendar for special one-off tutorials ($40–$60) on coat, hat, cowl and headband construction. 212-787-5896, knittycity.com
- 208 W 79th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway
La Casita Yarn Shop Café
This cozy hybrid space—which triples as a café, wine bar and yarn shop—holds intro-to-knitting and -crocheting classes for small groups ($75, materials included), as well as one-on-one lessons ($60/hr). Seasoned needle wielders can join workshops that center on fine-tuning pieces like sweaters, fingerless gloves and even kimono capes ($50–$75). 718-963-0369, lacasitayarnshop.com
- 253 Smith St between DeGraw and Douglass Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
The 130-year-old NYC company’s digs hold classes for newbies ($50) on its spacious ground floor and in quiet upstairs classrooms. Once you’ve graduated from the freshman level, there are well over 100 courses to choose from—not to mention fun, free weaving events like gatherings just for dudes and movie nights. 212-243-9070, lionbrandyarnstudio.com
- 34 W 15th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
With clothes, antiques and other knickknacks stylishly strewn about, this hip boutique is outfitted like a super-cool friend’s apartment. Using the shop’s signature Big Loop Yarn (read: jumbo-size), complete modern, high-end-looking scarves ($181, materials included), vests ($222–$273, materials included) and alpaca throws ($222–$273, materials included). 212-343-7425, loopymango.com
- 78 Grand St between Greene and Wooster Sts
Additional reporting by Samantha Neudorf.