Learning to Knit Your Fall Style

| October 1, 2009 | 0 Comments


As the temperature drops, it’s time for us to start breaking out our sweaters, shawls, and eventually (gulp) mittens and hats. There’s not getting around it. Chicago is one cold town. Instead of hitting the stores and purchasing items that have been mass-produced, why not showcase your creative style and knit your own cold weather gear?

Learning how to knit has always been a goal of mine, but I’ve never taken the time out for lessons. Well, I’ve decided that this will be the year that I begin my journey! Luckily, I found some great locations here in the city that offer great classes and will get me one step closer to my purling dreams. Now, I don’t know how good I’ll get in one winter, but if I close out of 2009 with a handmade scarf, hat, and mittens, I will be one happy –and warm camper!

Sister Arts Studio

This craft haven, located in Lincoln Park, gives you the chance to create your own mittens, hats, shawls, and more. Classes are offered on the beginner and intermediate levels, and in many cases, the materials are included in the fee. Looking to get your kids involved in the action? Sister Arts has classes for children ages 7 and older. Whether its after-school or on the weekends, they can learn the basics and you’re more than welcome to attend the classes too.

721 W. Wrightwood

Arcadia Knitting

Knitting novices and aficionados have been visiting this spacious Uptown spot for years because of the great yarn collection and knitting classes. If you’re the kind of person who is always working towards an end goal, then the classes offered here will be right up your alley. At the end of each course, you will walk away with a completed project, be it a sweater or scarf. For us novices, the “Learn to Knit” provide 4 weeks of basic instruction while completing a scarf!

1613 W. Lawrence

Loopy Yarns

This store is all about variety. For your knitting (and crocheting) delight, this South Loop store sells about 33 different brands of yarns and offers 30 different classes, ranging in cost from $15-$90. If you’re looking to meet with other knitters and get some practical advice, then consider popping into Loopy for one of its great monthly social/knitting events, including a monthly lunch knitting session and a weekly sweater workshop where you can bring any questions that you may have. Beginners classes are usually four week sessions, and specialty classes (i.e. creating mittens or a cable scarf can last from one to three sessions.

47 West Polk Street


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Karyn Brianne is a native Chicagoan and the Editor of The Fabulous Giver and the Chicago Philanthropy Examiner for Examiner.com. When she's not chained to her MacBook, she can be found enjoying her beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood.

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