Classes

Come meet other crafters and learn from our talented teachers in a bright and comfortable setting. We offer classes in knitting, crocheting, weaving, and spinning!

Classes are limited in size and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register online here – just click on the date and time of the session you’d like to take – or by calling us at 215-893-9939 or by coming into the shop.

Full payment is needed to reserve your space. Cancellations must be made at least 3 days before the first class for a store credit or to move to a different class or session. We cannot offer a store credit if we receive less than 3 days notice. If a class is canceled, you’ll receive a full refund. Supplies are not included in class fee unless stated.

Classes with special guest teachers are non-refundable but may be transferred to a friend if you’re unable to attend.

All classes are for students 18 years of age and older.

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Stephen West at Loop!

COLOR PLAY THE WESTKNITS WAY

Tuesday, February 5 from 1 to 4PM
SOLD OUT!

This class is all about showing off beautiful yarns and simple techniques combined in clever ways. Techniques like stripes, shortrows and holding yarns together will be explored and combined to create bold architectural fabrics. Stephen will show off a colorful array of Westknits designs while encouraging you to look at yarn in a new way. If you have a colorful Westknits project you’d like to begin, there will be time to cast on a new project in the last hour of class.

Recommended projects: Penguono, Marled Magic Shawl or Sweater, Dotted Rays, Parachutey, Chevron Shenanigans, Marled Fade Triangle, Vertices Unite, or any other Westknits design that uses several colors marled or striped.

Materials: An array of colorful scrap yarn for swatching. Bring 10 colors or more and a variety of weights and fibers and few different needle sizes. Mohair fibers are encouraged for exploring marled color techniques.

PLEASE NOTE: Classes with Stephen are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, you may give your seat to a friend. If class is cancelled, we will offer you the choice of a store credit or refund.

Westknits Trunk Show

Tuesday, February 5 from 5 to 7PM
SOLD OUT!

Come witness the colorful world of Westknits and try on all of the samples from Westknits, Best Knits Number 1 & 2, as well as his new book Hiberknitting. We’re keeping this event smaller than our usual trunk shows, so you’ll have time with Stephen to explore all your Westknits options!

Stephen will give an inspiring presentation on how he works with yarns, textures and shapes followed by a booksigning for Stephen’s new book Hiberknitting. Stephen will be available to help you shop for next Westknits project!

PLEASE NOTE: Classes with Stephen are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, you may give your seat to a friend. If class is cancelled, we will offer you the choice of a store credit or refund.

WESTKNITS SHAWL MASHUP

Wednesday, February 6 from 1 to 4PM
SOLD OUT!

In this workshop, you will explore Stephen West’s shawl world as he demonstrates several of his top down shawl construction methods. Stephen will help you mix your favorite elements together into your own shawl mashup.

You will be given a handout in class filled with Stephen’s favorite techniques, stitch patterns, and shaping ideas. If you prefer to follow a pattern, you will be guided to either use a simple shawl shape to fill with texture and color as a guideline. Or, you can create your very own knitted shape if you like to improvise and experiment. Emphasis will be focused on experimenting with elements like colorful stripes, Westknits shortcut short rows and yarn overs.

Materials: Please bring a selection of 2-10 colors and textures to inspire you to create a new project. Use standard fingering weight yarns and US 4-6 needles or bring larger needles if you’d like to double up or work with thicker yarns. More is more and less is a bore in Westknits workshops!

Your project may grow into a finished shawl or you may use it a sample to explore new shapes.

PLEASE NOTE: Classes with Stephen are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, you may give your seat to a friend. If class is cancelled, we will offer you the choice of a store credit or refund.

 



Knit 1: A Neck Warmer

Enter the world of hand knitting! You’ll learn to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off with straight needles. After working with practice yarn, you’ll start your neck warmer, picking up tips and tricks along the way as your skills improve.

Knitting with straight needles – or knitting flat – will enable you to knit scarves, wraps, blankets – even sweater pieces.

Materials: All materials are included in the cost of this class.

Skill level: No experience required!

Sunday, December 2, 9, and 16 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Sunday, January 6, 13 and 20 from 11:30AM to 1:00PM

Thursday, January 17, 24 and 31 from 6:00 to 7:30PM

Sunday, February 10, 17 and 24 from 11:30AM to 1:00PM

Thursday, March 7, 14 and 21 from 6:00 to 7:30PM

Sunday, March 17, 24 and 31 from 11:30AM to 1:00PM

Knit 2: A Hat

In Knit 2, you’ll learn to cast on to circular needles, to join in the round, to switch to double pointed needles and to make decreases while you knit your hat. Once you’re comfortable with knitting in the round, you can make a variety of hats, cowls, and infinity scarves.

Materials: All materials are included in the cost of this class.

Skill level: For graduates of Knit 1 or knitters who can cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.

Wednesday, December 5 and 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Sunday, January 27 and February 3 from 11:30AM to 1:00PM

Thursday, February 7 and 21 from 6:00 to 7:30PM

Sunday, March 3 and 10 from 11:30AM to 1:00PM

Thursday, April 4 and 11 from 6:00 to 7:30PM

Knit 3: Socks

Knit your first sock! You’ll learn to cast on to double pointed needles, to work short rows, to pick up stitches, and Kitchener stitch.

After Knit 3 you’re ready to explore a world of scarves, wraps, hats, socks, mitts, and mittens.

Materials: All materials are included in the cost of this class.

Skill level: For graduates of Knit 2 or knitters who’ve made a hat in the round.

December 2, 9, and 16 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM

Sunday, January 27, February 3 and 10 from 1:30 to 3:00PM

Sunday, March 10, 17 and 24 from 1:30 to 3:00PM

Sunday, April 7, 14 and 28 from 11:30AM to 1:00PM


Knit 4: Fixing Mistakes

Fix the mistakes that every new knitter encounters! Learn to pick up dropped stitches, change a knit to a purl, un-knit (we call it “tinking”), and plain ole’ rip back (known as “frogging”).

You’ll finish class with a better understanding of how knitted fabric is made and the ability to fix those pesky mistakes!

Materials: 50 grams of smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles; size E or F crochet hook.

Homework: Cast on 24 stitches and work Stockinette stitch for approximately 4 inches. Keep stitches on needle and yarn attached to ball.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 2 and those who are comfortable knitting and purling.

Sunday, January 6 and 13 from 1:30 to 3:00PM

Sunday, February 24 and March 3 from 1:30 to 3:00PM

Sunday, April 7 and 14 from 1:30 to 3:00PM

 



Fair Isle Yoked Sweater

Our Fair isle sweater class is the perfect introduction to the world of colorwork yoked sweater knitting! First you’ll choose your pattern: Strange Brew, Mountain Mist or Fern & Feather. Then, you’ll learn to knit a sweater from the top down. You’ll knit your colorwork yoke and then separate the sleeves and and body of the sweater and knit them. Weave in the ends and you’ve got yourself a new sweater!

Materials: If you’ve already taken the Strange Brew Cowl class and you want to use the same yarn, you’ve already knit your swatch! If not, here’s what you’ll need: Pattern, enough DK weight yarn for the size you’re making, circular and double pointed needles in the sizes to get gauge, stitch holders or waste yarn, stitch markers, and tapestry needle.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 2 and those who are comfortable knitting and purling in the round.

Homework: Please come to the first class with your pattern, yarn selected and your swatch knit. We’ll give you swatching instructions when you select your yarn.

Wednesday, January 16, 23, February 13 and 20 from 6:00 to 7:30PM

Wednesday, March 27, April 3, 24 and May 1 from 6:00 to 7:30PM

Fair Isle Cowl

Fair Isle knitting is a centuries old technique of using two colors in the same row to create beautiful designs in your knitting. You’ll learn to hold and manage your yarns while maintaining your tension while knitting a colorful cowl with traditional motifs.

Materials: TinCanKnits’ Strange Brew pattern, 4 hanks of Brooklyn Tweed Arbor 1 each in Ranier and Tincture, 2 of Fleet or a comparable DK-weight yarn; 16-inch size US 4 and US 6 circular needles, stitch markers, and darning needle.

Homework: Using the smaller needle, cast on 132 stitches and work K1, P1 rib for 1 inch.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 2 or those who are comfortable knitting and purling in the round.

Monday, December 3 and 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Monday, February 4 and 11 from 6:00 to 7:30PM

Monday, March 18 and 25 from 6:00 to 7:30

Compass Cowl

Cables are fun to knit, add beautiful texture and interest to your project, and best of all – aren’t as hard as they look!

Learn to knit cables from charts while making Kate Osbourne’s beautiful Compass Cowl.

Materials: Compass Cowl pattern, 1 or 2 hanks of Kelbourne Woolens Scout, depending on which size cowl you’re making, or an equivalent DK-weight yarn, size US4 and US6 16-inch circular needles, stitch markers, tapestry needle, and cable needle.

Homework: Please come to the first class with the ribbing completed. We are not covering a tubular cast on in this class, so if you aren’t familiar with it, use a long tail cast on.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 2 or those who are comfortable knitting and purling in the round, and have cabled previously.

Sunday, December 9 and 16 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM

Clarke Pullover

This is the sweater you will want to wear everyday! Clarke is a classic seamless top-down raglan style with modern updates like vented hem, open neckline and easy fit. You’ll knit your raglan yoke and then separate the sleeves and and body of the sweater and knit them. Weave in the ends and you’ve got yourself a new sweater!

Make it striped or solid- the choice is yours! Class skips 2 weeks to ensure plenty of time for knitting.

Materials: Pattern, enough DK weight yarn for the size you’re making, circular and double pointed needles in the sizes to get gauge, stitch holders or waste yarn, stitch markers, and tapestry needle.

Homework: Please come to the first class with your pattern, yarn selected and your swatch knit. We’ll give you swatching instructions when you select your yarn.

Skill level: This is suitable for graduates of Knit 2 or those comfortable with knitting and purling in the round.

Wednesday, January 30, February 6, 27 + March 6 from 6:00 to 7:30PM

Carbeth Pullover

Stay cozy and warm all winter long in your new Carbeth Pullover! Carbeth is knit seamlessly from the bottom up in quick-knitting chunky weight yarn. You’ll knit the sleeves and body separately and then join them into one piece and begin to knit your yoke. Weave in the ends and you’ve got yourself a new sweater! Class skips a week to allow plenty of time for knitting.

Materials: Pattern, 3-5 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Quarry or comparable chunky weight yarn, circular and double pointed needles in the sizes to get gauge, stitch holders or waste yarn, stitch markers, and tapestry needle.

Homework: Please come to the first class with your pattern, yarn selected and your swatch knit. We’ll give you swatching instructions when you select your yarn.

Skill level: This is suitable for graduates of Knit 2 or those who are comfortable increasing, decreasing and knitting and purling in the round. Adventurous beginners, this class is for you!

Tuesday, January 22, 29 and February 12 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM

Kirigami Hat

Kirigami is a beautiful mix of modern style and classic technique! This terrifically tessellated hat is made using just knits and purls. In this class, you’ll learn to read a chart without cables or colorwork.

Materials: Pattern, 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Arbor or comparable DK weight yarn, US4 16-inch circular needle, US5 16-inch circular and doublepoints. Optional notions: Hilighter tape for ease of chart reading.

Homework: Please come to class with your hat ribbing completed.

Skill Level: This is suitable for graduates of Knit 2 or those who are comfortable knitting and purling in the round.

Tuesday, January 8 and 15 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM

Tuesday, March 26 and April 2 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM

Herringbone Hat

Learn to knit with 2 colors at the same time while creating this cute cap! In this class, you’ll practice the basics of Fair Isle knitting while learning to read a chart.

Homework: Please come to class with your hat ribbing completed.

Materials: Pattern, 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Arbor, US4 + US6 16-inch circular needles, US6 double-pointed needles.

Skill level: This is suitable for graduates of Knit 2 or those who are comfortable knitting and purling in the round.

Monday, January 14 and 21 from 6:00 to 7:30

Monday, February 25 and March 4 from 6:00 to 7:30

Log Cabin Mitts

Keep your hands warm, but text accessible in these super cute Log Cabin Mitts. In this class, you’ll learn to make Log Cabin squares and join them to make a smart pair of mitts!

Materials: Pattern, 3 colors of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter or comparable worsted weight yarn, US7 24-inch circulars and double-pointed needles.

Skill level: This suitable for graduates of Knit 2 or those who have completed a few small projects.

Thursday, January 10 and 17 from 6:00 to 7:30

Thursday, February 21 and 28 from 6:00 to 7:30

Chrysanthemum Blanket

Let your knitting skills blossom in our Chrysanthemum class. Learn to knit lace from the center out to create a beautiful circular blanket! In this class you will learn how to cast on at the center and work your way out as you begin your blanket.

Materials: Pattern. If you want to try the technique in class before committing to a whole blanket, you’ll need 1 skein of worsted weight yarn and US 8 double-pointed needles. If you want to eventually make the whole blanket you’ll need 1200 yards of worsted weight yarn, US8 double-pointed needle, 24 and 40-inch circulars.

Skill level: This class is suitable for knitters who feel comfortable knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, using double-points, and have previously knit from a chart.

Thursday, January 31 and February 7 from 6:00 to 7:30PM

Thursday, March 14 and 21 from 6:00 to 7:30PM


Two-at-a-Time Toe Up Socks

Avoid Second Sock Syndrome and learn to knit two socks at the same time! On just one needle! And from the toe up!

You’ll learn Judy’s Magic Cat On, how to use Magic Loop, and lots of tips and tricks while making a pair of socks.

Materials: 1 ball of Berroco Ultra Wool or 200 yards of worsted weight yarn, a 40-inch US 6 circular needle, stitch markers, and a tapestry needle.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 3 or knitters who’ve made socks before.

Tuesday, March 12 and 19 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM

Mittens

Mittens are fun and easy to knit – and they make great gifts! In this class you’ll learn to knit a thumb gusset, shape the top, and pick up and knit the thumb.

Materials: The World’s Simplest Mittens pattern, enough worsted or chunky weight yarn for the size mitten you’re making (the pattern includes fingering or DK-weight options, but we think worsted and chunky are best for class), double-pointed needles in size to get gauge, stitch markers, waste yarn, and tapestry needle.

Homework: Please come to the first class with the ribbing completed.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 3 or those who are comfortable knitting and purling in the round on double-pointed needles.

Tuesday, December 4, 11, and 18 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Short Row Class

If short rows make you nervous, this is the class for you! Inspired by the Icon Wrap, a beautiful piece created with short rows, this class will walk you through everything you need to know to create those wild wedge shapes! In class, you will be making a swatch to learn the technique that you can then apply to casting on your own Icon Wrap.

Materials: 2 colors of worsted weight yarn and US8 needles.

Skill level: Students must be able to knit, purl, cast on and bind off.

Sunday, January 20 from 1:30 to 3:00PM

Sunday, February 17 from 1:30 to 3:00PM

Sunday, March 31 from 1:30 to 3:00PM

Sunday, April 28 from 1:30 to 3:00PM


 


Polygon Blanket

Learn to make this one unit and you can create a whole blanket! In this class, you will learn to make both the full and half polygons you need to start your very own geometric blanket!

Materials: Pattern, 1 skein of DK weight yarn, US6 16” circular and double-pointed needles.

Skill level: This class is suitable for graduates of Knit 2 or those who are comfortable knitting and purling in the round.

Thursday, April 11 and 18 from 6:00 to 7:30

 



Weave 1: Woven Neck Warmer

With a rigid heddle loom like Schacht’s Cricket, you can weave scarves, placemats, table runners, and much more – and in less time than it takes to knit or crochet! With the Cricket, you can use the same yarn you’d use for knitting, in fact, it’s a great stash buster.

In this introduction to rigid heddle weaving, you’ll learn to warp a loom, prepare your weft, weave with even tension, and finish your project while making your first neck warmer!

Materials: All materials and the use of a loom are included in the cost of the class.

Skill level: No experience required!

Monday, December 3, 10, and 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Monday, January 14, 21 and 28 from 6:00 to 8:00PM

Wednesday, February 13, 20 and 27 from 6:00 to 8:00PM

Monday, March 11, 18 and 25 from 6:00 to 8:00PM

Wednesday, April 10, 17 and 24 from 6:00 to 8:00PM

Weave 2: Woven Gradient Scarf

Woven Gradient Scarf

The Woven Gradient Scarf has a grid of various shades that are made with 3 colors of yarn. Review your warping skills and learn to warp and weave with multiple colors, while making one of your very own!

Materials: The yarn and the use of a Schacht Cricket loom are included in the cost of this class.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Weave 1 or for those who have used a similar loom in the past.

Wednesday, December 5, 12 and 19 from 6:00 to 8:00PM

Wednesday, January 16, 23 and 30 from 6:00 to 8:00PM

Monday, February 11, 18 and 25 from 6:00 to 8:00PM

Wednesday, March 13, 20 and 27 from 6:00 to 8:00PM

Monday, April 8, 15 and 22 from 6:00 to 8:00PM

Tapestry Weaving

tapestry weaving

Learn the basics of tapestry weaving while making a beautiful wall hanging!

You will learn to warp a loom, weave with 2 colors, weave the soumak (braided) stitch and make fringe. The loom, weaving tools, and yarn are included and are all yours to keep!

Materials: All materials are included in the class fee.

Skill level: No experience necessary!

Saturday, December 15 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM