If you haven’t already, it’s definitely time to get crafty. The trend toward all things handmade, homespun, and reminiscent of childhood has been going strong for a while now (remember last summer’s friendship bracelet craze?) This is the Summer of Crochet, and honestly, we’re hooked. If you’re wondering where to go to learn, our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of 10 great places, including both at home online and in-person classes in New York and Washington D.C., where you can learn to knit or crochet right now.
what’s the best place (or places) to go to learn to knit or crochet right now?
Crafting has taken the world by storm. Whether it’s a quarantine hobby-turned-passion, a Tik Tok trend, or a result of the comfort-driven “craftcore,” it’s official – people everywhere have turned to crafts to pass the time. Specifically, they’ve taken up knitting and crocheting.
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These pastimes have a lot to offer. As well as being hands-on projects that help to relieve stress. They’re also activities that yield the satisfaction of tangible results – after a day’s work, you can physically see all that you’ve accomplished. And of course, crafts are a great way to connect with others.
If you’ve never knit or crochet before, you may find this latest trend a little daunting. There’s a lot to learn, and you may not know how to get started. But don’t worry – there are plenty of classes, both online and in-person, to help you on your way.
Whether you want to study solo or with others, in real-time or with pre-recorded lessons, we’ve got you covered. Here are ten great places where you can learn to knit or crochet.
10 great places to learn to knit or crochet right now
If you’re just now dipping your toes into the world of craft, there’s no better place to start than with Craftsy. They are an online platform offering more than 1,500 classes in every discipline medium – knitting and crocheting, of course, but also quilting, sewing, drawing, cake-baking, and more.
As well as detailed, easy-to-follow video lessons and guides, there are community forums, and easy ways to connect with your fellow crafters. If you’re brand new to knitting or crocheting, and you’re looking for an easy introduction, this is the place to begin.
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Third Piece believes in the power of creativity, and their mission is to help put a creative spark in people. And that includes you! This is why the Massachusetts shop is one of the most-beloved retailers for both yarn and knitwear and – of course – for knitting lessons. Third Piece’s Knitting School moved online during COVID, and for those of us who are out-of-state, we’re grateful we can join in the fun.
As well as Video-on-Demand workshops, they also offer mail-order knitting kits. If you’d like to learn the craft without the stress of having to be at a certain place at a certain time (even if that place is just your computer!), Third Piece makes it simple.
Purl Soho is one of our all-time favorite New York yarn stores, and their virtual project has been one of the most exciting pandemic inventions.
Participants are all shipped the same pattern in the mail – the design for a lightweight raglan pullover – and from there, it’s up to them to cast-on and make the stitches happen. To keep you motivated, there are emails of encouragement, monthly zoom calls, and even prizes – if you like the idea of knitting as parallel play, then the knit-along might be for you.
The Knitting Room sits at the foot of Windham Mountain in Windham, New York, and they should be a destination for aspiring and expert knitters everywhere. As well as a calendar full of regular classes – including hat workshops, open level help, knit-at-night, and many other drop-ins – they are also offering a knitter’s retreat this August.
Head to this scenic paradise for a day of knitting and yoga, full of rest and fun. Put this place on your knitting bucket list as soon as you can.
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5. Fibre Space.
Located just south of Washington D.C., Fibre Space is home to one of the most impressive selections of materials that we’ve ever seen – and of classes. They offer in-person, project-based classes for both knitting and crocheting, with options available for all skill levels.
Each class is limited to six students or fewer, ensuring that everyone gets the best experience possible
School of Sweet Georgia is another online utopia for all things knitting and crocheting (plus dyeing, tapestry, weaving, spinning… and so much more). As well as pre-recorded lessons, your membership grants you access to their vibrant community of crafters, as well as livestreams, study groups, and many other ways to connect.
If you’re to get serious about your crafting– even as a novice – School of Sweet Georgia is an easy, at-home way to do that.
If you live in Michigan, you’re in luck – there are few places where it’s easier to be a beginner crafter than at Michigan Fine Yarns. As well as selling fabulous yarns both online and in-store, the shop also offers weekly – in fact, almost daily – courses for beginners in both knitting and crocheting.
There’s also “makealongs,” bring your own project days, and community nights, so there’s a spot for you regardless of where you are in your fiber journey. If you’re looking to get back to in-person crafting communities, you’ll find them here.
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If you’re more interested in practicing these newfound hobbies on your own time, make sure to check out Wool and the Gang. Their online courses are among the clearest and best we’ve seen on the internet, and they will help you to become an expert in both knitting and crocheting.
They also have tools, yarns, and kits available for purchase, so there’s no need to look anywhere else for supplies. If you’re someone who gets easily overwhelmed by new projects, Wool and the Gang is the place for you – you won’t need to look anywhere else.
Fancy Tiger Crafts is a Denver destination for all things crafty, and that of course includes knitting and crocheting classes. With both online and in-person lessons and events, Fancy Tiger Crafts has options available for every age, skill-level, and desired project. You can knit, crochet, or sew, get started on new projects or complete old ones.
This really is the perfect place to hone your skills, and you’ll want to pick up some yarn and fabric while you’re there. Make sure to also browse their patterns, kits, tools, and assorted swag.
We love the New York Sewing Center. They currently offer private knitting lessons in person – including outside, at your home, or at their studio – and online, meaning that they should have an option that works for you. You can even sign up with a friend!
More interested in meeting new people? The center also offers regular knitting and crocheting classes on Wednesday evenings, from six to nine pm. If you’d like to craft alongside your fellow New Yorkers, make sure to check them out.
where to go to learn to knit or crochet, online or in person
That’s our take on where to find the best places to learn to crochet or knit right now, including at home online or in-person classes in New York and more. What do you think, dear reader?
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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.