Knitting is not just for old women anymore, though, of course, they have led the way in a bold new trend. This simple hobby has broken into cutting edge fashion, an easy favorite in clothing and accessories. Trust in the following locations for all of your knitting needs, from classes to supplies to good conversation.
3610 Falls Road
Baltimore, Md. 21211
No doubt you have seen or heard of the popular sweater tree in hip Hampden, where a cherry tree is seasonally dressed with a snazzy, custom-knit sweater. This is the work of the knitters from Lovely Yarns who are beloved in Baltimore for their beautiful crafts. In spite of the weekly “Stitch n Bitch” sessions, it is a kind, learning atmosphere that welcomes all knitters. It recently moved from the Avenue to a larger, two-story location down the street. The yarns offered are spun and dyed by hand, supporting the local yarn-making community, while Lovely Yarns steps up to the plate in charity work for area schools and children afflicted with AIDS. The affordable classes are kept small, whether for beginners learning to cast on or those who want to perfect their technique. In addition to knitting there are classes for crochet, jewelry making and yarn spinning.
A Good Yarn
1738 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
This shop in Fells Point may be small but it offers much for local knitting enthusiasts. Intimate classes are kept to six or fewer students, no matter the level of training. Beginner classes include enough materials to make a hat and scarf, items especially necessary in these cold winter months, along with a crochet hook for those mistakes that are bound to happen. Weekly knitting sessions help you relax and unwind with conversation, snacks and hot drinks. If you’ve got knitters’ block, A Good Yarn holds convenient hours for you to stop by for assistance, no matter what the trouble may be. Best of all, students may purchase crafts at a 15 percent discount. To top it off, staff hosts charity knits to create hats, mittens and scarves for children attending Baltimore City schools.
The Knitting Boutique
910 Cromwell Park Drive, Suite 108
Glen Burnie, Md. 21061
Bringing the classic hobby of knitting into the 21st century is a spacious yet modern facility right near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Watch as planes take off and land while attending knitting events, such as sit and stitch nights and tea parties on Tuesdays, or bring along a sports fanatic for Sunday football knitting sessions. A wide array of classes include Knitting 101, instructions for kids, fixing mistakes and crochet, with a multitude of projects ranging from simple accessories to more unique endeavors like a tablet cover. A great place to hang out, the Knitting Boutique is ideal for purchasing supplies as its membership club offers great discounts, product previews and even a birthday gift.
6117 Falls Road
Baltimore, Md. 21209
Along the quiet, scenic route of Falls Road lies a homey shop that has been serving Baltimore knitters for 30 years. Should you want to knit hats, shawls, sweaters, socks, baby wear or fashionable clothing, Woolworks is the place. Shop an extensive supply of needles, as well as yarn colors and sizes to purchase. As with many knitting shops, enjoy group classes, though private one- or two-hour instruction is also available. Stop in any time during store hours if you feel the need to knit, crochet or spin yarn to your heart’s content.
Cloverhill Yarn Shop
75 Mellor Ave.
Catonsville, Md. 21228
While Cloverhill offers individualized classes, there are plenty of opportunities to knit with a group. Join sit and knit on Sundays or knit along in which everyone works together on the same project. Helpful staff and affordable prices are always on hand. Earn 10 percent off of your next purchase at the store by dropping off your knitted or purchased blanket, collected for the Lazarus Caucus project, which delivers to the Westside Homeless Shelter. Sign up today to start knitting hats, shawls and blankets today.
Pam Smith graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English and a passion for writing. Her adaptive nature led her to work in the scientific, energy supply, and business industries while writing on a multitude of topics for various online media. Pam currently resides in Baltimore County. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.