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Knitting for beginners

Do you have dreams of making beautiful hand knit sweaters, scarves and cowls? There are some great shops and classes that will have you or your kids knitting in no time.

Mia Bella Yarns

Mia Bella is what you envision a yarn shop to be: cozy and inviting, with a comfy couch and the aroma of hot coffee in the air. The staff is knowledgeable and will help you find the perfect yarn and needles for your projects. They offer private lessons as well as classes where you will leave with a finished project such as a hat, socks or more. Follow them on Facebook for announcements and inspiration as they share completed projects. 

Wool, Warp and Wheel

Located in historic Richmond, this shop is a meeting place for fiber crafters all over the region. They carry the finest natural fibers, easy patterns, and host classes and workshops. Contact them at (815) 678-4063 for upcoming events. 

Three Bags Full Knitting Studio

This studio hosts regular drop-in knit nights on Fridays and carries a full selection of yarn, notions and patterns. Beginner classes are running now and they offer private classes as well. Beyond beginner but have questions? Try their Friday Knitting Clinic held every Friday for extra assistance and one-on-one help. 

Libraries are a great resource for knitters young and old, new or experienced. Aside from the resource books and cozy spaces to practice, many offer clubs and classes. 

Casual Crafters

Casual Crafters is a meet-up for adult crafters at the Zion-Benton Library held twice a month. All types of crafting, needlework and knitting are welcome. 

Knit Together

Join fellow knitters and work on your latest projects or try something new, and meet and learn from others in your community. 

9:30 a.m. the first Friday of the month, Glencoe Public Library

11 a.m. the last Tuesday of the month, Fox Lake District Library

Knitwits

Adult beginners can try the Knitwits class at the Lake Bluff Library. Held on the second Thursday of every month, instructions will teach techniques and help with questions. Bring your own supplies. Registration Required. 

Learn to Knit

Teens can learn to knit with everything provided to them at the Ela Area Library Makerspace. Children need to register in advance and be in grades 6-12. 2 p.m. Dec. 28. 

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