Knitting is often thought of as a hobby for senior citizens, but it isn’t just grandmothers who like to hand make sweaters, scarves and crafts. Over the past decade or so, more young crafters have taken up the calming hobby, bringing it back to life throughout the D.C. area. Here a few places for you to pick up a new love of knitting or just bond with your fellow knitters.
National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Interests in knitting in the D.C. area continues to grow, and so it is not a surprise that there are several groups popping up. DC Threads is a Meetup Group, a group run on meetup.com, that focuses on learning and having fun while knitting. Expect a warm, welcoming group of like-minded yarn nerds. Even if you don’t knit — maybe you sew or crochet — you’re welcome here. If you are looking for a casual way to meet fellow knitters, learn to how to knit, and potentially make new friends, sign up for one of DC Threads events.
4706 Bethesda Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Knit & Stitch isn’t just a store where you can buy fancy yarn, it provides an experience for its customers. The knowledgeable staff provides friendly and catered service regardless of your knowledge level, including in its classes. Whether you are a beginner learning the basics or a seasoned vet working on Intarsia, its classes are great way to learn while creating art. Check out its class calendar, grab an interesting project, and head over for some fun.
4000 Albemarle St. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Coming up with interesting party ideas or themes can be exhausting and many times not unique. Hosting a craft party is an excellent way to have fun and leave with handmade gifts. Stitch DC, on top of offering knitting classes, can help you organize a great craft party for various occasions, like a child’s birthday party or bridal shower, and the Stitch DC Expectant Party is a brilliant idea for anyone throwing a baby shower. Guests craft baby booties and organic washcloths that the expectant mother can use once the baby is born.
102 N. Fayette St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fibre Space is an all-encompassing knitting haven. It makes it incredibly easy to get what you need and covers bases you didn’t even realize you hadn’t covered. More of a community hub than a store, it offers movie nights, a lounge, classes, a space to hold events and yarn tastings. Fibre Space also offers a unique selection of hand-dyed yarns and fibers from independent, local and U.S-made sources.
1730 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20009
With a podcast, classes, a blog, knit-a-longs and workshops, it is clear Looped Yarn Works is obsessed with yarn. If you happen to be in the Dupont Circle area and love yarn, you must stop by, even if it is only to check out the wonderful array of yarns here. You might like it so much you stay for a class or get supplies for the project of the month. If you choose to work on the project of the month you will receive 15 percent off the yarn used for the project.