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Best Places For Knitting In Charlotte

January 21, 2013 8:00 AM

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Knitting is hot in Charlotte, especially during the cold winter months. The Charlotte Knitting Guild sponsors monthly get togethers of avid knitters. The guild participates in World Wide Knit in Public Day every June, creates knit items to donate to local charities, and sponsors an annual Knitting Retreat. With more than a dozen yarn shops in the Charlotte region, the area is a natural for a Yarn Crawl. Held every fall, this event offers prizes for those who visit the most shops, as well as great networking with other knitters. No matter your niche, be sure to knit with these yarn-loving locals.

Baskets of Yarn
1318 Central Ave., Suite E3
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 733-9053
www.basketsofyarn.com

This Plaza-Midwood shop welcomes knitters and crocheters of every ability level, and offers kits for creating fashion-forward items from the latest yarns and trendiest patterns. Most classes focus on creating a specific project, including special workshops taught by visiting knitting professionals such as Maggie Jackson of MaggiKnits and Andrea Wong. All knitters and crocheters are welcome to come into the store to sit and stitch any time, with free knit morning and night sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Owner Patty Frame also organizes weekend-long knitting retreats each year, as well as an annual knitting cruise.

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Charlotte Yarn
1235 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 373-7442
www.charlotteyarn.com

Sandy Harris, owner of this yarn shop in Dilworth, offers beginners’ classes in both knitting and crochet that will soon have you making scarves, socks and sweaters. Other classes, including workshops on the popular brioche beret, are taught by Jane Prater of JPKnits. Join Charlotte Yarn’s Fiber Fan Club for a full year of discounts on yarn and other supplies. The shop sponsors a free sit and knit morning every Wednesday, and invites all needleworkers to movie Sundays on the first Sunday of the month for a relaxing afternoon of knitting and movie watching.

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Hand-dyed yarn at the Fibre Studio

The Fibre Studio at Yarns To Dye For
4724 Sharon Road, Suite K
Charlotte, NC 28210
(704) 643-7720
www.fibrestudioshop.com

This full-service shop in the Sharon Corners Shopping Center offers materials and classes in a wide variety of fiber arts from knitting and crochet to felting, spinning and weaving. Natural, undyed and hand-dyed yarns from around the world are available, as well as classes and kits for creating fashionable knit items and gifts. Some of the yarn is hand dyed by shop owner Debbie Davis, who offers classes in dying yarn and wool roving. Open knitting and crocheting sessions take place three times a week, on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning and Thursday evening.

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Yarnhouse yarns

Yarnhouse
3205 N. Davidson St., Suite 103
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 335-8531
www.yarnhouseknits.com

Located in the heart of the NoDa Arts District, this is a yarn shop with a difference: It’s operated by two men. Chris Wysocki and Robert Fulbright, both avid knitters, aim to create a supportive community for knitters of all sexes with free drop-in knit and crochet circles held on Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings. Classes at the Yarnhouse include regular introductions to knitting and crochet, as well as project-specific classes focused on creating colorful accessories and jewelry, including beaded items. The Yarnhouse is also open during the NoDa Gallery Crawl, held the first and third Fridays of each month.

The Yarn Shop by Rainy Day Creations
315 Main St., Suite 2
Pineville, NC 28134
(704) 889-1308
www.knittingincharlotte.com

Located in South Charlotte, the Yarn Shop boasts a wide range of classes in a variety of fiber arts. Knitting and crochet workshops, offered most days, will get you through a sticky part of your project or help you finish it off. Other classes teach techniques ranging from basic stitches, locker hooking and hairpin lace to more intricate skills such as Tunisian crochet and knitted entrelac. Spinning is a major interest at the Yarn Shop with classes in spinning on the wheel, wool carding and drop spindling, or take a class in using a knitter’s loom, and rent one to use at home. Free sessions include knit night every Thursday, spin for the fun of it on the third Saturday of the month, and a charity knitting session every Friday afternoon.

With 15 years of experience covering restaurants in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and two regional guidebooks under her belt, Renee Wright examines the dining scene with enthusiasm plus a deep knowledge of food trends and outstanding local eating ops. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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