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Intro to Knitting

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

For absolute beginners who have no prior knowledge of knitting but want to learn the art of knitting. Class will include proper nomenclature (terminology), hands on learning, visual aids, 1 on 1 assistance, and a Q&A session throughout the class. Students will leave with their knitting project, having learned the two basic stitches of knitting, how to start and end your knitting project, an introduction to pattern reading, and the warm sense...

Sunday Oct 22nd, 3:30–5:30pm Central Time

Pajama Pants in Knit on a Serger

Linda Z's Sewing Center @ 1216 E Central Rd, Chicago, IL 60005

Learning to sew pajama pants is a terrific progression on your beginning sewing journey. Choose from our soft, knit fabric to create sleepwear as comfortable as your favorite tee. Then, you’ll use a SERGER to make quick and easy work of them. Comfortable & quick to make - soon you’ll be making pairs for everyone! Easy! Suitable for all sewing levels! Child's, Teens' and Adults' lounge pants and shorts in two lengths with...

Thursday Oct 12th, 10:30am–12:30pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Chunky Knit Blanket

Coastal Design Workshops LLC @ Live Virtual via Zoom

Use a no-needles knitting process to create the comfy blanket of your dreams in this online class. With DIY craft kit delivered to you If getting cozy is your jam, this virtual workshop is just the thing to help you snuggle up in style. In this hand-knitting for beginners class, you will learn how to make a chunky knit blanket. Your teacher will walk you through the steps so you can create an snuggly blanket that's like a warm hug. Even if you...

Sunday Sep 24th, 2–3pm Eastern Time

Easy Knit: First Hat

Roots Knitting Academy @ Live virtual class

Learn some more advanced skills including increasing and magic loop! You will learn shaping to bring your knitting to the next level! You will leave class with a sweet chunky hat! Skills Required: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off, in the round Skills Learned: Increasing, decreasing, magic loop Pattern: Roots Knitting exclusive pattern!

Saturday Dec 2nd, 10–11am Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Chunky Knit a Square Pillow

Coastal Design Workshops LLC @ Live Virtual via Zoom

Use jumbo sized yarn to hand-knit your own pillow in this online class! With DIY craft kit delivered to you. If you're looking for fun and easy craft ideas, learn how to chunky knit in this online class, with no needles necessary! Using just your hands, a couple of skeins of jumbo yarn and a pillow insert, you will make the cozy chunky knit pillow of your dreams. Don't worry if you don't know how to knit, your instructor will walk you through...

Tuesday Oct 17th, 7–8pm Eastern Time

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Easy Crochet Hat

Roots Knitting Academy @ Live virtual class

Learn some more advanced skills including ribbing and crocheting in the round! You will leave class with a sweet chunky hat! Skills Required: Slip knot, chain, single crochet, double crochet Skills Learned: Ribbing, pick up stitches, in the round, decreasing Pattern: Roots Knitting exclusive pattern!

Saturday Oct 28th, 11am–12pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Easy Crochet: First Granny Squares

Roots Knitting Academy @ Live virtual class

In this class, you will learn everything there is to know about granny squares! Leave class feeling confident with more advanced crochet skills! Skills Required: Slip knot, chain, single crochet, double crochet Skills Learned: In the round, increasing, granny square technique Pattern: Roots Knitting exclusive pattern!

Saturday Dec 2nd, 11am–12pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Crochet Kitchen: Breakfast Edition

Roots Knitting Academy @ Live virtual class

This class features a Roots exclusive pattern that is all about breakfast! Make these amigurumi-style breakfast foods for fun kids toys or decor!Skill Level: Easy Skills Required: Ch, SC, DC, in the round Skills Learned: stitch patterns, increasing, decreasing Pattern: RKA Exclusive Pattern Note: All courses are taught live via Zoom. 3 days prior to your class, you will receive a Zoom link in an email from us for your session.

Thursday Nov 2nd, 8–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Sip N' Stitch: Crochet Ornaments

Roots Knitting Academy @ Live virtual class

Sip N' Stitch is a 90-minute class that is a little more laid back than our other classes. Join us to learn to crochet our Roots exclusive ornaments that will light up your holiday!Skill Level: Easy Skills Required: Slip knot, Chain, SC, DC, in the round Skills Learned: increasing, decreasing, stitch pattern Pattern: Roots Exclusive Pattern! Note: All courses are taught live via Zoom. 3 days prior to your class, you will receive a Zoom link in an...

Friday Dec 1st, 7–8:30pm Eastern Time

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Knitting 101

One Strange Bird @ 2124 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Clueless and tied in knots? Join us and learn the basics of knitting from a textile pro. This relaxing, stress-relieving, and addicting activity will be your next favorite hobby. Learn to purl, knit, cast on, and bind off. Get all of the basics in the intro course and start a simple project. Needles and two skeins of yarn included

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Machine Knitting

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 26 E Quincy St, Westmont, IL 60559

This class is a basic intro it get you up and running for a nice test drive. Students will work on design center machines. Tammy Deck will teach you all of the sweater making basics including: casting on, knitting, increases, decreases, ribbing and casting off.

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Sculptural Knitting

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201

For small sculptures or small bodies. Free form, intuitive, process based approach to knitting and crochet.

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2 sessions

Brioche Knitting

Knit Nirvana @ 7453 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60130

Looking for a further challenge – brioche knitting could be it! Katherine takes you through the basics and beyond to two color brioche. It’s super warm and fun. Don’t fear the “B” word.

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3 sessions

Arm Knitting

Sifu Design Studio & Fine Yarns @ 6054 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660

In this one day workshop you will learn how to make a cowl or a scarf in a record time without having to use needles. You don't even have to know how to knit. Arm knitting is really rewarding because of the instant gratification that you will have a finished garment by the end of class. Some materials included. No experience needed, but knowledge of knitting is very helpful.

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Knitting Basics

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201

Learn the basics to jump start your new knitting hobby: knit stitch, purl stitch, casting on, and binding off - by knitting small swatches with these techniques. Discover how to unknit to fix simple mistakes.  A beginner kit will be included with the class - one ball of yarn, a pair of knitting needles, and a tapestry needle for working in ends. Bring scissors, a tape measure, and a pencil.

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Discover the Best Knitting Classes in Chicago

Are you looking for a new hobby? Do you like working with your hands and making something from nothing? You may want to give knitting a try. Knitting is an accessible craft that requires only needles and yarn to get started, and allows you to create something functional, such as a sweater, scarf, or any number of other items. When you knit, a series of loops of yarn are continuously interlinked or knotted together to create a finished product. Knitting is believed to be one of the oldest methods of making clothes, with some knitted artifacts from ancient Egypt dating back to the 5th century CE. No matter what type of knitting you are interested in learning, it is a great craft for flexing your creative muscles.

Why You Should Learn Knitting in Chicago

If you live in Chicago, you may find knitting to be a beneficial skill in several different ways. For example, knitting could be a fun hobby that helps to relieve the stress you feel from work or school, or gives you something to do with your hands during your free time. In fact, knitting is suggested to help improve your mental health over time. You may also feel good when you make something tangible, including an end product that you could gift to a friend or family member.

When you start learning knitting, you will discover that there is a large community of people who are all interested in the craft. Once you have nailed down the basics of knitting, it is easy to research local knitting clubs, groups, events, or organizations that will allow you to meet others that like knitting too. This makes knitting not just a fulfilling hobby, but a way to get out and be social. Knitting recently regained popularity as a hobby, so you will most likely find someone who is newer to the hobby and wants to bond with you.

Finally, knitting is a valuable skill that may open up new career opportunities. You could start a side hustle selling your knitted creations online or in-person at craft fairs and earn some extra cash. A part-time business repairing and mending certain types of clothing could be another option for using your knitting skills.

In-Person Knitting Classes & Schools in Chicago

If you want to learn knitting and you are in Chicago, CourseHorse can help you book in-person classes. For example, there is an Intro to Knitting class for beginners available at the Irving Park Discovery Center. This course is designed for absolute beginners at knitting and pairs proper knitting terminology with hands-on learning and visual aids. If you enjoy the first class, you can return to the Discovery Center for Intro to Knitting II, which is a continuation designed for students that know how to create a slip knot, cast on, and work a knit stitch. 

Beginning Knitting is another beginner level class, offered at Knit Nirvana in the neighborhood of Forest Park. If you have always wanted to learn knitting, this class will teach you how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and pick up dropped stitches.

Arm Knitting is offered by Sifu Design Studio & Fine Yarns, and offers a unique approach to learning knitting. This one day workshop class will show you how to make a cowl or scarf in record time without using needles–you do not even have to know how to knit.

Knitting Basics is held at the Evanston Art Center in the town of Evanston. This class will teach you how to jump start your new knitting hobby with knit stitches, purl stitches, casting on, and binding off. You will knit small swatches with these techniques and also discover how to unknit to fix simple mistakes.

Knitting Tips and Tricks is another Knit Nirvana offering which will change the way that you approach the art of knitting for the better. You will learn a series of tips and tricks guided by a master knitter that will help you knit more easily and enjoy yourself while you do it.

Virtual Knitting Classes & Schools

Taking an online knitting class might seem daunting at first, but like in-person classes, they have their pros and cons. One good thing about taking a virtual knitting class is that you can attend it from anywhere, meaning you can work on your knitting project in the comfort of your own home, at the beach, or even in a coffee shop. You also do not have to commute to a classroom, which saves both money and time. The biggest con about taking an online knitting class is that you generally have to supply your own materials and equipment.

If you are interested in online knitting classes, CourseHorse has options that will work for you. For example, Knitting is a class that takes place via Zoom and will teach you how to make a scarf with no prior experience, though all skill levels are welcome. Beginning Knitting is a three session course where you will learn the basics of knitting, including casting on, knitting, and binding off. The projects you will make in this course include an infinity scarf and a hat. And Knitting for Beginners (Online) is a beginner-friendly course that will teach you the basics of knitting in a virtual environment over the course of six sessions.

Private Group Knitting Classes in Chicago

Do you want to schedule a knitting class as a fun team-building event for your business or organization? CourseHorse offers live knitting classes for private groups in Chicago that you and your colleagues can enjoy together. Anyone can learn knitting, and men especially are encouraged to take up this traditionally feminine hobby. If you do not see a knitting class listed publicly right now, it is still something that CourseHorse can provide for a group. Reach out through the contact form on their website to learn about the options that are available to you. When you book your next group knitting class with CourseHorse, you will enjoy a variety of benefits. Your group size can be changed after booking if necessary, a confirmation is sent to you within 24 hours of booking, and there are no additional booking fees. They also support multiple platforms, so you can join in on the fun of a group knitting class from just about anywhere.