Knitting is more than just a pastime. In Los Angeles, knit shops are centers of a learning culture. Anyone can learn anytime and in every community. The simplest and most practical projects are a start for beginners, but as one advances, fashion creations fill out any wardrobe. It’s winter again, and there is no better time the get your knit on with the best knitters in Los Angeles.
Knit Culture Studio
8118 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Price: $250 (3 Saturday sessions)
Knit Culture Studio prides itself on its natural-fiber yarns bursting in color and vibrancy. With a wide variety from around the world, its collection inspires creativity and draws the public into the knitting culture. The store offers all of the patterns, instruction books and accessories beginners and advanced knitters could want. Keri McIntrye’s classes provide the basics and enticing intermediate projects. Enrolled students receive discounts on class materials.
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Zoe Zeynep Knit Studio
7201 Melrose Ave. Suite B
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Price: $45 (includes materials)
More than a store, Zoe Zeynep Knit Studio is a gathering place where newcomers and long-time knitters share and learn. It’s all about knitting as art. Staff puts service first, guiding customers to the right yarn for every project. After taking the beginner’s class, other opportunities are readily available to help students create useful projects. Get Your Knit Together is an ongoing program for advanced and beginning knitters.
818 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
Every day is knitting circle time at Unwind. Knitters come together as a community for inspiration and encouragement. Staff provides full services with advice for any project. Through its online presence, novices and advanced knitters are always a click away from advice, projects and a complete inventory. Bringing new friends to the beginner’s class can earn you up to 15 percent off purchases that day.
Abuelita’s Knitting & Needlepoint
1012 B Mission St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Price: $20 to $30 per hr adults/$80 kids and teens for five classes/$45 per hr for private lessons
From knitting for kids and teens to adult beginners, including crocheting or needlepoint, Abuelita’s Knitting & Needlepoint is the one-stop shop for everything knitting and classes. Located in the Mission West District, hobbyists of every level of skill come together here. Private lessons and knitting parties make for personal and social opportunities. Abuelita’s is truly a center of learning and knitting culture.
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Needle in a Haystack
2262 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020
Price: $35 to $50 per hr
Instructor Evelyn Van Orden teaches every level, one-on-one or in small groups. She brings the art of knitting and crocheting to students in a personable and productive environment. Consultations are free. The shop, established in 1973, offers everything for knitting, as well as cross-stitch, needlepoint and crochet. Supplies, project bags and instruction books round out a complete inventory at this local favorite.
Robert Cuthbert is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. His work can be found on Examiner.com.