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Top Spots For Knitting In Philadelphia

January 21, 2013 7:00 AM

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Winter winds are a biting reminder of the need to keep warm when venturing outside. Layers of soft, warm fabrics are a must. For centuries, most clothes and outwear were fashioned in the home. While the earliest examples of knitted clothing come from the Middle East, eventually, the technique was introduced to Europe by Muslims working for Spanish royal families.

Today, the craft and art of knitting is a relaxing hobby pursued by both women and men throughout the country, and many people learn to knit by taking classes and joining knitting clubs. This is where to go in Philly to get the best lessons and find the most popular knitting communities.

LoopKnits
1914 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 893-9939
www.loopknits.com

In addition to its full-service retail operation, LoopKnits provides free knitting and crochet patterns including blanket, cowl and neck warmer, hat, scarf and sock patterns. Low-cost patterns for sweaters and other accessories are also available. Of course, the retail shop features all of the tools and materials you need to knit and crochet, too. With cotton, cashmere, alpaca, linen, silk, mohair and wool yarn, customers may choose from a wide variety of brands, patterns and gauges. Classes taught by experienced teachers are limited to eight people and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of three students are needed per class.

The Tangled Web
7709 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-1271
www.tangledweb.com

Known as a community of fiber enthusiasts, the Tangled Web Yarn Boutique offers a large selection of yarn, needles and accessories for knitting and crocheting. The shop features brand-name yarns from Cascade, Noro, Malbrigo, Ella Rae, Rowan and Be Sweet. Located in Chestnut Hill, the shop also sells a large variety of patterns. For the Winter 2013 Knit-Along, the store will host a series of classes, featuring a special project each month. In addition to adult classes, it also offers options for children.

Related: Top Shops For Crafting In Philadelphia

Rosie’s Yarn Cellar
2017 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 977-9276
www.rosiesyarncellar.com

Rosie’s Yarn Center has been around for 15 years. Specializing in materials and accessories for knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving, the store features a wide selection of fibers, from wool to Alpaca. Throughout the year, Rosie’s offers specialty workshops in the art of knitting and crocheting. The workshops generally run for four hours. Knitting courses include an introduction to knitting, top-down and toe-up sock courses, magic loop, socks two at a time and project classes.

Knit With Yarn Shop
8226 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 247-9276
www.theknitwith.com

Since 1970, the Knit With Yarn Shop, located in Chestnut Hill, has provided specialty yarns, knitting products and a large variety of services to its customers. Considered to be the oldest specialty knitting shop, it is located in the historic stone Detweiler House, where it is surrounded by boutiques, galleries, restaurants and other commercial establishments. The company offers a complete range of accessories, fibers, patterns, books and specialty items. Among the classes offered during the year are a crash course in knitting and a kids knitting course.

Nangellini
832 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 413-5001
www.nangellini.com

Nangellini features art-to-wear classes, along with all of the fibers, patterns and accessories needed to create unique knitted items. Featuring fine art items by Stango, William Nagle, Nancy Nagle and others, the company also specializes in fiber art knit and crocheted items based on original designs by the owner. Those items include hat and scarf sets, shawls, sweaters and cafe press items. Knitting and crochet classes are tailored to meet the needs and skill levels of all individuals.

Related: Top Independent Craft Shops In Philadelphia

Jeffrey B. Roth, has won numerous state and national news and feature-writing awards during his career. A well-known crime writer, investigative reporter and a feature writer, Roth writes for a number of magazines and newspapers. Listed in the Locus Index of SciFi and Fantasy authors, Roth is the author of a number of published short stories and poetry. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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