7 Spots on Long Island That Offer Crochet and Knitting Classes

The fact that you can create something with two strings and sticks “is pretty magical,” says Long Island knitting teacher Keri Puglisi. If you want to learn how to cast a spell by knitting and crocheting your own unique creations, classes at specialty shops across Long Island are available to show you the ropes, whether you’re a beginner, advanced, or at any skill level. . Between.

The pandemic has increased interest in crochet and knitting — filling in the downtime creatively has proven therapeutic — but it’s also meant that many, but not all, stores have switched to tutoring.

“Everyone learns at a different pace, so one-to-one lessons are very effective,” says Dina Mor, owner of Knitting Place.

Here are seven places where you can improve your skills. Bring a desire to learn (and a mask).

Black Sheep Knitwear

Private knitting lessons for all levels are offered. “One-to-one tuition works really well, especially with beginners. You can refine their learning process,” says Christine Clark, who taught knitting at a local library before opening her cozy shop six years ago.

INFORMATION: $40 per hour; 47 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, blacksheepknitworks.com631-527-5800

hammer and stain

Intimidated by knitting needles and crochet hooks? Three-hour classes on February 5 at 11 a.m. and February 10 at 6:30 p.m. will teach you how to make a 40 x 60-inch blanket using only your hands. “You get a little introduction to crochet,” says owner Sandra Bernius. “You start with a chain stitch and end with a double chain stitch.”

INFORMATION: $85 per course; 15 Main Street, Sayville, hammerandstainli.com631-891-5524

The place of knitting

Individual Skill Building Courses knit and crochet are offered at this 25-year-old boutique. “The way patterns are written has changed over the years,” says owner Dina Mor, who has seen an increase in people seeking help deciphering instructions.

INFORMATION: $40 per hour; 191 Main Street, Port Washington, theknittingplaceny.com516-944-9276

Nest on the main

“Knitting for All Levels” with Keri Puglisi, from Loops by Keri Knitwear, will be offered January 29 from 2-4 p.m. and February 5 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. February from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn the basic techniques and stitches to complete a cozy hood to warm up the cold winter weather.

INFORMATION: $40 per class, excluding materials; 135 Main Street, Northport, nestonmainmarket.com631-651-9173

Knit on the Lamb

Private crochet and knitting lessons for all levels arranged with two days notice. Since the summer of 2020, owner Valerie Hanna has seen a spike in men eager to improve their skills. “We’ve always had male surgeons,” she says, adding that there has recently been an increase in the number of “accountants and lawyers.”

INFORMATION: $50 per hour; 456 E. Jericho Tpke., Huntington, knittingonthelam.com631-271-9276

The knitting garden

Basic crochet and knitting classes for all levels are offered for individuals and groups of up to four people. “I have enough room for everyone to be properly spaced out,” says owner JoAnn Esposito. Interest in both professions “has been phenomenal in the last year,” she adds. “It’s a way to relax every day.”

INFORMATION: $25 to $40 per hour; 49 Green Street, Huntington, theknittinggarden.net631-923-3222

Long Island Wire and Farm

Need a yarn recommendation? Do you have a pattern question? The second Wednesday of each month, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is reserved for “knitting night”, now organized in the form of a virtual meeting. (Zoom link on website.) “It’s about building community,” says fiber producer Tabbethia Haubold.

INFORMATION: 125 Gerard Road, Yaphank, livestockco.com631-924-8110