Classes

Free Beginning Knitting and Crochet Classes!

At Northwest Yarns, we are fairly certain that everyone would like to know how to knit and crochet, and if they do not yet know how, it is only because of lack of opportunity. To help populate the world with knitters and crocheters, we offer free beginning knitting and crochet classes!

If you would like to get your knit and crochet on, please drop by for one of the classes below. Needles, hooks and yarns for class are available for purchase at our store -- or feel free to bring your own.

If you already know how to knit or crochet, but have questions about your project that you would like some assistance with, feel free to stop by as well!
Starting 7/8, our in-person classes at the shop are back, too. So, click on the links below, grab your needles or hooks and some yarn, and join us!

  

Kids are great, and we love teaching the next generation all about fiber arts! Kids that are 13+ are welcome to participate in our classes unaccompanied by adults. Kids younger than 13 years old are required to be accompanied by an adult that will also be participating in class so the adult can provide support both in and out of class.

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    Macramé Mondays
    September & October

    hands macrame-ing

    These classes will get you started on your macramé journey! Take one, or take both to learn some sweet macramé techniques for just $15 plus the cost of materials.
    Mondays 4-5pm 
      
       

    Technique Tuesdays at Twelve
    October & November

    Hands knitting and balls of yarn with knitting needles


    Check out these bite-size knitting technique classes, lasting just 1/2 an hour, on Tuesdays at 12:00pm. And they are just $10 each! Check out the classes below.

     

       

      

    Thread Thursdays
    September

    Hants embordering

    Get your thread on! These weekly classes will give you the techniques you need to level up your embroidery and thread-working skills. Each of these classes is just $10 each!
    Thursdays 4-4:30 pm 

     

       
       

       
      

    Double Knitting - Mug Rug
    January 14th

    Double knitting is a great reversible colorwork technique that every knitter should be familiar with! Get you needles ready to learn how to double knit with Echo Mae, as she gets you started on knitting up cute little 4"x4" double-knit mug rugs, just in time for winter weather. In this class you will learn how to do a knit cast-on with two colors, how to read a chart, how to double knit, and bind off.
       
    Class day and time: Saturday, 1/14, 11am-1:30pm
    Cost: $45
       
       
       

    Introduction to Darning
    January 15th

       
    Got a bunch of worn-out sock and holey sweaters in your mending pile? Join sustainable sewist and mending advocate Noah Hirsch in learning to darn knit garments and get them back into use as the weather turns colder! This class will teach a basic darning technique that can be used on socks or sweaters to achieve either a subtle mend that blends in or a decorative visible mend that stands out!
       
    Class Day & Time: 1/15, 1-3
    Cost: $30
       
       
      

    Beginning Spindle Spinning (2-part class)
    January 21st & 28th

       
    Heather is here to teach the ancient art of spindle spinning in this two-part class, leading a new flock of spinners in Bellingham into the wild blue yonder of fiber arts! This is a great class is you have been meaning to learn how to spin on a drop spindle - all you need is wool and a spindle to spin pretty much anywhere.
      
    Class Day & Time: 1/21 & 1/28, 2-3
    Cost: $60

       

    Beginning Wheel Spinning (2-part class)
    January 21st & 28th

      
    Learn to spin your own yarn! John is an experienced spinning teacher and is excited to share his passion for spinning with you! Join us for a two-part class to learn the basics of wheel spinning. You are encouraged to bring your own wheel if you’ve got one– but if you don’t, we’ve got your back! Get in touch with us to learn about renting a wheel for this class and beyond.
      
    Class Day & Time: 1/21 & 1/28, 3-4
    Cost: $60 (plus materials)
       
       
      

    Beginning Nålbinding
    January 22nd

      
    Learn the ancient art of nålbinding in this class with Joi Weaver! This fiber art predates both knitting and crochet, and is sometimes called "Viking knitting." This class will teach you how to create a basic nålbinding stitch to make an adorable set of handwarmers.
    Class Day & Time: 1/22, 1-4
    Cost: $35
       
     

    Rigid Heddle Weaving
    January 28th

      
    Looking a great way to use yarn besides knitting and crochet? Sign up for this rigid heddle weaving class! In this one day introductory class, John will show you how to warp the loom, weave, and discuss finishing methods. Don't have a rigid heddle loom of your own? Northwest Yarns has rigid heddle looms available to rent.
    Class Day & Time: 1/28, 4-6
    Cost: $60
      
      
      

    Beginning Basketry - Round Basket
    January 29th

       
    Join Heather Seevers for a class in beginning basketry! In this comprehensive class, you will learn everything about how to weave a simple basket from the base up. A perfect class for dipping your toes (and fingers), into this fascinating craft!
    Class Day & Time: 1/29, 12-4
    Cost: $60 + $12 for materials
      

    Beginning Intarsia
    February 11th

    knitted intarsia heart pouch grey that has a background with a red heart
    Join Echo to take the next step in developing your colorwork repertoire – intarsia! Learn how to make this charming heart gift bag in your favorite colors, using the knit flat intarsia technique. You will learn how to make and manage the yarn bobbins you will need, and learn the tips and tricks to knit up a perfect intarsia project. For knitters who are interested in knitting intarsia in the round, a demo will also be provided.
    Class Date & Time: 2/11, 11-12:30
    Cost: $35
    Sign up for Beginning Intarsia

    Introduction to Darning
    February 12th

    Got a bunch of worn-out sock and holey sweaters in your mending pile? Join sustainable sewist and mending advocate Noah Hirsch in learning to darn knit garments and get them back into use as the weather turns colder! This class will teach a basic darning technique that can be used on socks or sweaters to achieve either a subtle mend that blends in or a decorative visible mend that stands out!
    Class Day & Time: 2/12, 1-3
    Cost: $30

    Ancient Art of Sprang
    February 25th

     Learn the ancient art of sprang! This netting technique has been found on Bronze Age bog mummies, and was once highly prized for use in military sashes. In this class, we will learn the basics of sprang and make a small bag. 

    You will need a skein of cotton yarn. Berocco Pima cotton and the Queensland United are both good choices. 

    Students receive a discount of 10% on yarn purchases for the class. 

    Class dates and time: Saturday 2/25 12-2pm
    Cost: $30 
    Sign Up for Ancient Art of Sprang