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!

Beginning Knitting Class - Every Wednesday at 4:00 PM

Beginning Crochet Class - Every Friday at 5:00 PM


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.





Beginning Wheel Spinning



Margaret is here to answer the call of all you fledgling spinners out there. In this two part series, you will learn the mechanics of wheel spinning on our various rental wheels. Try out a few and select one that feels best.

Spinners will be provided with fiber for practicing in class. As always, a 10% discount on materials required for classes will be extended to students.

Class Dates & Times: 3/24 & 3/31 1-2:00 pm
Cost: $60

Sign Up for March Beginning Wheel Spinning Class

Sign Up for April Beginning Wheel Spinning Class



Beginning Spindle Spinning Class



Margaret is back and teaching spindle spinning! She will lead a new flock of spinners in Bellingham into the wild blue yonder of fiber arts! Spinners signing up for this spindle spinning class will receive a beginner spindle kit including your very own spindle and fiber for practicing in class. As always, a 10% discount on materials required for classes will be extended to students.

Class Dates & Times: 3/24 & 3/31, 11-12:00 pm
Cost: $60

Sign Up for March Beginning Spindle Spinning Class

Sign up for April Beginning Spindle Spinning Class 



Rug Hooking for Beginners 

Rug Hooking

This beginners' primitive wool rug hooking class covers all aspects of a small rug project! It will introduce you to a step by step process that may be used for other wool rug projects, (whether you are inspired to design your own, or purchase a pattern and/or kit for a new project). 

It will introduce you to how to select and prepare foundation cloth, how to trace patterns on tulle netting, what tools will work best, how to select and cut wool or yarn, how to hook and how to finish your project.
This seminar provides a kit to create a 5"x5" wool mug rug.

Each student will be able to select 1 of 7 patterns to use for their rug: including an octopus, a dragonfly, and a coffee cup and saucer.

Attendees will learn how to complete a primitive wool rug project, from transferring a pattern to the foundation cloth, preparing the foundation cloth, cutting wool strips (noodles), or yarn, hooking the rug and finishing the edges.

Date & Time: 3/20/19, 4-7pm
Cost: $55 for a 3 hour class

Sign Up for Beginning Rug Hooking 



Beginning Entrelac 

Entrelac Knitting

Join us to learn the Entrelac knitting technique while making a beautiful Entrelac Hooded Scarf. Entrelac creates a textured diamond pattern used for knitted hats, scarves, afghans, and clothing. The result resembles basket-woven strips of knitted fabric. Basic knitting skills required.
Students will receive 10% off materials purchased for the class.
Date/Time: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17 11-12:30pm
Cost: $65
Minimum # of knitters: 2
Maximum # of knitters: 8

Wet Felted Hat Class

Felted Hats

Make a seamless hat in a style of your choice by felting wool fiber around a resist pattern. The process uses soap, water and agitation to form the felt. Embellishments of yarns, fabrics, silk or wool fibers can be added. Hat blocks are used for final shaping.

Materials:  3 oz wool can be purchased with 10% discount on class day
Embellishments provided by the instructor.

Instructor: Donna Hunter
Ages: 15+

Class Date & Times: Sunday 3/10, 11-3:00pm
Cost:  $50

Sign Up for Wet Felted Hat Class


Needle Felted Pet Portraits

needle felted pet

Come create a symbolic felt masterpiece. Bring an 4x6 image of your pet . We will utilize felted sweaters for our canvas. Instruction on color tones, shading, proportions and angles will be covered. We will also explore needle felting techniques used for wool painting. Bring your creativity. Materials fee of $30 for first time class participants and $10 for returning students payable to the instructor. 

Students will need to bring a 4x6 image of their pet/chosen animal and a photocopy of photo that can be thrown out later. This size is vital.

Date/Time: Saturday March 9th 2-5pm
Cost: $35 + $30 materials fee

Sign Up for Needle Felted Pet Portraits




Build A Cardigan Class

Knit Cardigan

Learn to knit a custom fitted cardigan in this popular 6-part with Heather Seevers. This beginning sweater class will meet 6 times through July - September, and student will come away with an understanding of how to knit and fit a basic cardigan. Students for this class should already have basic knitting skills, and be ready to move on to the next level of knitting!
Class Dates & Times: 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6 & 5/20, 5:30-6:30
Cost: $120

Hand-Painted Yarn Dying Class

Yarn Dying

Join Melissa and learn how to hand-paint your own yarn! This technique makes gorgeous skeins that you'll just be dyeing to use in your next projects.
Class Dates & Times: 3/15, 12-5
Cost: $85

Magic Loop Class

Magic Loop

Tired of using double-pointed needles? Or just want to skip learning how to use them altogether and start knitting in the round? Learn how to use the Magic Loop technique, and just use one circular needle instead! In this class with Echo, students will learn how to cast on and join the Magic Loop and how to knit with the Magic Loop. Student will also learn a bit about the history of knitting in the round and knitting needles.
Date & Time: 3/23, 2:30-4:00
Cost: $35

Sign Up For Magic Loop Class



Beginning Lace Knitting

Lace Knitting
Want to make holes in your knitting... on purpose? Do we have a class for you! Join us for this beginning lace class, and learn how to knit the Gothic Lace Cowl by Tin Can Knits. This beginning lace class will guide you through all the lace knitting basics you need to complete this lovely cowl, including basic knitted lace increases and decreases, reading lace charts, how to read your knitting, and how to use lifelines.


Class Dates & Times:  4/13, 11-12:30
Cost: $45

Sign Up for Beginning Lace Knitting


Crochet Amigurumi (2-part class)

Want to cuddle up with your own real-world pocket monster? Crochet one! Our amigurumi class will teach you to create any one of three little monsters, while learning crochet skills that will enable you to make even more. All you need is a basic knowledge of how to do a single crochet stitch (if you don't know how, come by one of our free Friday crochet classes and we'll get you up to speed.)
Class Dates & Times: 4/15 & 4/29, 5:30-6:30
Cost: $40