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.  

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 Saturday at 1:00 PM


March 12th: Learn Colorwork Knitting


Come learn to knit with two colors in the same row!  John will be showing knitters how to work through a pattern called the Fandangle Hat by Andi Satterlund. It features Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool in the colorway Devilish Grin and a solid sport weight yarn of your choosing (pattern calls for Cascade 220 sport).

Kits for the hat are available in the shop, which include a printed pattern, both required yarns, a bag, and a stitch marker.

John will cover a few options for how to best navigate the world stranded knitting. Our venture into two-color knitting will begin with short charts of a repeating ornament motif. In addition to learning how to work your way through a color chart, you will be introduced to new ways to hold your yarn and potentially adding a fun new notion to your kit.

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 Fandangle Hat Kit
  • US 5 16" circular needle (plain stockinette)
  • US 6 16" circular needle (used for charted sections)
  • KNITTERS MUST COMPLETE the brim of their hat before coming to class. 

Class Cost: $50 + supplies
Dates & Times: 3/12, 12pm-3pm
Minimum students: 2 Knitters
Maximum students: 5 Knitters
Experience: Adept Knitting (knitting in the round, knit, purl)
Instructor: John Dorrenbacher

Sign up for the Colorwork Knitting Class!


March 19th: Brioche Knitting - Salish Sighs Cowl

Salish Sighs is a locally inspired, two-color brioche pattern that you will knit while attending this two-part class!

Knit artisan Theresa Almeida will teach you how to master Brioche basics in this two part series. You will learn Two Color Italian Cast On, Brioche knit and purl, Brioche increases and decreases, and together we will cast on for the beautiful Salish Sighs Cowl. A copy of the pattern is included with your class fee.

Supplies Needed:

  • Salish Sighs Kits will be available for purchase.  If you choose not to purchase the kit, we recommend a worsted weight (non-superwash) yarn such as Spincycle Yarns Independence or Manos Del Uraguay Maxima.
  • Size US 6-8 circular needles for technique learning.  Bring a few sizes to try out your gauge.
  • Please also bring your notions kit.

Class Cost: $65 + supplies
Dates & Times: 3/19 and 4/2, 10am-12pm
Minimum students: 5 brioche-a-holics
Maximum students: 20 brioche-a-holics
Experience: Intermediate
Instructor: Theresa Almeida

Sign up for the  Brioche Class!