Learn two-color brioche with Detroit based knitwear designer and instructor, Cassondra Rizzardi. She will be teaching the ins and outs of knitting brioche flat, as well as increases and decreases commonly used in popular brioche patterns. For this class, you will be working on swatches to develop your skills in a no-pressure environment. You will leave class with a working knowledge of the special stitches for increasing and decreasing in brioche knitting as well as the skill of reading your work so that you will be able to catch and fix mistakes.
Double knitting allows you to knit the front and back sides of a project simultaneously, creating smooth, reversible stockinette with reversed images on both sides. Designer Cassondra Rizzardi will walk you through the process, showing you the fundamentals of double-knitting, including working with two colors simultaneously and reading a chart. Bonus: Double-knit fabric is cozy and sturdy, so your cowl will stand up to block the wind and keep your neck and chin toasty. Kitty Crowd or Espalier Cowl Patterns included.
Park your car, and let us do the rest! Take the Windy City LYS Trolley Tour and visit four of the Chicago shops participating in the Chicago Yarn Crawl. Join shops Knit 1, Sister-Arts Studio, Firefly Fiber Arts Studio, and Nina Chicago, for a fun, yarn filled tour around to each shop!
CloseKnit yarn store in Evanston will host a Yarn Tasting and meet and greet with Malabrigo Yarn. We are asking people to wear or bring garments made from Malabrigo yarn for extra chances to win door prizes!
This is a free event, but you need to register by calling the store at 847-328-6760
Nina Chicago will be hosting Sandy from Shibui Knits, who is bringing a striking assortment of garments and accessories. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Shibui and try on all of their beautiful samples! No event here at Nina Chicago would be complete without some bites from Chef on the Roof, who will also be crafting a custom cocktail for the event.
End the Chicago Yarn Crawl with this unique event at Firefly Fiber Arts Studio!
Join us for a “Books and Hooks” meet and greet with award winning Sci-Fi Author and Crocheter Extraordinaire, Mary Robinette Kowal!
Kowal's newest Lady Astronaut book series, The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky, inspired us and our friends at Why Knot Fibers to create two custom gradient colorways that will have you seeing stars! The Calculating Stars book is already the #1 New Release for Alternate History Science Fiction and we think you’ll love the yarns to the Moon - and back! A limited edition of the custom color-ways will be available during the Chicago Yarn Crawl. The custom yarns will be available in Lace, Sport, and Bulky weights. Pick up your skeins and a copy of The Calculating Stars and mingle with Mary Robinette Kowal while we serve light snacks and drinks.
Sister-Arts will demonstrate the ease of gradient yarn dying using the Drunk Yarn dying kit. Join us for a a sip of Sangria with the Sisters of Sister-Arts Studio.
Join Wool & Co. as we showcase the latest trunk show from Shibui. Their clean, modern aesthetic & gorgeous fibers knit into timeless garments & accessories. We are also proud to host Sandy Barnes, the Sales Manager of Shibui who will be here to talk about the brand, yarns, & sumptuous garments/accessories.
Laura is an expert on stranded colorwork & will talk about the history, regional patterns/ nuances, & color theory. In addition, she will do a demonstration of authentic Norwegian colorwork & help you select a project, as well as choose colors from Wool & Company’s Rauma Finullgarn display with over 120 colors from which to mix and match.
Join Firefly Fiber Arts for a night out at Movies in the Park! We'll be hosting a makers picnic to watch Wonder Woman at Churchill Field Playlot Park, just blocks away from the Firefly shop!
Firefly will set up a picnic spot at Churchill Field Playlot Park at 7pm. The movie runs from 8pm - 10pm. We will provide limited picnic coverage. If you can, bring a blanket to help make more room! This is a Bring Your Own Snacks and Drink event. Don't forget your projects!
This event is hosted by Chicago Parks and is a free event. Weather may effect this event.
The Fiber Co. Trunk Show
Featuring a beautiful collection of shawls, sweaters and accessories from their Foundations Collection. Join us the see and try on this beautiful collection then select your favorite garment to knit.
Drunk Yarn Trunk Show
Round Mountain Fibers is featuring garments knit up in a variety of Drunk Yarn colors using their home dying kits and techniques. Choose your favorite beverage, Drunk Yarn pattern and dying kit to enjoy at your leisure!
You won’t want to miss her: Kayanna Nelson of Stitch Together, genius indie dyer, the Reigning Rebel of Rad Yarn (if we do say so ourselves!), will be here at Yarnify! for the Yarn Crawl kickoff on Saturday, July 28th. We’ll have a trunk show to inspire you and lots of crazy fun colorways to tickle your eyes! And since it’s the kickoff of Yarn Crawl, you’ll want to pick up your passport and entry ticket for our shop prize, also courtesy of Stitch Together.
Please join Elgin Knit Works, Friday July 27th from 6-9 pm, to celebrate our resident podcast 3ply's one year birthday. There will be cake, prizes and podcast shenanigans. In addition to visiting with the lovely ladies of 3ply, we will reveal the 3ply color way available in 3 weights and will include a free gift with purchase the evening of the party. Yarn crawlers can also pick up their passports and celebrate the kick off of the 2018 yarn crawl.
Join Nina Chicago and local sisters Hillary and Heather of Beautiful Syster to kick off the 2018 Chicago Yarn Crawl! While checking out their beautiful line of project bags, you can also pick up your passport. Plus, you will receive a 10% discount for being an early crawler. We will have great eats and other treats from our favorite chef as we warm up for the crawl with other local makers!
Firefly is hosting a Yarn Crawl Kick-Off Party on Friday, July 27th! Pick up your reserved Tote and Passport with us, and get the Yarn Crawl perks the night before Yarn Crawl officially starts! Enjoy 10% off all yarn, plus extra sales Friday night! Put your name in for our in store raffle and enjoy light fare and drinks on us!