Knitting used to be an art form lost to the great grandmothers of the past. Today, it has become a popular hobby among all age groups and genders. With the limitless selection of materials and possibilities, knitting provides an outlet for creativity and a way to enhance your wardrobe with one-of-a-kind accessories. Many knitting shops in Minnesota offer helpful classes and instruction for beginning knitters to seasoned crafters. Stop in and become addicted to a new hobby.
4420 Drew Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
A great selection of yarn, patterns and knitting tools, Needlework Unlimited has been a staple in Southwest Minneapolis for a long time. The staff at Needlework Unlimited are so enthusiastic about the craft that it’s contagious. Visit Needlework Unlimited for knitting classes, help with a project, fixes for your dropped stitches or just some lively conversation while working on a scarf.
Depth of Field Yarn
405 Cedar Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Located on the west bank by the University of Minnesota, Depth of Field Yarn has a great selection of natural yarns in beautiful colors and varieties. Its collection includes alpaca, organic cotton, mohair and many others. Depth of Field also offers classes for the beginning knitter to the more advanced crafter. All knitters are welcome to hang out, socialize and knit on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The best part is that staff will be there to help you through those complicated projects
103 Mount Royal Shopping Circle
Duluth, MN 55803
This community knitting store treats everyone that walks in like family. Its class selection is outstanding with options for learning how to craft items like Christmas stockings, basic mittens and felted slippers. Many of the patterns sold in the store are the creations of Minnesota designers as well. Yarn Harbor also supports the knitting community through “Pajama Night.” Knitters can hang out in their pajamas and work on projects until the store closes at 10 p.m.
7602 160th St.
Lakeville, MN 55044
This may be one of the coziest knitting retreats in Minnesota. Packed with soft couches and comfortable chairs, Knitter’s Palette encourages long visits to browse patterns, examine wool or work on projects. In the market for a spinning wheel? Knitter’s Palette carries high-quality spinning wheels and looms as well. Classes are kept small in order to provide personalized instruction and are offered regularly throughout the year.
11262 86th Ave. N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
This quaint and inviting shop in Maple Grove is great for encouraging beginning knitters. The staff opens up a “help desk” to keep you going even when your project becomes confusing. With a wide variety of materials, patterns and classes, you can find inspiration to knit anything from a basic scarf to a fashionable sweater. Join the ‘sock of the month’ club and keep your feet warm all year long.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.