Our mission is to spread the joy
of knitting, crochet, and other fiber skills!
Skills such as knitting are good for the brain, it can relax or
challenge us, plus it connects us to one another, as well as to the
other arts and sciences.
Philly Knits is a free and
open meetup where we help each other with our knitting "challenges"
whether you're a
beginner or advanced. Everyone is
invited to join us, no matter
your age (7yrs+), sex, or skill level (from zero to expert)! Just bring your own
needles and yarn.
might want to bring 9-inch long, size 7 or 8, wood needles, and yarn that is
one color, smooth, and worsted (medium) weight. But anything is fine. We'll
work with it. You can also make needles out of cheap bamboo skewers (sand,
grease, and wax) and then wrap fine twine (i use hemp) around the end
and tie off. If you want to make sure that someone will be able to help
you get started, email those particular
attendees and ask, OR contact me and we can make arrangements to get you
Host & Post Meetups:We encourage our members to host meetups
in cafes, libraries, schools, and parks (in the warmer months). Its a fun
way to meet others and and see the city! For
those who post meetups, please allow 2 weeks before the meetup date. Also,
consider using a PHILLY KNITS POSTCARDto advertise your
meetups on cafe fronts, libraries, etc. - just add the days and times at the bottom of the
try to keep
your RSVPs up-to-date so that Event Hosts can cancel events if no one is going
There are several libraries that host knitting groups and some offer
assistance in learning to knit. We would like to see a
knitting program in every library. Above we have suggested videos on our
"Learn2Knit" link. And don't forget to make
sure your knitting activity is prominently posted in the library. So
please contact your local library and volunteer.
Teach-2-Knit Program: We are looking for volunteers to help out with
our after-school knitting program. Please contact me if you are
Information: We list other knitting, crochet, weaving, and fiber
info, links, events, groups, and libraries. If you want to add info, please email me the information at
We are always looking for local sources of
plant and animal fiber (including fairs where they are sold), as well as locally
made needles. Or maybe we’ll
learn to make the needles ourselves! So, please send us that information.
Absent locally-made products, there are several yarn shops and outlets in
Philadelphia that sell knitting supplies at various price ranges, see below.
free to knit simply or more complex. It's up to you. Some of us, like me, don't read patterns
(yet) and knit very
simply, enjoying the meditative nature of knitting and crochet. Others
like to be challenged. We want to encourage you to do what you enjoy
Our meetup is
free. Sharing is key. Welcome to Philly Knits!