Best Places for Knitting in Houston

January 21, 2013 7:00 AM

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Knitting, once thought to be merely what your grandmother did to pass the time in her golden years, has once again become more mainstream, enjoyed by millions of people across the country. The knitting scene is thriving in the crafty and artistic city of Houston, where boutiques, shops and classes are available for knitters at all ability levels. This great hobby, which doesn’t take up a lot of space, can be as complex as each individual knitter wants it to be, from simple scarves to intricate sweaters. Make sure to check out these great places in Houston for knitting classes and shopping.

Knit at Night Guild
1414 Wirt Road
Houston, TX 77055

This guild of like-minded knitters began in 1996 when friends Denise Winter and Jane Sheppard started meeting in the evenings to knit after work, and their group soon grew to more than 90 members. The group consists of all skill levels from beginner to highly advanced, and newcomers are welcomed. Since its inception, the guild has split into six subgroups all over the city of Houston, so a guild location will be convenient to nearly anyone in the area. The guild’s aim is to improve the quality of all its members’ craftsmanship and to educate the public about the process of knitting.

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Merribee Needlearts
12682 Shiloh Church Road
Houston, TX 77066
(281) 440-6980

One of the most expansive shops in the area, Merribee Needlearts has been open since 1983 near the Willowbrook Mall. Its 4,000-square-foot facility houses classroom space, yarns, canvases, needles, flosses and anything else you could think to need for a knitting project. Its classes run the gamut from brand-new knitters just starting out to the most advanced, and it offers the option of taking private lessons for individualized attention to your project. In addition to its project materials and courses, Merribee also features a vast library of books and periodicals about needlework.

The Knitting Potter
(713) 249-7311

This gallery, shop and classroom space is the brainchild of Doris Scott, who retired from being a schoolteacher and then decided to follow her dreams of knitting and doing pottery, her two favorite hobbies. Her private studio hosts a gallery of her handcrafted pottery and knitted items. It’s also where she hosts her classes, all of which are private lessons. Scott gives lessons to knitters and potters of all ages and at all skill levels, so bring by your favorite project, and get her expert assistance.

Knitting in the Loop
2805 Bammel Lane
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 942-7881

With a wide variety of classes ranging from beginner to advanced, this store offers something for everyone. The classes, which range from simple knit and purl stitches to complex items of clothing, are held in the store. This allows for students to choose their materials straight from the racks and take them into class with them. The store carries needles of all shapes and sizes, yarns in every shade of the rainbow, and the perfect knitting accessories for every project.

Leisure Learning Unlimited
2990 Richmond Ave #120
Houston, TX 77098-3109
(713) 529-4414

Leisure Learning was established in 1979 as a way for Houstonians to become lifelong learners. It has since grown into an organization with multiple locations and hundreds of offerings from crafting to foreign languages to accounting. Its spring schedule includes courses on knitting scarves in the Greenway Plaza area, and LLU prides itself on offering low-cost but high-quality courses. Check out its schedule to see when a course is being held near you.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at

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