What we're about

Welcome to the Madison Crochet, Knitting and Yarn Crafts Group! We're an inclusive group of mostly knitters and crocheters, though other crafts are welcome, too. So if you knit, if you crochet, if you do latch-hook rugs, or yarn dolls, or are strangely passionate about pompoms, come join us! You're even welcome if you do crafts that don't have yarn in them; so long as it's portable you are invited to join us.

Our default location is the Colectivo on Monroe St, though from time to time (especially in the summer) we meet at other locations (most are on the west side, but if you'd like to start a branch in a different neighborhood, please let me know). Likewise we mostly meet on weekday evenings, rotating through Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but we've been working some weekends in here and there, too.

We also have Beginner's Workshops roughly every two months, where people come either willing to teach or ready to learn. There is no pre-required skill level to come to one of these workshops, though we do ask that you bring your own supplies. And if the timing of them doesn't work for you, give a head's up in the comments for a particular meetup, and we'll probably be able to teach you then, instead.

And the last thing that I'll mention here is that while meetups are free to join, they cost money to host through the meetup site. It's $15-20 each month (depending on how you buy it), which is not an incredible amount of money, but is still significant to me, so if you value the group, I'd really appreciate it if you can pitch in towards its upkeep (there's a donate button, or cash at a meetup is fine, too), although it is definitely not required.

Upcoming events (5+)

Saturday Challenge Projects with Susan

KnitCircus Studio & Store

Knit and crochet lovers, please join us for a special KAL at KnitCircus Yarns! We'll meet in the back room with the couch and chairs to work through some of our trickiest patterns with the help and experience of Susan. Please note that this is a public business, so customers will be rolling through the room where we'll be to check out all the sales, handpaints, gradients, etc. Pack your travel cup of joe, a snack, and your hooks and needles to celebrate crafting in a warm and welcoming small business!

Monday Makers

KnitCircus Studio & Store

Knit and crochet lovers, please join us for a case of the Mondays at KnitCircus Yarns! We'll meet each on Monday mornings in the back room with the couch and chairs. Please note that this is a public business, so customers will be rolling through the room where we'll be to check out all the sales, handpaints, gradients, etc. Pack your travel cup of joe, a snack, and your hooks and needles to celebrate crafting in a warm and welcoming small business!

Beginner's Workshop

Barriques - Monroe St.

This is one of the Yarn Crafting Group's periodic Beginner's Workshops, where everyone attending is either looking to learn, or prepared to teach the craft(s) to others. It's pretty chill and casual. All ages and stages are welcome, from "Do I ball this first?" to "My grandma tried to teach me seven times!" to "So about these charted patterns...?" We love to meet new people, we don't judge your skill (or lack thereof), and we can collectively answer almost any question (or I'm pretty good at making up answers...)! All we ask of new yarn crafters is that you bring your own materials. If you have something already, you're all set, but if you're not sure where to start, then I recommend worsted weight yarn (the "normal" weight), and then either size 7 bamboo/wood needles for knitting, or an H hook for crocheting. Beginning books are also useful, if only for personal reference if/when you're working alone later. Also, we have a very generous situation with our Event Organizer Allison (who does the East Side meetups). She's set up a free knitting and crochet supplies exchange, so if you need supplies but are unable to acquire them, please contact her for assistance (you can send messages through this website; she's the event organizer named Allison, or you can email her at [masked]­t). If you're coming to teach, remember to bring a project to work on as well; we usually have more teachers than learners. And if you don't want to learn or to teach, you are of course also welcome to come; there's plenty of space for regulars, too.

Eastside Stitchers

Mickey's Tavern

Note: A core group of 6-12 stitchers attend each week without RSVP'ing. Don't be discouraged if you see only "Fibre Forward Inc" signed up. There's always a group of us there. Please always feel free to message us here! Meet in the back room of Mickey's Tavern. The glowing owl lamp marks our tables. The bar knows us, and we're more than welcome to hang out. Mickey's has well-priced draft beers, bar food, and a super welcoming neighborhood vibe. NOTE: CASH ONLY! They have an ATM inside. New/beginner-friendly. Can't afford supplies? Need instruction? No problem. Message us. We host this group as a part of Fibre Forward, which is specifically designed for access to knitting and crochet resources at no cost, among other fiber arts. We're happy to take time in our circle to teach you, too. Optional Charity Project through Fibre Forward: Most Eastside Stitchers consistently partake in community-oriented knitting / crochet projects. Since we don't have a formal agenda or program for our Wednesday nights, it's up to you if/when you'd like to participate. Basically, the idea is to consistently have a charity project on the needles/hook. We just completed and mailed a bunch of blue hats for Lion Brand Yarn's Hat Not Hate project to raise awareness around bullying, and are teaching kids to knit & making Kindness Monsters with them at Kids Create in August. For the fall months, we're thinking of joining in the Welcome Blanket project.

Past events (381)

Thursday Morning Meetup

KnitCircus Studio & Store

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