Knitting is one of the most popular crafts around, dating back all the way to the first century A.D. Originally a male-only occupation, it is now enjoyed by both men and women of all ages to create clothing, decorations and other creations. The repetitive and soothing process of knitting also comes with well-documented health benefits, including pain and stress management. Whether you are an experienced knitter or thinking about taking up knitting as a new hobby, any of these Tampa-area stores can help you find what you need.
Knit ‘n Knibble
4027 S. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33611
Knit ‘n Knibble is “knot your typical knitting store.” As Tampa’s largest and most popular store for knitting, it offers supplies, accessories, in-store classes and online ordering. Whether you are a knitting novice or an expert, you can find a class for you by viewing the online class calendar here. You can learn to knit just about anything from blankets to bags to socks in these tiered classes divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
211 S. Moon Ave.
Brandon, FL 33511
Brandon Yarn Boutique provides both in-store and online shopping, yarn in hundreds of colors and a selection of other products. Four or more classes are offered each week for the cost of $15 per class. With expert help, you can learn a variety of patterns and knitting techniques. There is even a “Create Your Own Class” option in which you can get personalized help to develop your skills.
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8727 Gunn Highway
Odessa, FL 33556
Fiber Art, Inc. describes itself as “an enchanted garden of yarn” — an appropriate metaphor considering the hundreds of vibrant colors of yarn lining the shelves. It also offers other supplies, including project bags, knitting needles, books and patterns. The class schedule varies, but there is always at least one class per week. The cost of classes varies from free admission to $40, including the cost of materials. Knit-Alongs are also offered on a monthly basis, in which knitters who are working on the same project meet at the same time with an instructor for assistance and socializing.
2933 W. Bay Drive
Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770
The Flying Needles has been “devoted to knitting and needlepoint enthusiasts” for over 50 years. It offers a huge selection of “knitting yarn, hand painted canvases, fibers and needlework supplies.” This establishment’s goal is “to teach everyone, from the very young to the young at heart, to reap the rewards of handwork.” This warm and friendly shop provides long tables for knitters to come in and ask for help with their projects or just to spend some time among friends. Even the birthdays of regulars are celebrated with a cake and a song. If you’re looking to pick up a new hobby and some new friends, The Flying Needles is the place for you.
3615 S. Florida Ave., Suite 1110
Lakeland, FL 33803
Hobby Lobby caters to all kinds of arts and crafts hobbyists, including knitting enthusiasts. Knitting supplies can be found both in-store and online, including yarn, needles and beginner’s kits. If you’re the do-it-yourself, self-teaching type, there is also a selection of instructional books and patterns to get your started. And if you want to get your kids involved, there is a whole section devoted to children’s needle art. Kids can learn basic technique by making friendship bracelets, door hangers and other kid-friendly projects.