Dartmouth Yarns
..because it's always sweater weather in Nova Scotia!
122 Portland St.
Nova Scotia B2Y 1H8
(902) 422-YARN

Fall & Winter Shop Hours
Tues-Fri,  10 am - 6 pm
Saturday. 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday noon - 4 pm

Closed Mondays



Choose the class or classes you want, and register from the comfort of your own computer!

Class Policies:  Classes meet in the Dartmouth Yarns shop at 122 Portland St., Dartmouth. Class enrollment is limited to give each student plenty of attention.  If your desired class is filled, we will be happy to add you to a waiting list.

Payment of all class fees is required to hold your seat in a class.  You may receive a full refund for any class registration cancelled prior to 72 hours before the first class meeting. We are sorry, but class fees are non-refundable within 72 hours of the first class meeting. In the unfortunate event that a class is cancelled by us due to low enrollment, all class fees will be refunded, with our sincere apologies. If unforeseen weather or illness requires that a single class meeting be rescheduled, students will be notified promptly and the class rescheduled.

Please make sure you read each class description fully to see skill level and material requirements. Some classes may include the cost of key materials. You will need pencil and paper, a blunt-tipped darning needle, and scissors for all classes. All materials are, of course, available for purchase in the shop & students receive a 10% discount on items purchased for class. Please feel free to call us at 422-YARN or, better yet, stop in to talk about any of the classes.

Private and semi-private knitting lessons are available by appointment. Time is priced by the hour ($40), but you can opt to schedule your time in increments of 30 minutes to help you with particular techniques or with tricky bits of a knitting project. The personalized attention available during private lessons can help you learn more and progress faster than in regularly scheduled group classes.  Bring a friend to learn with you and split the cost (semi-private).  Call the shop to discuss topics and schedule. Group lessons can also be scheduled, on demand, for groups of 4-6 students of any age.  (Please note, we do our best to accommodate all requests, but we are limited by the availability of instructors.)

Upcoming Classes:

  • Knitting 102: Next Steps

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    November 21, 2017
    From: November 21, 2017 at 5:30pm to 7:15pm

    Here we pick up where Knitting 101 ended. We will learn to:

    Add shape and interest with increases and decreases; long-tail cast-on; read a knitting pattern; and knit in-the-round using a circular needle.

    Experience Level:  Comfortable with the basics, including simple cast-on, knit, purl, & bind-off

    Materials: 100g of chunky weight yarn & 16" 6.0mm circular needles

    Project: Chevron lace cowl


    Location: Dartmouth Yarns, 122 Portland St.
    Cost: $20 (bring your own needles and yarn)

  • Thrumming Mittens Workshop

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    November 22, 2017
    From: November 22, 2017 at 5:30pm to 7:15pm

    Thrumming is a technique to add incredible softness, warmth, and style to knitted garments. This workshop walks you through adding puffs of soft wool to a basic knitted mitten. Pattern is provided.

    Instructor:  Kate

    Materials:  100g chunky-weight wool or alpaca yarn (14 st/4”)--Estelle Alpaca Merino Chunky is perfect, 50g merino top, 5.5mm long circular or dpn needles (or size to get stockinette gauge of 16 st/4")

    Experience required:  You should know how to knit in the round using dpns or magic loop and, preferably, have made mittens before

    Location: Dartmouth Yarns
    Cost: $20 (bring your own yarn, fibre, & needles)

  • Easy-Peasy Socks (2 meetings)

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    November 26, 2017
    From: November 26, 2017 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm



    Are you ready to take the plunge and become a maker of socks? Learn to knit socks the easy way, using magic loop, cuff-to-toe, with an afterthought heel.  In Meeting 1, we will introduce you to knitting-in-the-round with the magic loop technique.  After a short cuff, you will learn to make the heel placeholder and begin knitting the foot.  Your homework will be to continue knitting the foot to the beginning of the toe decreases. Meeting 2 will focus on narrowing and grafting the toe closed, then returning to finish the sock heel.  We will make a full-sized sock in class using worsted-weight yarn.

    Meetings:  Sundays, Nov. 26 1:00-4:00, and Dec. 3, 2:30-4:00

    Instructor:  Kate

    Skill level: Intermediate, students should be comfortable with all basic knitting skills, including knit & purl, increasing & decreasing, and following patterns.  No experience knitting with magic loop is expected.

    Materials:  100g Cascade 220 superwash (medium or light colour is best), 32" or longer circular needle 3.75-4.5mm or size to get a nice tight gauge of about 24 st/4", large tapestry needle, stitch markers.

    Maximum enrollment:  5 

    Location: Dartmouth Yarns, 122 Portland St.
    Cost: $45 (bring your own yarn and needles)

  • Sock Master Class: Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time

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    November 28, 2017
    From: November 28, 2017 at 5:30pm to 7:15pm


     Calling all sock knitters! Add a new approach to your sock-knitting protocol.  Knitting socks from the toe-up and two at a time are more efficient and elegant than the tradition way for several reasons: 1) Knitting toe-up makes it easier to try on the socks as you knit; 2) makes for more efficient use of yarn since you can adjust the length of the leg and cuff to use up every inch of yarn; 3) knitting socks together helps make sure both socks end up identical; and 4) it eliminates the dreaded "second sock syndrome".  You will learn to knit magic loop, learn a closed toe cast-on, and a super stretchy bind-off.

    Instructor:  Kate

    Experience Required:  This is a master class for sock knitters.

    Materials: 100g of sock yarn, wound into 2 equal weight balls (for class, you can use any two balls of same-weight sock yarn--some students find it easier to learn with different colour yarn for each sock); 40" circular needle sized to suit your yarn and your preference; 2 locking stitch markers; tapestry needle

    Location: Dartmouth Yarns, 122 Portland St., Dartmouth
    Cost: $20 (bring your own yarn and needles)

  • 2-colour Brioche Headband

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    November 29, 2017
    From: November 29, 2017 at 5:30pm to 7:15pm

    Brioche stitch creates an extra thick, squishy fabric, but it can be a little tricky to work the first time.  In this workshop, we will learn both the one-colour and two-colour stitch, perfect to make a simple, but yummy headband.

    Instructor:  Kate

    Experience required:  Students should know the long-tail cast-on and be confident knitters.

    Materials:  50g each of 2 contrasting colours of worsted-weight yarns and 5.0mm dpns or circular needle

    Location: Dartmouth Yarns, 122 Portland St., Dartmouth
    Cost: $20 (bring your own yarn and needles)

  • Crochet 101:  The Basics

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    December 5, 2017
    From: December 5, 2017 at 5:30pm to 7:15pm

    Crochet 101:  The Basics


    Crochet is fun again, so come get started with us.  Kate will help you learn to crochet in rows, including: chaining, single crochet, double crochet, slip, and reading simple patterns.  

    Instructor:  Kate

    Materials:  Yarn, crochet hook, and pattern included.

    Class limit:  5 students

    Location: Dartmouth Yarns, 122 Portland St., Dartmouth
    Cost: $20 (materials included)

  • Knitting 101:  The Basics

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    December 6, 2017
    From: December 6, 2017 at 5:30pm to 7:15pm

    Knitting 101:  The Basics

    Knitting is proven to reduce blood pressure, increase happiness, and make lovely wearables for you and your fiends!  Don't miss out on this modern miracle of string and sticks.  Kate will help you learn the basics: casting on, binding off, knit, purl, and read a simple pattern.  

    Instructor:  Kate

    Materials:  Yarn, needles, and pattern included.

    Class limit:  5 students

    Location: Dartmouth Yarns, 122 Portland St., Dartmouth
    Cost: $20 (materials included)

  • Colour-Stranded Holiday Mini-Stocking

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    December 10, 2017
    From: December 10, 2017 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    We’ll be knitting a colorful mini- stocking to hang by the mantle and learning cool knitting techniques at the same time.  We will learn to knit using the magic loop technique and work with 2 colours of yarn on each row using stranded colourwork. Colourwork techniques include tensioning in both hands, understanding background and foreground colours, and catching floats. The stocking will have a simple short-row heel and a gathered toe.  We will cover the short-row technique in class, if time permits.  A stocking pattern is provided that you can later customize as a full-size stocking. 

    Materials: You will need small quantities of at least 5 colours of worsted weight yarn  a circular needle at least 32” long and size 4.5-5.0mm, and a darning needle.

    Experience required:  The class is appropriate for intermediate knitters (comfortable with increases, decreases, reading and following different patterns)

    Location: Dartmouth Yarns
    Cost: $20 (bring your own yarn and needles)