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Knitting classes Richmond, VAWe are so happy you want to take a class with us! It is our hope that you will enjoy the community aspect of our classes in an inviting and comfortable space while building skills. Our talented and experienced teachers want you to have fun and enjoy being a student again as you learn techniques that can be applied to future projects. We’re here to support you every step of the way!         

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Knitting 102: My First Cabled Cowl with Pam IN PERSON

While creating this cowl, you will learn basic cable techniques, as well as a lovely textured stitch called the Star Stitch. Both of these techniques are surprisingly easy to achieve.

Knitting 102: My First Cabled Hat with Pam IN PERSON

In this class, you will add to the beginner knitting techniques you've already learned to complete your first cabled hat.

Jan 22
Virtual Crochet 101 with Penelope
Jan 23
Mitred Blanket (Modular Knitting) with Ute
Jan 24
Knitting 102: My First Cabled Hat with Pam VIRTUAL CLASS

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Pre-requisite: Knit Companion 101 (you do not need to have taken the class, but look over the skills learned in that class to make sure you are ready for 102) You're familiar with the basics of the knitCompanion app, and you're ready to dive in a little deeper. You will learn advanced techniques to customize your patterns to make them work better for you. After this Beyond Basics online class, you won't want to knit without knitCompanion!

Cost: $ 35.00
Virtual Crochet 101 with Penelope
- Jan 22, 2022 09:00 am

In Crochet 101 you will learn basic concepts of crochet including: basic crochet stitches.

Cost: $ 80.00
The Crochet X-Stitch Shrug is an oversized, drapey shrug? the perfect layering piece to chase the chill away!

Cost: $ 75.00
In this virtual class, you will build on basic crochet stitches to make a star shaped blanket.

Cost: $ 65.00
In this virtual class, you will build on basic crochet stitches to make a star shaped blanket.

Cost: $ 65.00
Virtual Crochet 101 with Penelope
- Feb 19, 2022 09:00 am

In Crochet 101 you will learn basic concepts of crochet including: basic crochet stitches.

Cost: $ 80.00
While creating this cowl, you will learn basic cable techniques, as well as a lovely textured stitch called the Star Stitch. Both of these techniques are surprisingly easy to achieve.

Cost: $ 75.00
In this class, you will add to the beginner knitting techniques you've already learned to complete your first cabled hat.

Cost: $ 75.00
The workshops will introduce you to the concept modular knitting, using mitered, log cabin and modular design. What is modular knitting? Basically what it sounds like, any form of knitting that joins multiple pieces (modules) of knit fabric together by picking up stitches.

Cost: $ 95.00
In this class, you will add to the beginner knitting techniques you've already learned to complete your first cabled hat.

Cost: $ 75.00
Are you curious about colorwork? Have you heard of steeking? Here's your chance to try both techniques in a small project that is packed with skills to add to your toolbox! You can do it!

Cost: $ 75.00
In this class, you will add to the beginner knitting techniques you've already learned to complete your first cabled hat.

Cost: $ 75.00
While creating this cowl, you will learn basic cable techniques, as well as a lovely textured stitch called the Star Stitch. Both of these techniques are surprisingly easy to achieve.

Cost: $ 75.00
While creating this cowl, you will learn basic cable techniques, as well as a lovely textured stitch called the Star Stitch. Both of these techniques are surprisingly easy to achieve.

Cost: $ 75.00
Fixing basic knitting mistakes is the focus of this two hour workshop.

Cost: $ 50.00
Toe Up Socks with Ute
- Feb 05, 2022 04:00 pm

Learn to knit socks, starting at the toes.

Cost: $ 95.00
Knitting 101 With Pam IN PERSON
- Feb 12, 2022 09:00 am

Learn the basics of knitting in this two week class. You will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind-off. A class kit with materials is included in the price.

Cost: $ 80.00
Use an unusual construction for this super fast children's cardigan

Cost: $ 95.00
Afterthought Heels and Toes with Ute
- Feb 19, 2022 04:00 pm

This class is geared toward those who have tubes done on a sock machine and are cutting in afterthought heels and toes.

Cost: $ 25.00
Continental Knitting with Ute
- Feb 21, 2022 01:00 pm

Learn Continental Knitting in this two hour class

Cost: $ 30.00
Are you curious about colorwork? Have you heard of steeking? Here's your chance to try both techniques in a small project that is packed with skills to add to your toolbox! You can do it!

Cost: $ 75.00
Knitting 101 with Pam VIRTUAL
- Feb 24, 2022 06:00 pm

Learn the basics of knitting in this two week class. You will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind-off. A class kit with materials is included in the price. It will be shipped to your home address before the class.

Cost: $ 80.00
Knitting 101 With Pam IN PERSON
- Mar 19, 2022 09:00 am

Learn the basics of knitting in this two week class. You will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind-off. A class kit with materials is included in the price.

Cost: $ 80.00
This class will introduce you to hand spinning using a drop spindle.

Cost: $ 120.00
Explore weaving with this beginner rigid heddle weaving class

Cost: $ 150.00
Further your rigid heddle weaving skills by creating a scarf using a pick-up pattern! Pick-up sticks allow you to easily extend the capabilities of your rigid heddle loom without adding a second heddle.

Cost: $ 150.00

Our Wonderful Instructors!



Pam Winne
Pam’s love of all things fiber related began at a young age when her grandmother taught her to crochet. She went from crocheting potholders to designing her own granny square vests to wear while in Middle School. She learned to sew in High School, going on to create her own wedding dress.

About 30 years ago, she took a beginner knitting class, during which she knit her very first sweater. Wanting to learn more, she took a second class where she created another sweater, this one with 3 different colors of yarn, intarsia, and cables. That was the beginning of her love of knitting, and it has only continued to grow.

Pam went on to start a knitting group while living in Wiesbaden, Germany for 3 years. The knitting group was made up of other Americans (both female and male) stationed in Wiesbaden, as well as several German locals. While living overseas, she sought out yarn stores in each country she visited with her family so that she could purchase yarn as her souvenirs. Those yarn souvenirs were lovingly turned into a “Paris shawl”, a “Prague scarf”, an “Amsterdam shawl”, and so on. Each time she wears these items, it brings back wonderful memories of those past adventures.

Pam has won multiple awards for her knitting at the Chesterfield County Fair and the Virginia State Fair, including Best In Show, 10 First Place ribbons, 5 Second Place ribbons, and 1 Third Place ribbon.

Pam has taught many friends and family members to knit throughout the years. She is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Knitting Instructor and truly enjoys sharing her love of knitting with everyone who wants to learn. Be sure to join one of her classes so she can share her excitement for knitting with you!


Penelope Maurakis

Meet Penelope, a wonderful crochet teacher that has joined our teaching staff. Penelope also offers private crochet lessons.

Penelope’s grandmother (Yiayia) crocheted every day and taught her how to crochet when she was young.  Three years ago, Penelope was given her Yiayia’s crochet hooks by her aunt.  With these “Yiayia’s Hooks,” she renewed her interest in yarn art.  Crocheting has become like meditating for her - a great way to relax.  Now that her sons are both away at college, she has found time to crochet with the slower pace of life at home.  Penelope enjoys making gifts for friends and family, and is especially fond of making shawls.  She enjoys challenging herself with new crochet techniques and stitches.


Penelope is an early childhood special education teacher.  Her goal in teaching crochet is to make it easy and accessible and hopes others will find the same joy, relaxation and fulfillment from crocheting as she does




Ute Grzanna

We feel so fortunate at Dances to welcome this talented and passionate knitter and crocheter to our teaching staff. She is the former owner of the Knitting Basket on Grove Avenue in Richmond and currently works in IT. She has been doing handwork for decades and enjoys sharing her love of knitting and crocheting through her teaching.


Nicole Bunting

Fiber art has been a part of Nicole’s life since she was a kid growing up on the eastern shore of Maryland. When she was about 10 years old her grandmother taught her how to sew as part of a 4-H group and she taught herself how to crochet as a teenager, but it wasn’t until she was looking to transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 that she first discovered weaving. When she walked into the loom room she knew that she had to learn how to weave! It turns out that weaving was exactly what she was looking for and Nicole graduated from VCU in 2014 with a BFA in Craft/ Material Studies with a concentration in Fibers.

She has been teaching various weaving classes at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond since 2015 and taught Introduction to Textiles and Tapestry Weaving as an adjunct faculty member at VCU in the spring of 2019. Her favorite thing about teaching weaving is the passion that she sees in students when they discover just how amazing weaving can be.

Nicole is a full-time artist whose work is inspired by the correlation between how weavings are created, the formation of natural patterns, and the practice of storytelling. Her weaving style is rooted in traditional techniques with a strong focus on experimentation.
 
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