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A reader recently wrote to tell me that she had organized a new knitting group in her community and was a little intimidated wondering what to do with the people who showed up. I gave her a few ideas and decided it was time to finally write an article about starting a knitting group.

It includes a few ideas on where to find people who might be interested in knitting with you, setting goals for the group and keeping yourself sane as you try to keep your group organized.

If you've started a knitting group, or been part of a great (or even not-so-great) group and have more tips on what to do or what not to do, I'd love to hear them and will add them to the article in the future.

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December 24, 2008 at 1:05 am
(1) Jen says:

I joined a knitting group at the local yarn shop. It was an established group, with close friendships already formed. Newcomers weren’t welcomed warmly or included in the conversation. People have come and gone from the group and it’s no longer as tightly-knit (no pun intended). I make a special effort to include newcomers in the conversation and make them feel welcome.

December 24, 2008 at 12:09 pm
(2) Sue says:

I started a knitting group 5 years ago with the help of our local craft store. The store advertised the start of knitting for charity – we knit chemotherapy caps. We had our local newspaper come, take pics and put an article in the paper. I did a couple of things that helped keep the group going. We used name tags for identification so we knew who we were talking to. I welcomed everyone, introduced newcomers. I sent out by email and sometimes snail mail if needed each month with anything pertaining to knitting that I thought would be of interest to the knitters – often cartoons, trivia – anything to keep them in touch with the group. I also sent out thank yous by email to newcomers so they felt welcome. Everyone not only had my email but my home phone number. I put a lot into this group because I love it and having been touch by cancer in the family, this is very important to me so it is fun not a chore. Every knitter knows how I love doing this and we are about to enter our 6th year. Knitters come and go but there is a core group that have been knitting chemo caps for almost all of the 5 years. We have no cliques, everyone is always welcome. We knit, we cry, we laugh all together. We have become close yet allow new comers to feel welcome. I am very proud of this group and we have donated to our local cancer center over 800 chemotherapy caps in 2008. Any questions, I can be contacted at my above email address. Good luck to anyone who wants to start a knitting group. The most important thing you can do is keep in touch with the group – often. Send an email at holiday time so they know you are thinking of them – send an email if they are sick or haven’t been in contact for awhile.

December 30, 2008 at 3:58 am
(3) Cathy says:

I like my friend Sonia’s idea for setting one up best. Rather than do a whole lot of consulting with people, she did what suited her. She wanted it to be near her place, on a Monday night, starting early, finishing early. So she announced it and kept turning up the the cafe venue she chose. For a while only a few turned up but a year down the track it regularly has a dozen or so.

This solves all the problems of keeping people happy. She only has to keep herself happy! Others have joined because she makes a good hostess and it is a nice venue too, I guess.

November 18, 2011 at 10:17 am
(4) Marian says:

I have stared a knitting group at a book store. It was a great sucess. We had actually too many people coming for one person to teach but that was great. We started with scrarfs and hats and dish cloths. I am now starting a group at our local library and fingerless gloves are the thing everyone wants so we are going to do that. I made a simple pattern for
beginners to use to knit the glove. I just get info pages on knitting terms types of yarn and needles to use. I give an itemized list of things to buy IE: #6 needles 2 scans yarn, yarn needle, tape measure, cable needle, scissors. People love to talk and share and even learn to knit besides so to all who are thinking of trying, just do it. It will be sucessful.

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