Knitting has long baffled self-starters with its complex patterns, difficult casting maneuvers, and time warp-inducing loop-de-loops. Avoid becoming unraveled under the care of a seasoned professional with today's Groupon to Gotta Knit! on East 34th Street. Students can choose to knit a hat, sweater, socks, or lace. Choose between the following options:
- For $52, you get two one-hour private knitting lessons (a $110 value).
- For $62, you get two one-hour private knitting lessons and $20 worth of knitting supplies (a $130 value).
Whether you've never knitted before or once knit a bridge across the Grand Canyon and then forgot how to knit, Gotta Knit! can help spun-alpaca dreams come true. The friendly, wise staff can guide unsteady hands and untangle knots with ease. Novice knitters will run through the basics of casting on, knitting, and purling before delving into the secret world of shaping for garments that need to accommodate necks and blowholes. The quiet setting ensures that new students can remain calm and relaxed while mastering their new skill, unlike fiber-manipulating classes taught by Rumpelstiltskin, who may stress patrons with baby-snatching threats.
Once confident in their handiwork, new knitters will be free to craft clever homemade hats, tank tops, shawls, and more for friends and family with items from Gotta Knit's inventory of knitting necessities. Present your favorite Defarge with a soft, snuggly blacklist of revolutionary traitors this Bastille Day using standard or luxury yarns ($10–$16 on average), including Merinos from Italy, Egyptian cotton from Greece, and premium alpaca. Feel free to spend mellow Saturday afternoons with Gotta Knit's knitting needles ($8–$15), stitching together balls of indigo wool and knitting finishing lines and shifter koozies for illegal street races.
- Knitting isn’t just for grandmas and geriatrics anymore, and this colorful retail studio hybrid is proof…Beginners should opt for private lessons…which promise to teach you the basics of knitting and crochet in only an hour. – Rachel LeWinter, Time Out
- I also love the ladies of Gotta Knit I feel welcome everytime I go. If anyone else is shopping around for a place to learn how to knit Gotta Knit is it. – Baa baa bad sheep, Citysearch
In 1987, Laura Eackloff, recent podiatry school graduate, took her first knitting class. In 1998, she sold her podiatry practice and opened Gotta Knit!, a knitting center in which she teaches classes along with her partner, Goldie Axelrod. Both experienced in the medical field, their nurturing natures serve their students well, as they support them in learning to craft garments and accessories from yarn. Each year Goldie and Laura fly to knitwear shows in Italy to keep up with the latest trends in shape, color, and style. Once home, they write patterns on request for on-trend garments that fit the customer's body and knitting ability.