Learn or master your skills in knitting and crochet with our dedicated workshops. Our resident technical artist is ready to guide you through, step by step, with the yarn, colors and patterns of your choice. Check our menu for your convenient workshop:
Level 1 Cast on & knit + cast off: 1 hour $25.
Level 2 By project (new student): 1 hour $25.
Level 3 Technical assistance: 1 hour $25.
Prices exclude supplies & yarns.
Number of students per course is maximum 4.
For your convenience, all courses should be booked in advance, and cancellation should be done latest 24 hours before the booked date.
Starting age 7.
We provide services for all kinds of alterations, with our quality assurance to preserve the authenticity and present condition of the item you wish to apply alterations on.
All requests can be realized. And the more creative your request is, the happier we are! Select your preferred yarns from our fine collection, and shortly you will receive a finished product knitted or crocheted with love and meticulous attention. Price and delivery time depend on the request.
Finishing & sewing
Some items need a little extra to be ready. Our team is ready to add their skillful touch to help you finish the item of your choice. Starting price is $5 and delivery time is one week.
Plush is our own private label. Every finished product you purchase from The Yarn Couch represents our quality assurance and the passion we put in crafting the item. Fancy, rich, comfy and soft are characteristics of our Plush items.
Knitted or crocheted by our partnering skillful artists, every Plush item will deliver on its promise of quality and attention to detail, for your pure enjoyment.
For retailers interested in displaying Plush items in your stores, get in touch with us to arrange tailor-made orders.
Tips for washing your Handmade Items:
1 – Check the Label.
2 – Hand or Machine wash: if the label says hand wash, the product might be damaged if you throw it in the washing machine. If it’s machine washable, keep it in a low, gentle setting (also to ensure your weaved ends stay in place).
3 – Choose the right detergent.
4 – What Temperature: use cool lukewarm water as to avoid felting or pilling. Don’t use hot water, it will shrink and felt, becoming a completely different item. Extreme cold or hot temperature could negatively affect the fibers.
5 – Wet fabric support: Fibers behave a lot differently when wet so make sure you don’t rub or squeeze your fabric.
6 – Color Care: It’s normal for some yarns to bled a bit, especially if they are hand-dyed. Wash like colors together.
7 – Blocking: If this is your first time, you can combine your blocking/washing together. If you’ve blocked the garment before, it doesn’t hurt to reblock after washing, ensuring that your project keeps it’s shape longer.
8 – To Spin or not to Spin: Never wring your items, especially if they’re soaking wet. Place your item in between two towels; roll up the towels and press gently, so that towel absorbs most of the water.
9 – Drying process: Don’t hang the item because they will stretch, and if on hanger, they will take on the hanger forms. Reshape your garment during drying intervals, and avoid leaning the piece in direct sunlight so that it doesn’t fade the color. Be sure to change the towel while drying. Never hang a knitted garment, the weight will stretch out the shoulders very quickly.
Blocking and cleaning recommendation according to fiber:
The recommendations apply to yarns that contain only one fiber, or fibers compatible care methods. Always refer to care instructions on the ball band.
Alpaca : Hand wash. Blocking : Steam –block or damp (wet block)
Angora : Hand-wash. Blocking : Wet-block by spraying.
Cashmere : Hand-wash (this fiber is more susceptible to alkalis than wool; use extra care when washing). Blocking : Wet-block, or dryblock with steam (test temperature on swatch).
Mohair : Hand-wash. Can be briefly air fluffed in a dryer without heat. Blocking : Wet-block by spraying.
Wool : Hand-wash, can be machine-washed and dried if labeled “superwash”. Blocking: Welt-block, or dry-block with warm steam.
Cotton : Machine-*washable using soap or detergent; can be machine dried, which will help restore its original sape. Completely dry before storing. Blocking : Wet-block, or block with steam. Use caution – scorching will occur if steam is too hot.
Linen : Can be washed with non-alkali soap or dry-cleaned; can also be dried in a hot dryer, then ironed. Dry completely before storing. Blocking : Wet block, or dry-block with warm or hot steam.
Silk : Hand-wash using a PH-neutral detergent, or dry-clean. If appropriate, use steam and a moderate temperature setting; be sure to test on your swatch.
SYNTHETICS PRODUCED FROM WOOD PULP
Rayon : wash with a mild PH-neutral detergent ; alkalis and dry heat can cause damage; will scorch if the heat used to press it is too hhigh. Rayon weakens when wet and must be dried completely before storing. Blocking : Wet-block by spraying, unless contraindicated by ball band instructions.
Lycocell – trade name Tencel – is a manufactured fiber made from cellulose (wood pulp), using a process different from that used for rayon. Found in many yarns, Lycocell can be hand-or machine washed and dry-cleaned ; the fiber with which it is combined determine the cleaning and blocking methods.
Most synthetics fibers, including nylon, acrylic and polyester, as well as metallic yarns, are produced in various ways; recommendations for cleaning and blocking vary. Follow instructions provided on the ball bands.
Some abbreviations to help you start reading a pattern:
CO cast on
DK double knitting weight yarn
g st garter stitch (all rows k)
k2tog knit two stitches together (to decrease by one stitch)
kfb knit one stitch in the front, then in the back (to increase by one stitch)
m1 make one stitch (to increase by one stitch)
pm place the stitch marker here
rib k1, p1
skpo slip, knit, pass (slip a stitch, knit the next stitch, pass the slipped stitch over the knit one)
sl slip next stitch
ssk slip, slip, knit slipped stitches (to decrease by one stitch)
st st stocking stitch (row 1: k, row 2: p)
YO yarn over (wrap the yarn around the right needle)
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It all starts with a good yarn. The quality, the feel, and the color are among the key features that make great yarns stand out. We are always keen to provide you with the finest yarns from the best sources around the world. We know that after all, what complements the passion for knitting and crocheting is a great final product quality, made from the best yarns available.
We also ensure that our yarns are priced fairly. Browse through our collection below and stay tuned for additional yarn types to our collection.
• Alpaca :
Season : Winter.
Alpaca is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca.
It is light or heavy in weight, depending on how it is spun.
It is a soft, luxurious and silky natural fiber.
While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic.
There are two types of Alpaca :
– Huacaya : dense, soft, crimpy sheep-like fiber.
– Sury : silky pencil-like locks, resembling dreadlocks but without matted fibers.
Uses : Alpaca fiber is used for many purposes, including making accessories such as hats, mitts, scarves, gloves and shawls. Sweaters are most common.
• Cashmere :
Season : Winter and all season.
Pure Cashmere Yarn has earned it’s well deserved reputation for beauty, softness, and luxury.
Cashmere is a fiber obtained from Cashmere goats and other types of goat.
Cashmere is fine in texture, strong, light, and soft. It provide excellent insulation.
Common usages defines the fiber as a wool but in fact it is a hair, and this is what gives it its unique characteristics.
Uses : It is ideal for timeless accessories like scarves, shawls, hats, mitts… Also cashmere is very recommended for throws. We recommend cashmere for luxury clothes as well.
• Mohair :
Season : Winter and all season.
Mohair is a silk-like fabric made from the hair of the Angora goat.
Mohair has a reputation as a luxury fiber.
Both durable and resilient, mohair is notable for its high luster and sheen, which has helped give it the nickname the “Diamond Fiber”, and is often used in fiber blends to add these qualities to a textile. Mohair also takes dye exceptionally well.
Mohair is warm in winter as it has great insulating properties, while remaining cool in mid-season due to its moisture wicking properties.
It is durable, naturally elastic, flame resistant, crease resistant, and does not felts.
Uses : Mohair is used for many purposes including hats, mitts, scarves, shawls and women clothing. Throws made by mohair are very fluffy and light.
• Merino Wool :
Season : winter.
Merino Wool is among the softest wool.
Merino Wool is made from the fleece of the merino wool sheep.
The beauty of the fiber itself is evident in intense, cold-weather or high-performance applications, where merino distinguishes itself from cotton and polyester fabrics by offering superior breathability, temperature regulation, moisture control, and inherent anti-microbial properties.
Unlike traditional wool, merino is much finer softer, and itch-free for all but those with severe sensitivities or lanolin allergies.
Uses : Merino wool has been used in baby sleep products such as swaddle baby wrap blankets and infant sleeping bags, and baby clothing. Also we recommend merino for a vast variety of clothing and accessories for adults. And as home accessories as throws, cushions…
• Silk :
Season : Spring, Summer and All Season.
Silk Yarns and fibers are unraveled from a cocoon, the metamorphosis chamber of the silkworm.
Silk Yarn often conjures up visions of luxury, oriental charm and exquisite delicacy.
Silk is durable and hypo-allergenic.
Silk’s absorbency makes it comfortable to wear in warm weather and while active.
Its low conductivity keeps warm air close to the skin during cold weather.
The different species of silkworm are Mulberry silk, Muga Silk, Eri Silk and Tussah Silk.
Uses : Silk is often used for clothing, shirts, blouses, scarves and shawls…
• Cotton :
Season : Spring, Summer and All Season.
Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants of the genus Gossypium in the family of Malvaceae. The fiber is almost pure cellulose.
The fiber is most often spun into yarn or thread and used to make a soft, breathable textile
Organic cotton is generally understood as cotton, from plants not genetically modified, that is certified to be grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals, such as fertilizers or pesticides.
Uses : Suitable for all products, all ages men and women. Also great for home accessories.
• Linen :
Season : Spring, Summer and All Season.
Linen fabric is produced from fiber extracted from the stems of the flax plant and was an important textile before wool and cotton.
Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very absorbent and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.
Uses : Many products are made of linen: aprons, bags, towels (swimming, bath, beach, body and wash towels), napkins, bed linens, tablecloths, runners, chair covers, and men’s and women’s wear.
Angora wool or Angora fiber refers to the down coat produced by the Angora rabbit. There are many types of Angora rabbits – English, French, German and Giant. Angora is prized for its softness, thin fibers of around 12-16 micrometers for quality fiber, and what knitters refer to as a halo (fluffiness). The fiber felts very easily. Angora fiber comes in white, black, and various shades of brown.
It is also known for its silky texture. It is much warmer and lighter than wool due to the hollow core of the angora fiber. It also gives them their characteristic floating feel.
Yarns of 100% angora are typically used as accents. They have the most halo and warmth, but can felt very easily through abrasion and humidity and can be excessively warm in a finished garment. The fiber is normally blended with wool to give the yarn elasticity, as Angora fiber is not naturally elastic. The blend decreases the softness and halo as well as the price of the finished object. Commercial knitting yarns typically use 30–50% angora, in order to produce some halo, warmth, and softness without the side effects of excessive felting.
The premium first quality wool is taken from the back and upper sides of the rabbit. This is usually the longest and cleanest fiber on the rabbit. There should not be hay or vegetable matter in the fiber. Second quality is from the neck and lower sides, and may have some vegetable matter. Third quality is the buttocks and legs and any other areas that easily felt and are of shorter length. Fourth quality is totally unsalvageable, and consists of the larger felted bits or stained fiber. Third and fourth quality are perfect for cutting up for birds to use in lining their nests. With daily brushing, felting of the fiber can be avoided, increasing the usable portion of fiber.
Uses : Angora wool is commonly used in apparel such as sweaters, scarves, shawls…
• Yak :
Yaks produce two types of fiber: coarse outer hair and a fine down fiber that grows before the onset of winter as additional protection against cold. The down fiber is shed in early summer if not harvested and shedding is greatest from the belly of the yak and less from the back and rump (see photo). The down has, however, been used extensively by the textile industry as an alternative to other fine animal fibers since the 1970s. It is both combed and shorn to increase yield. Fabric made from yak down has a better luster than wool and provides a high degree of heat insulation.
Uses : It is ideal for timeless accessories like scarves, shawls, hats, mitts…