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stephen west is coming to nina!

stephen west doodler


We’re so excited to welcome Stephen West back to Chicago!

He’s coming to our shop September 28-29 for two events.


Designs by Stephen West (photo by Darren Smith)


Wine & Cheese Trunk Show Party

An Evening with Stephen West

Wednesday, September 28th (6-8 pm)

Have a glass of wine with Stephen, receive a signed copy of his new book, Westknits Bestknits, see his latest designs, and get help choosing color combinations for your next project!


register here


Designs by Stephen West

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Two Color Brioche For Beginners

An Afternoon with Stephen West

Thursday, September 29th (12-3 pm)

Get personalized attention from Stephen as you discover a new technique from the King of Brioche, learn new tips and tricks, and get inspired by his latest designs!


register here


Two Color Brioche For Beginners

Learn the intriguing brioche technique in this colorful workshop taught by the King of Brioche himself, Stephen West! After declaring brioche the stitch of the year of 2015, the technique has gained massive popularity and a cult following. This class will guide you through a two-color cast on, an I-cord cast on, brioche knit/purl stitches, and directional increases and decreases. If you have experience with brioche already, there will be some intermediate stitch patterns and colorwork techniques to explore.

Requirements: You should be familiar with basic knitting skills like cast on, bind off, knit, purl, yarn over, and decreasing. All brioche stitches will be taught during the class.

Materials: At least 2 contrasting colors of worsted weight wool (non-superwash recommended). For example, use black and white or dark blue and bright yellow – two yarns that have high contrast. If you already have experience in brioche, you can work with finer yarns.


Westknits Bestknits


Westknits Bestknits

This new book is a collection of 13 popular designs by Stephen West, filled with inspiring photos.

Garter Breeze


If you can’t attend the Wine & Cheese Party on September 28th, but want to pre-order a signed copy of Westknits Bestknits, to be picked up at our shop during the Workshop on September 29th or afterward, just shoot us an email and we’ll contact you to arrange the purchase (


Dotted Rays by Stephen West, photo by Darren Smith


Stephen West is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. After moving to the Chicago area, he caught the knitting bug and started designing patterns while epic amounts of wool infiltrated into his life. There was no looking back. He now lives in Amsterdam and travels frequently, teaching knitting workshops throughout the US and Europe.

We’ve been lucky to host him for events at our shop several times over the past 11 years, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back again!!

Hope you can join us!

impressive customer & staff projects!


The best thing about working at a yarn shop is applauding our customers and staff when they show what they’ve made. There’s so much reason for applause this month!


jen's mora chemise at ninaJen designed this stunning chemise, and is developing the pattern so she can offer it through Ravelry. It was knit with Malabrigo Mora, a mulberry silk with incredible drape.


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Carly finished knitting her Slant in record time! She was the winner of our Yarn Crawl Prize, and we were astonished to see her finished scarf when she came to pick up her prize. It looks great in these Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok greys.


amy's chevron baby blanket at nina

Amy’s Chevron Baby Blanket is almost finished and we love her modern color choices of Berroco Vintage & Knitted Wit DK.


mary's chevron baby blanket at nina

Mary chose Blue Sky Worsted Cotton for her Chevron Baby Blanket. It’s soft and ideal for blankets.


kelly's chevron baby blanket

Kelly’s Chevron Baby Blanket has big bold stripes of Big Bad Wool Weepaca.


suzanne's playing checkersSuzanne’s Playing Checkers Baby Blanket is perfect in these colors of Berroco Vintage.


blue sky fibers trimont snoondOlia’s Trimont Snood used just one large skein of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok (though the pattern suggested more yarn).


sarah's modular triangle shawlSarah quickly moved beyond beginner projects and impressed us with this fantastic Modular Triangle Shawl out of Tosh Merino Light.


olia's first point of libra at nina IMG_6951Olia’s First Point of Libra looks so elegant in a gradient kit by Leading Men Fiber Arts, bordered by Malabrigo’s super soft Finito.


shari's 22 little clouds at ninaShari’s 22 Little Clouds is bright and happy in Tosh Merino Light and Shibui Silk Cloud.


hilary's kline at ninaHilary’s Kline Shawl nicely pairs Tosh Merino Light colors fog and optic.


lindy's vertices uniteLindy’s Vertices Unite was a perfect pattern for her left overs of Swans Island Sport, Tosh Merino Light, and Malabrigo Finito.


And now… we have more Square-ish finishers to show off!

square-ish at nina

Lindy and Kelly made their Square-ish with Shibui Twig (graphite & mineral).



Francie made her Square-ish with Quince&Co Sparrow, plus a few stripes of Classic Elite Firefly.


patty in sqaure-ish at nina

Patty’s Square-ish out of Shibui Linen looks great with her summer patio outfit!


shari in her 2nd square-ish

This is Shari’s 2nd Square-ish out of Shibui Linen. The blue looks amazing on her, but she’s generously giving it to her mother.



Mary used Shibui Twig and made a smaller Square-ish. It’s so cute with her shorts & blouse!


IMG_8712Mari got creative with her Square-ish and made a great color block version.



Chris couldn’t be cuter in her Square-ish with peach pants!


kristine in square-ish at nina

Kristine tried Square-ish out of Tosh Merino Light, with a different color for the front and back. It looks fantastic!




We all love wearing Square-ish, and we’re dreaming up new versions for Fall.


chicago yarn crawl starts this weekend!



It’s time for the annual Chicago Yarn Crawl!

Pick up your passport at Nina or any participating yarn shop and get crawling!
Saturday July 30 – Sunday August 7!

21 Chicagoland yarn shops are part of the Crawl this year!

We’re all ready to welcome you, stamp your passport, enter you in prize drawings, offer free patterns, and provide special discounts.

Find more details here.


Introducing… SLANT… our exclusive Yarn Crawl pattern!

(The pattern is free during the Crawl and available through Ravelry next month).




Stop by to see and touch this beautiful scarf, and discover the newest yarn by Blue Sky Fibers called Woolstok.

We’d love to help you choose your 3 favorite colors so you can make one too!




During the Yarn Crawl all 21 stores will have a storewide discount – 10% off!

In addition to that, we’ve added lots to our Sale Section – 50-75% off!

We’re also having an Early Bird Special!  Free Gifts – for the first 20 Crawlers who purchase this Saturday, and for the first 10 Crawlers who purchase this Sunday.

Prize Drawing! Anytime during the Yarn Crawl, you can enter our shop’s Prize Drawing.

Feeling lucky?  You could win this fabulous collection!


yarn crawl prize 2016


We look forward to seeing everyone!!


Please note our special hours during the Yarn Crawl:

11-5  Sat July 30

12-5  Sun July 31

11-5  Mon Aug 1

closed  Tue Aug 2

11-8  Wed Aug 3

11-7  Thu Aug 4

11-5  Fri Aug 5

11-5  Sat Aug 6

12-5  Sun Aug 7


summer sale & farewell maura!



Maura, our knitting doctor, is about to become a real doctor!




This weekend we’ll bid farewell to her before she heads off to med school at the University of Chicago.

We’ve all loved working with Maura these past five years and we’re sure going to miss her!!


To give you extra incentive to stop in to say goodbye on her last day (Saturday), we’re having a Spontaneous Summer Sale.

Saturday July 16th from 12-5

10% off all YARNS

20% off all NEEDLES

30% off all PATTERNS

40% off all BOOKS

and 50% off many other products!


Please help us thank Maura for her wonderful contributions to our shop. And let’s wish her well in her exciting new adventure!


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Best wishes Maura!

We love you!



cast on…ward, a goal setting workshop at nina

cast onward workshop at nina


We’re excited to host life coach, Jen Wille for

Cast On…ward

a fun, refreshing goal setting workshop where you’ll walk away with a plan for weaving more strength into your own lovely story.

Wednesday, July 6th from 6-8 pm

Feeling too tightly knit up these days?

Are things unraveling more than you’d like?

Your life is your tapestry!  This summer add more richness and color to it as you gain clarity on what you want and how to make it happen.

The Workshop will include:

  • a life clarity assessment to reveal what’s holding you back and what will move you forward
  • tools for setting goals that stick
  • action steps to make things happen
  • reflection time when knitting is encouraged
  • a wine tasting

cast onward workshop at nina

About Jen:

Jen Wille is a Certified Professional Life Coach, educator, and public speaker based in Chicago. Her desire to help others bridge the gap from where they are to where they want to be, both personally and professionally, is always at the center of her work. In addition to one-on-one and group coaching, Jen has organized numerous self-development workshops and facilitated staff development to enhance company culture. She launched her coaching practice in 2014 and specializes in working with vibrant women who are ready for more.


cast onward workshop at nina


Space is limited so sign up today.

Cast On…ward with Jen Wille

Wednesday, July 6th from 6-8 pm


Register Here


confidently cast on…ward into your life!


cast onward workshop at nina

our square-ish knitalong is on fire!

square-ish cal at nina


Lots of people came to our Square-ish Knitalong Kick-off Party last weekend!  It was a full house!

Many more have joined from afar – we’ve shipped the yarn and pattern to 8 different states!  Over 80 people are part of the Knitalong, with more casting on every day.  It’s not too late to get in on it.

Look, more people have modeled for us!


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square-ish at nina


Everyone who comes into the shop to try on our sample loves how it looks and feels. We now have Square-ish samples knit in both Shibui Linen (apple green) and Shibui Twig (ash grey).  You might want to make one of each.


jen in square-ish at nina


Some people personalized the project with little modifications.  Jen made a smaller version with just 2 skeins of Shibui Linen, and she added a cute pocket.  Perfect!

We’d love to see a picture of yours!  Share it on Instagram or Facebook.  Or come into the shop to show us.

Continue to knit with us at the shop any Saturday or Sunday afternoon from 3-5 pm.

And please come to our Finale on Saturday, July 23rd from 3-5 pm.  We’ll have a Fashion Show and Prize Drawing to end the KAL.  It’s going to be fun!

exclusive pattern debut & cast on party!

Square-ish at nina


Introducing Square-ish, the perfect summer sweater designed by our very own Hilary!


hilary in square-ish at nina


Square-ish is the simplest knit ever and it looks great on everyone!

All of these different women are modeling the very same piece.


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Catharine in Square-ish at ninaJordan in Square-ish at ninaJen in Square-ish at nina Kristine in Square-ish at ninaDeb in Square-ish at ninamaura in square-ish at nina Chris in Square-ish at nina Lindy in Square-ish at nina


Simply two rectangles with easy seams, Square-ish is the perfect first garment and travel project.

Let’s knit this breezy linen top together!

Join us Saturday, June 4th from 3-5 pm for a Wine Tasting and Square-ish Kick Off Party!  You’ll get 10% off your project supplies and Hilary will be available to answer any questions you have about the pattern.




The pattern is free for the Knitalong and exclusive to Nina until July.  It’s not even available on Ravelry yet!

If you’re not local, or wish to join this Knitalong without coming to the shop, we’ll be happy to ship the yarn and pattern (and we’ll offer the discount too).  Just email us at

Here are our favorite colors of Shibui Linen.  It takes just 3-4 skeins!



Maybe you prefer Shibui Twig.  That yarn will work too!


shibui twig


The Square-ish Knitalong will continue each weekend in June and most of July, Saturdays and Sundays from 3-5 pm.  Come whichever days work best for you – every weekend or just a few.

Eager to cast on right away?  Since it’s an easy garter stitch project, perfect for every level of knitter and everyday wear, feel free to come in anytime to get started.  The discount applies immediately.


Here’s Nina’s started project.

nina's square-ish top


We can’t wait to see everyone in this incredibly versatile top!

Stop by to show us yours whenever you finish.  Or send us a pic!

We’ll have a Fashion Show and Prize Drawing at the end of our KAL

Saturday, July 23rd from 3-5 pm.

Please join us!



bootie camp

booties at nina


Announcing our new Knitalong…

Join us for BOOTIE CAMP!

We’re hosting this KAL during Open Knitting and Crocheting on Saturdays and Sundays in May from 3-5 pm.


slipperbootie 3booties at nina


Whether you’re interested in knitting or crocheting baby booties for a little one or cozy slippers for yourself, Bootie Camp will get your stitching in shape!

We’ve found some great bootie and slipper patterns!

Can’t knit with double-pointed needles? Never fear!  We have options that can be knit flat as well.

Please join us any weekend afternoon that works for you!

happy mother’s day weekend!


Come by Saturday or Sunday to enjoy mimosas while you shop or knit.

We are giving a $5 gift card for a future visit with every purchase.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend!

may project of the month

eriko's ellen scarf


Oh hey May!

Our Project of the Month is the Ellen Scarf by Nancy Ricci. We knit our sample with Shibui Cima on size 6 needles.

Want to make this chic, flowing scarf! Mention you saw our post any time this month, and receive 10% off your project supplies!  (That’s just under $32 for the yarn)

Remember, we are happy to ship.  Give us a call at 773.486.8996 or email us at


ellen scarf

The shop occasionally hosts special events, book signings, trunk shows, and sales. Private events can also be arranged at the shop by request.

Perhaps you'd like to have a birthday party centered around a knitting lesson. Or a baby shower during which everyone learns to knit a square for a baby blanket. Or a corporate networking event that features knitting instruction. Or a book club that encourages participants to knit while discussing the book. Nina: a well-knit shop is available for these and other special events.

Contact us to learn more.



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