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Kline Creek Farm shifts from programs on holiday traditions (shown) to knitting and needle crafts in January for ages 10 to adult. (Erica Benson file photo -

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites beginning knitters and experienced stitchers to Kline Creek Farm, the district’s late 1800s living-history farm in West Chicago, to join “Knitting for Beginners” and “Sit and Stitch” programs in January.
“Knitting for Beginners” will cover the basic skills, including how to knit, purl, cast on and cast off. Participants will make a dishcloth during class and will take home yarn, knitting needles and a pattern. Two sessions are available: 10 to 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10 and 11. “Knitting for Beginners” costs $25 per person. 
Novice, beginner and experienced needle crafters are invited to share camaraderie and learn from each other as they work on their own crocheting, quilting or knitting during free “Sit and Stitch” sessions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 3, 10, 17 and 24.
“Those who have never knit before or are picking up the skill again after many years will get all of the basics in our beginners class,” said Kate Garrett, a heritage interpreter at Kline Creek Farm and the program’s leader. “We have a small class size so everyone will receive plenty of individual attention.”
For both programs, participants must be ages 10 or older, and those younger than 15 should be with an adult. Advance registration is required only for “Knitting for Beginners.” For more information or to make reservations, call Kline Creek Farm at 630-876-9500. The farm is at 1N600 County Farm Road.
For information on all of the district's programs, visit