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Lion Brand Yarn Studio

Lion Brand Yarn Studio

Flatiron, New York, New York
(378 Reviews)

Lion Brand Yarn Studio is the New York City flagship retail store of Lion Brand Yarn Company. In addition to selling over 800+ yarns, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio is an education center that has taught over 10,000 students since offering classes in 2009.

The Lion Brand Yarn Studio offers specialty workshops and beginning classes in knitting and crochet.  All classes and workshops are taught by an expert staff of teachers. There are plenty of classes available for beginners to get started and for more advanced yarn crafters to learn a new skill.

Here are some other benefits to taking a class at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio:

  • Professionally trained teachers.
  • Sessions offered during the weekday, evening, and Sunday.
  • Free weekly follow up groups for students after they have taken a class.

What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse? 
Knitting 1, 2, and 3 and Crochet 1, 2, and 3 are some of our most popular classes. 

How long have you been in business? Can you tell us a bit about your history? 
Lion Brand Yarn has been in business since 1878. Lion Brand Yarn Studio opened in November 2008 to showcase Lion Brand Yarns and be an education center for knitting and crochet. This mission has expanded over the years to include weaving, felting, and spinning making Lion Brand Yarn Studio the largest site specific yarn crafting school in the country. 

What is your average class size? 
Our average class size is four students, and classes are capped at six so students can be confident that they will get the individual attention they need.  

What is your typical student like? What are their goals? 
Our students are pretty diverse reflecting the city in which we live. We have young adults interested in learning for the first time, or remembering something they learned as children, retirees who finally have time to tackle challenging techniques, fashion students who want to learn more about fabric, artists, lawyers, teachers, doctors and scientists. In terms of goals, many turn to knitting and crochet because they have heard about the health benefits of a meditative practice such as this - so their goal is often stress reduction. Others are interested in making specific items for new babies or clothes that are made to fit them if they are especially tall or short and don't find off-the-rack clothes that work for them. Their goals are very tangibly completing projects. 

Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class? 
On Monday, Wednesday, Friday until about 6:00 pm, the year-round Union Square Greenmarket always has interesting vendors. In addition to fish and meat vendors, there are baked goods, honey, beer, wine and flowers. Just north of the park on Broadway, you'll find ABC Carpet & Home, Paragon Sporting Goods and the Joyce Theater on 6th Ave. Further west of the Studio are the Rubin Museum of Art (which has a lovely cafe and gift shop) and Chelsea Market which are both worth visiting for food, shopping or just browsing. The area is full of restaurants in all price ranges. Both 5th and 6th Avenues, north of the Studio, have great shopping experience, and south of us is Greenwich Village.

Reviews of Lion Brand Yarn Studio

(378 Reviews)
Knitting 1

Judith F.

Attended: Knitting 1

Loved the class Adita is awesome looking forward to future instruction

Knitting 1

Deborah P.

Attended: Knitting 1

I truly enjoyed the class yesterday, I haven't knitted in years & little by little it came back to me. Darren my instructor was very patient & made me feel quite comfortable, looking forward to showing him my 1st project & looking forward to Knitting 2

Crochet 1

Deirdre N.

Attended: Crochet 1

The class was a very comfortable experience

Drop-In Help, Knit

carolyn e.

Attended: Drop-In Help, Knit

There were only 2 of us that signed up for the drop in & it was perfect for both of us. I am still a beginner so I had a lot of issues with my big project, that the 1 on 1 sessions was perfect.

Knitting 1

Leah H.

Attended: Knitting 1

Great patient instructor, a reasonable amount of time to go from knowing nothing to making something that resembles a scarf :)

Drop-In Help, Knit

Leila M.

Attended: Drop-In Help, Knit

Teacher, Erdita, was very kind and helpful. Beautiful shop with so many choices of yarn.

Knitting Doctor: Fixing Mistakes


Attended: Knitting Doctor: Fixing Mistakes

The class was very helpful and the instructor Darin was very nice. It was nice to learn about the different tricks to save your knitting projects.

Knitting 1

Sheila S.

Attended: Knitting 1

Had a great time.

Crochet 2


Attended: Crochet 2

This is the second class I've taken at LBYS and I highly recommend morning class over the evening class, since it was downstairs in natural light surrounded by beautiful colored yarns! Teacher Jenni was very good, and I'm glad not all participants showed up as there was a lot of info to impart in 2 hours. Ideally an extra half hour added would make it 5 stars!

Knitting 2

Sarah W.

Attended: Knitting 2

Darrin is a great teacher - knowledgeable, very enthusiastic and encouraging. There were only 5 people in the class so he gave us plenty of individual attention. I'm slow to pick up new knitting skills but Darrin is very good at making you want to learn and not feel like a complete idiot. Lion Brand is a wonderful shop so the atmosphere is very pleasant. I'm going back for another class as soon as I master the skills I just learned.

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34 W 15th St, New York, New York 10003
Lion Brand Yarn Studio
Flatiron, Manhattan
34 W 15th St
Btwn 5th & 6th Avenues
New York, New York 10003

Upcoming Classes at Lion Brand Yarn Studio

Drop-In Help, Crochet
Drop-In Help, Crochet
Next start date:

Wednesday Oct 23rd, 5:30pm - 7pm

Drop-In Help, Knit
Drop-In Help, Knit
Next start date:

Wednesday Oct 23rd, 5:30pm - 7pm