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Building a Knitting Community in Middle School

In the bustling corridors of Coupeville, Washington, Middle School, amidst the chaos of academics and extracurricular activities, lies a haven of tranquility and creativity—the Knitting Club. Since its inception, this after-school oasis has provided a space for students to unwind, socialize, and master the art of knitting and crocheting. Sustaining the Knitting Club, however, has not been without its challenges. Reliant on donations, often from the benevolent pockets of the teachers, the club would like to fortify its resources. 

“The ability to create something with my own hands brings me joy and a sense of accomplishment,” shared Arianna V., one of the club’s dedicated members. 

A Focused Crocheter. Students in the Knitting Club are focused crocheters.

“I love coming to knitting club because I think it is a perfect time to finish projects and talk with friends,” expressed Mariana J., her eyes glowing with enthusiasm. “Now that I do Knitting Club, I get to see my cousins every Thursday!”  

For Lucille H., knitting is more than just a hobby; it’s a form of meditation. “I knit because it is calming,” she said softly, with her needles clicking rhythmically in her hands. 

As the club’s community grows, so does the impact. “Knitting Club is a great way to learn how to knit or crochet and helps you connect with other people who have similar likings to yours. It’s a great way to make new friends and help with anxiety you might have with talking to new people.” said L.F. 

A Community of Knitting Friends. The Knitting Club, a community for friends.

Natylie D. echoed this sentiment, expressing her joy in the diversity of projects she learns from others. “I enjoy knitting because it expands my love for crafts. I love making coasters, potholders, and scarves—it’s very fun.”

Central to the club’s mission is inclusivity. Students from grades six through 12, regardless of skill level, are welcomed with open arms, fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth. They are supported by teachers Casie Grevé and Alex Reid, along with a dedicated team of teacher volunteers and parents. Also, they have some retired individuals who pop in and knit with them since they have the skill and enjoy being around young adults.

With Fiber Art Now’s Gathering Grant, the students will unite to create a masterpiece of their choosing and embark on a knit and crochet-along. The Knitting Club, another wonderful testament to the power of creativity and community. 

Top image: Knitting Club-Crochet for Days. Knitting Club students enjoy crocheting for days.

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Cami Smith is the Fiber Art Now media manager, a contributing editor, and a mixed-media artist.

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