The South End is known for its bars — and now it’s home to a knit bar, too.
Pop-up knitwear retailer Third Piece opened a permanent boutique at 631 Tremont St. in late November after successful runs on Newbury Street and in Chestnut Hill. In addition to sweaters, hats, and scarves, the shop offers a knit bar for aspiring crafters. Think of it like Apple’s Genius Bar, but with wool.
“There are so many knitters in the universe. It’s crazy; it’s like this little secret. There’s something very nostalgic about it, and people want to learn. They’ll come in and tell me, ‘I tried to learn on YouTube,’ ” says owner Kristen Lambert.
The drop-in bar will staff an experienced knitter (who also offers private one-on-one lessons if you get tangled), and the shop will host small group workshops in an adjacent classroom. Classes will focus on knitting with Third Piece’s assortment of chunky alpaca and merino wool ($65 for a two-hour session), and the boutique will also host gatherings with other local makers. Guests can drop in for calligraphy, weaving, or macramé sessions, for instance.
“We want people to get outside of their iPhones and do something tangible,” Lambert says.
But if you just want to shop, well, that’s OK, too. Browse soft pullovers and cardigans, infinity scarves, snoods, mittens, and beanies. And if you’d rather experiment in the privacy of your own home? Grab a Third Piece knit kit, with instructions, patterns, and materials for crafting your own cozy apparel at home.
Kara Baskin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.