NEW! Fall Retreat       September 23-25, 2022 

Relax, recharge, knit, and renew friendships at beautiful, peaceful St. Francis Retreat Center in the hills above San Juan Bautista.


Commuter (includes three meals) $91

One night, shared room $166 

Two nights, shared room $326 

One night, private room $206 

Two nights, private room $406

We will have registration forms at the May, 2022, meetings. Stay posted for more details!

Annual Spring Workshop

The Annual Spring Workshop is taught by a professional knitting teacher on a topic chosen by guild members.

Recent teachers and topics are:

Worldwide Knit in Public Day
  • Beth Whiteside: short-rows, finishing
  • Kira K: knitting with beads, successful yarn substitutions, blocking, argyle/intarsia
  • Janine Bajus: Shetland caps
  • JC Briar: disaster recovery
  • Cecelia Campochiero: Sequence knitting

Knitting in Public

The Guild participates in Worldwide Knit in Public Day in June. We gather in downtown Santa Cruz and knit while people stop by and talk about knitting.

Worldwide Knit in Public Day
Abbott Square
June 11, 10am to 2pm
Bring a chair, hat, and your knitting!

Santa Cruz County Fair

Santa Cruz County Fair

Each fall the Guild has a display table at the Santa Cruz County Fair. It is here that members interact with fair-goers to talk about knitting, teach finger-knitting to children and promote knitting in general.

Holiday Party

In December the Guild holds one combined membership meeting for both evening and day attendees on the second Tuesday evening. It includes a potluck, gift exchange, election of officers, and often a silent auction to raise funds for charity. This is for members only.


Annual Retreat

St. Francis Retreat Center

The Knitting Guild of Santa Cruz sponsors an Annual Fall Retreat at St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista in September. It is a time to get away from the craziness of daily life and connect with other like souls for a few days in a beautiful setting. Nothing but knitting, eating, sleeping, or walking as you wish. St. Francis Retreat Center is a beautiful setting that is conducive to relaxation, inspiration, and camaraderie. We try to keep the cost down to make it affordable to our members.

Mini Retreats

From time to time a member will host an informal mini retreat at their home. It is a nice time to share knitting, companionship and food.

Monthly Casual Meetups

Check your Knitting Guild Newsletter each month for information on any planned casual meetups or Zoom meetups. Because of the pandemic, casual meetings were held online via Zoom. If meetups are to be online, your newsletter will inform you of date, time, and Zoom info.

Business Members

The Swift Stitch
402 Ingalls St, Ste 12
Santa Cruz

Yarn Shop Santa Cruz
765 Cedar St, Ste 103
Santa Cruz

Other Sponsors

Brenda Castiel

Guild Online Communities
Ravelry: The Knitting Guild of Santa Cruz

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