Skip to main content

North Hills Monthly

New Date, New Location for Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival

Feb 27, 2015 06:39PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Now in its 11th year, the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival has outgrown its North Hills location and is moving downtown. The event—a mecca for all things fiber—will take place at the Westin Convention Center from March 27-29, 2015.

“We are excited to move the festival downtown,” said founder Barb Grossman, who coordinates the event with her sister, Ann Szilagyi. “Downtown Pittsburgh offers great dining, shopping and cultural options for our attendees, and since the festival drew more than 3,500 fiber enthusiasts last year, we saw the need to move it to a larger, more central location.”

Knitters, spinners, weavers, crocheters and felters are invited to enjoy all of the beauty, color, inspiration and pizazz that the festival has to offer. Headlining the festival this year are the industry’s ‘Fab Four’—four men teaching knitting and crochet. These include Steven ‘StevenBe’ Berg, Extreme Double Knitting Master Alasdair Post-Quinn, The ‘Crochet Dude’ Drew Emborsky, and Charles Gandy, the Sock King from the South. 

This year’s event also includes a fashion show and design contest, during which one entry in each category will be chosen by a panel of judges as the winner. The final selection will receive a best in show award and $500 cash. The contest, which was open to anyone, includes four categories: Crochet or Knitted Garment, Crochet or Knitted Shawl, Crochet or Knitted Accessory and Wild, Wearable Art, which could be any combination of medium (including fiber, fabric, yarn, recycled materials) and construction technique (including weaving, machine assisted, needle and wet felting).

Additional highlights of the festival include:
  • A PJ party with StevenBe
  • A yarn tasting party on Friday night
  • A Crochet Superbooth, featuring Pittsburgher Robyn Chachula and nationally recognized Drew Emborsky, combining their products, patterns, classes and yarns for crochet enthusiasts.
  • A free, make-it craft area where attendees can create their own springtime fiber sprite
  • A 78-foot Cascading Waterfall of Yarn art installation.

Those who remember ‘Knit the Bridge’ from two years ago will be even more overwhelmed by the Cascading Waterfall of Yarn at the entrance to the hotel. The waterfall is made up of a series of panels in various shades of yarn, including whites, reds, purples, browns, blacks, grays, greens, blues, oranges, pinks, yellows, golds, as well as a rainbow panel. More than 100 different types of yarns were used to create just one 46” x 96” panel, which includes more than 500 individual strands of mohairs, wools, alpacas, natural fibers, acrylics, silks, blends, tweeds, recycled, hand-dyed, undyed, novelties and more.

“This wall, featuring the various yarns, colors, shades, textures and hues, is a shout out to Pittsburgh that we love yarn!” said Grossman. When completed, the wall will feature more than 10,000 strands of yarn.

To learn more about the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival, visit or follow it on Twitter at #pghknitfest.

Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival

Westin Convention Center
March 27-29, 2015

Marketplace Hours:
Friday: 1-7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$15 at the door, $10 in advance. Multiple day rates available. Seniors, $5 on Sunday, graciously sponsored by UPMC Senior Communities