Winter is coming, but at least Bostonians can wrap themselves in chic hand-knit accessories. After five years in the biz and a pair of pop-ups at the Street at Chestnut Hill and Newbury Street, Third Piece is bringing its locally knit garb to a permanent location that’s set to open in mid-November. Owner Kristen Lambert says visitors can get their hands on completed merchandise in addition to the line’s patterns, signature Funky Chunky merino wool and a curated selection of other brands, like Peruvian alpaca fleece developed by the Rare Creatures and Wool and the Gang’s upcycled T-shirt skeins from Balmain- and Alexander McQueen-bred designers. During the warmer months, Third Piece plans to introduce linen and cotton yarns, and roll out a thinner version of its in-house label.
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Until then, knitters can hibernate in the South End spot, which is expected to host trunk shows, among other special events, and 90-minute to two-hour classes. “We’ve developed a four-part learn-to-knit program to get somebody from a true beginner to a more intermediate level,” Lambert explains, adding that students create phone cases, headbands, hats and cowls during the project-driven sessions. Those with a little more expertise can get a helping hand too: “The knit bar is a go-to technical resource for people just to drop in or do a one-on-one private lesson,” Lambert says, which means no more phoning a friend from the couch or trying to sift through the internet for answers. “I think people are looking for places to get outside and still feel connected to the people around them. That’s what I hope the space really does.”
Third Piece, 631 Tremont St., Boston (617-874-4400) thirdpiece.com