Karen Darden

Karen D.

Lutherville Timonium, MD
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During this class you will become familiar with the basics of knitting. You will learn how to cast on and bind off. How to make hats and scarfs etc.

About Karen D.

My name is Karen and I have been crocheting for the past 58 yrs. and knitting for the past 27 yrs. I am currently a Certified Knitting and Crochet instructor from The Yarn Council of America. I was certified in the year 2000. I have taught in Michael's Arts and Craft store, JoAnn Fabric, Community College of Baltimore County.
Baltimore county (Adult enrichment Program) and the Police Athletic Program. I am recently retired from Black Sheep Yarn Shop as their Knitting and Crochet Instructor, I give classes in beginner knit and crochet, thread crochet,


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Karen has been a delight to work with on my beginner Crochet lessons. She is patient and encouraging. When I get frustrated with my errors, Karen knows how to help me understand ways to correct my mistakes. I enjoy crochet more and more and would like to continue lessons with Karen.

Posted Sep 28, 2020
Troy Remick
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Karen is a meticulous teacher. She explains lessons in an accessible manner and gives you hands on experience under her direction. She takes time to ensure the student's understanding and proficiency before progressing. She is patient and kind. She was extremely flexible in scheduling our lessons. I learned to crochet and the basics of getting started, how to read patterns, supplies needed and much more. I love that I am now proficient at my new hobby thanks to such a wonderful teacher. Thank you Karen!

Posted Feb 18, 2020
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AWESOME I so enjoy working with Karen! In advance of today’s lesson, we coordinated re work on a summer shawl Project. We both thought a summer shawl addressing those summer air conditioned restaurants was a good project for folks like me that travel a bunch and need take along projects. With Karen’s guidance in mind, I bought gthe yarn. Then Karen showed me 6-9 different shawls she’s made so I could pick target shawl pattern that wasn’t above my ability and appealed to me. I’m now on my way; 3+Rows in and feeling confident of noteworthy progress til next session.

Posted Mar 29, 2019
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Encouraging, supportive, first class instructor. I signed up for lessons after I realized the kit I bought was above my knowledge level. It's been an awesome experience. I am more confident in reading instructions and making the (pattern specified) numerous different stitches. F2F lessons is the best; its been an awesome experience. I will take more lessons from Karen - she's just that good; a real gem for "take lessons".

Posted Mar 17, 2019
Louise S.
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Delightful! Karen was patient, professional and full of ideas. Looking forward to my next session.

Posted Jan 7, 2018
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Karen is very patient and has a great attitude and personality. She is very talented and appears eager to share her knowledge. I really enjoyed the experience. Peas Patricia

Posted Sep 21, 2017
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I had an awesome learning experience with Karen. She is patient and knowledgeable and I definitely knew how to crochet when I left after just one lesson. She showed me how to make a scarf and showed me how I can take those stitches and make a blanket. She taught me how to read the symbols and patterns and I can crochet!!!

Posted Aug 11, 2017

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Instructor/Sales Associate
Jun 2011 - Present

The Black Sheep Yarn Shop in Maryland

Certified Crochet and Knitting Instructor. Received my certification from the Yarn Council of America in Brandywine, Ohio.


Associate of Applied Science
Sep 1993 - Present

Baltimore International College

AA Degree in Culinary Arts
Sep 1994 - Jun 1997

Baltimore International College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Crocheting and Knitting
Aug 2000

The Yarn Council of America/CGOA

Was tested and certified by the Yarn Council through the Crochet Guild of America.


Customer Service
Apr 2003

Sunrise Assisted Living Facility


American Culinary Federation
Jun 1997
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), a professional, organization for chefs and cooks, was founded in 1929 in New York City by three chefs’ organizations: the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club and the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America. Since our inception, little has changed in our principal goals. We are an organization based on promoting the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels.

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