There are currently no classes scheduled for The Sweatshop of Love Studio. To receive these updates by email sign up for the Chicago Classes Newsletter

Allyson is teaching at Knit 1 Chicago - check out their full class schedule and sign up for her classes there. 

Allyson is always available to set up one on one or small group classes - email her at to set something up!


The Sweatshop of Love Studio!


Allyson Dykhuizen is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher from Michigan who lives in Chicago. Her patterns have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and knit.wear magazines, by Lion Brand Yarns, and included in the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program. She self publishes and blogs on her website The Sweatshop of Love, and is editor of Holla Knits.

Laura McDougal has been a life-long crafty lady. She’s dabbled in everything from embroidery during her Girl Scout days to basket weaving as a summer camp counselor. Knitting has been her primary focus for the last 8 years. She’s learned a lot along the way and can’t wait to share it with you! You can follow her latest adventures at

Leah Coccari-Swift, a knitwear designer and teacher, learned to knit from her grandma at age 4 and has been making things obsessively ever since. She majored in Studio Art (drawing/painting) at Beloit College and predictably worked many odd jobs before finding she could be a professional knit/crochet designer and teacher. She can usually be found tangled up in yarn, cooking and eating, walking outside, or playing with other people's dogs, and at