Knitting club

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FIJ’s Knitting club (=ompeluseura in Finnish)

The history of “ompeluseura” traces back to more than 100 years ago. These gatherings were opportunities for women to come together to enjoy a cup of coffee while knitting or sewing…and gossiping! In the spring of 2018, the Finnish Institute in Japan brought the tradition to Japan in the form of a monthly Knitting club. The event is sponsored by Novita, whose knitting needles are made from Finnish birch wood and the colours of the yarns are inspired by Finnish nature. The programme of the knitting club follows seasonal themes and each meeting features a presentation on a prominent Finnish woman or a timely cultural tradition.


Event information


Participation fee: No fee, beginner kit provided by the Finnish Institute in Japan


Event dates:

Below are the planned event dates for spring 2024. Please note that the schedule is subject to changes.

Knitting Clubs at 15:00 –17:00. Please check the event venue every time from Peatix or Finnish Institute in Japan’s social media channels.

2024 Spring Knitting Club schedule:

  • January 31st
  • February 21st
  • March 13th
  • April 3rd
  • May 15th
  • June 19th

*Dates may be subject to changes


Registration is needed to join the Knitting club. Please register at

The group is filled in the order of registration. Furthermore, please make sure that you cancel your registration as soon as possible if you cannot join the event.

We do not keep a waiting list. Cancelled seats are made available in Peatix again, so please check the event page if you are waiting for cancellations.


Socks pattern according to Aino Sibelius.

Grandmother’s square blanket instructions

Novita Perenna schawl

Novita Natura sweater

Good to know

First-time participants don’t need to bring anything with them. Those who have participated before should bring the needles and the project they are currently working on.

If you arrive late, please let us know via Peatix message or an email to

Come and join the Knitting club – Finnish culture with Finnish materials, and a little bit of gossip!