One of the things I love most about knitting is that I can do it anywhere! Whether I’m sitting at home on my couch, on a bus while taking a trip or even on my back deck during a beautiful day. Knitting is relaxing and it helps alleviate stress. I did some research and I wanted to inform all of my knitting friends of some of the most highly rated knitting shops around New York City! Take a look at this list of the top five places I’ve found and let me know what your thoughts on them are.
Argyle Yarn Shop
Let’s start over in Park Slope, Brooklyn for our first adventure. We are starting at the Argyle Yarn Shop
located at 288 Prospect Park West between 17th
While they may have a simple interior, they have a very modest storefront. What I like about this one is that they offer a variety of classes, including some how-to tutorials for beginners and also some advanced techniques for the experts. The good thing about the classes here are there they have a maximum of between six to eight people. This means you really get to showcase your work and ask a ton of questions without bothering a bunch of people! For any questions, feel free to call them at (347) 227-7799.
Cook’s Arts & Crafts Shoppe
Next, let’s go to our favorite spot in Queens. I had the opportunity to check out Cook’s Arts & Crafts Shoppe located at 80-09 Myrtle Ave between 80th and 81st street in Glendale and I absolutely loved it! The thing I love most about this place is that it is a family-owned establishment and they have been teaching the people of Queen’s how to knit since 1970! Again, I like that the shop teaches classes everything from basic up to more detail-oriented classes and they provide the materials in the cost of the class. The store also has their own happy hour events where you can bring your own yarn and also offers meet-up events too. The store offers both European and Continental-style knitting techniques.
Wild & Wooly
As we jump across to our friends over in Staten Island, my favorite place to check out was Wild & Wooly.
They opened their store over 30 years ago and Maxine, the owner, has been in the business ever since. They have a wide selection of needlepoint and knitting materials that they offer customers along with a friendly smile and expert advice! The one difference here is that they also do framing and upholstery for your projects too. I really like that about them. They are located at 17 Morse Ave, Staten Island and they can be reached at (718) 987-7000. They also have gift certificates available in any denomination for purchase as well.
The last two I found take you over to Manhattan. The first one is up on 208 West 79th
offers tons of brands of yarn and is a neighborhood hangout for people living on the Upper West Side. They have a store where the crafty and non-crafty can get together and have some fun while discussing yarn and looking at different brands. The two things that stuck out in my mind about this place is that they offer events like Men’s Night, for men who want to learn how to knit or to advance their crocheting techniques. The other thing I like is that they have a event they call Care to Knit which donates the projects to places like the local nursing home, hospices or any other organizations that help the needy. They do some meet and greets with designers too. I was really excited to find out about this place.
My last store on this list belongs to Downtown Yarns
down on 45 Avenue A between 3rd
They have a beautiful ambiance, as the entrance to the store is a beautiful wood exterior. They have a very beautiful and cozy store and a very relaxing atmosphere. Rita, the owner, has a Golden Retriever named Frankie who is gorgeous and has a quiet tone to him. I didn’t even notice him at first. What I liked about this store is that it is jam packed with a variety of yarns and it is also well organized and diverse. The clientele is also diverse and she has some eco-friendly yarns as well, something I’m all about. Rita also has a variety of knitting workshops that she does in her shop. I love when people use their storefronts to teach different classes. They can be reached at (212) 995-5991.
There you have it! The best places I found around New York City. Have you ever been to any of these? What do you think? What places would you recommend so I can remember to try the next time I go exploring. Keep those knitting needles
going my friends and I can’t wait for you to read about my next adventure!