The Top 5 Knit Shops in New York City


knitting in the round walkthrough. Jane's Designer BlogOne 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 and 18th streets. Argyle Yarn Shop In Brooklyn, New YorkWhile 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!Cook’s Arts & Crafts Shoppe In Queens, NY 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.Wild & Wooly Knit Shop In Staten Island 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.

 Knitty-City

The last two I found take you over to Manhattan. The first one is up on 208 West 79th Street. Knitty City Knit Shop In New York CityKnitty-City 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.

 Downtown Yarns

My last store on this list belongs to Downtown Yarns down on 45 Avenue A between 3rd and 4th Streets. Downtown Yarns In New York CityThey 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!

5 comments


  • Jane's Designer Yarn Patterns

    When i have time I plan to visit it. Jane


  • Jane's Designer Yarn Patterns

    Thanks for sharing – Great store. I love to go and take friends from out of town. Appreciate the feedback!


  • Ann

    Hey, I’m a passionate knitter and have been since I was 12 years old…I also work at the Lion Brand Yarn studio which is another one you forgot to add on! Its on West 15th street between 5th and 6th ave. You should come and check us out!


  • Jane's Designer Yarn Patterns

    Thanks for the heads-up!


  • Isiris

    I just found your page! I’ve been knitting on & off for 50 years. It’s great to see that there are still knitting/yarn shops left in NYC, but you forgot Seaport Yarn at 181 Broadway.


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