As an owner of a yarn and craft shop, it might seem obtuse that I’m writing a blog post on where you can find other Yarn Shops in York town centre, but to be honest it’s something which I get asked about all the time, so I thought I might as well provide the information! As well as that, I’m a big believer in community over competition, and would and do happily redirect customers to other yarn shops or online yarn shops if I don’t have what they are looking for. I’m fairly certain what goes around comes around too, and have definitely had customers telling me other yarn shops in York (and elsewhere!) sent them here, so in the long run, win win!
The York Makery
Now obviously I am your number one choice (chortle!). We are at 36 Gillygate, and we specialise in yarn and fabric. We have a few areas of yarn we focus on:
- British yarns, and more specifically, Yorkshire yarns! We sell a lot of West Yorkshire Spinners, as well as stocking Baa Ram Ewe, and some very local alpaca from Stockholes in Doncaster. I’m also just about to launch my own range of hand dyed british yarns – check back soon to find out more about this one!
- Sock Yarns – sock yarn knitting (and crocheting!) is going from strength to strength in popularity, so we always keep a good range of sock yarns, including Socks YEAH! 50g skeins in a whole rainbow of colours, a wide range of Opal yarns, Cygnet plain and variegated sock yarns, and West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply Sock.
- Baby yarns – we have a good selection of baby yarns, mostly in Double Knitting (though we do have two 4ply ranges), including WYS Bo Peep, Sirdar Blossom, Sirdar Pattercake, James C Brett Baby Marble, and Sirdar Cashmerino. We have a good selection of baby patterns too!
- Crochet yarns – we do a lot of crochet classes here at The York Makery, and so although all yarns are suitable for crocheting with, we have a few we recommend! We stock Hayfield Bonus for all your big granny blanket projects, James C Brett Noodles for bright coloured and super easy crochet makes, and the brand new Ricorumi 25g cotton balls, which are perfect for mixing and matching.
We also have a good range of haberdashery, including Pony crochet hooks, and Basix, Birch Basix and Zings Knitting Needles by Knit Pro. We even have the Addi CrasyTrio in sock sizes!
Knit & Stitch
You’ll find Knit & Stitch on Colliergate, about 8 minutes walk away from us, opposite the well known department store Barnitts. If you can’t find a yarn in here, I’ll almost always send you to Knit & Stitch! They too run workshops and classes, as well as stocking a huge variety of yarns; brands you will find at Knit & Stitch include:
- Stylecraft – I get asked for this a lot as it’s the market dominator due to lots of great blogs like Attic 24 – among others, Stylecraft do a great basic acrylic.
- Debbie Bliss – DB has a great reputation among knitters, especially for some of the baby yarns but I don’t stock it! You’ll find it just across town.
- King Cole – KC is a big commercial producer offering a huge range of yarns, including the ever popular tinsel yarn, cottonsoft, and the fab sock yarn ZigZag.
They also sell a wide range of haberdashery, and a selection of fabrics. I mean, if you’re going to the hassle of visiting York, surely you’d want to visit us both? That way you’ll find all your favourites!
The Little Fabric Cabin
These guys aren’t available every day, but if you’re passing through York on a Tuesday or a Saturday, you’ll be able to find them in the world famous Shambles Market! Anne sells a selection of popular fabrics and craft products as well as some yarn and haberdashery; on her stall you’ll find:
- Accessories by Vanessa B – these sheep based clip art gift wares are great for your knitting relatives as gifts!
- Mohair yarns – if you’re a mohair fan, you’ll find something special here
- Wendy and Robin yarns – popular family favourites which have stood the test of time
- Masham by King Cole, a special british blend
Duttons for Buttons
So Duttons is technically first and foremost a button shop, as the name suggests, but their gorgeous little shop does also have a yarn section! Situated centrally at the bottom of Parliament Street, visiting Duttons will find you:
- Buttons. Obvs.
- Haberdashery – a range of sewing, knitting and crocheting haberdashery
- A yarn selection – on the top floor of the little three story building, you’ll find a yarn room, featuring some squishable lovelies including James C Brett.
- Anchor embroidery threads! It isn’t yarn, but I often send customers here for this – we only sell DMC cottons, and sometimes you need Anchor.
I mean, if there’s an option, I’d encourage you to shop with one of the four local shops listed above before resorting to Boyes (please!) – but sometimes you just need to run somewhere last minute for something cheap and cheerful. I haven’t popped in for a while, but to my memory, the Boyes on Goodramgate in York stocks a good sprinkling of quite a few brands, including Stylecraft, Brett, King Cole, Sirdar, Cygnet, and their own house brand of cheap-as-chips acrylic.
And that, I’m afraid folks, is pretty much it! In bygone days there were a lot more craft shops, yarn shops and fabric shops in York town centre, but its actually fairly thin on the ground these days. However, of the few that keep going, between us we have a vibrant range and can get you almost anything knitting or crochet based either on the spot or through ordering it in, so let’s say that York’s current yarn shop scene is Quality over Quantity!
I've drawn on this zoomed in section of map for you below so you can see (roughly) where we all are! Happy yarn shopping :)