There are plenty of online craft stores you may browse to have your supplies delivered to your door while looking for the ideal yarn for your upcoming knitting project.
But there is something about going to a physical wool and yarn store in person that adds a whole new level of excitement to the process of beginning a new project.
You can’t beat a trip to your neighborhood yarn and wool shop, whether it’s walking through the door and being greeted by the vibrant colors of wall-to-wall balls of yarn or having the option to walk around and really get your hands on skeins of yarn so you can feel the different textures.
The majority of the stores in London sell both wool and yarn; the distinction between the two is that while wool is created only from animal fibers, most frequently sheep, yarn can be made from either natural or synthetic fibers.
We’ve put up a list of some of the biggest yarn shops in London that offer a huge variety of yarns that also include sustainable options.
1. Beautiful Knitters
With Pimlico subway station just a short five-minute walk away, the Beautiful Knitters wool store is in the ideal central London location.
The Beautiful Knitters began in New York in 2016 on Instagram rather than as a store or a company.
After working at some of the best and most incredible yarn stores in New York and London and designing their own patterns, they felt it was time to step things up a notch and also establish a platform to bring people together and share the yarns they love.
The majority of the yarns they find and carefully obtain come from the UK and Europe. A large portion of their yarn is produced by small, artisanal hand dyers who use organic or natural materials like alpacas, rare sheep breeds, etc. They have an eco-conscious and artisanal approach.
Beautiful Knitters offers a unique collection of yarns including Mayfair and Mini, yak, a luxurious blend of merino, silk Pimlico, tough and springy Notting Hill sock base with biodegradable nylon, cuddly Belgravia, fluffy kid mohair and silk base Chelsea.
Tel: 020 7821 6496
Address: 53 Moreton St, Pimlico, London SW1V 2NY
2. Knit with Attitude
Knit with Attitude focuses on yarns manufactured sustainably, responsibly, and with the environment in mind.
The store makes sure that all of the yarns it carries can be linked to ethical business practices at all levels, from treating animals well to paying workers fairly and providing comfortable working conditions.
Because of this care and attention, the majority of the yarns in the store are made by small manufacturers and businesses that share the same passion, including Hedgehog Fibres, John Arbon, Hey Mama Wolf, Fyberspates, and Purl Alpaca.
Tel: 020 7998 3282
Address: 127 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0PH
With the goal of providing the best yarns on the market and serving as a hub for knitters of all levels to learn, congregate, and find inspiration, Loop launched in London in 2005.
The entire year, Loop also hosts incredible events and seminars where knitters of all levels may pick up new techniques from experts.
Any passionate yarn lover worth their salt will ultimately travel to Loop in the city! Owner Susan Cropper searches one-of-a-kind and quirky tools and frequents vintage fairs in search of strange items for the shop, which is located in north London.
The majority of their yarns are made of natural fibers, and many of them are hand-dyed yarns from small, independent dyers in the UK and other countries, like Madelinetosh, La Bien Aimee, Spincycle, The Uncommon Thread, Qing, Lichen + Lace, Eden Cottage Yarns, and many others.
In addition, Loop carries a wide variety of functional and attractive haberdashery, as well as a fantastic collection of vintage haberdashery that includes ribbons, buttons, and a staggering variety of stitching and mending threads.
Tel: 020 72881160
Address: 15 Camden Passage, London N1 8EA
4. Tribe Yarns
Tribe Yarns’ tagline is “Life is too short for bad yarn!” As a result, the store is stocked with high-quality, ethically produced, handcrafted, and vibrant yarns.
After 36 years of knitting, Milli Abrams gave birth to Tribe in 2018. Milli is a wife, mother, accountant, adventurer, and knitter who is in her forties. She is a vivacious, rebellious, and passionate person who will always support you in making your own decisions.
You will not leave the store empty handed as the store’s team will always be delighted to offer their professional guidance.
Tel: 020 8940 0999
Address: 17 Richmond Hill, Richmond-upon-Thames, London TW10 6RE
5. Wild and Wooly
A fascinating selection of yarns, wools, and haberdashery are available at Wild and Woolly, an independent wool business in Hackney that is ideal for both experienced knitters and novices.
You can bring your most recent project and meet other knitters for a drink and a treat at their Late Night Knitty Lock-In event, which is one of their weekly classes and events.
They welcome knitters of all experience levels, people who have never knit before, non-knitters who want to try, and crocheters of all stripes.
Tel: 020 8985 5231
Address: 116 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0QX
6. LR Wool Store
LR Wool Store has been a mainstay of the creative community in West London for more than 50 years. They take great pride in offering their customers premium yarns and haberdashery items.
Cotton, wool, and acrylic yarns, as well as knitting and crochet patterns, needles, and accessories, are all available in the store.
They are enthusiastic about crocheting, knitting, and crafting, and their helpful team will be happy to assist you.
Tel: 020 8567 8729
Address: 132 Uxbridge Rd, London W13 8QS, United Kingdom