Top local yarn shops across North America

As the holiday season approaches and the days get shorter, we thought that we’d give your hands something to do while streaming endless amounts of television on the couch. Whether you’re looking for some unique yak yarn or need a virtual knitting 101 class, there are wonderful local yarn shops (LYS for those in the knitting know) all across the country to help you be the best knitter you can be.

Get those needles clackin’, that scarf for grandma isn’t going to knit itself!

1. A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA

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All yarn created here is naturally dyed in their Oakland studio. They use organic, sustainably-harvested, plant extracts as well as plants harvested from our backyard dye garden.

2. Loop in Philadelphia, PA

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Learn to knit from their extensive and helpful YouTube tutorials found on their website. Free shipping is available on orders over $95.

3. ImagiKnit in San Francisco, CA

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From knitting 101 to private lessons, they have quite a few virtual options. They also sell a wide array of yarns from yak to camel to mink to llama; they carry an extensive inventory.

4. Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver, CO

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Sign up for one of their virtual knitting classes! You can also find a plethora of patterns for sale, even some free options. Fancy Tiger Crafts sells a variety of kits, including kid friendly ones!

5. Gather Here in Cambridge, MA 

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Find some of the highest quality yarn for sale, as well as fun gifts for your knitting obsessed friends and family. Zoom classes are available including options specialized for kids and teenagers.

Find more great local yarn shops here.