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Portland area yarn stores

Stores in Portland, proper

Close Knit

2140 NE Alberta (at 22nd)
(503) 288-4568
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Close KnitExcellent small high-end yarn shop.

Close Knit is a phenomena. It's a gorgeous little store, stuffed full of gorgeous yarns. And I do mean stuffed: Yarn is everywhere, in baskets on the couch, baskets on the floor, yarn on the kitchen table. And even in the cubbies, different yarns are enticingly, beautifully thrown together. Knit things are everywhere as well, if you're looking for inspiration, or what a yarn might look like knit up.

And yet, things are easy enough to find. Lamb's Pride and Cascade 220 are right by the door; Manos del Uruguay, by the emergency exit; sock yarns, in the top of the china cabinet, or in one of the baskets along the floor; Noro has its own bookcase, right by the sales desk.

They seem to be finding all sorts of lesser known yarns. Last night, they had the most deliciously handpainted Uruguan wool from a brand I had never heard of. It took a lot of resilience to only buy what I had come in for, some Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb, a 50/50 wool silk blend.

And every time I go in, it's full of people. I mean, full. Claustrophobes, beware. Luckily, the sales people know their stuff and are tremendously helpful.

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Dublin Bay Knitting Company

1227 NW 11th Avenue
Monday-Saturday 10-7
Sunday 11-5

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Dublin Bay Knitting CompanyJust opened February 2006, featuring high-end, luxury yarns. Yarn lines include Alchemy, Fiesta, Cherry Tree Hill, Colinette, Jo Sharp, Louisa Harding, Jamieson's Shetland, and RY Classic. They have a gorgeous line of recycled viscose (who knew?) and recycled silk. For sock yarn, they have Regia, Regia, and more Regia. Needles include Daisy and Addi Turbos.

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2418 E Burnside
(503) 233-4807
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Tuesday-Saturday 11-5
Sunday 12-5


Gossamer is a fiber arts, crafts, and Waldorf supply store. The store carries 100% wool felt, plant dyed felt, brown sheep yarn, needle felting supplies, embroidery thread (wool & linen), beeswax candles, toys and more. . .

We do special ordering and have teacher discounts on most items.

Just opened in December 2007, this store is still building up steam as far as stock goes. They carry wool batting, plant dyed wool, 100% wool and plant-dyed felt pieces, a good selection of Brown Sheep lambs pride and shepherd shades yarns and natural-fibered embroidery thread, as well as all the tools to use with these.

They also stock dollmaking supplies, beeswax modeling wax, crayon sets, and single blocks, and lyra pencils and sharpeners. And they offer classes in knitting, sewing with wool felt, needle felting, and embroidery.

The store feels kind of spare, but in a good way. I scored in a big way on some linen and Peaches & Creme Cotton that the owner was selling from her stash.

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Happy Knits

1620 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Tues-Sat 10-6 Sun 12-5

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Knit Knot Studio

1238 NW Glisan Suite A
(503) 222-3818
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Knitknot StudioUp a quarter staircase from Glisan, this tiny but wonderful shop has everything you could possibly need. The owner is on hand with a lifetime of really gorgeous knitting experience, and she's totally able to put you at ease. Her selection ranges from high-end to Brown Sheep, with a huge selection of both Manos and Lamb's Pride. While this isn't the most visible shop, it's worth looking for.

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1101 SW Alder
(503) 227-2999
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Knit-PurlThere is nothing low-end or cheap about Knit/Purl. Looking for Plymouth? Don't bother looking here. However, if you're looking for luxurious, high-end yarns, here you go. It's a relatively small store bookended by Josephine's Dry Goods (fabrics) and the Playful Needle (needlepoint & crewel), with a lovely selection of gorgeous yarns, many of which you won't see elsewhere. And, they have Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride, the best economy wool out there. And while Josephine's may treat you badly if you don't flash cash, this isn't going to happen at K/P. Staff are helpful, attentive, courteous, and, not jerks. Specialty yarns like imported Habu Textiles, high-end small-production yarns like Lorna's Laces, Koigu, Colinette, Manos del Uruguay and Louisa Harding, and locals like Scappoose's Blue Moon Fiber Arts, and Portland weaver Catherine Van Laake's Loom In Essence (the finest japanese silks, naturally dyed) make the store especially interesting (and expensive). Even when the store is full of browsers, it has an airiness which will keep most claustrophics from going into a panic attack. And, they have a great selection of books and gifty items for knitters and crocheters.

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1700 NW Marshall (at 17th)

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Mabel's Cafe and Knittery

3041 SE Division

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Mill End Store

9701 SE McLoughlin Blvd
(503) 786-1234
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Mill End StoreThe Mill End Store claims to have the most fabric anywhere. And to be sure, they have a lot of fabric. But they also carry yarn.

The pluses to the store are what you might expect. Lots of Patons, lots of Encore, lots of man-made fibers. Lots of Sugar & Cream. A clutch of discount & high end brand novelty yarns. But they also carry a full range of bamboo needles, magazines, and some patterns.

After browsing Bernat wool and Kroy, I was surprised to see some bamboo yarn and banana fiber yarn. Wow.

Comparing Mill End to your LYS or to Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics, I don't think the prices are significantly better. If you're going for higher end fibers, the lighting is going to be better at your LYS—it has to be!

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Naked Sheep Knit Shop

2142 N Killingsworth
(503) 283-2004
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Naked Sheet Knit Shop
at Naked Sheep
A neighborhood yarn shop for N. Portland. They feature multiple comfortable, well-lit, places to sit and knit, and friendly folks to help you work through a knitting problem or two. The shop is fairly small, well-lit, and well-edited, with lots of space to move around. Clover, Brittany and Lantern Moon needles. A nice collection of books and patterns. They have several types of natural or eco wools, a nice selection of Lorna's Laces in several weights, and perhaps the nicest display of Fixation in town. The majority of yarns there are midrange, ringing in under $10 a skein, though some are as inexpensive as a couple dollars a ball.

Everyone loves their LYS and here's why I love Naked Sheep:
- it's small enough that I don't get overwhelmed with choices. Mind you, I love looking at a bigger yarn store, but I hate trying to make a decision at one.
- these folks are the nicest around.
- they know their knitting. All of them!
- Cheri's husband and teenage son are frequently there.
- Riley, the shop chihuahua, is frequently there too.
- all the yarn they carry is tagged with an easy-to-read listing for those of us who are too vain to get reading glasses.

  • yarn name
  • stitches per inch/US needle size
  • yardage
  • fiber content
  • hand or machine washable
  • cost

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Northwest Wools

3524 SW Troy (in Multnomah Village)
(503) 244 5024
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Monday-Friday: 10-6, Saturday: 10-5

Northwest WoolsA small store with lots of yarn.

Our store has been located in historical Multnomah Village for over 16 years, offering georgous knitting yarns and spinning fibers for fiber artists. We offer both knitting and spinning classes. Our hand dyed fibers are dyed for us by Woolgatherings and our handspun yarns are spun for us by TJ's Angora.

With our knowledgable, friendly staff, the experience we offer makes all the difference in your finished product.

Located just a few miles south of downtown Portland, Oregon, the village offers shopping, restaurants, an art center, and plenty of free parking. We are also on the Tri-Met bus line so from downtown you can take bus #40 or #44 and it stops right in front of our store.

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2310 NE Broadway St.
(503) 922-1150
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inside Twisted
Twisted is a brand-new yarn and craft shop in NE Portland. The ladies who own it are quite internet-savvy, and one might even say, knitting-blog crazy.

One entire wall of the store is full of sock yarns, primarily really small brands that you may not have even heard of. Zen String, Woolarina, SWTC's Tofutsies, Dream in Color, Yarntini, Cherry Tree Hill, Austermann Step, Alpaca with a Twist, and Karen's Heavenly Creations. If bloggers are excited about a yarn online, you'll probably find it here.

They have a great selection of vegan/plant fiber yarns, too. They stock a Sirdar Bamboo ribbon, Louet linen, Frabjous Fibers' banana silk, hemp, and nettle, and SWTC's A-MAIZing and Pure (soysilk).

Other yarn lines include Noro (of course), Araucania, Sublime, Sirdar, Ella Rae, Debbie Bliss, and 22 colors of Feza Baby yarns, $6 and superwash.

They also have a small collection of craft materials: Sublime Stitching and supplies for crewel and embroidery are what I remember best.

It's not a yarn shop without notions, including Addi Turbos, and they also have a varied collection of knitting bags and containers including locally-made Queen Bee Creations and Yarn Traveler. They of course have books and magazines, and they also carry Bitch and Bust as well as your favorite crafty mag.

Finally, these ladies have done their homework. They have several areas of the store set up as hang-out space: two tables to work at, a couch and multiple comfy chairs. Lots of natural light. They have free wifi (yarn lovers will love the password) and reading materials for your kids or less-yarn obsessed tag-alongs. They serve many exotic teas, chilled juices, and baked goodies from Bower's Bakery.

And, they are just plain nice. No attitude. It's sweet. What a great addition to NE! They're open 11-8pm, Tuesday-Sunday, so they are available for that early evening yarn or notion need.

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Yarn Garden

1413 SE Hawthorne Blvd
(503) 239-7950
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entrance to Yarn GardenYarn Garden is most likely the biggest yarn shop in Portland, and the one that is most likely to be open when you decide you need a new project during the Simpsons. They have a room of patterns and books and magazines, and some comfortable seating in the coffee shop. They stock lots, if not all, of Noro and Brown Sheep (including a healthy selection of Lamb's Pride worsted and bulky, and Burley Spun), needles by Lantern Moon, Addi, Daisy, Clover, and Bryspun, lots of knitting bags, baskets and purses, and tons of sock yarn including the self-patterners, wildfoote, and koigu. And if you just look at the pretty displays, you'll think that everything here is really expensive. If you're looking for acrylic or baby yarn or cheapies, ask.

And there in lies the problem. Yarn Garden can be claustrophobic in the best of circumstances, and the staff seem overextended and somewhat clueless. It's fine if you know what you need, can figure out how to find it on your own, and if you don't mind a crowded store. But, if you're claustrophobic, or need handholding, this is not the place for you.

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4183 SE Division Street
(503) 488-0022
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Summer Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

"Yarnia is a revolutionary new yarn store, now open in Southeast Portland. What makes Yarnia different from other yarn stores? It's the only place where you can design your very own custom blend of yarn -- you choose the fiber, color, thickness, and amount, and can have your custom cone of yarn wound for you right on the spot.

Not only that, but the yarn here is sold not by the skein, nor the hank, but by the pound. This bodes well for the avid knitter who typically winces at the price tag on a 50 gram skein of wool. "

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Stores in the Portland 'burbs

All About Yarn

(formerly Ann's Yarn Gallery)
11945 SW Pacific Hwy #111 (just west of Hall, in the Tigard Plaza, behind the Tigard Joy Theatre), Tigard
(503) 684-4851
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All about YarnIt just doesn't help matters that All About Yarn is on the neglected side of a neglected strip mall (it has JoAnn Fabrics as the anchor). It seems like a secret, really. Which is too bad, because AAY has a wide range of yarns, needles, and anything else you might need for a knitting or crochet project. They probably have the best selection of Encore yarn anywhere in the city. While no one is going to be wowed by their sock yarn selection, they do have some, as well as reinforcement yarn. They stock Brown Sheep and a wide range of yarns for every budget. No Manos though.

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Cozy Ewe Yarn Shop

1502 Washington St, Oregon City
(503) 723-5255
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Farmhouse Knit Shop

15770 SW Farmington Rd (at 158th), Beaverton
(503) 520-1219
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Monday-Saturday, 10-6

Farmhouse Knit ShopAt Farmhouse, they're flying under the radar. The place seems small from the outside, but there are four good-sized rooms of non-stop yarn. They have huge collection of Anny Blatt and, supposeably the largest selection of Blue Moon Fiber Arts, as well lots of high-end to-die-for yarns. Interestingly, outside of the Anny Blatts and the sock yarn, yarns are arranged by color, which I admit I love and find frustrating at the same time. The place is tremendously comfortable, practically demanding that you sit and knit: by the fire, on the front porch, at the table, and the owner is very helpful.

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Kathy's Knit Korner

337 East Main Street, Hillsboro
(503) 648-8525
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Now located in Forest Grove, across from the Drive-In

Kathy's Knit Korner
More photos of Kathy's
I hadn't visited this store in quite a while, and I'm glad to see that while it is still unassuming and friendly and helpfully staff. It is largely populated with lower-end and acrylic yarns, but they have enhanced their collections of nicer non-acrylics. They have a beautiful selection of Manos Del Uruguay and Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride, some Noro, some Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille, some sock yarns. They stock the largest selection of variegated and solid Sugar'n Cream (kitchen cotton) I have seen in the metro area. They have Lolomi Alpaca, raised and spun locally. And they have a great supply of needles: Clover, Brittany, Inox, Boye, Addi.

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Knitting Bee

18305 NW West Union Rd. (in West Union Village)
(503) 439-3316
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Knitting Bee
Knitting Bee is located in West Union Village at the corner of 185th and West Union Rd. The shop is across from Rose City Ceramics and between Teriyaki Woo and Bubble Tea (yum!). There is also an Albertson's at the center.

It's a cute, though pricey, yarn shop. They do have budget yarns, just artfully hidden. Ask and you'll find the Brown Sheep and Plymouth Encore.

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Molehill Farm

16722 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Lake Grove
(503) 697-9554
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Molehill FarmBack in the days, not so long ago, when we had two yarn stores in Portland proper, I used to make the drive down to Molehill Farm on a regular basis. It was my favorite store.

While us Portlanders are spoiled now by such a rich and diverse assortment of stores in town, Molehill Farm is still a great store. Friendly, helpful, and just head-to-toe with great yarn. They have lots of basic wool, and if you're looking for a bargain, be sure to check out their bathtub.

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Tangle Knit Studio

440 1st Street, Lake Oswego

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A thrifty craft resale shop

Knittn' Kitten

7530 NE Glisan
(503) 255-3022
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sewing and craft thrift store

Knittn' Kitten
Need some aprons?
Knittn' Kitten and their room of aprons
In spite of the name, Knittn' Kitten is primarily a sewing thrift. But what a sewing thrift! They have lots of fabric, both in pieces and in bolts, most 100% cotton print for $1.00-$1.50 a yard. Notions and the like include just about anything you can imagine: cotton sewing thread, zippers, elastic, seam binding/blanket binding, buttons, rick rack, and lace, eyelet, embroidered, fringe, and upholstery trims for the change in your pocket.

They do also have crafty stuff: cotton embroidery floss, knitting and crochet needles, yarn in very small quantities, and beads.

Finally, they also stock beautiful or goofy linens like aprons and hankerchiefs.

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