It doesn’t help that Boston totally enables my habit. There are some amazing yarn stores here, not to mention a badass community of knitters, including the Greater Boston Knitting Guild, Ewe Knit Wits, and a yarn-bombing society for practically every neighborhood. Knit for Boston has a special place in my heart: they’re a knitting club that accepts donations for a wide variety of local charitable causes, from cancer wards to homeless shelters.
If you’d like to acquire your very own knitting habit, you’re in luck! Below I’ve put together a few essentials to get you started…
First of all, you’ll need supplies, including needles and yarn. Here is a short and absolutely non-comprehensive list of a few of Boston’s knitting supply shops:
Knit and Needlepoint, at 11 Newbury Street (at the very end of Newbury on the Garden side), is a small shop with a limited and expensive stock of yarn and needles. They have some beautiful products, however, and should not be ignored if you’re hunting for something unusual or special.
A little further down Newbury (at 166 Newbury Street, on the lower level) you’ll find Newbury Yarns. They offer a very nice range of yarn, with an equally nice range of prices, starting as low as $5 per skein. Newbury Yarns hosts a variety of classes, from private lessons priced individually at $50, to a set of six beginner’s lessons for $145. If you can’t afford the lessons, take heart! Newbury Yarns also holds free “meet and greet” sessions for local knitters from 5-9pm on Wednesdays.
Tucked away on a side street of Downtown Crossing at 35 Temple Place, Windsor Button has a great selection of yarn in a range of prices that fit any budget, and a good stock of needles and other supplies. They offer classes on weekdays and Saturdays for knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint at just $40 for a 4-week, all-skill-level course. This is a grandma shop in more ways than one: Windsor Button has been around since 1936!
At 461 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, JP Knit and Stich rivals Windsor Button for size and stock, with a healthy range of prices. They offer loads of classes, too, from a four-session beginner’s class for $75 to a $100 six-session intermediate workshop.
Set in the charming Brookline Village at 4 Station Street, A Good Yarn is homey and sweet, but a little on the expensive side. They do offer reasonably-priced classes and workshops, from a three-session beginner’s class for $60 to a free Friday night knitting circle.
This is, as I said, just a glimpse of Boston’s seemingly-endless supply of great craft supply shops. Do you know of an amazing yarn store I haven’t mentioned? Please let me know in the comments section!
–Rachel, Future Boston Intern