Knitting is an increasingly popular hobby, particularly among younger people. Credited with improving mental well-being, among other benefits, it’s also a great way to engage with more sustainable and ethical practices and create something that feels really personal – whether for yourself or to give as a gift. Manchester is home to a number of great wool and yarn shop – many of which have online options that can bring supplies straight to your door. So whether you’re an experienced knitter or you’re looking to take up a crafty new hobby, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to pick up some yarn so you can pick up those needles at home. 

Fred Aldous

Fred Aldous is more than just a yarn shop but you’ll certainly find plenty of yarn and knitting accessories across their three floors (the haberdashery department is located in the basement). The variety of wool and yarn available at Fred Aldous is unparalleled, with something to suit every budget and level of experience, from contemporary favourites Wool and the Gang to cheap and cheerful Rico Ricorumi.

37 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1LW, Tel: 0161 236 4224

Abakhan is a small UK chain of fabric, hobbycraft and home stores and their premises in Manchester is a great place to pick up some yarn. Abakhan is great especially if you’re looking for good value – they always have offers and deals on, so it’s the perfect place to stock up. The staff are always friendly and helpful and sometimes run free craft and sewing demonstrations. Their products are available to buy online too, meaning your can get started without leaving your sofa. 

111-115 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LN, Tel: 0161 839 3229

Sewendipity is a little further out of the city centre, in Stalybridge, but is a delightful little local wool and haberdashery shop. They offer a lot more than just wool and yarn, so if you fancy trying something new, they have tapestry and cross-stitch kits available, along with knitting and sewing accessories. By visiting the store’s Facebook page, local shoppers can place an order and have it delivered straight to their door. 

45 Melbourne Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2JJ, Tel: 0161 465 6820
Amy Callaghan
Published on:
Thu 19 Mar 2020