Knitting has increased in popularity significantly after the COVID-19 pandemic with its ability to provide an escape for the mind while keeping your hands busy. There are many reasons people enjoy knitting, such as providing a feeling of calmness and productivity — not to mention bragging rights for making your own cute cropped sweater or a custom blanket for a friend’s new baby. With gifting season here, we wanted to provide you with everything you need to stock up on knitting supplies in Essex County. From needlepoint shops and knitting classes, to resources and materials, we’ve got you covered so you can get started creating beautifully unique and thoughtful pieces for anyone on your list. Read on to check out our list of North Jersey knitting shops.
Beyond Knits + Needles | 450 Bloomfield Avenue Suite 101, Verona
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Beyond Knits & Needles is a needlepoint shop that specializes in unique canvases and threads. Here you can find hand-painted canvases, tons of threads, and finishing services, and everything in between for your needlepoint needs. Beyond Knits & Needles also has classes — you can check out their website for more info. Store hours: 11:00AM – 2:30PM Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Beyond Yarn | 1023 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union
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Beyond Yarn was opened in 2019 by New Jersey resident Theresa, who has always dreamed of creating a welcoming, supportive crafting community in her own backyard. Beyond Yarn is a black-owned business and was brought into the township of Union to bring a craft back to life, and provide a place where people could learn and unravel their creativity. You can shop both online and in-store, or check out some of their many classes and events. Store hours: 11AM – 6PM Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 11AM – 8PM Thursday, and 11AM – 4PM Sunday.
Do Ewe Knit | 1100 South Avenue West, Westfield
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Do Ewe Knit is New Jersey’s premier luxury yarn boutique located in Westfield. The entire team at Do Ewe Knit are avid and professional knitters who provide premiere customer service and assistance to help you with all of your knitting and crochet needs and pieces. Do Ewe Knit offers yarns and notions for every budget and project, and encourages you to stop by to sit, knit, or crochet. Do Ewe Knit also offers classes. Store hours: 10AM – 2PM, Tuesday through Saturday.
The Local Yarn Store | 57 Academy Street, South Orange
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The Local Yarn Store truly is just that — your local yarn store. Located in South Orange, The Local Yarn Store offers a great selection of yarns, loads of notions, needles and hooks, and books and patterns. Their selection is vast, ranging from high-end acrylic to hand-dyed wool. The Local Yarn Store also provides guests with a comfy couch space to enjoy their time. Classes are offered as well — check out their website for more info. Store hours: 10AM – 4PM on Monday, 11AM – 5PM on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11AM – 6PM on Wednesday, and 11AM – 4PM on Saturday and Sunday.
Wool + Grace | 102 Summit Avenue, Summit
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Wool + Grace owner Patty Perry has been knitting since age eight. This Chicago area native and retired flight attendant relocated to Summit in 2003 and quickly got to work creating a knitting and needlepoint community in her area. Wool + Grace provides needles, notions, yarns, classes, lessons, and events. Their selection is always changing with weekly additions to their needlepoint and knitting materials. You can also stop by the shop anytime after 3PM for assistance with a quick fix or pattern question at no charge. Store hours: 10AM – 5:30PM on Tuesday through Saturday, and 12PM – 4PM on Sunday.
Yarnia | 127 Watchung Avenue, Montclair
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Yarnia was born in 2017 after a conversation between friends during a Montclair Knitting Circle weekly meeting. Owners and managers Kathleen Vandervoort, Jenn Bonnel, and Amanda Turcotte are all Montclair residents and early members of the Montclair Knitting Circle. Yarnia is a resource for knitters, crocheters, and spinners that brings passion for traditional handcrafts alongside the vibrant spirit of its community. Yarnia features a diverse line of yarns and fibers from around the world and consistently helps support unique independent dyers and mills. You can check out their website for more information about their mission, their blog, and the classes and events that are offered. Store hours: 11AM – 5PM on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 12PM – 8PM on Wednesday, and 12PM – 4PM on Sunday.