Visiting NYC, last week of July.

Hey guys, just wondering what knit-worthy things I need to try to hit while in NYC this month. I will be staying and working at the new W NY Downtown (by World Trade site). I'm not opposed to subways or trains, however I will probably be working most days until at least 5-6pm. Any LYSs open later than others & worth visiting? Any evening knitting groups?

Best wishes,



negativitysucks's picture

I am a huge fan of the Lion Brand Studio Store at 34 W 15th St between 5th and 6th Ave. I know most people associate Lion Brand with yarn they can get at Michael's, Joanns, or Hobby Lobby, but there are a lot of yarns you can only get directly from them. They are open Monday to Wednesday from 11:30am to 7:00pm and on Thursdays until 8:00pm. They close early on Friday for Shabbat and are closed all day Saturday.

What makes them worth a look is the friendly and helpful staff and the amazing collection of Lion Brand yarns. If you are a shawl designer, you might like LB 1878, which is a fine lightweight wool on a 2045 yd cone. I really love the LB Baby Alpaca, their Cashmere, and the Silk Mohair, which are all priced really well for luxury wools. There is a nice array of Superwash Merino, perfect for socks, and if you want to knit something lacy that holds its shape, try some Wool/Stainless Steel blend. It's also good for knitting jewelry, if you knit some icord in the length you would like for a bracelet or choker and place pearls or round beads inside the tiny tube. You can also combine it with other yarns and it will make them stronger and/or give them texture.

And if you are looking for a project, they have a couple of computer terminals set up with access to their pattern website (all free) and you can choose from thousands of knit and crochet patterns, download and print them free.

I know everyone has a favorite shop, like Purl in Soho, Knitty City, Downtown Yarns, Annie's Knitting and Needlepoint, etc. but I can find the yarns stocked in those places just about anywhere. The more unique line of Lion Brand is only avaialble at the Studio Store or online so I consider them to be a more unique NYC experience.

Your mileage may vary :-)

Pinecone's picture

Hey Kerry,

Great recommendation from Frank. I'll add a few more suggestions:

Seaport Yarns - 181 Broadway, 5th Fl (at John St)
Purl in Soho - 137 Sullivan Street #B (just below Houston St)
Downtown Yarns - 45 Avenue A (between 3rd & 4th Sts)
Knit New York - 307 East 14th ( east of 2nd Ave)
School Products - 1201 Broadway, 3rd Fl (at 29th St)
Knitty City - 208 W 79th (between Amsterdam & Broadway)

Last I heard, Knitty City had a Wednesday night Men's gathering. I dropped by one Wednesday and found 4-5 friendly guys working on various projects. It was great.

Hope you enjoy your time here!


Loom Dude's picture

I would really love it if you took some pictures of the yarn stores you visit in NY and post them here!


SKHolt's picture

I was in New York the last part of April and I went to the School Products store. It was great. Someone also suggested I go to the Habu textiles. Now that was truly unique. They have paper yarn!! They have yarn mixed with metals. It is quite amazing. You can google Habu textiles and find the address and visit. I was amazed.