Yarn Stores in San Francisco

We're going to go to "the city" for Memorial Day - I am going to try to get to a yarn store if possible - does anyone have suggestions as to which one(s) would be the best to venture to? We're trying to do research to eventually open a store of our own!

any suggestions of stores to visit would be appreciated!



Bill's picture

The best... Imagiknits on 18th st... edge of the "Castro"

also Urban Kntting Studio
Greenwich yarns

JPaul's picture

Bill's got them all listed.
Imagiknit is the best in terms of selection and variety. They also have a good selection of patterns and books. It's always my first stop if I'm looking for yarn, and they're very nice.

Artfibers is a very cool place and well worth a visit. They manufacture their own yarns, they have a "yarntasting" studio where you can play with any yarn in the store and work up a swatch, and then you can sit down in front of a computer with your swatch and your measurements and they will help you custom design your own sweater and print out the pattern! The yarn is a little pricey, but they do have some beautiful things.

Urban Knitting Studio doesn't have an enourmous selection, but it's a really great space and when your done yarn shopping, you're only a couple of blocks away from Blue Bottle Coffee, the best espresso in The City served from a little kiosk on Linden St.

If you're interested in spinning and other fiber arts, in addition to knitting, you should try to make it over to Caronlina Homespun. It's located in a garage and it's literally stuffed full of fiber and spinning wheels and magazines and fiber arts supplies. They do a lot of fiber festivals, so they aren't always open. The best thing is to call them and see if they are open. If they're home, they will open by appointment. Definitely worth a visit.

The best window displays are at Noe Knit. They don't have a huge selection, but it's a fun store to visit, too. They have movie nights and an interesting selection of classes, and really great displays.

Atelier used to be my favorite yarn store in San Francsico, but that was before there were so many to choose from. It was also the friendliest. Two of the women who worked there opened Imagiknit.

I've never felt welcome at Greenwich Yarns. I think they're the oldest yarn store in SF, but I can't think of any other reason to recommend them.

grandcarriage's picture

Wow, I'm glad to see this. Now I know where I can fill my fiber craving when visiting the city. I've been to Imagiknits, but I was a little underwhelmed. I guess we're spoilt in Portland, with so many fabu yarn stores all within a 15 minute drive of each other.

I LOVE Dolores park, however, right next to Imagiknits. Very pretty location. Good coffee at the Dolores Park Cafe....nice scones, too.

My 2cents, and I'm paying....

Bill's picture

it's possible you were there before they doubled in size...LOL

it's now quite large...and filled to the ceiling...


SKHolt's picture

Please do go visit Carolina Home Spun. Talk to Morgaine or Lann and tell them Stan sent you. They are on the road a lot, but I know they are great people. Morgaine can tell you the ups and downs of building a yarn/fiber business.



Telephone 800-450 SPUN (7786) or 415-584-(SPUN)7786

Telephone Hours - We are a home based business and we try to answer the phone whenever it rings. We appreciate your kindness and calling during daylight hours. It is easiest to reach us between 9am and 6 pm. If you get the voice mail please leave a message or try back and we will call you as quickly as we can. We are located in San Francisco - and live in the Pacific Time Zone.

internet www.carolinahomespun.com

Thanks for the information. I might be in the area around Memorial Weekend as well.