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28 October 2009

Get Knitting at I Knit London

Unless your author is once again being left behind by the fashion kids, craft is still big. Amongst the twee-est of indie Londoners knitting has been en vogue for some time, and if you need proof, just look at the rise and rise of I Knit London.

Founded as a friends knitting circle in South London in late 2005, I Knit owners Craig and Gerard were soon running a stall in Spitalfields Market before moving to an after-work shop in Bonnington Square, SW8 in September 2006. That shop closed in March 2008, but only so it could move to its present location at 106 Lower Marsh, Waterloo. Since then, the concept has gone from strength to strength, taking knitting to festivals, running the KNIFTA's (the Knitting in Film and Television Awards), and even moving into Gritting (Graffiti Knitting) in the Leake Street Tunnel.

The shop stocks a range of yarns from around Britain the world, as well as needles, crochet hooks and knitting books, and is open seven days a week, with late night opening on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It is also the only knitting shop in the UK with an alcohol licence, and serves wines, beers and soft drinks.

For more information http://www.iknit.org.uk/.

^Picture from Flickr courtesy of Risager^


  1. I purchased some wool here on my last trip. The knitting get-togethers are so popular there with the shop full to bursting by the look of the pictures on their website.

  2. I have been to this shop a few times and although their selection of books and equipment is okay I can honestly say I've never felt completely happy while in the store. They don't seem to be very welcoming, which is a shame. There isn't a huge amount of choice when it comes to knitting/crochet supplies if you don't want to do all your shopping online. I go there out of desperation but don't hang around to browse as much as I would in other places.

  3. Knitting is one thing I have been trying to learn but without a lot of success (unless you count a 0.5m scarf). I think it's because where I live now, Cardiff, I have yet to find a good store like this and a 'club' to knit with.