We are the only independent yarn shop in the centre of Nottingham, we're multi-award winning and we're proud to have served the knitters and crocheters of this great city for over a decade. We focus on great quality, mid priced products and stock a great selection of basics with the odd foray in interesting, local, artisanal produce. We sell yarn, needles, hooks, notions, patterns, books and gifty bits and we teach workshops and hold events in the shop and further afield. We teach our own lessons on the whole - our staff are experts (or committed to getting there) - but we also love working with independent tutors. Community is a huge part of what we do and why we do this and we're dedicated to empowering people through craft.
We're committed to making our shop a welcoming and accessible place for people who are disabled, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC and otherwise marginalised. We do have a ramp that we're not afraid to use and an island in the middle of the shop which moves about for ease of access. If you want to discuss anything further please do give us an email or a call and we'll happily work with you and your needs. We consider our space unapologetically political, body positive and feminist and we don't shy away from the big conversations that crafting is a part of; it's not always heavy but it's not just sticks and string either (although if you're wondering whether you're able to do a difficult pattern, then it is just sticks and string...).
Knit Nottingham started on Mansfield Road in September 2010; the brain child of Eleanor (21 at the time!) and two business partners. Eleanor had just graduated from with law degree but took time out for a mental health break and kind of accidentally opened a yarn shop. It was tiny, disorganised, creative and full of life - the parties were legendary:
We opened on Trinity Walk, our current home, at Easter in 2016 and we've been super happy here. Continuing with the awards, events, friendships and expertise. The shop was super fancy and twice the size but we still managed to fill it to the brim:
The shelves designed by Nicki Bamford-Bowes from the show.
Meet the staff:
Eleanor Burke (she/her) - Owner (you can see my photo above).
I work in the shop, on the website and anywhere else I need to be. I teach most of the lessons and I manage the events too. I love to knit, crochet, dye, spin, design, bead, sew, bake, garden, cycle, hike, kettlebell, wild swim, minimalise, bujo and over the lockdown I discovered a deep love of personal finance and how it affects women and marginalised people (more to come on that!). I'm in charge of the shop and I'm serious about the business aspect of it because, for me, a successful business will do more for my customers than one that's shut or struggling. I know the value that we add - the confidence that we build, the creativity we inspire, the thoughts we spark - for me this isn't just knitting and crochet but a way of grounding and finding ourselves in a world that would do anything to stop us knowing our worth.
Hiya! I'm Casper, a 22 year old crocheter and lover of all things bright and colourful. I started crocheting in lockdown and have quickly become hooked... get it? With KnitNott's help I've been learning to knit, too, and am always fascinated by everything our customers bring in to show us! Anyway, in the shop you'll most likely find that I'm downstairs working on the website, or upstairs in the button corner nattering away with Eleanor or Katie whilst, again, working on the website!
We can't wait to meet you and for you to see the shop. We're super proud of what we've created and how it touches peoples lives and basically we just want you and everybody else to feel happy and confident in your knitting and crochet! See you soon! xxx