Yarn Stores

There are lots of yarn stores in Ireland, proof that knitting is, indeed, thriving.
Here is a superb map created by an Irish Knitter that shows the location of all yarn stores:
Google Map


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pat
    Apr 30, 2011 @ 23:45:55

    Looking for Spin a yarn – it used to be in Kenmare, but I hear it has moved to Killarney. Does anyone have a street address, email or phone?


    • irishknitting
      May 01, 2011 @ 09:18:10


      The information I have is on our Yarn Stores by County page:
      Spin a yarn : Beech Road, Killarney. The shop is just off New Street, opposite the Ulster Bank and next door to Boyles Sports. Open Mon-Sat 10-53.0pm, Sun 12-5pm. Phone 064-6627674.

      Their website seems to still point to their old shop in Kenmare, so I would ring in advance of making a visit to confirm.

      Hope this helps,



      • Pat
        May 01, 2011 @ 10:21:13


  2. Elizabeth Kelly Aho
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 22:11:00

    I’m sorry I”m not leaving a reply; I have a question and I came across your web page. My grandparents are from Ireland (I’m American). I’ve heard Irish families used to have their own family sweater patterns. I wonder if this is true, and if so would anyone have an idea how I might research mine?

    Thank you so much.



    • knitinc
      Jan 23, 2012 @ 22:49:07

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Thanks for visiting the site. Unfortunately the notion of Family or Clan arans is untrue. It was a quite brilliant marketing strategy.

      There is an interesting blog post about it here:


      And if you can get it, Alice Starmores book, Aaran Knitting has a comprehensive section in the front about the history of aran knitting.

      There are websites out there that prepetuate the myth of clan aran stitches, and to be honest, some people really like them.

      My personal opinion is you can create one of your own! Pick some aran stitches that you like, make them into a sweater and you have your own heirloom pattern!

      Kind regards,

      The Irish Knitting & Crochet team


      • Daphné Raven
        Jul 30, 2012 @ 17:04:07

        The Irish settlers in Newfoundland did have their own family sweater patterns. The main industry there for centuries was fishing, and because the Island is the easternmost place sticking out in the north Atlantic, it was subject to cold weather, ice floes, and rapid weather changes. Every family knitted its’ own sweaters; in fact many had to process fleeces into wool in order to make the sweaters and such. The patterns were passed down along the matriarchal family lines, possibly because one generation of women would teach the next ones, and so the same stitches and patterns came down with that. The sweaters were not only incredibly warm (and as heavy could be), even when damp, but when men drowned in the course of their labours at sea, bodies which were recovered or washed up onshore could always be returned to the correct families–whether the people who recovered/discovered the body knew the face or not, because of the particular sweater pattern.

  3. Donetta Schoedinger
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 01:05:45

    Ist visit to your site. Will be checking it out offen the next few weeks as I have the joy of joining my son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildern on a 2 week travel along the coasts of Ireland in March, I’m the knitter in the family and they have already told me about the Blarney Woolen Mill. I do hope to find a knitting circle going on in one of city stops while we are there. Am working on an Aran pattern sweater to wear while traveling. Thank you for the information I have found today.


  4. rosemary6688
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 00:09:51

    Hi there

    I had an online shop called The Constant Knitter up to Dec 2011 last when I signed a lease on quite a large shop at 88 Francis Street – still called The Constant Knitter. There is a bright and spacious area upstairs for knitting, crochet, sewing, spinning and other classes. Could I please be listed and linked on your stores by location please.

    Thanks and regards, Rosemary


  5. Jannine
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 08:12:21

    Am desperately trying to get hold oc no20 mercerised crochet thread, my grandma taught me 45 years ago around a peat fire, but finding it impossible to get solid colours


  6. Rosemary
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 12:05:15

    Hi Jannine

    I have lots of Lizbeth no. 20 crochet threads in prints and solids in stock. They are not yet on my website unfortunately. Maybe you could let me know which colours you want and I’ll get back to you. Regards, Rosemary


  7. makeitcrafts
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 11:55:53

    Hi, we are just opening a knitting and crochet and haberdashery stall in Cavan (Cavan Farmers Market at the Egg market on a friday morning, Ballyjamesduff Saturday Market and the new Virginia Farmers Market starting in May) also have a facebook page and can arrange collection of orders etc http://www.facebook.com/handmadekraftykits would love for you to add us to the map? thanks! email is makeitcrafts@gmail.com


  8. Victoria Luke
    Oct 25, 2014 @ 11:48:18

    I am looking for somewhere to embroider a name on a dressing gown, I was given the details of Spin a Yarn in Killarney but the number doesn’t seem to work. Can you tell me a) are they still open and b) do you know anywhere else that might do that?


  9. sharon hendricks
    Sep 12, 2016 @ 19:48:14

    I’m traveling in Ireland and wondering where I can get Aran yarn. A yarn store with wool and patterns would be great. I looked at the google map above but there are no shops on the map, just the map comes up. headed for Galway tomorrow and on to Donegal a few days later, finishing our trip in Dublin for four days.


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