Learn how-to cast on, knit stitch, cast off and make a scarf with Yarn + Cø in Victoria, Australia.
How did you get started?
In 2012, Chris and her daughter Karen were looking to start something together where they could share their passion for knitting and crochet with everyone. They wanted to set themselves apart from other stores by catering for the crafters out there who wanted the latest fashions and yarns from around the world. Hence, they opened Yarn + Co, a modern yarn store for the modern knitter and crocheter.
Where are you located?
We are located in between the trendy inner city suburbs of Fitzroy and Collingwood. These two suburbs are synonymous with the creative individuals of Melbourne in all ages.
Which products do you specialise in?
We specialise in beautiful pure fibre yarns from Australia and the rest of the world. We are the flagship store in Australia for Quince & Co yarns, a boutique yarn company from the US.
Do you have a particular favorite product that you sell?
There are so many!! How can we pick one!! But if our customers are anything to go by, the Cascade Yarns Magnum would have to be the most popular and favourite amongst everyone. It's a 250g skein of pure wool and super , super chunky! There are a range of beautiful colours as well as three shades of grey - they're always the first to sell out!
What's on the stereo?
We love listening to everything in store. But Billie Holiday is always on Sunday afternoons.
Where else should we visit in your area?
There are heaps of bars and restaurants down Smith Street and some really fantastic boutique clothing stores just around the corner in Gertrude Street. The precinct really does have it all!
Do you host any workshops, classes or special events?
Yes! We love teaching newbies the skills for both knitting and crochet. They're our most popular classes, and with only 6 per class, you get all individual attention you need to learn the craft.
We also have a social knitting group that meets in store every Sunday afternoon from 2-4pm. Everyone brings their own project to work on and we just sit and chat. There's always a pot of hot tea and some cake that Chris baked that morning. It's a great way to wind down from the weekend.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
No, I think we've covered everything :D
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