a hidden purl...

k1 Yarns has been supplying beautiful and unusual yarns to knitters and crocheters in Scotland since 2005. Owner, Katharine Walker, is a passionate knitter and has an obsession with seeking out the most beautiful and unique yarns for knitters and crocheters who crave something different.

commitment to local producers

k1 Yarns was established with the main purpose of promoting local Scottish knitting yarns. We have made a commitment to local farmers, mills and artisans to keep our shelves stocked with yarns produced locally. This means that you may not find your usual department store brands here. Our Edinburgh shop stocks a wide range of unique Scottish yarns from small independent producers and over the past few years we have worked with farms and small family-run local businesses to introduce many new yarns never before available in Scotland! Many of our yarns are available no where else in the world!

hand made yarns

K1 Yarns mainly stocks hand-dyed yarns from small producers. The money you spend on our Scottish yarns goes directly to the producers who create them! As with all hand-dyed yarns, variation will occur from ball to ball or skein to skein. We recommend working with 2 skeins alternately to blend the skeins and we suggest purchasing enough yarn to complete your project.

best of the rest

K1 Yarns also stocks the 'best of the rest' from Fair Trade producers from around the world, such as Manos del Uruguay hand-dyed and hand spun yarns, and Artesano Alpaca. Most importantly, the yarns at K1 Yarns Knitting Boutique are lush, luxurious and unique, offering knitters with a thurst for unusual fiber something to get their fingers into!

Our commitment to something different doesn't stop at yarns! All of our staff love to sew as well as knit, so we decided that we would fuel our crafty habits by bringing in a range of beautiful and unusual fabrics for home sewing! With hand-crafted workmanship and a taste for the unusual and hard-to-find, our fabrics include vibrant hand-blocked cottons and traditional hand woven tweed fabrics.

k1 Yarns Knitting Boutique is located at 89 West Bow in Edinburgh’s Old Town, in between the Grassmarket and the Royal Mile on Edinburgh’s most photographed street! We have much to offer in this shop, including in-store knitting classes and cozy comfy chairs to just curl up in and knit away. Drop by and unwind in a laid back atmosphere where you can sit and plan your next project, or just knit and chat!

Don’t forget, all of our amazing yarns and fabrics are available to buy right here in our online shop. Whether you are visiting us from near or far, we look forward to seeing you soon at k1 Yarns Knitting Boutique!