Welcome to the Hillsborough Yarn Shop.

We specialize in high-quality natural fiber yarns for people who love to hand knit and crochet. We’re set up a little like a shoe department in a department store; there’s a skein or two of every available color and kind of yarn on the shelf, and more in the back if you need it for a bigger project. Please come visit us in downtown historic Hillsborough, North Carolina, to have a cup of tea, knit, relax, and shop!


Our storefront is temporarily closed to walk-in visits, but we are now open for in-store shopping by appointment.  We’re here answering the phone  and handling pickups from Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. 

We are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Please call or email us with any questions, place orders online for local pickup or shipping, and take good care of yourselves!

Holiday closures:

  • Closed Tues, September 7 – Rosh Hashanah
  • Closing at 2pm Wed, September 15 – Yom Kippur
  • Closed Thurs, September 16 – Yom Kippur


Where to park? The parking garage next to Weaver Street Market is open to the public, free of charge!

Virtual Knitting Classes! Though we’re not currently offering classes at the shop, we are pleased to have partnered with Pam Grushkin, a nationally recognized designer and teacher, to offer Virtual Knitting Classes with Pam Grushkin™Head to her website to check out the current class offerings and enroll, using our special coupon code for 10% off: HillsboroughYarn-NC-10


Latest Posts

  • Yarn ideas for “Illuminate,” by Andrea Mowry.

    July 31, 2021: Andrea Mowry’s latest design has us playing the color game… here are some yarn ideas for “Illuminate,” a striking striped pullover with a colorwork yoke. Mowry uses a sport weight wool for the main color, and doubles up a lace weight mohair/silk blend for the contrast color. For the lace weight yarn, we love Shibui ... [more]

  • Show and tell: little sweaters.

    July 28, 2021: Back with more show and tell! Here’s another batch of completed projects made with yarns from our shop. If you follow us on Instagram, some of these may look familiar – let’s take a closer look at these sweet sweaters for babies and children. Pam knit this “Ezra” cardigan with Brooklyn Tweed Dapple, a DK weight ... [more]

  • Merilin + Dingley Dell.

    July 24, 2021: In the heat of the summer, we see more and more knitters looking for lightweight tops and tees to knit, and Isabell Kraemer’s name often comes to mind. She’s a prolific sweater designer, and many of her patterns offer a short-sleeved option – think “Yume,” “Laia,” and “Ooh La La.” “Dingley Dell” is her latest, a color ... [more]

  • Show and tell!

    July 21, 2021: It’s been too long since I shared some show and tell here on the blog! Those of you who follow us on Instagram may have seen some of these inspiring projects over the past few months, but they’re all worth a bit more attention – let’s take a look. Here’s Kathryn with her “Slipstravaganza” shawl, ... [more]

  • Koigu Collector’s Club: Macaroons.

    July 17, 2021: The Koigu Collector’s Club continues! Each month, we’ll receive 21 skeins of KPPPM in a limited edition color dyed especially for a select group of local yarn stores that carry Koigu. Koigu KPPPM: fingering weight hand dyed, variegated 100% superwash merino wool 175 yards/50 g $15.50 each This month’s limited edition color is Macaroons, a variegated mix ... [more]

  • Spindrift + Brilliant Corners.

    July 13, 2021: July’s selection for the HYS Hat Club is “Brilliant Corners,” by Kate Davies, and 3 shades of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift. This textured colorwork design was inspired by jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, whose song “Brilliant Corners” is marked by regularity as well as unpredictability – traits Davies incorporated into this three-color hat. Spindrift is one of ... [more]

  • Shelter + Twin Lakes Cowl.

    July 09, 2021: Already mastered your “First Colorwork Cowl”? Knit Tressa Weidenaar’s “Twin Lakes Cowl” with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter! This colorwork pattern is similar, but has larger motifs, some of which require trapping long floats – here’s a tutorial from Modern Daily Knitting that shows a few methods. Weidenaar’s bold use of high contrast color caught my eye; ... [more]