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!



Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5:30pm,
Saturday 10am – 5pm,
Sunday 1pm – 5pm.

We are closed on Mondays.

We will be closed on the following dates in 2016:

  • Sunday, Sept 4 – Labor Day
  • Sunday, Oct 2 –  Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown
  • Thursday, Nov 24 – Thanksgiving
  • Sunday, Dec 25 – Christmas


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

Please note – effective April 20, 2015, the on-street parking limits of 3 hours will begin to be enforced.

Latest Posts

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    Back in stock: Malabrigo.

    August 23, 2016: Two enormous boxes of Malabrigo yarn arrived at the shop last week, big enough to fill the table in the classroom. I cut open those behemoths and sorted the yarn by type, stacking colorful bags of Rios, Arroyo, Sock, and Mechita. Before tucking them away in storage, I pulled one skein of each new color ... [more]

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    Back in stock: Shibui Staccato.

    August 21, 2016: Our stash of Shibui Staccato had dwindled to a dangerously low number of skeins when – thank goodness! – our order arrived last week. Staccato is a lustrous blend of 70% superwash merino and 30% silk in a fingering weight. Like Cima, it has a nice high twist, giving it the look of a string ... [more]

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    Back in stock: UKI Supreme weaving yarns.

    August 19, 2016: It’s been about a year and a half since we placed our first order with UKI Supreme Corporation, a North Carolina company well known for its cotton weaving yarns. We’ve met more and more weavers in that time, and so, our selection of colors and weights of yarn has grown. We carry Supreme’s mercerized cotton yarn ... [more]

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    Anne’s gifts-in-progress.

    August 16, 2016: “What are you working on?” is knitters’ small talk, a question Anne and I encounter and ask many times a day here at the shop. Today, we’ll pose the question to Anne herself, taking a rare peek in her personal knitting bag. Just how much does a large Binkwaffle dumpling bag hold? If you pack ... [more]

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    Nine years and counting.

    August 14, 2016: Once again, we’ve won “Best Yarn Shop” in the News of Orange County’s Reader’s Choice Awards. We’re so proud to have nine years’ worth of “Best Yarn Shop” awards hanging in our window! Thanks so much to all who voted, and to everyone who supports the shop!

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    New from Binkwaffle.

    August 12, 2016: HYS regulars know the drill: Binkwaffle bags come and go from our shelves frequently. We order a bundle of these reversible dumpling bags at a time, and they’re snapped up again and again by knitters and crocheters seeking whimsical, functional project bags. Our most recent order included a variety of small and large Binkwaffle bags ... [more]

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    Cable Left, Cable Right, and other books.

    August 09, 2016: Not long ago, we placed a big book order from our new distributor, restocking many of our favorite reference books and bringing in a brand new title, too: Judith Durant’s Cable Left, Cable Right.  Cable Left, Cable Right is a compendium of cables, with detailed instructions on how to execute them. It’s a technique book as well ... [more]