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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    Show and tell: stripes.

    July 29, 2016: “Show and tell” blog posts are some of my favorites to write, and I’ve been lucky to write lots of them lately. Whenever possible, I take photos of the finished projects that find their way back to the shop, after some talented soul turned them from mere yarn into expertly-handcrafted garment. As I look through ... [more]

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    A reminder.

    July 26, 2016: We’re quickly coming up on the end of the month, and with it, the end of our Annual Inventory Sale. With that in mind, let today’s blog post be a quick reminder to come into the shop before the sale ends! Everything in the shop is 15% off for just a few more days–every skein ... [more]

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    Show and tell: critters.

    July 23, 2016: Time for another round of show and tell! Here are some finished projects that started life as yarns on our shelves. These knitted things have something else in common, as well: they all feature animals! Amy designed and knit this “Baby Turtle Frenzy Blanket” for her granddaughter-to-be using Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted. It shows sea ... [more]

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    Shibui Trunk Show!

    July 20, 2016: Our walls are newly decorated with an exciting Shibui Trunk Show! We’ll have 8 garments from their Spring/Summer 2016 pattern collection on display here at the shop until July 31st, 2016. Many of these garments feature their newest yarn, Rain, a dk weight mercerized cotton that’s chain-plied for a unique texture. You’ll notice two “Nova” tunics made ... [more]

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    The Complete Surprise.

    July 18, 2016: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s “Baby Surprise Jacket” is a classic pattern and a feat of creative knitted engineering. It’s one that we always have copies of, though when we went to reorder it from Schoolhouse Press, we also noticed a new book on the subject: The Complete Surprise. No surprise, you’ll now find both the single pattern ... [more]

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    Show and tell: summer shawls, part three.

    July 16, 2016: Time for yet another round of summer shawl show and tell! Judie knit this “Lionberry” shawl with Colinette Jitterbug, enlarging it a bit to make the most of her one skein. You can read her detailed notes about this modification on her Ravelry project page, a generous gesture that I always appreciate when I’m scrolling ... [more]

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    Vogue Knitting and Knitscene.

    July 13, 2016: Two new magazines came last week, full of light summer reading, interesting patterns to knit, ideas, and tutorials. The Early Fall 2016 issue of Vogue Knitting features profiles of designers Faina Goberstein, Felipe Cavalheiro, and Xandy Peters, known for “Fox Paws” and other patterns with stacked increases and decreases. I always find it interesting to ... [more]