Kathy's Knits


64a Broughton Street
0131 556 4837


Kathy's Knits has brought yarn back to Broughton Street, Edinburgh!

Our shop stocks a wide range of high quality British yarns in a warm and welcoming environment. You'll find all kinds of needles, crochet hooks, patterns, books and accessories, as well as fleeces and spindles for spinning. So, whether you're a seasoned yarnie or just starting out, our shelves are stacked full of inspiring ideas and solutions. And, of course, there's helpful support and advice on hand when you need it.

We run regular workshops, evening classes and a monthly knitting group in our new, purpose built classroom, at Kathy's Knits shop. These are great for learning new skills or simply mixing with other knitters.

Our website can only give you a flavour of what we offer. There's nothing quite like seeing the yarn, feeling the texture, and being able to chat things over. So, we invite you to pop in, browse at your leisure, bring your knitting and let us help you with your latest knitting project.

Shop Opening Hours

Tues - Sat 10am - 5.30pm
Sunday closed
Monday closed

Next Classes



How to Book

Booking a place on any of our knitting classes is easy.

Click here and simply complete the booking form, and, within 7 days, either pop into the shop with your payment or post us a cheque (payable to "Kathy's Knits").

You can also book in our shop or over the phone on 0131 556 4837.

Alexandra Fitted Jacket

Pattern-Sue Blacker

Alexandra fitted jacket

This jacket was knitted by our first customer when the shop opened, using Kathy’s Knits Hebridean Mohair DK in purple and green, from Blacker Yarns. Rather a good model too!


Kathy’s Knits, Broughton Street, Edinburgh
on 17 June 2017.

Blue moon at kathys Knits


Come and sample the amazing yarns and other items from Lindsay Roberts, aka The Border Tart at The Indie Burgh Craft Crawl on 17 June at Kathy’s Knits.

Lindsay uses natural indigo to dye a wide range of natural fibre yarns used by knitters, crocheters and weavers. Some she overdyes with acid dyes to produce a range of  complementary shades.

She also indigo dyes wool locks, vintage blanket pieces, pre-felt, silk hankies and wool batts for textile makers. Sari silk offcuts and buttons galore are also BorderTart staples.



Various Locations across Edinburgh
on 17 June 2017.


Indie Burgh Craft Crawl 2017

Following the success of the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl over the last three years, the event has been expanded this year, beyond the three yarn stores, Ginger Twist Studio, Kathy's Knits and Be Inspired Fibres.

See "Crafty Destinations" for the details (Click for larger version). Join the crafting community for a bit of fun, supporting local shops and makers! Plan your route round the City with who you like and in your own time. Each shop validation on your "Craft Passport" counts as a raffle entry when you reach Hemma at the end, where there is a pop-up market, great food, and where the after-party carries on.

In addition, Kathy's Knits has The Border Tart in situ throughout the day with her specialist indigo yarns and other items for sale.

For more information and updates, follow us on Facebook and join the Ravelry group. To get your Passport just pop into the shop or come along on the day.



Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
on 10-11 March 2017.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival


This is now firmly established as one of the UK’s premier yarn shows. It will take place on 10-11 March at the same venue as last year, the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh.

There is an extensive list of high quality exhibitors and I am sure there will be visitors from all round the world.

I am not exhibiting at the show but the shop will be open late till 8pm on Wednesday 8th March, at the usual times on the 10th and 11th March and also on Sunday 12th March from 11am to 4pm.



Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl

Indi Burgh Yarn Crawl

11 June 2016


Following the success of this event over the last two years, three Edinburgh yarn stores, Ginger Twist Studio, Be Inspired Fibres and Kathy’s Knits, have decided to hold the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl again this year on Saturday 11 June.

There will be a selection of goodies and discounts available, plus a pop-up market and after party at Ocean Terminal. To participate and qualify, a “passport” is issued and can be stamped at each of the stores. Kathy’s Knits will also open on Sunday 12 June for those of you who wish to do more shopping!



Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
on 18-19 March 2016.


This will take place on 18-19 March at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh and is well worth a visit.

As with last year, I am sure there will be many visitors from outside Scotland.

I am not exhibiting at the show but will have the shop open throughout and also on Sunday 20 March from 11 am to 4 pm



Xmas at Kathy's 2015

Christmas at Kathys Knits

Knitted baubles and decorations
An afternoon of festive fun


Saturday 28 November 2015 1-4pm
Venue Kathy's Knits
Cost £25 per person
Tutor: Katherine Lymer

During this festive afternoon, we will make beautiful, scented baubles to decorate our Christmas tree, stair-case or even presents.

We will have the opportunity to try a variety of knitting techniques, working with colour, using textured stitches such as bobbles and embellishing our designs using beads or sequins.

We will work from a selection of patterns to create our baubles, filling them with seasonal spices such as cinnamon and cloves to complete our fun, festive decorations.

All the raw materials to make our decorations will be provided (patterns, yarn, toy stuffing, spices etc), so just bring a pair of 4mm needles and get ready to enjoy an afternoon of festive fun.  

Click here to book.

Blue Moon Trunk Show with The Border Tart

Blue Moon Trunk show with the Border Tart

11am to 4pm at Kathy’s Knits
on Sunday 22 November.


Sunday 22 November 11.00am -4.00pm
Venue Kathy's Knits

Come and sample the amazing yarns from Lindsay Roberts, aka The Border Tart, a specialist hand spinner.

Each skein she produces is unique, dyed with glorious natural indigo-laceweight to chunky, in merino and Blue Faced Leicester.

She lives in the village of Chesters, near the English border.

Click here to download flyer


Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl

Indi Burgh Yarn Crawl

13th & 14th June 2015


Following the success of the informal event last year, three Edinburgh Yarn stores: Ginger Twist Studio, Be Inspired Fibers and Kathy’s Knits - have decided to hold the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl again this year over two days, 13-14 June.

This is a two day event between all three Edinburgh yarn stores. To participate a 'Passport' is issued and can be stamped at each of the stores to qualify for goodies, discounts, etc.


Book Launch at Kathys Knits

Celtic Cable Shawls by Lucy Hague

Kathys knits hosted a book launch on the 13th March from 5pm - 7pm for the release of Lucy Hague's new book, Celtic Cable Shawls.

Celtic Cable Shawls is the first collection of shawl patterns from Scottish designer Lucy Hague, and includes 7 patterns, all shawls of varying shape, size and construction. All of the shawls use fingering weight/sock yarn or lace-weight yarn, and they all feature Celtic-influenced designs, worked in a mixture of complex cables and lace.

For more information
on Celtic Cable Shawls - Click Here

British Yarns

100% of our stock is sourced from small, independent farms and producers from within the British Isles. This helps to support smaller, local, sustainable farms. It also minimises the impact on the environment and allows us to offer some exclusive yarns, not available elsewhere in Scotland.

Our natural fibre wool, mohair and alpaca yarns are of the highest quality thanks to a combination of bulk, resilience, softness and warmth.

Knitting needles