- READER REVIEWS
Mon-Sat, noon-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm
Nearby Subway Stops
F at Second Ave.
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In 2001, Rita Bobry decided to close her flower shop and open a store centered around her knitting hobby. Downtown Yarns is located on the street level of her East Village apartment building and always has an interesting window display (past themes have been birdcages, the jungle, and dinosaurs). The low-key shop has a homey feel, in large part thanks to Frankie, Rita’s golden retriever, and to the cozy insulation of yarn that lines the wall. The specialty here is fine, ecofriendly fibers, like cotton from Peruvian line Inca and wool from family-owned Brown Sheep. Shoppers will find a range of natural yarns, from hand-dyed, metallic silks to basic yarns by well-known brands like Noro from Japan and U.S.-based Berroco, but there’s not a synthetic fiber in sight. There are also books of patterns for inspiration and for sale. Classes taught by staff members attract young, artsy knitters and max out at seven people.