clothes-press shopping directory - yarns

Shopping directory – yarns

The clothes-press guide to UK online yarn stores. This is a personal selection with an emphasis on British yarns and nice-but-not-horribly-expensive yarns. It only covers a very small number of the many places you can buy yarn in the UK.

If you are looking for British wool yarns, there is a comprehensive A-Z list of suppliers on Woolsack – it includes many small manufacturers and stockists.

I’ll try to go through and update P&P costs and other information from time to time, but this stuff will go out of date fairly quickly so please check details on shop websites. Delivery costs are listed for the UK only.

Blacker Yarns

  • Wool, mohair and alpaca yarns spun in the UK. Wool yarns from all kinds of different British sheep breeds. Good customer service and fast delivery.
  • P&P costs £1.00 for all parcels up to and including 100g, and £3.00 for all parcels from 101g to 3kg (for standard delivery – second class Royal Mail.

Black Sheep Wools

  • Very wide range of yarns covering many brands. Can filter by colour, weight, fibre type, price and brand. Check for up-to-date discount codes.
  • Shipping costs £2.95 for orders up to £25.00, and is free for orders over £25.00.


  • Stock exclusively British yarns including brands such as Blacker Yarns, Baa Ram Ewe, Dodgson Wood, UK Alpaca, West Yorkshire Spinners and many others. Very speedy delivery and good customer service.
  • Delivery costs £3.50 for orders under £50.00, and is free for orders over £50.00


    • Wide range of yarns. Main brands stocked are Stylecraft, King Cole, Sirdar, Deramores, Rowan, Scheepjes, James C Brett, Debbie Bliss, Sublime, Hayfield and Erika Knight. Check for up-to-date discount codes.
    • Delivery costs £2.95 for orders up to £25.00, and is free for orders over £25.00.

    English Yarns

    • Specialises in new and discontinued Rowan, Sublime, Regia, Patons and Sirdar knitting yarns. Good customer service.
    • Free delivery for orders over £20.00 but hard to see costs for smaller orders.

    Jamieson & Smith

    • 100% Shetland wool from the Shetland Islands. Traditional yarns in a wide range of colours for Fair Isle and other knitting: 2-ply jumper weight, lace weight, worsted, Aran and chunky.
    • Delivery costs £3.95 for parcels up to 2kg and £20.00 for parcels over 2kg – sent Royal Mail second class standard service from Shetland.

    Laughing Hens

    • Very wide range of brands – can filter search results by brand, colour, weight, yarn fibre and price. 10% off your first order if you sign up for the newsletter. Good customer service.
    • Delivery costs £2.95 for all orders – sent via Royal Mail with delivery normally within 1-2 days.

    New Lanark Mills

    • Pure wool yarns produced at a heritage mill in Scotland – DK, Aran and chunky weights. Very reasonably priced.
    • Delivery costs start at £2.70 and are calculated by weight. Free delivery on shade cards.

    UK Alpaca

    • Superfine DK alpaca in plain and speckledy colours, also 4-ply alpaca
    • P&P charges are £3.75 for orders up to 1kg and £6.25 for orders between 1kg and 2kg.

    West Yorkshire Spinners

    • Yarns manufactured in Yorkshire from British wool – Aran , DK and 4-ply. Pure wool and wool-synthetic blends which are good for knitting socks. WYS yarns are also stocked by Wool Warehouse and Black Sheep Wools.
    • P&P costs start from about £2.70 if order direct.

    Wool Warehouse

    • Enormous range of yarns covering many brands. Prices are generally very competitive – check for up-to-date discount codes. Can filter by colour, weight, fibre type, price and brand. Fast delivery.
    • P&P is £2.95 for 1st class Royal Mail and free for orders over £25.

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