Illinois Yarn Stores
Fringe: A Knitting Salon
Located in Aurora, Fringe carries more than 20 brands of yarn as well as needles, bags and publications. They offer many classes and have events several nights a week. Click on "what's new" for a blog-like look at current events at the shop.
Gene Ann's Yarns
Gene Ann's Yarns in Barrington sells yarns form nearly 20 brands, as well as patterns, accessories and non-knitting gifts. The shop also has regular classes, which you can find more information about on the site.
The Yarn Exchange
The Yarn Exchange in DeKalb offers a good supply of yarn, including some you've probably never heard of. The shop also sells a variety of needles and tools. All orders placed online are shipped for $4.99, or free when you spend $50 or more.
Mosaic Yarn Studio
Located in Des Plaines, Mosaic Yarn Studio sells domestic and imported yarns, needles and accessories. Classes are available for beginning and intermediate knitters, and the shop will also write custom patterns of finish your knitting projects for you.
Knitche in Downers Grove is a yarn shop and coffee bar offering a large selection of yarns, accessories, patterns, jewelry and buttons. Drop-in mini-classes at lunch are free, and other classes, shows and clinics are often offered.
Have Ewe Any Wool?
Located in Elmhurst, Have Ewe Any Wool sells fine yarns, accessories and patterns. The site includes a newsletter than provides the lineup of classes. Contact information and store hours are included.
Close Knit in Evanston sells yarns, buttons and homemade gifts. The website provides a map and possibly outdated store hours.
Montoya Fiber Studio
Montoya Fiber Studio in Evanston carries more than 25 brands of yarn and sells yarn in skeins and cones. There are weekly classes and private instruction in hand and machine knitting is also available. Check the site for current sales.
Chix with Stix
Located in Forest Park, Chix with Stix is a bright and airy store full of delicious yarns. The shop offers many classes and the Chix Lounge, which is open for special events from baby showers to girls' night out.
Wool and Company
Wool and Company has two locations, in Geneva and Bartlett. The store has an extensive collection of yarns, accessories and kits, all of which are available for purchase on the website. You can also sign up for classes online and form a wish list so you'll always get what you want for holidays.
The Village Knit Whiz
The Village Knit Whiz in Glenview has a directory website that shows hours, location and a map.
Perfect Touch Yarns
Located in Joliet, Perfect Touch Yarns offers a huge selection of yarn, tools and accessories, all of which are available for purchase online. The shop offers classes in knitting, crochet and needlepoint.
I'd Rather Be Knitting Yarn Shop
I'd Rather Be Knitting in Long Grove has a large selection of fine yarns and offers a good selection of classes. Check out the newsletter posted online for more information.
Nana's Knitting Shop
Located in Oak Lawn, Nana's Knitting Shop offers more than a dozen brands of knitting yarn as well as high-quality needles and other tools. A wide variety of classes are offered.
Knitting, Etc. in Orland Park has been in business since 1971 and offers yarn, patterns, needles, specialty fibers and needlepoint tools and accessories. The shop also has a wide range of classes for knitters of all levels.
Peggy's Strands of Heaven
Peggy's Strands of Heaven in Plainfield is a warm and inviting shop with a wonderful array of fine yarns, needles and other goodies. Several free patterns are available to download from the site.
Stitch'n Hook Yarn Shop in Shorewood offers classes in knitting and needlepoint. The store also sells fine teas. The site doesn't give much information about products, but does have details on classes.
The Gifted Purl
Located in West Dundee, The Gifted Purl is a fine knitting and gift shop. The site includes a blog-like summary of (not so) current events and lots of information is provided about classes and events at the shop.
Never Enough Knitting
Never Enough Knitting in Wheaton sells more than 20 brands of yarn as well as patterns and kits. The website is not very extensive but provides information about location and store hours.