Monday 6th May

Not-to-be-missed-knits and destination tips: NQ Manchester


This is the first of, what we hope to be, many Knitting Neighbourhood features where WMJ will tell you the best places to buy yarn and knitwear but also point you in the right direction of a nice bite to eat or a place to stay.

What better place to start than Manchester’s Northern Quarter? Our very own neighbourhood and home to all of the yarn stores in the city.


There are a few go-to destinations for yarn shopping – Purl City Yarns is a cute little space on the corner of Port Street, with a great selection of yarn and accessories and provides a welcoming space for people who want to knit and crochet in the company of others. They also stock a small selection of books, magazines and carefully picked patterns.

Fred Aldous is a crafter’s paradise. On the corner of Lever Street and Stevenson Square you’ll find inks, spray paint, paper, canvases, beads, rubber stamps, cake boxes, card making kits, cameras, novelty cat houses (yes) and a small but beautiful collection of Martha Stewart yarn along with some great knitting kits and accessories. You can also have at least 5 mins of fun in the old fashion photobooth – though some might say the memories will last forever.

Abakhan is also more than worth a visit. Primarily a fabric shop – it is packed full of fabrics that can be bought by weight and by the meter – though venture through to the back of the store and you’ll find a great choice of both hand and machine knitting yarn. Alongside the regular stock there is the opportunity to buy a small selection of yarns in bulk – there are often some great finds here, but be sure to snap it up when you see it as once it’s gone, it’s gone! We also defy you to leave without buying a piece of fabric that you really don’t need, but you’ll think of something…

Fred Aldous


Sorry girls, but Oi Polloi is boys only. Unfortunately. These guys are the best buyers in town and we’d say knitwear is a bit of a forte. Look out for APC, YMC, Barbour, Folk and Norse Projects knitwear alongside spot-on seasonal outerwear and a classic collection of trainers.

Oi Polloi


At Bakerie. Their sharing boards are surprisingly filling! They do an amazing range of cured meats, but if meat’s not your thing, try the cheese, if cheese isn’t your thing, try the veggie board, if veg isn’t your thing, try the fish, but honestly, we’d say try all 4. You won’t be disappointed.



At Kosmonaut. Tucked away on Tariff Street in an old warehouse, with its wooden floors, white tiles and diner style booths, it reminds us why film crews keep returning to this part of the city to shoot ‘Brooklyn’. Kosmonaut is mostly known for its huge range of craft beers including limited release draught beers from Flying Dog Brewery and Samuel Adams. They also do the best Sunday dinner in the city (in our opinion) and you can work it off with a game of ping-pong in the basement.



You might think there’s no need to stay in a hotel when you already live in the neighbourhood but when our building sprung a (rather large) leak, we needed a place to stay and honestly, if we could just come to some sort of rent agreement… A converted cotton traders warehouse, Abode Manchester is packed with period features but teamed them with modern luxury to create a beautiful, peaceful, ridiculously comfortable place to stay. We’re just looking for a good excuse to go back.



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