As the evenings begin to close in and the autumn leaves start to fall, the craft-lovers amongst us yearn for the contentment to be found within a cosy, well-stocked wool shop. If you find little more comforting than browsing row upon row of perfect balls and skeins of beautiful yarn, Knit One is a shop of dreams. With wall-to-wall woolly goodness and knowledgeable staff, it’s Leicestershire’s one-stop-shop for all things knitting and crochet.

“We even have people coming in with their knitting disasters that we help them to salvage”

“Our philosophy is all about providing a great service,” says Alison Woods, who founded Knit One just over six years ago. “We don’t just sell wool. We help you find the products that best suit your project and budget and we offer advice on colours and patterns. We even have people coming in with their knitting disasters that we help them to salvage and, if you’re looking for inspiration, we write original patterns you can have for free to match the wool you’ve bought.”

This dedication to top-notch service complements an impressively well-stocked shop. All of the big names are available, as well as some lesser-known ones such as German yarn maker Rico and innovative Spanish brand Katia. Alison’s former career as a buyer with a major fashion retailer has given her a good eye for a quality product. As well as wool, you can also stock up on needles, hooks, patterns and all the pins, stitch holders and row counters you could hope for.

As any keen crafter knows, the gentle rhythmic action of knitting, and its oft-overlooked cousin crochet, is extremely therapeutic. Research has found what yarn-lovers have known for years – knitting increases feelings of relaxation and creativity and reduces stress. Add in a social element and the positive effects are even greater. If you fancy tapping into this shortcut to mental wellbeing, Knit One hosts a range of workshops and classes for beginners, improvers and those wanting to learn a specific skill such as sock making.

Earlier this year, Knit One relocated from Clarendon Park, where it was legendary for creating the cute and colourful bollard cosies that brightened up Queens Road. The new shop in Leicester’s city centre is bigger, brighter and just a stone’s throw from St Martin’s Square and a short walk from the clock tower. There’s also an online shop, which offers quick and affordable delivery direct to your door.

Despite the recent move, a part of Knit One will forever remain on Queens Road. “When we moved, we realised there was nowhere to put the bollard cosies,” says Alison. “We donated them to our friends at Fingerprints Café and they still put them out on Queens Road when the weather’s fine.” Meanwhile, the yarn bombing continues at the new shop, with some crocheted hanging baskets already in situ and plenty more colourful additions planned.

Knit One looks all set to brighten up its little corner of Leicester’s historic quarter, as well as the lives of the city’s dedicated crafters, for years to come.

Find Knit One at 9 Pocklington’s Walk and online at

Photography by David Wilson Clarke

Ruth is a communications professional and freelance writer. Her writing reflects her adventures as a foodie, travel addict and arts festival aficionado. She’s traversed Leicestershire and Rutland reviewing restaurants for Food & Drink Guides and writes uber-local blog Clarendon Spark.

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