Knit/Purl

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Notes

Open Knit Night: Thursday 7-9 pm, often with snacks and free champagne.

Hours

Mon - Wed:
10:00AM - 07:00PM
Thu:
10:00AM - 09:00PM
Fri - Sat:
10:00AM - 06:00PM
Sun:
12:00PM - 05:00PM

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by feministmama on Wednesday, Oct 03 2007 at 09:15PM UTC

Nice store, great people, great yarn (mmmm.....Blue Moon) but a little too pricey for my budget.

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by kerrieann on Saturday, Dec 01 2007 at 07:50AM UTC

This is a very nice high end store, but I wasn't impressed with the service, a bit snooty for my comfort level.

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by ptarmigan on Sunday, May 04 2008 at 06:24PM UTC

I know them mainly from their web store and newsletter, which have been good resources for me. The physical store is indeed high end and somewhat cramped, but a great source of inspiration. And kudos to them for bringing in superstar instructors (Ruth Sorensen, Annie Modesitt) and the Oleana trunk show. If I lived in Portland, I'd be there once a week just for the rich, stimulating yarn fumes.

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by Anonymous on Monday, Jul 14 2008 at 07:33AM UTC

The staff was very snooty and not very helpful. Good selection, but I'm not going back again.

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by AcrophobicPixie on Thursday, Aug 21 2008 at 03:40PM UTC

Good selection, but the staff was not very helpful, and some were down right rude.

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by pinktiburon on Friday, Oct 31 2008 at 09:33AM UTC

They have a great little area for spinning, and a few great yarns, but the prices are pretty lofty. Though, their location would account for that. The staff was polite but very reserved when I went. Not really rude, just not very nice.

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by knitgirl99 on Thursday, Jan 22 2009 at 08:54AM UTC

Great corner location, loads of light. Kitty-corner (NW) to The Governor Hotel downtown. Inspiring yarn collections in colorways that make your fingers twitch! Clean, inviting, well organized. Don't forget to go downstairs to check the sales tables & bins. Staff has always been pleasant and helpful if I needed them but let you roam at will.

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by dixiestix on Tuesday, Feb 10 2009 at 04:35PM UTC

This is one of my favorite yarn shops in the country. It's a little pricy, but I've had great customer service and when I'm visiting Portland, I try to make time for the Thursday knit nite. I've also placed a shipping order. Not only did I get what I needed, it came with a hand written note referencing our conversation.

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by SunflowerCompass on Sunday, Feb 22 2009 at 07:13AM UTC

Nice shop, good location, great place for socks and excellent ambient lighting. We weren't clued in to the sale area downstairs however- didn't find out about that until we were back home looking at previous comments. It would have been nice to have been told about the downstairs by an employee, or even a sign!

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by Sam - On Hooks and Needles on Saturday, Feb 28 2009 at 07:58AM UTC

Very nice store with a great selection of mostly high-end yarns. Best selection of Koigu ever! (see the photo of the wall) It was also great to be able to buy ShiBui yarn from the source. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was nice.

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by Anonymous on Friday, Mar 27 2009 at 08:35AM UTC

This shop is fantastic! It's my favorite in downtown Portland. They have an excellent selection of high-end and economic yarn choices. The staff is always sweet and helpful and will help you find patterns, calculate yardage, choose colors, and get as excited about your project as you are. The Thursday night open knit night can get crowded, but there's always good company!

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by heidi on Tuesday, Jul 07 2009 at 02:42PM UTC

lovely selection of yarns but the staff were horribly rude and condescending. i've gone in twice and had the same experience both times so i doubt i'll be going back anytime soon.

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by symphony91 on Monday, Aug 10 2009 at 01:41PM UTC

Selection is mainly high-end, luxury yarns, organized by yarn weight. The staff members present the day I went were very helpful-looked up a pattern on Ravelry for me, and gave directions to my next stop. There is a sitting area right next to the book selection; all in all, I have absolutely nothing I can complain about.

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by Lysa on Friday, Oct 02 2009 at 08:20PM UTC

Help here is hit and miss. I've been in when they are extremely helpful and very generous with their time (looking up patterns, trying to help with pattern errors) and other times staff is kind of rude. It's a crap shoot. The yarn selection is phenomenal. They carry lots of luxury and higher end yarns as well as hard to find fibers and, of course, their in-house yarn brand, Shibui Knits.

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by gailmowry on Sunday, Oct 04 2009 at 08:01PM UTC

I enjoy going to Knit/Purl to find fabulous yarns and spinning fiber. They are friendly and serve great tea. They also carry my favorite yarns from Abstract Fiber in wonderful colors.

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by knittypops on Monday, Oct 05 2009 at 04:54PM UTC

Fancy, but friendly! Lots of lovely things, mostly in the higher pricing and quality ranges. Very downtown boutique-y. Shibui yarns are absolutely lovely, and they wrap everything up nicely. Sure, you probably pay a little extra for that pretty tissue paper, but it makes you feel oh-so-special, haha.

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by budasue on Saturday, Dec 26 2009 at 03:25PM UTC

A great deal of yarn, but difficult to detect any organization. The bins certainly needed some attention, as yarns were a bit mixed together. I would have liked to see more knitted models of current designs. The staff was friendly and available for help when requested. A pleasant shop, all in all, but a bit out of the way for a visitor to Portland. Not sure I would make the effort to visit again.

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by KnitChica on Tuesday, Feb 02 2010 at 11:21PM UTC

With so many great yarn shops in Portland, I truly don't understand how somewhere with such poor customer service can stay in business. I have stopped by twice recently in an effort to "give them another chance" and have left frustrated and annoyed. On both occasions I was the only customer in the shop, yet the staff chatted amongst themselves and didn't even say 'hello'. Perhaps it is better when particular staff are working, but that has not been my experience. I won't be back and will choose to spend my money at one of Portland's other fantastic shops from now on.

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by irulan on Friday, Apr 23 2010 at 05:33PM UTC

Customer service is unpredictable. I've had awesome service and just downright ridiculous service. I usually don't go in unless I'm hosting an out of town friend who wants to check it out. They yarns they carry are amazing. Really amazing stuff and a lovely space. I might call ahead to ask what kind of mood the staff is in and how busy it is just to be prepared.

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by noellekon on Saturday, Nov 13 2010 at 08:01PM UTC

A breathtaking selection can be found here and I enjoyed chatting with the owner and staff but I got the impression that I would have been treated differently if I weren't as knowledgable or interested in the best of their wares.

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by edenkitty on Friday, Mar 18 2011 at 04:44AM UTC

Visited them recently on the PDX Knit Crawl! Twenty stores in two days! I have to say that they have some of the most posh yarns in Portland, with prices to match, but with good reason. The service can be hit or miss. (I've visited them before, so I'm not just judging on a crazy hectic day.)

For my sake though, I give them my award of "Most likely to have yarns to impress!" Their yarns are really great, and they have some very interesting classes and patterns!

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by Maya Taylor on Thursday, Nov 03 2011 at 04:53PM UTC

Knit/Purl is my favorite yarn store. They have a beautiful shop with an incredible selection of yarns, including Isager, Habu, Shibui, BrooklynTweed, and Swan Island. They also have a great website for shopping online. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful, and have a great eye for color and style choices. I've been here many times and have never found any of their staff to be dismissive or rude, as some of the other comments state. The price selection might be a bit high relative to the yarn lines carried at other shops, but these are unique yarns that are difficult to find elsewhere.

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