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Notes

We opened Purl in 2002 with the hope of creating a friendly yarn shop where people could gather and share each other's creativity. In 2006 we opened Purl Patchwork, our fabric shop, just a few doors away from Purl. In April of 2010 we moved our two small stores into one big exciting space in Soho called Purl Soho. From the very beginning our customers have been the inspiring, energetic, funny heart of our business.

Hours

Mon - Fri:
12:00PM - 07:00PM
Sat - Sun:
12:00PM - 06:00PM

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Purl is mostly an experience for the senses--the colors, the textures, the ridiculous vintage-looking embroidery needles.... The prices, aesthetic, atmosphere, and stock fit well with the store's location: SoHo. Once you acknowledge that, it's easier to forgive the store for its ridiculous (and let's be honest, pretentious) offerings. I mean, a cashmere scarf kit for $100+?! Still, they're a great place for gift cards as very few yarnies would be able to shop there frequently on their own dime. And it's just a lovely "window shopping" experience even if you are only able to walk out with a new copy of Interweave Knits.

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by carlia on Wednesday, Nov 30 2011 at 12:05AM PST

Kind of disappointing. Not the biggest selection of yarns, and much of what they have is pricey. Half the store is fabric and fabric notions. The staff is very friendly and helpful but there is virtually no pattern support in the store that I saw.

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by alliewriter on Friday, May 20 2011 at 11:05PM PDT

I featured this iconic NYC store on my travel-knitting blog:
http://destiknitions.blogspot.com/2011/02/new-york-city-part-two-soho.html
It will give you info, projects, and some recommendations for nearby place to eat, shop, etc.
Enjoy!

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by misodiva on Friday, Oct 01 2010 at 02:12AM PDT

I thought the shop was very cutsey and pretty, but I also felt that the selection wasn't huge. The shop is very narrow and the back section is fabrics. I was greeted even though it was busy. I just didn't feel that they had a large enough selection to make me go back.

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by Awesome on Sunday, Feb 14 2010 at 05:09PM PST

Beautiful store, well organized, and pretty friendly staff. They charge tax though, unless you tell them you're using the yarn for clothing. Which, imo, is something that should be understood and the customer shouldn't have to ask for it. I didn't realize they included tax until I was already home at which point, I didn't think it was worth it to go back and get 1 dollar back. (prices in NJ are lower anyway)

It's always crowded though...probably because of it's wonderful location. Try Once Upon a Tart right next door if you visit.

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by Jill on Friday, Jan 15 2010 at 06:49PM PST

Teeny tiny store, and very crowded! The selection was great, especially for cashmere, but the store is so small and there were so many people that it took some of the fun out of it.

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by zubeknit on Sunday, Aug 23 2009 at 09:34PM PDT

I think I spent about 2 hours standing in front of the KPPM trying to decide what colorway to purchase. Very nice selection. Wish they had more sale bin stuff. It's a little cramped when people are sitting at the center table having a knitting lesson. Super friendly and helpful staff.

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by zepgirl63 on Monday, Jul 27 2009 at 08:39AM PDT

Lovely, charming shop! I came with a pattern and they found several alternative yarns for me, and assisted with the calculations as well. I am from out of town, needed assistance to get to a PATH train, and they printed out instructions for me. Awesome place, definitely a must return!

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by PassionKNITly on Monday, May 18 2009 at 12:57PM PDT

I love the yarns!
I love the colors!
I'm not in love with the prices. :(

That being said it's a great store for basics.

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by AnnemarieDorothy on Friday, Jan 23 2009 at 12:56PM PST

Love love love.... it's a wonderful, homey, oasis

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by Anonymous on Saturday, Nov 15 2008 at 04:50PM PST

In from out of town, this was my first visit to Purl. Everyone was so nice and informative. I called ahead to see if they had a pattern in stock. Within minutes they returned my call and put the pattern aside. Service with a capital S. Great, friendly place that I will return to again.

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by etches on Sunday, Apr 27 2008 at 07:04AM PDT

I'd read about Purl online before I visited NY and knew, just *knew* that I'd have to stop in. I'm glad I did. The other reviewers are right, this place is *small*, but it packs a lot of atmosphere in there and the selection is great. And, a wall of Koigu? Are you kidding me? Love!

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by DomesticMiss on Saturday, Apr 12 2008 at 12:42AM PDT

Purl is a world-wide web celebrity. Everyone that takes a trip to the Apple makes this a sure pit-stop. And they have good reasons to do so, for it does not disappoint. The staff really is as helpful as helpful can be, and the selection is also inspiring, with lots of non-usual suspects stacked high to the ceiling. It is indeed true that this is a very tiny shop and that a few a people make it feel overcrowded. The actual issue is that a few are actually very many indeed. I visited on two occasions back in February and counted more than twenty people through the door on each visit, and I only stayed half an hour each time. The selection of books is rather limited, as is the one of associated supplies such as needles, hooks or buttons, but check out their website and find more online. Go with a pattern and no clue, as I did, and come away with all the yarn you need and more. Purl is one of the few shops that sell more than items to its customers; it sells a service. Lovely throughout. For more about Purl, check out http://domestic-miss.blogspot.com/2008/02/knit-virgin.html

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by Anonymous on Sunday, Feb 17 2008 at 08:39PM PST

Lovely, friendly people!

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by spellingwitch on Monday, Jan 28 2008 at 09:24AM PST

Too tiny but love it otherwise.

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by idoru357 on Tuesday, Nov 27 2007 at 06:41AM PST

It's a tiny little jewel box of wonderfulness - and I do mean tiny. Don't make my mistake and bring all sorts of packages in there - you want your hands free to explore their goods. For it's small size - they pack in so many wonderful yarns I had to restrain my self... until I go back again...

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by gracekim123 on Sunday, Nov 25 2007 at 09:06PM PST

I make a trip to Purl whenever I'm visiting the fam back home. Love their wall of koigu with a passion. Everyone is helpful and kind. Kind of like the cute little-ness of the shop. Floor to ceiling yarn is an awesome thing to behold. Was searching for a discontinued rowan colorway and the girl who was helping me got up on a step ladder and was literally digging through the yarn and checking every label. Love this store!

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by Anonymous on Thursday, Nov 08 2007 at 06:54PM PST

Hey Ladies and Gents!
Last year I purchased blue sky alpaca from y'all to make an exquisite turkish cape (see attached) you really came through for me on the yarn! Today, it was my turn to be the unfortunate knitter who didn't get enough yarn for her project to finish the project. Oh...if you have Malabrigo in 150 Azul profundo PLEASE alert me so I may get it sent over here! And fast too. You are great. If you can help, yes! If not, well, check out what I made with the yarn you sent. I made this cape, and then I realized I can do ANYTHING!
Thank you kindly, your fan, Liz XOXO

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