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Loop was opened in the Summer of 2005 by Susan Cropper, a New Yorker living in London. She wanted it to be like the best yarn fair you can imagine in a warm and inspiring space along with incredible staff who are expert knitters and friendly and talented people.
Most of our yarns are natural fibres and a lot of it is hand-dyed yarn from the likes of La Bien Aimee, Madelinetosh, Koigu, Qing, The Uncommon Thread, Eden Cottage Yarns and many small independent dyers from the UK and around the world. Loop is the UK Flagship shop for Quince & Co, Brooklyn Tweed and Woolfolk.
Loop also stocks a huge range of haberdashery which is useful and beautiful as well as a great selection of vintage haberdashery which includes buttons, ribbons, beehive yarn holders and threads.
With a passion for print, we also have an incredible collection of publications – books and magazines from all over the world as well as a huge collection of printed patterns. We have the joy of collaborating with some incredible designers who create patterns for us using Loop yarns including Fiona Alice, Norah Gaughan, Juju Vail, Paulina Popiolek, Melanie Berg, Kathryn Merrick, Rachel Coopey, Yoko Hatta, Bristol Ivy and Justyna Lorkowska. We have published four books which include Pretty Knits, Vintage Crochet, Juju’s Loops and Loop’s 10 which include designs from Stephen West, Pam Allen, Tif Fussel, Kirsten Kapur and many others.
We also stock the work of incredible textile designers and makers - including Sophie Digard, Julie Arkell, Nathalie Lete - that make beautiful things for the shop. We host loads of classes from beginners through to master classes taught by visiting teachers from around the world.
Loop aims to always welcome and be inclusive to everyone who visits our shop, comes to our classes and joins our knit night evenings. We welcome people from all walks of life regardless of race, sexuality, ethnicity or religion. We have people working at the shop from all over the world, speaking many languages who are happy to help you with any knitting or crochet queries as well as hoping to inspire you through their genuine enthusiasm and love of the craft.
As part of our ongoing commitment to help others we often have fundraising events both in the shop and online where we have, with the generosity of our staff and customers, been able to raise a lot of money over the years that has been donated to great organisations such as the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Centre and other local organisations who are better placed than us to do important work for social justice.
We ship internationally but love when you come visit us in the shop! Loop can be found on quirky and wonderful Camden Passage in Islington, London.
If you can’t make it to the London shop you can also find us on Ravelry, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and our blog - loopknitlounge.com - where we have great free patterns to download and lots of inspiration. Thanks for visiting our website and we hope to see you soon – happy knitting!