At Yarns Unlimited, oodles of beautiful yarns beg to be touched. (Credit:

Yarns Unlimited

435 Beaver Street
Sewickley, Pa. 15143
(800) 474 8232

Located on the main drag In the lovely village of Sewickley 12 miles from Pittsburgh, this is a must-see store for those who knit or crochet. Oodles of beautiful yarns barely contained by the shop’s shelving beg to be touched. Staff is knowledgeable and excellent at helping you find substitute yarns for a project when you can’t locate the original. Complement your visit here with a stop at the other unique stores and lunch or coffee shop destinations in town.

Yarns By Design hosts several free groups appealing to different types of crafters. (Credit:

Yarns by Design

Oakmont Station, Bldg. 2
527 Cedar Way
Oakmont, Pa. 15139
(412) 832 0657

Stake out your spot on one of the easy chairs at this shop worth a stop for any knitster. The store hosts several free groups appealing to different types of crafters, including spinners and weavers. Fiber Friends is open to anyone of any skill level, and there is even a charity group that meets to make items to donate. Here’s also where you can learn more about the latest trends in felting and needle felting, the hottest craft techniques. Leave yourself time to browse the rows of specialty yarns, and to stop by the Oakmont Bakery for a sweet treat on your way.

Rumored to be the largest scrapbooking store on the East Coast, Scrapbook Super Station is a scrapbooker's dream. (Credit:

Scrapbook Super Station

168 Point Plaza Shopping Center
Rts. 356 and 68
Butler, Pa. 16001

Scrapbookers and crafters, this store is not to be missed! Rumored to be the largest scrapbooking store on the East Coast, this store has it all. See something you like in a scrapper’s mag? You will find it here: everything from paper to embellishments to stamps to anything you can make with paper. The store also hosts special events, retreats, classes and offers a way to save money by joining its Boarding Pass Club.

The Knit One community shares its love of all things yarn with through who pass through its doors. (Credit:

Knit One

2721 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15217
(412) 421 6666

A sweet shop located along one of the busiest streets in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, the Knit One community shares its love of all things yarn with through who pass through its doors. Everyone is welcome to browse the aisles of yarn, learn how to make the crocheted and knit samples on display, ask questions and join one of the no-pressure groups. They also offer dozens of classes from accessorizing to yoga and knitting. If you go, leave yourself some time to browse and chat.

Low prices, a huge selection and numerous locations throughout Pittsburgh make Pat Catan’s a great stop. (Credit:

Pat Catan’s Craft Centers

McKees Rocks
(412) 771-0606
Pleasant Hills
(412) 653-8666
(724) 387-1698
Hermitage Pa.
(724) 342-4570

Plan to give yourself a lot of time if you visit any of this store’s locations. The best way to navigate through the aisles chock full of crafting goodies is to start at one end of the store and go up and down every one. Time-consuming, maybe, but you never know what you will find. You will see craft items here that other stores carry (often at a better price), but you will also find things that no one else carries. It’s like a craft treasure hunt!

Natural Stitches is well-organized and easy to eye. (Credit:

Natural Stitches

The Village of East Side
6401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15206

Natural Stitches is a comfy, cozy yarn store located in the east end of Pittsburgh near a Trader Joe’s and other trendy stores like the Pittsburgh Google office. Yarn is well-organized and easy to eye, and the staff is willing to help with questions. Also, there is a sale bin for wayward yarn, always enticing to knitsters, who can never have enough! The shop carries a wide range of yarn and accessories.

Teresa K. Flatley is a professional freelance writer who thoroughly enjoys writing about Pittsburgh — the city she calls home. She is the creator of, and the Boom This! Where Boomers Bloom blog at, and will soon be launching the Crafting Your Creative Life blog. She enjoys taking pictures, writing, and being out and about in the ‘Burgh.