The Yarn Cake is Scotland’s dedicated knitting café, combining two of life’s finest pleasures under one roof: yarn and cake!
We opened our wee shop in Glasgow’s West End in October 2010 to much acclaim, providing the crafters of Glasgow with a tiny oasis of calm to knit, chat, shop and eat. In May 2023, we expanded into larger premises on Crow Rd and now have even more yarn to squish. Our customers are a wonderful, generous, and creative bunch of individuals, and we wouldn’t have got here without their support, feedback and loyalty!
We are very proud to have been nominated in the British Knitting Awards every year since 2013 until they closed in 2022, winning the "Best Independent Yarn Shop - Scotland" category three times, most recently in 2020.
The founding principles of The Yarn Cake are to supply crafters with a range of good quality, affordable yarns, and a wide selection of British yarns, both commercial and indy-dyed. We also stock everything from needles & notions to accessories & spinning supplies; coupled with a welcoming selection of cakes, teas and coffees. Community is at the heart of what we do so we host regular events to bring together Glasgow's crafting community including a weekly knitting group, a variety of classes, monthly special events and our annual event, The Glasgow School of Yarn. Bigger space means bigger plans so watch this space to find out more!
Whether you are a crafter or a cake lover (or both!), our friendly and experienced team is always on hand to help. We are open 6 days a week, Tuesday to Sunday and you can find our hours on our homepage. Our hours do change during the winter and summer holidays so check our Instagram and website to be sure!
We are easily accessible by all forms of public transport and free on-street parking is available.
Antje started The Yarn Cake with the goal of making
good-quality yarn accessible to a wider audience and creating a space for crafters to come together. Many years later she is still working away with that dream in mind and we daresay she has been rather successful!
Our staff are the most fabulous group of fibre enthusiasts you could hope to meet! We're all experienced fibre crafters and love nothing more than to help you pick the perfect yarn for your next project! We're also trained baristas, so you're in good hands if you're popping in for a coffee too!
The Yarn Shop Pets
We love our pets here at The Yarn Cake. Merlin (top left) came first, then Ragnar (bottom left) became a minor internet celebrity through lockdown. Now we welcome the newest member, Mungo the Yarn Hound. He's pretty chilled out and very friendly, so you're welcome to give him a little scritch behind the ears when he's in.
We are committed to making The Yarn Cake an inclusive environment for all, all year round. We believe that everyone should have the same opportunities regardless of background, ability or identity. The knitting community is incredibly diverse and welcomes everyone. As such we will not tolerate abuse or discrimination towards customers or staff. We also believe in backing up our words with action and in the past we have donated to charities such as Refuweegee, LGBT Unity and have been involved with events with The Princes Foundation. We are also a Living Wage Employer and have name and pronoun badges for all our staff members. We are a safe space for everyone!