More than 13 million Americans participate knitting as a craft pastime according to the Craft and Hobby Association. In a global industry that is worth more than $659 million, knitting mills have brought about mass manufacturing of apparel. More than 100 large-scale businesses take part in this marketplace, focusing on reducing capital costs. Labor costs make up majority of the expenditures absorbed with product manufacturing. For those crafters looking to start a small time knitting business, the following creative names from successful knitting businesses in the industry will help to inspire your own startup.

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Bits to Buy

Create with Fibre


Farm Yarn

Feel Good Yarn Company

Fiber Hooligan

Fix a Stitch

Hours Knit and Stitch Shop

Knit and Stitch

Knit Picks

Knit Witts

Knits and Pieces


Knitting Bee

Knitting Fever

Knitting Magic

Knitting Notions

Knitting Things

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream

Manfield Crafts

Milk & Honey

Needlecase Limited

Pins and Needles

Purl Bee

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Tangled Yarn

The Knitting Basket

The Knitting Shop

The Old Toy Knitting Shop

The Silk Mill

The Yarn Gallery

Threads and Patches

Top Wools

Willow Fabrics

Yarn and Craft

Yarn Hollow

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For some added inspiration on starting your own knitting business, here is a look at Susan Cropper perspective on making the tough decision to start your own business. Having opened the door to her own unique knitting shop business five years earlier, she has grown her niche with stocking beautiful wools and textiles in a small spot of Islington. She now ships yarn half way across the globe, moving from a small independent business on the high-street to scaling her business to new heights.

Crystal Ayres, MBA
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