14 East 34th Street; 5th Floor, New York, NY | Directions 1001640.748014 -73.983857
Neighborhoods: Midtown South Central, Midtown
A KNITTING ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL – Two years ago i wanted to make a poncho for my nine year old granddaughter and was referred to Gotta Knit. I went with some trepidation to learn how to knit and after a half hour lesson with Goldie I realized my concern was real, but I had the positive hands-on backing of both Goldie and Laura
Four scarves, five cowls, three sweaters and yes, one poncho later I am a knitter. This was a direct result of the skills, support and encouragement that I received from Goldie and Laura.
They were available for whatever problem I encountered and encouraged me to come to the store whenever I was being challenged or just come and knit.
The sweaters I've made reflect the style aspects that I wanted, such as a boat shaped neck, and Laura's instructions and advice made it possible. Their sense of design and combinations of colors and textures influenced me to turn out what I think are just smashing knitted goods. The beautiful yarns are a constant inspiration to knit another sweater, scarf, summer shell and on and on.
BEST KNITTING STORE IN NYC – If you're looking for a custom/fit to your body garment, this is the ONLY place in NYC to go to. I have been a customer of Gotta Knit for the past 8 years. I love the very selective assortment of yarns, that they carefully pick out. They carry beautiful, high end luxury yarns, that are difficult to find in any other yarn store in NYC.
I read some of these other reviews and feel very strongly about the quality of service and education here. They're talents and success seem to created a large following of admirers and some jealous individuals. To be expected. From what I understand Gotta Knit has had hundreds of customers in the past few years. If you aren't creating a stir..then you must not be talented. Laura and Goldie are one of the most creative knitting designers out there.
Horrible treatment – Horrible experience: IDENTICAL to many on Yelp (I'm not sure why they have rec'd good reviews on City search--friends posting, maybe!?). I sure hope the owners of the store are reading these reviews. In particular, Laura's attitude and customer service is horrible. Be prepared to be spoken down to and treated very poorly. I used a Groupon at this store and found the entire experience to be terrible. The lesson was indeed about 15 min of her time; the supplies are expensive. The way they speak to you is incredibly rude and dismissive. Probably the worst treatment I've ever received ANYWHERE, in any retail or hospitality (ie restaurant or hotel) exchange. I'm pretty patient with people's personalities and quirks, but Laura's rudeness pushed me past my limit. I'll NEVER go back and I'm feeling pretty wary of Groupon deals now, as well. I hope this review helps other potential customers-- be prepared to be treated terribly, or go elsewhere. There are plenty of lovely knitting shops-- with far more beautiful supplies and kind human interaction in NYC.
Gotta Knit – I thought that I had found the most wonderful yarn shop ever. Boy was I ever wrong! I saw a knitted garment and asked Goldie - who appeared to be so wonderful at the time- for the pattern. She said that if I want the pattern I must purchase the yarn.....I purchased a yarn that had 12 balls tied together. She then told me that she writes the pattern specific to clients measurements and would mail the pattern to me piecemeal. I told her that I wanted all of it at one time. Supposedly I may need lessions to complete the garment -according to her...I told her that I wouldn't need any and I would like the patten sent to me in it's entirety. (I have been knitting everything for over 30 years). She reluctantly agreed but told me that I need to knit a swatch with 5 of the balls and mail it to her so that the pattern would be specific to me. I went home and in the presence of someone else knit the swatch to approximately 4 1/2 stitches/inch.....bound off my swatch not cutting any of the balls of yarn off. What I got back approximately 2 wks later was NOT the swatch that I had knit. That swatch was unbound and knit to a guage of approximately 3 stitches per inch. My swatch had been cut off.....oh yes....I measured yardage.. The supposed pattern SPECIFIC TO ME that she sent me had a guage written on top of 3.85 st./inch with a note that said the rest of the pattern would be mailed to me the following week. The first page was a copy of sloppily hand written notes with filled in blanks for cast on, row amts, etc. The second page had none of the blanks filled in......even though the guage was totally wrong to begin with. Do you think that I ever received the rest of the pattern even though it was all wrong to begin with? You guessed it.....it's been a month. I had initially planned on going back 2-3 times per year to purchase yarn and get another pattern because she did have some nice ones......I will give her that..........but as for ever going back again.....and recommending her.....I DON'T THINK SO. If someone I know asks me where to go for yarn in Manhattan......I will tell them to go anywhere else BUT there because they are very unprofessional and then I will relate my experience with them. Wish I could have said nice things about them and I would have.....but what Goldie did was just NOT NICE.
My Home Away From Home – Where to begin? The two owners of Gotta Knit, Laura and Goldie, truly make the shop feel like my home away from home. I took a knitting lesson with them in October of 2010 and fell in love with it about a minute into the lesson. Now if a day passes without my having knitted at least one stitch I feel as if something is missing.
Laura and Goldie are both great teachers. Not to mention, very patient and encouraging. They are both more than willing, and even better, enthusiastic about helping you decide on a project, finding just the right yarn and of course the best color combinations. I must say the ladies truly have a knack for mixing the right colors together. They have helped me to go outside my comfort zone and experiment with many different colors.
And their claim to fame? Custom written patterns! There have been many times where I have fallen in love with a yarn at their shop but was unsure what to do with it. But fear not! Laura and Goldie to the rescue! They help me come up with a project, measure me and write me out a pattern that is custom made for me. Not only that but they are more than generous in helping you with your project along the way.
I could go on and on about all the wonderful and great things about Laura, Goldie and Gotta Knit but I think I've made my stance quite clear. Simply put, I love the ladies and the shop. Laura and Goldie are my knitting gurus!
Just Plain Rude and Nasty – The two women that own the place are just extremely rude and unprofessional. If you ask a question they snap at you. Very condescending, not sure why considering their selection is small and the entire place is a walk in closet.
Would not advise anyone to go in there. would not go back.
there should be negative stars, does not deserve one.
Great Find! – My mom and I had a great experience (twice!) at Gotta Knit! Laura and Goldie were absolutely wonderful to work with! The concept of customizing a pattern to me was new. I'm used to picking out a pattern then the yarn, not the other way around. Interesting way to do it. There was a woman working on a project which inspired my mom to do one as well. In helping my mom get all set up, Laura took the time to check her gauge to tailor the pattern the way my mom knits and calculate the amount of yarn needed. She also helped her pick out colors and combination of yarns that would really make the piece look great. They also gave my mom a lot of confidence that yes, she could make the piece and it would be great. There's not a lot of places that take their customer service THAT seriously.
I will definitely shop there again. Their prices are in-line with the market.
great shopo – Laura and Goldie are friendly and great to work with:
patient and encouraging with a great eye for putting together colors that work so well . The yarn is beautiful. I go there from NJ because of the friendly atmosphere not found in the NJ knitting shops.
Gotta Knit Rocks – I just love this place Gotta Knit. I was interested for a long time in learning how to knit. I shopped around for months trying to find something to my liking and that would fit my hectic schedule. I opted for one on one sessions because then I could control the day I took my lessons. This was back in March. I have since taken three lessons they are affordable. I have had two of my lessons go over the alloted hour and not be charged for it. How many places will do that. True the place is set up like a small studio , but I think it lends an air of intamacy and community then maybe one of the bigger competitors. Gotta Knit is even more affordable then alot of places in Brooklyn, imagine that. So not everything in Manhattan is outrageously priced. I also love the ladies of Gotta Knit I feel welcome everytime I go. If anyone else is shopping around for a place to learn how to knit Gotta Knit is it.
The Best Knitting Store in NYC – About a year ago, I was looking for a knitting store in my neighborhood, and I came across Gotta Knit. As soon as I entered the store, I felt like I was at home. This place is a true gem! The owners, Goldie and Laura, are inviting and can help with any knitting question you may have. They are patient and can help any level knitter -- from the very beginner to the most advanced.
The wonderful thing about Gotta Knit is they want you to fall in love with a yarn and encourage you to wander around the shop and peruse all the wonderful, unique yarns they have.
The owners have great ideas for projects and and can help you find color/yarn combinations that are amazing (ones I would never have thought of myself!) Once you find the yarn you love, Goldie and Laura will help you to custom design a project/pattern around that yarn.
The store offers workshops/classes periodically (the finishing class was unbelievable and I am signed up for knitting with wire class for the beginning of May). To add to the personal level, they can provide, for a very reasonable fee, private lessons. Goldie teaches the lessons and she is fantastic! One can learn how to knit in one lesson from Goldie or you can brush up on a skill that needs refreshing. The owners can also help you with any questions you have on a project along the way.
There is a large table where customers can sit to begin a project, get help, or just knit. The atmosphere is so inviting and I feel I learn so much each time I step in the store.
The service helps make every project turn out amazing. Gotta Knit is without a doubt, the best full service yarn store in NYC!
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