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Note: Since we first published this review in 2000, eKnitting was sold to a large company that also purchased Patternworks. We are still waiting to see the long-term impact of the acquisition.
Perhaps you've seen its full-page ads in the front of several popular knitting magazines, or noticed its prime listing with the online search engines?
eKnitting is a retail store and online entity that embodies all that is good about the Internet. Site technology is top of the line, design is elegant, and prices are mostly lower than the average retail prices. The entire process -- from browsing to ordering to shipping -- is positively seamless.
And if that isn't enough, shipping is free with orders over $50.
The site also has a fun Project Builder tool you can use to match a yarn up with an appropriate pattern and vice-versa, plus stock up on necessary needles or other notions.
This type of integration between material and pattern is often missing in online shops, forcing you to go on instinct or call with your questions.
eKnitting.com also has active discussion groups where you can get help with patterns or just chat with fellow knitters.
Yarns carried include: Baruffa, Berocco, Brown Sheep, Cascade, Cherry Hill, Classic Elite, Cleckheaton, Dalegarn, Dive, Filandia, Friends, Garnstudio, Koigu, Lane Borgosesia, Lorna's Laces, Madil, Martifil, Muench, Noro, Pattons, Peter Pan, Phildar, Pingouin, Plymouth, Prism, Rowan, Takhi, and Trendsetter. The site also offers online knitting groups and email greeting cards. Discuss this shop in our forums