Explore Independent Cambridge - Sew Knit Craft


With the help of Independent Cambridge - the community of ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, people, businesses, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: Sew Knit Craft.

How do you relax? Practice yoga? Exercise mindfulness? For Irena Spence, calmness comes the minute she picks up her trusty knitting needles, selects an exquisite yarn and begins working her magic. A solicitor by profession – Irena ran her own practice for 18 years, and is now a partner in Tees, Cambridge – she always dreamt of owning her own craft shop. And in June 2018, fulfilled that ambition, taking over Sew Creative on King Street.

Trading as Sew Knit Craft Ltd, the store is a crafter’s paradise, jam-packed with wool, fabrics, buttons, dyes and haberdashery.

There’s an assortment of sewing machines from top brands Janome, Bernina and Pfaff, a dizzying array of wool from the likes of King Cole, Sirdar and Stylecraft, and upstairs, the walls are a sea of fabrics, in a kaleidoscope of colours and prints (Lewis & Irene, Liberty, Moda). Keen to create ‘a craft hub’, Irena runs various workshops and has launched ‘Knit & Natter’ sessions on Mondays 10am-12noon, where like-minded folk can craft over a cuppa.

So, if you are craving a break from life’s treadmill, pop in and talk to Irena, or one of her four incredibly-knowledgeable staff. You will soon catch the crafting bug!

Sew Knit Craft
58 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1LN
Telephone 01223 350691


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