KW Knitters' Fair

Coming to The Aud Saturday, September 14

The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair is the oldest and largest one-day knitting event in Canada. Organized and hosted by the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters' Guild, it is truly organized "by knitters, for knitters".

The fair hosts over 80 vendors offering the latest and greatest of knitting products and is a one-stop-shop to see and feel the latest yarn, ogle the vibrant colours, visit with friends, have lunch, listen to a great speaker, be inspired by a Fashion Show, and pamper yourself at the Knitters' Spa.

Vendors offer an incredible selection of yarn and fibre in every colour, knitting books, patterns, buttons, tools, and accessories. There are also vendors who offer fibre for spinning and the Micro Market, a space to showcase smaller local designers and knitting-related businesses.


2019 Schedule of Events

11 a.m. - Fashion Show

Come to the fashion show to see items supplied by vendors and their talented designers. Here they will showcase the latest designs and classic styles, to inspire ideas for your new yarn!

2 p.m. - Speaker Shirley Paden

As an internationally recognized hand knitwear designer, Shirley Paden’s designs and articles have appeared in the leading magazines in the hand knitting industry such as Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Knitters, Family Circle, and Knit it as well as in the collections of leading yarn companies. She has taught and lectured on various aspects of hand knitting and crochet locally, nationally and internationally. She also has a popular online class Handknit Garment Design featured on the popular Bluprint website (formerly Her book, Knitwear Design Workshop, was the best selling knitting book on in 2010 and remains a key industry reference. Shirley has been featured on HGTV and Knitting Daily TV as well as in designer interviews in the leading knitting magazines and in the well-known Designer’s Studio series.  The British magazine The Knitter has listed her in their “Who’s Who in North American Knitting.”  She is also the owner of Shirley Paden Custom Knits located in New York City where Shirley designs an exclusive line of custom knit clothing.


Ongoing - Knitters' Spa

The Knitters' Spa is a place to have some downtime after all your busy shopping. Drop in anytime for these relaxing activities, all free though we suggest making a donation:

  • Hand massages and mini manicures from talented manicurists
  • Neck and back massages from an RMT
  • Knit-themed colouring books, including fair-isle design charts

$7 per person

$4 per person after 3 p.m.

Free for children under 12


Tickets available on show day at the Activa Box Office (located inside The Aud). 


Group Tickets

Gathering a group to bring to the fair? Enjoy a reduced admission price of $6 per attendee when booking 20 or more people. To book group tickets in advance, call The Aud Group Ticket Sales Box Office at 519-741-2699 ext. 5278. Group tickets must be purchased in one transaction.


9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 More information
 Visit the KW Knitters' Guild website for more information about this event.
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