2019 Knitters' Fair – Sept 14

Save the date for our 2019 event - Saturday September 14, 2019 at the Kitchener Aud.

Vendor applications are NOW OPEN!

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Info for Attendees

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 is held at "The Aud" (Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex) in Kitchener, Ontario, and hosts over 80 vendors offering the latest and greatest of knitting products. The Fair is your 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 our Fashion Show, and pamper yourself at our Knitters' Spa.

Our vendors offer an incredible selection of yarn and fibre in every colour, knitting books, patterns, buttons, tools, and accessories. We also welcome several vendors who offer fibre for spinning. You should also visit the Micro Market, a space to showcase smaller local designers and knitting-related businesses.


The Aud - Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex
400 East Ave
Kitchener, Ontario N2H 1Z6

The most straightforward way to get to the Aud from outside Kitchener is to take Highway 7 (Conestoga Parkway) to the Ottawa St exit: the Aud's main entrance is just East of the Eastbound off-ramp.

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2019 Schedule of Events

11 a.m. - Fashion Show

Come to the fashion show to see items supplied by our 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 Craftsy.com). Her book, Knitwear Design Workshop, was the best selling knitting book on Amazon.com 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.

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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
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    Group Savings

    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.


    The Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo welcomes attendees and vendors for a special discounted rate of $129.99 per night. Please mention the K-W Knitters' Fair when booking by phone at 519-894-9500 ext. 0, or use Promo Code KNIT when booking online (Radisson Kitchener Waterloo). The Radisson is located at 2960 King Street East, Kitchener, right off the expressway and a short 5 minute drive to the Fair.

    For more accommodation options, see the Region of Waterloo tourism site.

    Design Basics Workshop with Shirley Paden

    In this class students learn to custom-make their own Classic Pullover sweater pattern. They will work through organizing the components involved in constructing a pullover with a round neckline and set-in sleeves. The Classic Body Pullover is the most popular clothing silhouette. It is based on the bust measurements. It is worked straight to the armholes, then the armholes and neckline are shaped. This design will be planned with set-in sleeves. Students will work through planning a tapered sleeve with a set-in cap. They will also be walked through accurately measuring a swatch and taking body measurements, writing a pattern, and calculating yarn amounts.

    When: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Where: Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo, 2960 King St. E., Kitchener

    Special Early Bird Price until May 31: $85 (lunch and refreshments included)

    Regular Price after June 1: $95

    To register or ask questions, email knittersfair@kwknittersguild.ca

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    Check out some photos from previous Fairs. You can also explore our flickr account to see what the Guild offers throughout the year.

    KWKnittersGuild flickr album: 2016 Fair

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    Vendors at the Fair

    The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair vendors will be announced below as they register. The following vendors are confirmed for the 2019 fair: Back to Top

    Fair Badge

    Stay tuned for next year's badge!

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