Most of us, if asked to assign a majority sex to a particular hobby or activity would probably have a few if not all of these on their list for men–football, hunting, golf, fishing, chess, poker, model making, car tinkering, and smoking cigars.
But knitting and crocheting? Unlikely.
This Father’s Day, we’ve decided to shine light on the community of men and boys who knit and crochet–a community of over two million in the US alone, according to a 2014 survey conducted by the Craft and Yarn Council.
Let’s be clear. No, we don’t think Men’s Knitting is the New Yoga. Or that men’s knitting and crocheting will overtake Football as America’s favorite national pastime–in the near future.
But “thriving” and “vibrant”? Indeed. However way you choose to see it, in this century, women aren’t the only ones who knit and crochet as a leisure activity, men are returning to the craft, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
Numerous online articles feature this trend:
Men who knit can join the very active online community of the same name that was formed to “promote and inspire knitting amongst men” and includes blog links, instructions, features finished and ongoing projects by members, and information on Men Knitting and Crocheting Retreats and Clubs, of which there are more than a handful in the US and UK.
On Facebook, there are a few Community pages for Men’s Knitting Retreats groups. Below is an image of the Men’s Mid-West Knitting Retreat attendees from last November.
Scanning through the comments section of Real Men Crochet! a youtube video on Action Wipes’ channel, which has garnered nearly 23,000 views, we find men of all ages, young boys, and teenagers excited about crocheting and knitting.
Cheskydivision shared a story about his teenage son “who gets teased a lot for crocheting as much as he receives praise from friends but never comes home with his creations as they end up being gifted.”
Joetherocku2ube: Dude, I really enjoy working with my hands too. I make tons of beanies as well as survival bracelets. Male, married, 44 years old.
TheRommannEmpire: I’m 12 now and I’ve been crocheting since I was 7. I learned to crochet from a book with no help from anyone.
Explore Pinterest, like Carrie Carpenter’s channel, to see images of movie stars, musicians, and sports celebrities knitting and crocheting, including David Arquette, Ryan Gosling, George Lucas, Laurence Fishburne, Ewan McGregor, Russell Crowe, Kurt Cobain, Paul Rudd.
Hollywood Knit for Breast Cancer Research featured David Arquette on their mission statement cover, as he’s known to be an avid knitter.
AuntPeaches.com includes Ryan Gosling in a post titled Sexy Men Who Knit.
Several online articles and a podcast pop up about Gregory Patrick, formerly homeless, and now has a book out about his story. Here’s his blog, where he also sells his book: Mad Man Knitting.
We’ll end here with Moral Courage Project’s recent youtube video featuring Alvin Irby: I Crochet in the Subway and I Don’t Care What People Think.
If you’re interested in reading more about the history of knitting, Knitty.com’s History 101 by Julie Theaker is an excellent place to start.
Happy Father’s Day!