She wants to knit like Uma Thurman…and other celebrity knitters

Of course, you can not only dance like Uma Thurman….

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But you can also knit like her too! Uma Thurman is one of many celebrities who enjoys knitting.

People often stereotype knitting as a grandma hobby, but this simply isn’t true anymore. Knitting has become a craft that many celebrities, not just Uma Thurman, enjoy. So millennial knitters, you are not alone!  The next time someone tells you that you must be a grandma for knitting for fun, share the following list. Who knows, maybe you will convince a naysayer to pick up some needles for themselves! Here are five celebrity knitters that are not of the grandma variety:

Amanda Seyfried

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I recently just watched Les Miserables this summer (while knitting, of course), and now knowing that Amanda Seyfried knits brings up so many more possibilities, especially as there are rumors that Russell Crowe also apparently knits. Since these two actors were both in Les Miserables, their characters Cosette and Javert could have sat down and knit a few rounds and talked everything out instead of the movie ending with so much death. Knitting could save lives, you never know! It did save her favorite pair of pants; the Les Miserables star says that she initially learned crocheting so that she could make cashmere patches for her black cashmere pants.

Kristen Stewart

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Kristen Stewart is also a fellow knitter, and apparently picked up the craft while on the set of Twilight, and is pictured here putting her knitting needles into her bag. Perhaps instead of her character Bella moping about after Edward leaves, she could have taken up knitting instead of thrill-seeking. It seems the safer alternative to being turned into an immortal vampire.

Nicholas Hoult

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I’m going to be very honest, the X-Men franchise is one of my favorite film series (with Hank McCoy being one of my favorite characters) and then I found out that Nicholas Hoult actually calls himself the King of Knitting, according to an article in the Belfast Telegraph. Definitely my favorite X-Man now. Maybe his extra super powers include knitting powers? Especially since Hoult brags that he doesn’t even have to look down at his knitting.

Ashley Olsen

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I remember Ashley Olsen best from “The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley,” but the twins are now involved in the fashion industry and have their own award winning clothing line. If Ashley Olsen is off winning prizes for her fashion know-how and also knits, I would maybe think that knitting is not an unfashionable hobby to try.

Kate Middleton

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The Duchess of Cambridge herself also knits, as she explained in Glasgow in 2013. She apparently picked up the hobby while pregnant with her first child, Prince George. She admitted that she was still not very good at it, and asked for knitting tips. The article that reported Kate Middleton as a new knitter also noted that knitting was moving from an old-fashioned hobby to one that is considered cool. If anyone can start breaking that stereotype, it would be the future queen of England!

These are only a few of the celebrity knitters that I found; there are many more, both millennial and other generations! All of these people help to break some of those knitting stereotypes. Does your favorite celebrity knit? Let me know who else should be on this list!

Last updated 09/30/2016

 

 

The Stereotypical Knitter

If I, as a 20 year old college student, happen to be caught knitting in public (which does happen quite often), people’s first reactions often are:

“You knit? You’re such a grandma.”

“So like, did your grandma teach you?”

Of course, my absolute favorite reaction is the question, “Are you knitting?” as I hold my two needles and yarn out in front of me. No, I answer, I am welding. And in answer to whether my grandma taught me, no: I’m a millennial, I watched Youtube videos to learn.

For some reason, a lot of stereotypes have developed around people who knit. However, it does make me wonder, how has the art of knitting turned into something with such a social stigma that it makes people pass judgements on you? I once wore a handmade shawl and someone (who might have been trying to compliment me, I will give her the benefit of a doubt) said, “Oh, it’s just like Little House on the Prairie!” No, I wanted to say, as I started to feel embarrassed. I am wearing a rainbow shawl that I knit mostly on a roadtrip while listening to Harry Potter. It is nothing like Little House on the Prairie.

What are those stereotypes? I asked my non-knitting friend Maggy to give me a list of what she thinks knitters are and she fired off a list immediately:

  1. They have grey hair
  2. They wear old lady clothes
  3. They have weird looking glasses
  4. They smell funny
  5. They knit a lot of sweaters
  6. They are anti social
  7. They have a lot of cats

While there are definitely knitters who might fit into all of those categories (though I don’t know where the “smells funny” part came from), and I am happy for each and every person who loves to knit, many knitters don’t fit with any of these stereotypes. To quote Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, a knitting humor writer,

In reality, a knitter today is just as likely to be young, hip, male, and sitting at a “Stitch and Bitch” in a local bar. Several of today’s best knitting designers are men, and a knitter is as likely to have body piercings as homemade cookies.”

I have begun to see more and more people knitting even as I walk across my college campus. They are knitting in their dorms, on public transportation, while hanging out with friends, in class, etc. They’re not being shy about displaying their craft.

They are knitting more than the simple scarves and sweaters. They are knitting Daleks from Doctor Who, Mandrakes from Harry Potter, Medusa wigs, Viking beards, a Uterus, thongs, and more. People enjoy knitting a wide variety of things, and knitting a Viking wig should not have you stereotyped as a little old lady in a rocking chair.

Knitting is more than a hobby for elderly ladies. It is a way to keep your hands busy, to be meditative, to be productive and multitask, to help with stress and anxiety, to earn money, to make art, to simply enjoy yourself.

There are many different reasons for knitting, and so these stereotypes just don’t work.

Well, maybe one. As Stephanie Pearl McPhee also said,

Despite our diversity, the tendency to be accompanied by a cat is an oddity among knitters that cannot be explained.”

Last updated: September 23, 2016