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Real Men Knit (with video)

A few years ago, one of my eight year-old male students was interviewed for a local newspaper and they asked him what was his favorite thing that he learned in school. His answer was, “Learning how to knit.” I just love teaching girls and boys to knit.

For many years, knitting has been perceived as a “women’s only” hobby. Historically, however, this has not been the case. During the Renaissance, men were the only ones who could join knitting guilds. In many cultures in South America, men knit as much as women. Sailors and fishermen, as well as shepherds, were among the first knitters. Soldiers during the early war years knitted. School children were encouraged to do their part and learn how to knit to keep the soldiers warm. talks about the ten most influential men in knitting here.

My guess is that a lot of men in the US don’t knit. We seem to have social stigmas and sharply defined gender roles in the U.S. and as a result “women’s” or “men’s” crafts get pigeonholed. There are no biological reasons girls knit and boys don’t. I found that not only was knitting a wonderful tool for teaching fine motor skills, dyslexic kids could take pride in learning how to knit if they knit on circular needles (no need to worry which direction to go in when they finished a row).

With the popularity and resurgence of knitting, many more men are picking up needles. Books, websites, videos and even retreats are responding to the trend. Two of my favorite knitting designers, Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably contribute interviews on a DVD called Real Men Can Knit. Check out this youtube with Brandon Mably here:


For guys who knit:
Knitting with Balls
Men Who Knit and the Dogs Who Love Them


MenKnit magazine

Norah Gaughan Men

Men’s knitting retreat

For all of you knitters who are Russell Crowe fans, Knitting On The Net has some free wallpaper of him purling away. Check it out, he knits without looking…(K)NOT!

Guys, are you ready to fess up? What are your reasons for knitting or not knitting? Women, do you know any men who knit?

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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6:10AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Many things artsy that men can do that does not diminish their manhood!

6:47AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

My husband didn't get into knitting or crochet, but we do make jewelry (beadweaving) every night and weekend.
I'm the one with the love of yarn.

9:24PM PDT on Sep 5, 2010


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3:17PM PST on Feb 23, 2010

My hubby could knit as a child, but then football, girls and beer came along. Now he wishes he'd stuck with it as we are trying to be very self-sufficient.

2:27PM PST on Feb 10, 2010

Thanks for the info

9:40AM PST on Feb 5, 2010

this looks great ;D never saw a man knitting ;D

9:40AM PST on Feb 5, 2010

this looks great ;D never saw a man knitting ;D

4:43PM PST on Jan 29, 2010

My hubby tried to knit with me, but his fingers are too big!

11:19AM PST on Jan 24, 2010

I'm trying to get my fiance interested in knitting because he has coordination that I don't.

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Good to know. Love the pic.

Thank you for warning us about these things.

Adorable and cute. Thanks.

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