Young People Making Crochet and Knitting Cool Again

Happy hooking, winey knitting, and stitch and bitch'n seem to be the super trendy DIY hobby for the twenty and thirty-somethings. They are stitching up anything and everything for friends and family including traditional scarves and mittens to purses and accessories. These trends-setters hit the scene hard in 2017 when thousands of knitting needle wielding women across the globe brought out their knitting needles in response to Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women. The distinctive pink (let's just say "cat" hat) is simple to knit and was the accessory of choice at many protest marches in the US and abroad.

There has been an amazing upswing in the knit community as young people look for a way to express their creativity and escape the stress of technology and fast pace living. The thirty-somethings have used yarn to elevate creative expression and fine art in a craze called yarn bombing. Yarn bombing is a form of graffiti or street art that uses displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk.

The Craft Yarn Council of America says young women in their twenties are fueling yarn sales across the country. In 2014, the council's annual survey of three thousand yarn enthusiasts found that people between the ages of 18 to 34 jumped significantly. In fact, 84% of those surveyed say they crochet or knit at least 3 to 4 times a week; 58% claim they crochet or knit daily. Fifty-three percent of younger consumers crochet or knit daily.

For some, the mere thought of knitting conjures an image of a silver-haired granny sitting on her favorite chair and passing time away busily stitching up those cute baby booties or blankets for her favorite grandchild. However, this image is extremely outdated as young people are flocking to this "everything old is new again" craft. The truth is, the art of knitting is far from being outdated in fact, those glitzy Hollywood celebrities such as Dakota Fanning, Demi Lovato, Will Wheaton, and George Lucas can be spotted with their knitting and crochet paraphernalia. Oh and in case the point was somehow missed, yarn art isn't just for ladies!

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