Celebrities Who Knit
A hobby for everyone
Knitting is one of those hobbies that is not only productive but also easy enough to allow people to chat, listen to lectures and even television, while doing it. I find it to be a way to keep my twitchy fingers busy and still feel I am engaged in what is going on around me. I have been a knitter since I was a girl about 10 years old, when my grandmother first stuck a pair of needles in my hands.
It can be very creative with all the choices of yarns, styles and colors. I love making patterns with the colors as in Fair Isle patterns, as well as knitted lace and cable stitches. The creativity is endless and a person’s imagination.
I knitted for myself, my friends and family, my children, and now my grandchildren. And the fun thing is that I am not alone. It isn’t just for the thrifty minded. Rich and poor alike knit. Many people knit. Men and women. Even celebrities knit. Here are just a few of the knitters you may know of.
Co-star and director, Tom Hanks played a prank on Julia Roberts during the shooting of “Larry Crowne.” Julia Roberts who is a known knitter, walks into a room of 65 men, cast and crew, all knitting (or pretending to knit). It was a hilarious moment.
“You know I’m like a total geek, right? First of all, I sit on the set and knit. It’s a very social hobby, as opposed to reading at work. I can chat with people and still be fully engaged.”
— -Julia Roberts 2011
Vanna White, cohost of Wheel of Fortune for over 31 years, knits. She even has a yarn brand named after her. It is called Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand Yarns.
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Christina Hendricks, from set of Mad Men, even brings her knitting with her for interviews and down time on the set.
Dakota Fanning began knitting at the tender age of seven. She enjoys knitting for others and has made scarves for friends such as Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Robert De Niro, and Cherie Currie (who she played in The Runaways).
Tracey Ullman and Martha Stewart
Meryl Streep not only knits between takes on her sets but she also is one of those avid knitters who encourage her friends and costars to knit as well.
Amanda Seyfried knitting
Amanda Seyfried, actress and former model, is so versatile she can even knit while working out on the elliptical machine. She has been known to both knit and crochet on her movie sets.
You may or may not know this but Joan Crawford was an avid knitter as well. She knitted so often on the sets of her movies that the director more than once used her pastime in the movies, such as Straight Jacket and Mildred Pierce. She was so self-conscious going to Hollywood parties with her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., that she would bring her knitting along and sit quietly in a corner knitting.
Phone Call From A Stranger
Bette Davis also knitted on the set of her movies but I don’t recall any of her movies including the hobby in her movie except her very small part in Phone Call from a Stranger, where she plays a bedridden invalid in the last part of the movie.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
Just a few more
Many more knitters would include:
Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex in the City)
Kristin Davis (Sex in the City)
Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives)
Tracey Ullman (comedienne)
Morticia Addams (Addams Family)
A few good men
Knitting isn’t just for the ladies. Many men, manly men even, choose to occupy their down time by knitting. Here are just a few:
Rosie Greir (LA Rams)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (president)
Tim Daly (Wings)
Rosey Grier and Vida Blue
David Arquette learned to knit from his grandmother and is an avid knitter. He has graced the cover of Celebrity Scarves 2: Hollywood Knits for Breast Cancer Research.
Dave Cole and the Knitting Machine
If you think you’ve seen it all, well there’s more. Have you ever been to the Boston Museum of Modern Art? If not then you may have never seen the display of Dave Cole and the Knitting Machine. He is fairly famous for knitting flags of all sizes, but this one is nothing short of fabulous. Even if you aren’t a knitter you will be pretty amazed. Forgive me MEN, but only a MAN would think of knitting on such a large scale. He got together two large John Deere Cats and used sharpened utility poles for needles and, well… you have to see it to believe it.
The Manly Art of Knitting
The Manly Art of Knitting is now available in Amazon. Includes a hammock pattern using the largest needles and rope for yarn.
There are quite a few movies that include knitting as a likely pastime for the characters. Some of the actors knew what they were doing and others did not. Here are just a few of my favorites.
A Tale of Two Cities
A must-see classis is the black and white 1935 version of Charles Dickens’, A Tale of Two Cities with Ronald Colman. The knitters are positively sinister, especially Madame De Farge. My favorite part is the guillotine scene at the end where the knitters are blaming the aristocrats for all the evils of the world including their dropped stitches. Madame Defarge, played by Blanche Yurka, is using the American Fingering instead of the Continental Fingering (which is what would probably be used in France at that time). Her fingers positively fly proving as an actress, she is convincing but as a knitter, she is lacking. She doesn’t actually knit a single stitch in the whole movie. Madame Defarge symbolizes one of the fates of Greek mythology, who measured out the life of a man with a length of yarn and cuts it at the end.
Empire of the Sun
Empire of the Sun, with Christian Bale, features Chinese nannies all knitting as they are waiting for their charges.
Gilmore Girls, Season 7 Episode 9, “Knit, People, Knit” has Lorelei Gilmore and many of the towns people raising money to rebuild a bridge by having a Knitathon in the town square. It is a scream to see all the towns’ people swathed in knitted apparel. If you look closely you can tell who is actually knitting and who is just holding the needles and making the motions. Very funny.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
In Breakfast at Tiffany's, when Audrey Hepburn is knitting, she is actually knitting, not just acting like she is knitting. Good to know she is a fellow knitter.
Mrs Weasley knitting
Harry Potter and Mrs Weasley
In several of the Harry Potter books, Mrs. Weasley has her bewitched knitting needles working on sweaters for the family (since she has such a big family she needs all the help she can get.) I was very glad to see that little snippet make it into the Chamber of Secrets and, I think, the fifth movie. Too bad I can’t all get a pair of those bewitched needles. Brilliant!
Disney's Robin Hood
Even Disney has joined the knitting craze by adding one to the animated Robin Hood. Lady Cluck (the chicken) is knitting. Aren’t we all?