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Celebrities Who Knit

Updated on February 9, 2017
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Denise was taught to knit by her grandmother, age10. She has been knitting and creating her own patterns ever since, and loving it.

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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.

Julia Roberts

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
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Vanna White

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

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks, from set of Mad Men, even brings her knitting with her for interviews and down time on the set.

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Dakota Fanning

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

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Meryl Streep

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

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Amanda Seyfried

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.

Joan Crawford

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Joan Crawford

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

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

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First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Katherine Hepburn

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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)

Katharine Hepburn

Ann Sheridan

Ingrid Bergman

Audrey Hepburn

Eleanor Roosevelt

Tracey Ullman (comedienne)

Ginger Rogers

Lucille Ball

Doris Day

Jane Mansfield

Sophia Loren

Rita Hayworth

Scarlet Johansson

Cameron Diaz

Uma Thurman

Debra Messing

Morticia Addams (Addams Family)

Cary Grant

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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)

Cary Grant

Tim Daly (Wings)

Russell Crowe

Rosey Grier and Vida Blue

David Arquette

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

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Knitting BIG

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.

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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.

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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.

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Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun, with Christian Bale, features Chinese nannies all knitting as they are waiting for their charges.

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Gilmore Girls

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.

Audrey Hepburn

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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?

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    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      FlourishAnyway,

      Thank you so much. I appreciate your comments and visit.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      Knitting us like this big club that so many people belong to but don't often talk about. How neat that all these famous people have this hobby in common! Also, I loved your photos of you knitting.

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      lawrence01,

      Of course. I figure you must be a very nice man.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Glad to hear it, and I'm not really that bad!

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      lawrence01,

      Oh how funny you are. It's one of those things you have to want to do. No one can make you knit. But you made my day with a laugh! Thanks.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      She's and avid knitter. But she'll probably want me to take it up!

      I've heard a muttered "what was I thinking?" from her a few times, usually when I've done something 'husbandlike' and am in the doghouse!

      Lawrence

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      lawrence01,

      What? You don't like your wife to have ideas? Come on. I'm sure she gets ideas with or without encouragement! She married you, didn't she?

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Interesting stuff, but I better not let my wife see this hub, she'll get ideas!

      Lawrence

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      travmaj,

      Me too. Some of them does take imagination. I love to knit and have been knitting since childhood. Beyond relaxing, I have made garments for many members of my family and friends. It's an interesting point of connection. You think about the person the garment is for as you knit it and literally weave good will and prayers into it as you go. They can't help but have blessings from wearing it!

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      AliciaC,

      I agree. It was fun for me too when I first read about this celebrity or that one knitting. I think the one that got me most was Eleanor Roosevelt. She certainly could afford to buy knitted garments for herself and family. There was no financial reason to knit, but it is a calming, relaxing pastime so that's probably why she engaged in it.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      BlossomSB,

      Aww, a kindred spirit! I do the same. Not many people care to make up their own patterns so I don't often mention it. Thanks for sharing.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      travmaj 

      3 years ago from australia

      Most interesting, I admit I haven't knitted in years. But I grew up in a knitting era, always having to hold the skeins of wool while my sister wound them into balls of wool. A few months ago I went into a country hotel and found a knitting group - old, young, male and female, sipping wine and knitting. What fun! And the stars knitting, makes me want to knit one - purl one again.. I do have to stretch the imagination for Russell (Crowe) Thanks Denise, still reminiscing...

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting hub. I've knitted since childhood and enjoy it very much. It was fun to learn about celebrities that enjoy (or enjoyed) knitting.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Knitting is a great hobby and a rewarding, relaxing and creative one, too. I like to make my own designs on graph paper, and then they came be really unique.

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      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      Barbara Kay,

      I realize it seems harder than crochet but it really isn't. You just have to use both hands instead of just one. Still, give it a try.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Barbara Badder 

      3 years ago from USA

      You've got quite a list. I mainly crochet, but have tried knitting. I need to be more patient and I'd get the hang of it.

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      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      Larry Rankin,

      It is quite therapeutic too. I remember reading that during wars, wounded soldiers were taught to knit because they felt less useless laying there recuperating if they had something productive to do. Makes sense to me.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      Rachel L Alba,

      Thank you, Rachel. I thought the video with Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks was a scream. I guess we are all people after all, even celebrities.

      Blessings to you too,

      Denise

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      I have heard about the therapeutic quality of knitting, and have given it a try. I need to give it another try. Didn't realize so many famous people took part in the hobby.

      Great article!

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      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      That was a funny video with Julia Roberts. You never think about actors knitting. I used to knit a lot when I was young. I used to do a lot of things when I was young. I am little by little weaning them off. lol I still have a sweater that I knitted for myself. It doesn't fit me anymore, but I keep it anyhow. I voted up and funny.

      Blessings to you.

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      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      kbdressman,

      Thank you. I learned a few things too. I just love that Bette Davis knitted and that Joan Crawford was insecure. Makes me feel above average somehow.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      kbdressman 

      3 years ago from Harlem, New York

      That's an impressive list! I'd've never guess that President Roosevelt knitted! Thanks for the great hub. Because of you, I learned something today!

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