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Yarn Bombing Crochet and Knit Graffiti

Updated on October 21, 2016

Yarn Bombing

Yarn Bombing is the art of crocheting or knitting on city streets, around telephone poles, through wire fences, lamp posts, over old cars, and has been embraced by crochet and knitting artists of all ages.

Those who participate in Yarn Bombing create stunning works of art out of art and then donate them to public spaces as a part of yarn domination and trying to beautify the world with the art of yarn.

The artists who create these works of art do not set out to destroy but to make the world a better place with the beauty and vibrant colors of yarn. The kind of work if filled with joy, make a whimsical statement, and presents knitting and crochet in a whole new light. Informing others that their talent is not just for grandma's but a creative outlet for artists.

Anyone can participate in Yarn Bombing. You can participate individually or as a group and paint the world in a work of yarn art.

Crochet Flower Bike Free Pattern


Yarn Bombing Photos and Web Sites

There are many Web sites and photos to view on line that show off the world of Yarn Bombing.

One of the many sites dedicated to the world of Yarn Bombing is a Yarn Bombing Facebook page that has over 7,000 friends. Another is the main site where you can view photos and patterns of current bombs.

A book entitled Yarn Bombing: The Art of Knit and Crochet Graffiti features photos and patterns teaching how to orchestrate large-scale projects and revealing necessary ideas on how to get started designing your own graffiti tags.

Lion Brand Yarn offers a link called Yarn Bomb a Chair that helps you get started creating your first project and also provides a couple of more simple yarn bombing projects. If you want to start with a simple yarn bombing project try a flower pot or vase pattern.

Along with books, and patterns, there are many photos available to view on line for those who may not want to yarn bomb but just want to enjoy the art created by these knitters and crochet artists.

Yarn Bombing projects can be large or small. You can crochet or knit a project and patterns can be done by one person or added on by a group.

Patterns and Ideas

There are many patterns for new and experienced Yarn Bombers available on Web sites. You can also be creative and make your own patterns.

Patterns range from knitting on a chair to crochet or knitting around a bike or lamp post or even a bus seat! Many of these patterns are made using a variety of solid color yarns, alternating bright colors in stripes and squares.

Bombing a mailbox or light post seems to one of the most favored and one of the easiest patterns to knit or crochet.

Pick a pattern that is quick to work up and move up to harder ones as you become more experienced. Double crochet is one of the fastest ways to make a pattern. Using a simple pattern will prevent you from becoming discouraged and give up to easily.

There are many sites available to help you get started and find out the right and legal way to become a Yarn bomber be sure to read up on all the rules before getting started.


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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      Love yarnbombing although I've never tried it. The apartment is just too much but what great work - I saw a little video on her and the speed in which she crochets is awesome.

      Locally they'll be doing a yarn bomb on the library for National Library week - they put out a call for rectangles so I might actually participate in my first one. Not really tagging when it is so organized but I can still get a little yarn high off it.

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      SD Dickens 6 years ago

      This is so cool...I love the chair!

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      How cool. I hadn't heard of this before but then I live in a rural area so I don't always know about city happenings.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      This is so great, I will share on Facebook and Twitter.

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      tamron 6 years ago

      I never heard of yarn bombing. Interesting! Great idea for wrapping a bike up for Xmas. Vote Up

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      nikkiraeink 6 years ago from So. Cal.

      I guess I need to learn to knit and crochet first. I love guerrilla art. Awesome hub!

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      Jennifer Kessner 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Funny coincidence: This game I play on Facebook (Monster World) has "Woolen Weeks" right now, and you can actually buy cute little balls of yarn, trees, cats, etc., with yarn on them to put in your garden. xD Just thought I'd share.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Great concept, I would LOVE to create a chair like the one pictured. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring idea. Voted up and interesting.

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      craftdrawer 6 years ago

      So true you could really use up the scrap yarn! Thanks for the vote up and the great comments!!

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      Donna Cosmato 6 years ago from USA

      I have never heard of this but I'm already imagining how I could use up all those little scraps and leftover skeins of yarn that I've accumulated over the years. My mom is an avid crocheter so I shared this on Facebook so she can share it with her group The Knitwits (some knit, some crochet). (Voted up as well).

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      arusho 6 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      That's incredible, I didn't know people did that!

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      It's being called yarn storming here; the article includes a link to a nice set of Flickr photos:

      Be sure to check out the links (pingbacks) at the end of the article for more info and updates. Enjoy!

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      craftdrawer 6 years ago

      PWalker - Thanks for sharing - Yes I would like to see the link to the article about Yarn bombing on the Aloha Knitters blog.

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      Yarn bombing has even made it to Hawaii. Our local knitting/crocheting/spinning group, Aloha Knitters, got permission to yarn bomb around a health food coop in Honolulu. If you'd like, I can give you a link to an article about it on the Aloha Knnitters' blog.

      Rated up and interesting!

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      craftdrawer 6 years ago

      Meisjunk - It depends on the object that you are putting it on. A tree would be easier than a bike. Once completed the items I believe are tied on and not crochted or knitted on mainly on easy items like trees and posts. I have not done this yet just been a fan. The web site and Twilight Taggers (has a tutorial) really explains more in detail how to accomplish this. I guess the Yarn Bombers try this out in the dark or sometime in daylight if they are not worried about getting caught. My links have patterns and explanations hopefully that will be of help to anyone that is interested!!!

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      Jennifer Kessner 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I adore this! How long does it take to put something like that ON an object? It's made separately in another location obviously, but actually putting it on a tree still has to take time! Could you get in trouble for this? How do people pull it off so that BAM, people see it but nobody saw who did it?