Knitting and crocheting are some of the most popular ways to relieve stress and relax these days. You would have probably seen a friend or two get into the business on social media.
Knitting and crochet are also easy to tackle – just yarn, needles and a tutorial to get started, although you’ll probably have a few misshapen creations at first. The simple repetitive action of the craft can help calm the mind and provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
The benefits of knitting have also been well documented. Various studies have shown that knitting can help manage chronic pain, depression, and even improve memory and reduce the decline in brain function with age.
It’s no wonder, then, that many celebrities have taken up knitting and crocheting as a hobby as well. Here are 10, ranging from South Korean pop stars to Hollywood stars.
Twice Mina and Jihyo
Although they are members of one of South Korea’s biggest girl groups, Twice, Mina and Jihyo are known to find time to knit, whether it’s between performances or just to relax. Mina and Jihyo have knitted many items for the other members, but have also done so for charity, such as for the Save the Children campaign pictured here.
Seventeen’s Joshua Hong
In early 2021, Joshua from popular South Korean band Seventeen shared on a live broadcast that he had started getting into knitting. He also talked about his surprise when he found out how difficult knitting was, but promised his fans that he would get better and show off his work.
Bomi from Apink
Another South Korean girl group member who has caught the knitting bug is Apink’s Bomi. In early 2020, Bomi gifted each Apink member with a scarf made in a color she thought would suit them best. How nice!
Tom Daley went viral when he was caught knitting as he cheered on his teammates in the women’s three-metre springboard final at the 2021 Olympics.
But if you didn’t know, the British diver is a keen knitter and crocheter and regularly documents his creations on Instagram @madewithlovebytomdaley. Tom revealed in a BBC interview that her husband, filmmaker Dustin Lance Black, was the one who suggested knitting as a way to force himself to sit still and rest.
One of the most prolific actresses of our time, Meryl Streep has revealed she’d rather stay home and knit than hang out with stars at showbiz parties. Additionally, Meryl used knitting to get into her nun persona for the 2008 film Doubt.
While making the film, Meryl taught co-star Amy Adams how to knit, partly to bond with her, and also to help Amy calm down and redirect her energy.
Like Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts is another Hollywood star who passed on her knitting wisdom to others. In 2011, she taught Larry Crowne co-star Tom Hanks how to knit, which she does to pass the time on set.
Tom eventually used it and pranked her by making the cast and crew members knit as she walked onto set. Of course, this made Julia laugh, and she apparently gave them advice on how to improve as well.
Ryan Gosling is another man who has professed his love for knitting. Ryan shared with GQ Australia: “If I had to design my perfect day, this would be it.
And you get something out of it at the end. You get a nice gift. For someone who wants an oddly shaped, off-putting scarf. Ryan first learned to knit while filming Lars and the Real Girl in 2007. In fact, Ryan’s love of knitting became a meme.
She played Marvel superhero Jessica Jones on-screen, but off-screen Krysten Ritter is nothing short of an avid knitter. Krysten even went so far as to create her own line of patterns and kits for the We Are Knitters knitting website.
Krysten revealed in an interview with Gathered that she learned knitting from her grandmother and used to knit when she was younger.
The Grey’s Anatomy and 27 Dresses actress started knitting when she was 19 and even started a lifestyle blog, These Heavenly Days, where she used to post about her knitting , among other things. On her love for knitting, Katherine shared in an interview with Mama In A Stitch, “There are so many things I love about knitting.
I love being able to take a pattern and customize it based on the yarns and colors I choose. I love the peaceful rhythm you fall into when you really hit your stride with a project. I love creating the perfect gift for a friend or family member with my own hands.
In 2017, pop singer Demi Lovato shared a photo to her Instagram (now deleted, reposted above) of herself knitting on a flight.
That same year, Demi shared in an interview with The Thrive Global Podcast that she learned knitting and used it as a way to disconnect from social media and the world. “I made it a point recently to start knitting, and so instead of reaching for my phone, I’m actually going to knit.”
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