Big Knit falls short of world record attempt

Girl scout knits for homeless community (iStockphoto)

The Big Knit 2013 took place this weekend with the aim of breaking the world record for the most people simultaneously knitting. It fell short of its target numbers, however still managed to bag the Scottish record.

More than 1,250 knitters of all ages flocked to Tannadice Park to try their hand at knitting for 15 minutes, and despite the great fun had by all they didn't quite match the Guinness World Record set at 3,081.

The sound of the clicking knitting needles filled the stadium, replacing the usual roar of the Dundee United fans, with participants coming from far and wide to join in with the charitable challenge.

There were also some famous faces among the crowd, with Lord Provost Bob Duncan, Dundee United legend Dave Bowman and captain Sean Dillon all taking part in the knitting event.

The idea was started by Norma Duncan of Monifieth, who along with help from the club and a band of helpers made the whole day a reality.

Louise Johnston, who has been involved since the start with Norma, told the Courier that she never believed that the event would become so popular.

"When we first spoke about the world record we had no idea what it was, but it has been great bringing so many people together."

Despite not breaking the record this time around, Dundee United director Derek Robertson, who brought four generations of his family along on the day, told the newspaper that he was happy to host it again next year and appealed for everyone to bring a couple of friends with them to ensure that they smashed the record.

Huge amounts of colourful yarn were donated by local businesses and after months of planning the crowds raised plenty of money for charity while spreading a new found enthusiasm for knitting among everyone involved.

Founder of the event, Ms Duncan told the newspaper: "I have enjoyed every minute from start to finish. The whole experience has been fantastic and worth everything … This year it was all unknown but organising next year will be no problem now I've done it once."

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