Great-grandad shows knitting not just for girls

Great-grandad shows knitting not just for girls (iStockPhoto)

A great-grandad from Glossop is breaking tired stereotypes by proving that knitting isn't just for girls.

Ken Platt, 74, who has been knitting for almost 50 years, is currently running workshops at his local Tintwistle primary school so that he can pass his skills on to the girls and boys.

Manchester Evening News reports that the retired engineer heads to the school three times a week and hopes to give the kids a hobby which will last a lifetime.

"I'm a man in a woman's world so I have to get it right! You've got to prove yourself and that's why I think the men who do knit are often very good," he joked.

Mr Platt said that this is why he believes men can make better cooks, as they look upon it as a vocation rather than a practical chore.

He told the newspaper that his love of crafts only began in adulthood when he was taught by his late wife, Sylvia, who was a dab hand with the knitting needles.

"It was 1964 and my wife was knitting. I could see the needles moving but I couldn't see what she was doing so I asked her and she showed me. I found it quite easy and the second thing I ever made, in 1966, was an Arran jumper which I still wear," Mr Platt said.

After picking up the needles at the age of 26, he was initially worried what people would think, however, he was pleasantly surprised at their reaction.

Following the death of his wife, he became involved with teaching children after meeting his granddaughter's headteacher.

She found out about his talents and offered him the chance to teach the kids.

"It's great now, knitting is really making a comeback. It's much more normal now for boys and men to knit and it's so relaxing and makes you feel good," Mr Platt added, before joking "you're never too old to have a go".

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