Huddersfield student 'will have degree in knitting'

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A University of Huddersfield student is looking to graduate with a degree in knitting this July.

As part of her Textile Crafts BA (Hons) course, 22-year-old Toni Sturrs has been studying knitting in great depth and has even designed her own simple knitting pattern for beginners and experts.

The Huddersfield Examiner reports that while Toni admits that the stereotypical knitter is still seen as an old lady, she is having great fun and believes that young people are really embracing wool crafts.

"I get some funny looks when I start knitting on the bus and my boyfriend says I'm such an old lady. But actually I know a lot of old ladies who don't knit and a lot of young ones who do," she joked to the paper.

Brought up by her grandparents, Toni learned to knit watching her nana, and returned to the craft at the age of 18 when she was bored during the summer holidays.

"I was studying graphic design at the time but I decided to learn knitting and went on YouTube and taught myself in three days. It was really easy to do," she admitted.

Toni, who is from Undercliffe, Bradford, then decided to change career and focus on knitting.

She went on to say how knitting was easy to learn and a cheap hobby to get involved with.

"Everyone is short again and it can cost as little as £10 to knit a jumper and it will be unique to you," the student explained.

After quickly building up her skills, she went on to say that knitting isn't anywhere near as intimidating as it looks, and just takes a bit of practice.

"You don't have to be an expert to create something that is very wearable," she went on to say.

Toni concluded by telling the paper that she hopes to turn her knitting into a business after graduating and wants to set up a craft café.

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