Knitting tutor breaks female-only stereotypes

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Knitting suffers from many stereotypes, with the notion that it's a craft exclusively for women potentially the biggest myth out there.

In many countries and communities knitting and crocheting are unisex hobbies and carried out by anyone who wants to give them a go.

Next month a male knitting tutor from Richland, Washington is hoping to dispel some of the stereotypes by teaching knitting to boys between the ages of nine and 14.

John MacDonald, who is a photographer by trade, is also proficient at knitting, crocheting and quilting, and told The News Tribune that he was excited to share these skills with the younger generation at the White Bluffs Quilt Museum as part of his three-day class.

He said: "White Bluffs has been pursuing boys knitting classes for some time, and have felt that having a man teach the class would be the best way to go."

The 31-year-old has a great reputation in the area and co-owns a local craft and clothing shop with his wife.

In order to attract more boys into the world of knitting his classes are going to include projects such as snakes and monster motifs, rather than simply clothes.

Mr MacDonald said that he has only learned to knit relatively recently after buying the shop, but was taught to quilt and crochet by his grandmother at the age of five.

"She taught me to sew by hand and then on her treadle sewing machine [...] I made a lot of clothes for my cat that he never quite approved of," he joked.

Mr MacDonald went on to say that knitting was never a traditionally female pursuit.

He told the publication: "What is masculine and what is feminine always changes through history. The origins of [knitting] are a bit of a mystery, but when it was first known to be popular in Europe, it is believed that most knitters were men."

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