Man targets international knitting success

Nimble-fingered lady spends nine months knitting Christmas toys (iStockPhoto)

Stereotypes of the traditional knitter are long gone and nowadays it's perfectly normal to come across young people and men picking up a pair of needles.

Daniel Yuhas, a professional knitter and teacher, agrees that while he is certainly in a female-dominated industry, this doesn't bother him as he gets to do what he loves.

Speaking to the Portland Tribune the author of Knitting from the Center Out, explained how he has even developed his own "revolutionary" technique, which he hopes to take to an international audience.

This involves starting in the middle of the project with just a few stitches and then going on to add more, very different from the traditional approach of starting at the bottom and moving upwards.

After using the technique to make a baby blanket for his niece he has since come up with patterns for octopus and starfish, as well as flat projects like shawls and blankets.

"When I came up with socks, hats and garments, I pretty much had a book," Mr Yuhas told the newspaper.

He explained how he first taught himself to knit in the early 90s while at college in Ohio, after finding an old knitting book and getting as far as garter stitch.

After a little help from friends he was soon knitting and purling his way to success.

Since 2009 he has been teaching his skills to others, adding "I love it - I love encouraging creativity in people."

His students have been very positive in their feedback, according to Shannon Squire, co-owner of knitting shop Twisted.

"He has a really unique designing voice and refreshing new takes on knitting. And the fact that he is male is breaking the stereotypes of our industry; he's building a career out of this," she said.

Mr Yuhas currently teaches a number of regular classes, including a group of refugee girls from Kenya, Somalia and Nepal, who he hopes will continue to share their skills with family and friends, both in person and online thanks to the rise in internet knitting sites.

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