'More young adults picking up knitting needles'

More young people are taking up knitting

The stereotypes of only elderly women knitting are rapidly changing, as a new generation of middle-aged and younger people become keen to pick up a new craft.

With a set of needles and a bit of time it's a skill anyone can learn, with wool-crafts in particular reaching out to a whole new audience over the past decade.

A young woman was recently spotted knitting while watching Andy Murray's centre court performance at this year's Wimbledon, proving that not only is it totally acceptable, but it's something to be proud of.

Knitting and crocheting are also great for multi-tasking fans, as the spectator proved while taking in the high intensity tennis game while honing her craft.

Lisa Savage of Petite Tuques, a website offering knitted goods and patterns, claims that "knitting has been portrayed as a 'granny hobby'", however as a young women herself she's noticed a real shift in the kind of people picking up this skill.

"More young adults are learning how to knit," Ms Savage explained, "but more importantly, the young adults are starting to design".

With an increasingly unstable economic climate and a fashion-conscious population it makes sense for people to take their clothing and accessories quite literally into their own hands and make things themselves.

The sense of community is also one of the things that really helps young knitters stay involved, as they can develop their skills with help from forums and a wide array of online knitting patterns and advice at their fingertips.

Ms Savage admitted that she was keen for more young people to follow in her footsteps and confidently expected to see more fashion-forward adults take to designing knitted garments.

However, in order to do this knitters need to remember that this is a craft which needs developing, helping you to widen your skills and the variety of items you can make by hand.

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