Gone are those days when knitting was considered a hobby for grannies only. If you’re a crafter, you know that the joy of knitting goes beyond just creating something beautiful. It’s about the process, the relaxation that comes with each stitch, and the sense of community that comes with being part of a group of like-minded individuals.
In recent years, knitting podcasts become a popular way for crafters of all ages to connect and share their love of knitting. These podcasts are more than just a source of entertainment – they’re a way to create meaningful connections with others who share the same passion.
Whether you’re a seasoned knitter or just starting out, tuning into a knitting podcast can be a great way to learn new techniques, discover new patterns, and connect with a community of crafters from all over the world.
Why Knitting Podcasts Are Popular
Listening to a knitting podcast is like having a conversation with a friend – it’s relaxing, entertaining, and informative all at the same time.
One of the reasons knitting podcasts have become so popular is because they’re accessible to everyone. They also feature interviews with other knitters, designers, and industry professionals providing insight into new techniques, patterns, and products that you might not have discovered on your own.
In addition, many knitting podcasts host events, such as meet-ups, retreats, and workshops providing a way for knitters to connect with each other in person and further strengthen the sense of community that the podcasts have helped to build.
They have had such a significant impact on the knitting industry, that they’ve also been able to create a platform for designers and industry professionals to share their work and ideas, promoting new products and techniques. When a popular knitting podcaster recommends a new yarn or pattern, it can have a significant impact on sales. This has led to a rise in indie dyers and designers who have been able to build successful businesses thanks to the exposure they’ve received on knitting podcasts.
The Top Knitting Podcasts
There are many knitting podcasts to choose from, each with its own unique style and focus. Here are just a few examples of some of the most popular knitting podcasts:
- Knit Picks Podcast
The Knit Picks Podcast is produced by the popular online yarn retailer, Knit Picks. Here you can listen to interviews with designers, reviews of new products, and discussions about the latest techniques. The Knit Picks Podcast also has an active online community where listeners are excited to share their favourite tools, chat about the nitty-gritty, or go behind the scenes on their latest works and patterns.
- The Very Pink Knits Podcast
The Very Pink Knits Podcast is hosted by Staci Perry, a knitting instructor and pattern designer. She likes combining her skills to create patterns with video tutorials that ease knitters into advanced techniques, such as socks, sweaters, cables, and colourwork knitting. The podcast features tutorials on YouTube, interviews with industry professionals, and discussions about knitting techniques and patterns. Most of the episodes cover a wide variety of topics depending on the questions submitted by the knitters, but with the episodes being only 20 minutes or so long, they are short enough that you are able to digest all of the information given to you.
- K2Tog Podcast
Indie dyer Kara and colourful maker Kenzie started K2Tog Podcast in 2021, They like to bring in other makers and they don’t shy away from discussing controversial issues in the spirit of community. Interviews and discussions are usually rooted in a love of the craft and the people who participate as well as the desire to make knitting as inclusive as possible. They also have a lovely video version of their podcast on YouTube.
The Future of Knitting Podcasts
As the popularity of podcasts continues to grow, it’s likely that we’ll see even more knitting podcasts in the future.
But regardless of whether you’re listening to a podcast, starting your own (why not?) or launching your craft shop, one thing is clear – knitting podcasts helped to bring this hobby into the mainstream and dispelled the myth that it’s just for grandmothers.
So grab your needles and yarn, and join the conversation. The knitting community is waiting for you.