10 Unusual Knitting Projects You Never Considered

April 30, 2021 3 min read 0 Comments

10 Unusual Knitting Projects You Never Considered

When the average person thinks about knitting, they may picture their grandmother knitting a scarf. Even with the growing trend of younger people becoming interested in knitting their own garments, knitting can feel so limited. Scarves, sweaters, hats, and socks- but it doesn't end there. We scoured the knitting world for examples of outrageous and super cool knitting projects that you have never considered.

1. Knitted Food Art

Kate Jenkins Knitted Art

Would you love a a slice of cake or a burger and fries without the calories? Head over to Kate Jenkins' online store and purchase a spectacular piece of food art. Her art is described as "a magical cornucopia of playful pop-art crochet, knit, and embroidery creations." 

2. Knitted Cozy Cup Sleeve 

One quick search on Etsy shows hundreds of knitted cup covers in every shape, size, and color. Most look fairly similar, until you get to the adorable cozy cup sleeves that are knitted to be an octopus. I can't imagine having a bad day with this little octopus hugging my morning beverage.

3. Interactive Architectural Structures

If you think that knitting is limited to garments, meet Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam. She is renown for her magical, brightly colored architectural sculptures and playgrounds created from crochet, knitting, and various combinations of knots. Playing with gravity and creating unusual surfaces, the end result is breathtaking and demonstrative of how impressive knitting truly is.

4. Car Shifter Cover

Bee aware that knitting can also extend to cute vehicle accessories, too. Patricia McGillivray creates a variety of knitted and crocheted shifter covers to personalize any car or truck. Some of her other shifter creations are butterflies, ladybugs, and pineapples. 

5. Yarn Bombing

Photo: courtesy of Cesar Ortega

If you haven't heard of yarn bombing, be prepared to go down a rabbit hole of intrigue. Yarn bombing is a particularly beautiful type of street art that uses knitted and crocheted yarn. It is sometimes referred to as "guerrilla knitting." Most often, the fabric artists are exercising civil disobedience by decorating public objects to make a statement. 

6. Hand Knitted Pendant Lights

On display at the Vogue Knitting Live in May 2016, we were impressed by these large scale hand knitted pendant lights. They were also hand dyed in one piece. The texture and brilliant graduated shades of blue are spectacular. Each pendant used 400 meters of cotton rope.

7. Statement Piece

When we saw this gem of a motorcycle cover, we had to know the story behind it. What we uncovered was that Theresa Honeywell, mechanic, artist, and housewife, knitted this piece as part of an exhibit that expressed her frustrations with her lifelong efforts going unrecognized and unappreciated. This empowering piece is one of our favorite knitted art pieces.

8. Knitted Tree Sweaters

We still aren't sure exactly why people knit sweaters for their trees, but we love that they do. All over North America, trees in parks are mysteriously adorned with bright colored sweaters. 

9. Blooming Marvelous

We recently learned about a traveling exhibit called Blooming Marvelous touring Denmark that describes itself as "an intergenerational community knitting/crochet project culminating in a knitted/crocheted 3D garden." We agree that these knitted flowers are absolutely marvelous.

10. Knitted Lamp

Perhaps you have knitted a few accent pillows or a throw for your home. Have you ever considered knitting an entire lamp? This lamp is a Melanie Porter creation. She is known for extraordinary and custom lighting and she outdid herself with this knitted piece.

Now that you are inspired to extend yourself beyond knitted socks, go crazy! 

 



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