Knitting might often seem a little female-orientated these days, but it hasn’t always been. During the Middle Ages, knitting was a craft only for men; six years of training allowed them to enter a knitting guild after passing an extensive exam. It wasn’t until the Victorian era that knitting became more female-orientated when, with the invention of the knitting machine, six years of training was no longer necessary. However, the shift might be reversing once more, so we’ve compiled a list of five top male knitters making their name in the blogsphere:

West Knits

West Knits

Perhaps one of the most internationally-recognised knitters, Stephen West grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and studied dance at the University of Illinois where he would discover his first yarn store. The local shop inspired Stephen to start designing knitting patterns and he soon developed a keen-eye for designs and innovative colour-work, earning international recognition.

Stephen has since entered a partnership with Penelope Craft, forming Stephen + Penelope. Stephen & Penelope is a yarn shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with supplies coming from all over the world. While currently based in Amsterdam, Stephen continues to teach workshop classes across the Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Italy, France. and Germany.

Stephen West can be found on Ravelry and Instagram where his quirky knitting designs are regularly updated.

Arne and Carlos - Knitted Birds

Arne & Carlos

Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison are internationally-recognised designers, best known for their craft books and visually striking designs. Their work is highly influenced by their everyday life in rural Norway.

Arne and Carlos’ first craft book, Julekuler, became an immediate best-seller across North America, Europe, and Asia. Today, Arne and Carlos have published nine books available worldwide. You can find Arne and Carlos’ work on permanent display in two museums in Oslo, Norway; The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History.

Arne and Carlos have their own blog which is updated regularly, producing knitting tutorials and a podcast where they discuss the world of knitting. You can also find the duo on Ravelry revealing a vast array of different knitting accomplishments.

Joe Wilcox - read between the lines

Queer Joe’s Knitting Blog

Joe Wilcox has been knitting since he was 25 years old and currently runs his well-known blog where he knits unique patterns and illusions. Joe spins his own yarn, creating ecologically-sourced knitwear.

Joe organises an annual Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat, with the next event on May, 20th in Greenwich, New York.  These unique events offer men the chance to learn more about their hobbies, crafts, and passions, and to commune with other men who share the same interests.

You can find Joe on Ravelry, where he knits some particularly niche items, showcasing his decades of experience in knitting.

mad man knitting - colourful teddy bear

Mad Man Knitting

Mad Man Knitting is a follow-up blog from a book his book of the same name. After he originally started knitting for extra income, his blog has become increasingly popular where Mad Man particularly enjoys knitting teddy bears.

Gregory’s inspirational story starts from a homeless man who became an entrepreneur by knitting teddy bears; refusing to go homeless again. Five years ago, Gregory used Indiegogo to help fund his book, telling the story of his unique rise from homelessness.

You can find Gregory’s teddy bears on Craftsy, each with their own unique story to tell. You can also find the teddy bear that saved Gregory on Ravelry, as well as keep up-to-date with his inspiring adventure on his Facebook.

tom of holland - repair work on plush toy

Tom of Holland

Tom van Deijnan is a self-taught textiles practitioner, who currently resides in Brighton, UK. Interested in both sustainability and the rich-textile history, he often blogs about traditional techniques and repairing woolen textiles. Tom enjoys long projects as it allows him to understand the properties of the material and the techniques he uses to mend fabric.

Tom runs darning classes and workshops focused on repairing garments and sustainability. He volunteers at the Brighton Repair Café where they meet every last Saturday of the month to repair an array of items, including small garments and even electrical goods and bicycles.

You can find Tom on Ravelry where you can find his woollen creations and much more.

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