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Why Knitting is Not for Grannies Anymore

One of the fastest growing trends today is teenagers learning to knit.  While the word “knitting” used to make you think of grandma sitting in her rocker knitting a baby blanket for some distant relative, this is just not the case anymore.  Today, millions of teens and young adults everywhere are learning to knit.  And, they are creating some amazing garments and decorative items.

Today, there are many knitting books published which are targeted specifically at teens and young adults.  These books are flying off the shelves in record numbers.  Many of the knitting books today come with some really hip and colorful projects which appeal to teens and young adults.  Add to that the amazingly cool yarns and fibers available today, and you have a winning combination.

As the popularity of knitting grows, there are even starting to be after school clubs dedicated to the art of knitting.  In these clubs teens get together and learn new knitting techniques, share ideas, and show off their latest completed projects with each other.  While knitting is usually seen as a very solitary craft, joining a knitting club allows you to share your works with others and gain inspiration.  Knitting clubs also bring a social aspect to the art of knitting which has never been there before.

While teen knitting is the most popular with girls, an amazing number of boys are learning to knit as well.  It is no longer considered taboo for a boy to learn to knit.  And, if he is interested in girls there are plenty of them at the local knitting club.  Many a teen romance has started over knitting needles.  Many boys are making laptop covers and gifts for the special people in their lives.  What teen girl wouldn’t love to get a hand knitted item from her boyfriend?

Why is knitting popular with teens today?  Some believe it is the affordability and ease of acquiring the supplies necessary coupled with the popularity of simple items such as iPod cozies and cool hats and scarves.  Others credit the Internet and the availability of really cool patterns which designers today are aiming at the teen and young adult markets.  Where knitting books and magazines tended to be marketed for older people, the Internet and today’s books and magazines are aiming for a much younger market.

For many years past, knitting was seen as something your granny did.  Now, as we move on in the twenty-first century, knitting has become cool among young women and even young men.  The recent introduction of the Internet into everyday life has made knitting an easy skill to learn and gives you something to share with others all over the world.  Even when you are brand new to knitting you can create some great items with all of the new and exciting yarns and fibers on the market today.

Hand knit garments are seeing a resurgence in popularity, and this fact is fueling the knitting trend even more.  Everyone wants to have a special knit item that they can say that they made themselves.  With the popularity of knitting came knitting clubs which offer a great venue to show off your latest creations and gain ideas for more knit projects to come in the future.  Thankfully, the trend of teen and young adult knitting is expected to continue for years to come.

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