Knitting Quotes (Inspiration to Knit Something New)

Keep your yarn and knitting needles nearby; You are sure to be inspired to create after reading our list of knitting quotes from fellow knitters!

“Knitting is the perfect metaphor for life. You might spend months knitting something, but you could probably unravel the whole thing in less than an hour.”

Gabbo De La Parra  

“I will continue to freak out my children by knitting in public. It’s good for them.”  

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.” 

Elizabeth Zimmerman

“A funny thing happens when more than one knitter gathers in a public place. A solo knitter, presuming she is a woman, quickly fades into the backdrop like a potted palm or a quietly nursing mother. … A single knitter is shorthand for “nothing to see here, move on.” But when knitters gather, we become incongruously conspicuous. We are a species that other people aren’t used to seeing in flocks, like a cluster of Corgis, a dozen Elvis impersonators waiting for the elevator.”

Clara Parkes, Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World  

“I knit the afternoon away. I knit reasons for Elijah to come back. I knit apologies for Emma. I knit angry knots and slipped stitches for every mistake I ever made, and I knit wet, swollen stitches that look awful. I knit the sun down.”  

Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls
photo: Hello, I’m Nik

“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” 

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

“Given good yarn, good workmanship, and good care, a knitted shawl and outlive its knitter, providing warmth and pleasure to several generations of family and friends.”  

Martha Waterman

“I sat down and knitted for some time – my usual resource under discouraging circumstances.”

Isabella L. Bird, A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains  

“I will always buy extra yarn. I will not try to tempt fate.”  

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

“Knitting, he thought, was a comfort to the soul. It was regular. It was repetitious. And, in the end, it amounted to something.”

Jan Karon, At Home in Mitford  

“You’ve heard about the knitter’s handshake? Two hands go in for the grab-and-shake, but at the last minute, they veer to the closest sleeve or band and grab it instead while we ask, “Did you knit this?”

Clara Parkes, The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting  

“I love the way knitting brings people together.”

Debbie Macomber, A Good Yarn  

“Some people meditated. Some people ran laps around a track. When I was tense, I turned yarn into socks. Lots of socks. More socks than any sane woman with the standard-issue pair of feet could possibly use in a lifetime.”  

Barbara Bretton, Spun By Sorcery
photo: Tanaphong Toochinda

“Sacred actions: gratitude, praying, dancing, hugging, singing, writing, painting, drawing, gardening, jogging, reading, knitting and many more!” 

Lailah Gifty Akita 

“Knitting has a profound connective power. The culture and people and rituals around it, the values, they all contribute to an immediate and profound trust in one another. It’s home. You belong and are accepted, which rings true no matter where you are.”

Clara Parkes, Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World  

“Maybe knitting is like writing a story– an act of discovery. But that seems unlikely, given the very precise directions.”

Ann Hood, Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting  

“I will not let the non-knitters of the world decide how normal I am.”  

Stephanie Pearl-MacPhee

“Knitting keeps me from stabbing people.”  

Jennie Breeden

“In life, as in knitting, don’t leave loose ends. Take the time to thank the people who matter in your life.”

Reba Linker, Follow the Yarn: The Knitting Wit & Wisdom of Ann Sokolowski  

Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again.”

Dorothy Day

“You don’t knit because you are patient. You are patient because you knit.”  

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Things I Learned From Knitting  
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