People in the UK: have you taken up knitting since the pandemic began?

By Guardian community team
There are around 7 million knitters in the UK
There are around 7 million knitters in the UK Photograph: smirart/Getty Images/iStockphoto

The number of knitters in the UK has jumped by around one million since the start of the pandemic, according to the UK Hand Knitting Association (UKHKA), with people taking up the meditative hobby through lockdowns.

The rise in people picking up knitting needles in 2021 has partly been put down to the ‘Tom Daley’ effect, which has seen the number of male knitters increase since the Olympic athlete was seen making a jumper at the Tokyo Games. The UKHKA says the proportion of men using its site has risen from 10 to 25% since the Olympics.

We would like to hear from people in the UK who have started knitting in the last couple of years, including those influenced by Daley. What does the hobby offers you? Have you created anything you’re particularly pleased with (or anything that’s not gone quite as planned?)

We’d like to see your pics too.

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