100+ Celebrities Who Knit: Young, Male, and Female

Article by Emma Lane

Knitting is the new trend, with the number of people picking up needles increasing yearly. But for some people it never fell out of fashion. You might be surprised by how many celebrities knit in real life, not just “for pretend” in a movie.

Why do Celebrities Knit?

Many of us only see the glitz and glamour of being an actor or an actress. What we don’t often see are the hours of waiting until a line must be said or a stunt performed. Hours of shear boredom followed by a burst of pandemonium.

The final performance, which looks effortless, has been honed by a director’s call for multiple takes and carefully crafted editing. However, before that final performance is in the can, there is a lot of stress on an actor to get it right the first time because time is money.


What do you do when you’re between takes, when it takes hours to ready a set, or your fellow actors keep flubbing their lines? You knit.

What do you do when you’re sitting in the backseat of that all black can’t-see-in-the-windows SUV while your driver signals his way through the obstacle course backed-up on the 405? You knit.

What do you do you run out of yarn and must pop out to your LYS knowing that while there, your likeness will be captured by every mobile phone in the place? You go, because you must knit.

Old Craft; New People

Celebrity knitters have been around for a long time. Some of the biggest names in Hollywood knitted. In the early years of it was Jean Harlow, Veronica Lake, Joan Crawford, Ginger Rogers and Bette Davis knitting away between lines.

The pin-up queens and sex symbols of the 1940’s, 1950’s, and 1960’s all knitted. Some of these great actresses included Vivien Leigh, Rosalind Russell, Jayne Mansfield, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Brigette Bardot, Marilyn Monroe, Gina Lollobrigida, and Sophia Loren.

Legendary drama queens gave us hours of movie magic and knitted on and off screen. These actresses included Katherine Hepburn, Elisabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Barbara Stanwyck, and Eartha Kitt.

Actresses who played wholesome, girl-next-door parts were seen knitting, including Doris Day, Betty White, Audrey Hepburn, Annette Funicello, Grace Kelly, Lucille Ball and Judy Garland.

Famous mothers and their daughters also knit, such as Vanessa Redgrave and her daughter Natasha Richardson, and Goldie Hawn and her daughter, Kate Hudson.

Chick flicks and movie dramas give us a reason to eat ice cream right from the container. Not only do we laugh and cry while watching these big-screen actresses, their knitting skills give us a different way to see their talents. Some of their knitted items are gifts for people on the set or family and friends.

These actresses enjoy knitting:

  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Julia Roberts
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Amy Adams
  • Kate Winslet
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Marilu Henner
  • Debra Messing
  • Sally Field
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Brooke Shields
  • Winona Ryder
  • Madonna
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Krysten Ritter
  • Joanne Woodward
  • Meryl Streep
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Angelica Houston
  • Uma Thurman
  • Charlize Theron
  • Julianne Moore
  • Angela Bassett
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Hillary Swank

Actresses who have taken knitting a step farther are Katherine Heigl and Karen Allen. Knitting since she was a teenager, Katherine Heigl writes a blog that includes postings about her growing yarn stash and knitting projects.

Training on textiles at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Karen Allen runs her own company, Karen Allen Fiber Arts. Combining her training in textiles and her love of knitting, she creates colorful sweaters and other wearables.

TV Stars

You don’t have to star in a movie to knit. Television has its own set of actresses who knit – soap opera icons, vamps, vampire fighters, comedians, and prime time stars, including:

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Cassandra Peterson
  • Felicity Huffman
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Hannah Simone
  • Kristin Davis
  • Ellen Pompeo
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Katey Sagal
  • Tracey Ullman
  • Tiffani-Amber Thiessen
  • Megan Mullally
  • Tyne Daly
  • Alyson Hannigan
  • Deidre Hall
  • Gatlin Kate James
  • Kate Linder
  • Patrika Darbo
  • Renee Lawless

Vanna White of “Wheel of Fortune” fame takes knitting and crocheting seriously, and even has a line of yarn.

Male Celebrities Who Knit

Knitting isn’t for just women. Movie and TV hunks knit too. Whether they learned from their grandmothers or an actress on a set, these men feel comfortable with a bit of string and a couple of sticks.

These male knitting celebrities include:

  • Ryan Gosling
  • David Arquette
  • Christopher Walkin
  • Stephen West
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Misha Collins
  • Paul Rudd
  • Victor Baxter
  • Jake Thomas
  • Kirk Dunn
  • Sean Kanan
  • Kenny Johnson
  • Sam Jaeger
  • Christian Clemenson
  • Christopher McDonald
  • Issac Mizrahi
  • Emerson Cod
  • Anthony Anderson
  • Lee Ermy
  • John Glover
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Tim Daly

Let’s not forget the people behind the cameras. With blockbuster movies from Star Wars to Indiana Jones, George Lucas, knits.

How Can You Get Their Pattern Designs?

For the books, Celebrity Scarves and Celebrity Scarves 2: Hollywood Knits for Breast Cancer Research, star designers and knitters included Daryl Hannah, Julianna Margolies, Rikki Lake, Rosie Perez, Laura Leighton, David Arquette, Dakota Fanning, Felicity Huffman, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and Portia de Rossi. Although the non-complicated patterns showcase the stars more than the art of knitting, the second book does donate a portion of the sales to breast cancer research.

Celebrity Scarves
Celebrity Scarves 2: Hollywood Knits for Breast Cancer Research
Celebrity Scarves
Celebrity Scarves 2: Hollywood Knits for Breast Cancer Research
Celebrity Scarves
Celebrity Scarves
Celebrity Scarves 2: Hollywood Knits for Breast Cancer Research
Celebrity Scarves 2: Hollywood Knits for Breast Cancer Research


Whether it’s a way to spend time or give to others, famous actors and actresses knit because they can and because they want to. A different skill than memorizing lines, the addictive nature and zen-ness of knitting sees them through many hours of downtime. We appreciate their efforts on and off the screen.

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