Statistics on things like knitting over time, stats on the health benefits of knitting and knitting trends. In the following article, find the essential details and stats.
I reviewed and updated this post on Aug 3, 2022.
Table Of Contents
- Knitting Stats In 2020-2022
- Knitting Industry Stats
- Interest In Knitting Over The Last 10 Years
- 5 Most Popular Search Terms For Knitting
- Knitting Pattern Trends
- Knitting Trends
- Studies On Knitting
Knitting Stats 2020 – 2022
Coronavirus has made knitting more popular. Based on the Forbes online article on March 27, 2021.
The founders of “We Are Knitters” were interviewed. (Pepita Marín and Alberto Bravo.) Originally from Spain, they started their side hustle in 2011. It’s now their full-time business.
- They said their sales increased 75% in the interview.
- Their social media followers and YouTube subscribers increased by 50%.
People had more free time for hobbies and making with their hands. They can focus on the craft and be proud of it. Online platforms allow knitters to interact and socialize despite social life being disrupted.
Knitting online communities have boomed as it provides a break from work. Also, a chance to share your passion with hundreds of like-minded others. Many knitted for charity.
According to We Are Knitters’ Survey
- 45 million Americans know how to knit or crochet
- 33% (one third) buy knitting supplies at least once a month
- Most buyers were women aged 25-40
- Customers aged 25-40 buy knitting kits to develop their skill
- Customers 40 and older buy individual supplies
(They have an excellent infographic for a visual representation of the data.)
- Yarns with space dyes
- Personalized knits
- Beadwork in knitted creations
- Lavender and hot pink colors
- Knitted items in the metaverse
- Temperature blankets
- Combining textures and yarns
- Floral themes
- Comfy fibers
- Clothes like hoods, dresses, skirts and balaclavas
More Knitting Stats During The COVID-19 Pandemic
- Designers and manufacturers produced knitted face masks due to the need of non-medical masks
- Since the start of the pandemic, around 1 million more people are knitting in the UK
- Shira Blumenthal, brand ambassador of Lion Brand, says sales increased by 80% since lockdowns began
- During the pandemic, people like Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker knitted to pass the time
- Swiss retailer Galaxus reported sales of knitting needles and wool “rose by 646%” from Apr 2020-Mar 2021
Knitting Industry Statistics
Apparel Knitting Mills Industry Report assessed the USA knitting industry in 2021. It covered knitting fabric and apparel companies, knitwear and accessories manufacturers.
- The knitting industry made $1.2 billion in 2019
- In the last three years, the knitting industry sales have grown by 0.1% annually
- In 2019, average sales per knitting company were $5.5 million
- 209 knitter companies were included in the report
- Average hourly pay for employees of these merchandisers was $15.42
Interest In Knitting
Interest in knitting over 10 years has declined from 2015.
In the pandemic of COVID-19 and people staying at home in 2020, it increased, according to Google.
By Region 2010-2020
Top 5 – New Zealand, Iceland, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. (The United States is in 8th place.)
Bottom 5 – Brazil, Japan, Vietnam, Russia, and Mexico.
5 Most Popular Search Terms For Knitting
Most popular search topics for knitting over the last 10 years.
- Arm Knitting Scarf
- Arm Knitting Blanket
- Vogue Knitting Live
- Arm Knitting Yarn
Arm Knitting became popular in 2014 when a video went viral on how to make an arm knitting blanket. In 2016 and 2017, this hobby search term spiked.
Deramores is an online knitting and crochet store. Vogue Knitting Live is a knitting event in the United States.
Knitting Pattern Trends
Ravelry is a network for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers, dyers and fiber enthusiasts. It tracks yarn, tools, project and pattern information for someone who loves working with yarn.
It’s a wealth of information. I used their amazing search function to gather these statistics. In 2019, 82,335 designs were published in Ravelry. Compared with 51,363 published in 2010. That’s 30,972 more!
Of those published in 2019: 44,774 were knitting, and 37,057 were crochet.
Pattern Trends over the last 10 years include Brioche knitting, knitting with two yarns together, and colorwork yokes.
The Brioche knitting technique uses a special set of stitches to create a lofty, thick fabric. (Like a ribbed pattern.) Double-stranded knitting (knitting with two yarns held together) is nothing new.
What’s become popular is combining a fluffy yarn (silk/mohair) with another yarn. Colorwork yokes and sweater designs were popular.
2019 Patterns With The Most Projects
Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter – 4682 Projects
A top-down circular yoke sweater with stranded colorwork.
Love Note By Tin Can Knits – 3618 Projects
Mohair lace and single-ply merino create a soft, floaty fabric.
Starflake by Stephen West – 3442 Projects
Two colors of fingering weight yarn create a collage of shapes. Garter stitch parallelograms with I-cord edges followed by stripes, brioche, short rows, and eyelets.
Odyssey Shawl by Joji Locatelli – 2135 Projects
A free pattern by Joji to give back to her wonderful community. Inspired by a road trip to Canada. Each color section ends with a lace band featuring striking big eyelets and wavy texture.
Navelli by Caitlin Hunter – 1896 Projects
A relaxed lightweight summer sweater, knit in the round from the bottom up. It features colorwork at the hem.
The Cropped Sweater
In 2019 the cropped look was very popular. Due to the inclusive sizing it was embraced by many people.
2 shawls were in the Top 5 most projects in Ravelry. The popularity isn’t waning. In 2019, 7747 wraps were published.
The popularity of hats hasn’t diminished over the years. In 2019 were 10,403 published.
3447 were published in 2019! In 2010, there were 2,780 published.
Other Knitting Stats
- Famous people like Julianna Margulies, Vanna White, Julia Roberts, and Cameron Diaz enjoy knitting and crocheting
- How many people knit or crochet in the US? – Around 45 million Americans
- What country has the most knitters? – Germany
Studies About Knitting
The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) conducted a survey in 2016 of the US Craft Market. This gives insight into consumer behaviors and demographics related to crafters. One category was knitters and crocheters.
- 28.8 million Americans participated in knitting and/or crochet in 2016
- Crafts represented a market of $2.79 billion, with average monthly knitting spending per household of $20.57
- Knitters and crocheters are likely to also participate in other needle arts
- 77% buy their supplies (like knitting needles and yarn) in a physical store
- 4% buy outside physical stores
- 19% purchase from both
- 62% give the items they craft as gifts
- Knit and crochet items are the most donated at 18%
- 58% keep their items.
- 18% consider themselves experts (one of the highest percentages of any craft)
- 82% rate their experience levels as beginner or intermediate
- 71% of knitters and crocheters are female
- 29% are male
- 37% are employed full time
- Knit and crochet age ranges are fairly even
- 34% are in the 18-34 age group
- 36% are 35-54
- 30% are 55+
Craft Yarn Council
Craft Yarn Council’s 2014 Tracking Study  campaign surveyed 3,100 crocheters and knitters across the US. They were asked about what motivates them, plus, where they get inspiration and what they’re making.
Age Groups Of Participants
- 15% were 18–34
- 13% were 35–44
- 23% were 45–54
- 32% were 55–64
- 17% were 65+
Of the 3,178 knitters and crocheters surveyed
- 48% primarily crochet
- 32% primarily knit
- 20% equally knit and crochet
- 84% say they crochet or knit 3- times a week
- 58% claim they crochet or knit daily.
- 53% of ages 18–34, crochet or knit daily
Why Do People Love Knitting?
- Provides creative outlet (65%)
- Enjoy making things for others (51%)
- Provides a sense of accomplishment and achievement (44%)
Knitters and crocheters experience
- Feeling of accomplishment with their creations (93%)
- Reduced Stress (85%)
- Improved Mood (68%)
- Sense of confidence and calm (56%)
Common uses of the Internet for the craft
- Finding patterns (90%)
- Getting new project ideas (67%)
- Purchasing yarn, goods and supplies (42%)
Searching For Projects On The Internet
- Social networking (83%)
- Yarn company and brands websites (77%)
- Magazine and publisher websites (37%)
- Retailer websites (34%)
- Podcasts and YouTube (26%).
Popular Social Media Sites For The Craft
- Ravelry (71%)
- Facebook (61%)
- YouTube (52%) (for watching tutorial videos)
- Pinterest (40%)
- Blogs (23%)
Crocheters and knitters get ideas from print sources.
- Their top choice is knit and crochet magazines (64%)
- Books (61%)
- Free tear-off designs (59%)
- Yarn labels (47%)
What They Make
Scarves, hats, baby blankets and afghans topped the list of favorite projects among those surveyed. Scarves (86%) and hats (79%) were favorites across age groups.
- 51% buy yarn at least once a month
- 18-24 year olds buy yarn less frequently
- 58% buy yarn when it appeals to them
- 54% when they have a project in mind
- 45% when they see yarn on sale
Reasons For Choosing A Yarn Store
- The top priority is color variety (85%)
- Enough stock (80%)
- Fair prices (73%)
- Has the brands they like (69%)
Health Benefits of Knitting Statistics
Over the last 6 years, studies have shown the health benefits of knitting and crochet.
Knitting Relieves Depression
In a study of 3,500 knitters in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. Over half reported feeling “way happier.”
Crafting May Reduce Dementia
Yonas Geda, associate professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, published a study in the Spring 2011 edition of The Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences.
His research showed people who read books, played games or crafted had a decreased risk of mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. They looked at 1,321 adults, ages 70-89.
197 were identified as already having mild cognitive impairment. The normal and cognitively impaired groups were surveyed about their activities within the year.
Playing games, crafting, reading and watching less TV resulted in 30-50% decrease in the odds of having mild cognitive impairment.
Wool And The Gang Survey
Knitting is making a comeback. In their survey of 4,000 knitters who took part
- 7.3 million knitters in the UK
- 90% of US knitters and 86% of UK and European knitters knit for relaxation
- 90% of knitters say knitting something reduces anxiety
- 53 million knitters in the USA
- 70% of knitters feel happy after completing a project
- Knitting helps 40% of knitters cope with depression
- 20% recovered fully through knitting
I hope this post expanded your knowledge. I’d love to hear what you found interesting in the comments. Or mention me on Twitter.
Here’s the source of the info.
- Ravelry – https://www.ravelry.com/ Accessed 7 May 2020
- ‘Spotting a Trend: Designs Released in 2010–2019’, Susanna Winter, January 24, 2020, <https://www.susannawinter.net/single-post/2020/01/24/Spotting-a-Trend-Knitting-Patterns-Released-in-2010E280932019>.
- ‘2016 Creative Products Size of the Industry Study’ Association For Creative Industries, <https://www.craftandhobby.org/eWeb/pdfs/AFCI%20MASTER%20Report_020117.pdf>.
- Craft Yarn Council <https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/health>.
- ‘The Benefits of Knitting for Personal and Social Wellbeing in Adulthood: Findings from an International Survey’, Jill Riley, Betsan Corkhill, Clare Morris, 15 February 2013, https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.4276/030802213X13603244419077.
- ‘Engaging in Cognitive Activities, Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Population-Based Study’, Yonas E. Geda et al., April 2011, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3204924/.
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- Makoni, Abbianca. “Michelle Obama Hooked on Knitting to Pass Time during Covid Pandemic.” Evening Standard. Evening Standard, March 11, 2021. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/michelle-obama-knitting-pass-time-covid-pandemic-b923567.html.
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