Knitting and the Amish

Amish facts/history, crafts

v's yarn stashAmish Crafts–Yarn

I’m sometimes asked if the Amish knit and crochet. The answer is yes! The Amish do knit and crochet. It’s not uncommon to see women working on a project as they sit in a booth at a produce stand or while waiting at an auction. They’re likely to make things such as socks, lap blankets, buggy blankets, baby sweaters, etc.

When I first began writing Falling to Pieces, I was pretty sure I’d seen Amish women knit. But “pretty sure” isn’t quite good enough, so I called the yarn shop in Shipshewana (D’vine Gallery). They assured me that the Amish stop in and buy yarn, though they often buy the less expensive or sale type. Some Amish even spin their own yarn!

I am not a good knitter. I’m a little better at crochet. Mostly I stick to prayer shawls and Chemo caps. If you haven’t checked out Crochet for Cancer, please do. These folks are able to get your items in the hands of people who need them.  I also really liked this article by Lion Brand on the health benefits of yarn craft. I’m often asked where I get my crochet patterns. I just google what ever I’m looking for like “crochet baby blanket beginner.” It’s amazing what you will find.

Whether you knit, crochet, or simply enjoy what others do, I hope that this weekend finds you rested, healthy, and enjoying the day.

Blessings,

V

20 thoughts on “Knitting and the Amish

  1. Geri Kelley

    I do crochet but I have had trouble with it lately because of pain in my hands but I try but I will not give it up a little here a little there. Hope you have a very blessed week-end.

  2. Melissa L.

    Yeah my knitting needles fight each other. I can work them like chop sticks though. Have a restful weekend.

  3. Dora Wagner

    I enjoy crocheting and am better coordinated to crochet than knit. However, I have begun to knit. My main issue is my left-handedness. I tend to need more explanation and more tutoring than the average person, due to my need to “translate” it into how I will be able to understand it and do it. Quilting, while I still have my own “way” of doing things is much easier than either or the other home crafts.

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Dora, I would google Left-handed knitting. I imagine you will find some youtube videos. My mom has this same issue!

  4. Patricia T

    If bet Amish-knit baby things are as beautiful as their quilts!
    Have a great weekend, Vannetta, and may God bless.

  5. Judy B

    I’m hoping to find a knitting or crocheting class near me. So far no luck. Someone told me to learn to knit and crochet through the internet. Does this really work? I will be checking it out soon!

    Blessings!
    Judy B

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Yes, Judy. It does work! The great thing about finding pictures/tutorials/videos on line is that you can play them over and over. I just learned how to put binding on with a “ladder stitch” and it worked great. But I had to look at the pictures as I was hand-sewing. :)

  6. Debbie S

    Please check out Ravelry.com if you like knitting or crocheting. They have a database of thousands and thousands of patterns, pictures of finished projects, a huge yarn database, and lots of friendly folks. I’m not facilitated with them – just love the site.

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  8. annaawllms

    Thank you for your articles, especially this one. I am a trying to get better with crocheting and knitting so I can help teach the children in my church as well as help my self. Anna

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  10. Carrie

    Knitting is not common among the Amish, though a few women do. A lot do crochet. No socks though. Afghans, baby bibs and booties, and doilies are about the extent of the creations they make with yarn. I didn’t have the patience to learn how to crochet while I was Amish, and no one would even think about making a buggy blanket with yarn. Thanks for the chuckles though.

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Hi Carrie! Thanks for stopping by. I love your comment as it illustrates how different things are in different communities. I assure you that I have visited with Amish women who knitted/crocheted buggy blankets. The girls do so for the boys when they are dating. Cute, right? Of course some of the yarn is much coarser and you can even find wool blends.

  11. Juanita Cook

    I don’t crochet, but I love seeing what others make. I have tried and found I had no patience for it.

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