Knitting as art...?

I have this idea...and was just curious if anyone has ever heard of people knitting artwork? By that I mean, they don't paint or draw a scene, but they knit one. I ask because I got this book called 440 more Knitting Stitches. Many of them are just kind of meh. Some are just brilliant. And several are so hideous I can't imagine ANYONE knitting them... Nevertheless, one of the knit stitches is a brick pattern and I suddenly had this flash of knitting a nice brick wall with a blue sky above it, then knittnig a plush Humpty Dumpty and using a post to affix him. Just sounded fun.


drmel94's picture

Well, leaving aside the obvious observation that all knitting is artwork, yes, you can knit scenery. That's what intarsia was made for. Here's a blog post that has some photos. And here is a site that sells sweater patterns with intarsia images of animals. It can be a bit fiddly, especially if you're working with a large number of colors, but it's a technique that allows you to "paint" whatever you want with your yarn.

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YugiDean's picture

I mean...I know about intarsia and all that. I was more referring to actual 3-D stuff. Like a cross between "painting" and "sculpting", I guess. :-)

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Elemmaciltur's picture

I think you're talking about 'free form knitting'. I think HPNY knits does that kind of stuff:

DutchJan's picture

have a look at our website:
Have fun, Jan


TomH's picture

Oops - double posting.

TomH's picture

Wonderful and inspiring. My own art may take a new look and adventure.

YugiDean's picture

I love this.

"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." --Richard Wright

WMarksII's picture

I'm doing several large art pieces that are felted. Is that what you mean?

scubasinger's picture

I think a textured wall panel would be quite do-able. I mean, after all, when you say a 'brick wall with a blue sky above it' your basically talking a a square or rectangular afghan, half in one color using the 'brick' stitch and half in a blue color using something like stockinette or garter stitch.

Then since you've already proven yourself adept at knitting three-dimensional critters (I DO think the wall needs a squirrel running along the top) you could probably come up with a Humpty-Dumpty. As long as he's not too heavy, just sew him onto the afghan in the proper place and make sure your wall supports are well-anchored and then hang the sucker up for all to see!! Sounds cool.

AND...If you were willing to invest the time to make something that large with smaller needles and a smaller-gauged yarn, I'd be willing to bet that from a distance of a few feet it wouldn't even look too much like knitting, more like fabric art. Imagine how cool to tell people "Look closer, that's knitting, and I done did 'dat!!!"

Let us know how it goes if you decide to proceed.


MMario's picture

There is a math group that is knitting and crocheting various equations and creating a "croal reef" with the results.

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Jeff1201PA's picture

This chick seems to think her work is some kind of art:
Look at her all proud of her knitted Porsche

Longtime faggot, first time knitter.

Longtime faggot, first time knitter.

scottly's picture

Knit and crochet soft sculpture have been around a long time. It was sort of my "thing" in art school. My first piece was a crochet pink flamingo - I was in to all things kitche at the time. All of my stuff was crochet but I've seen some great knitted stuff. My favorite was a full size knitted women seated knitting a baby. If I run across the image I'll post it. It was so funny and the craftsmanship was astounding.


I wish I were knitting now.

Check out the book _New Directions in Knitting_ by Debbie New
There are many sculptural pieces in it, including a knitted teacup.
If it's not functional, it must be art, right?

Seriously, though, there are some amazing pieces in it.

Frank's picture

I LOVE this string of knit art!!