Knitting Play List

My music choice depends on what I’m making, but, for the most part, these are the artists I listen to most while knitting:


Ani DiFranco, Bjork, Chemical Brothers, Cibo Matto, Coldplay, Fiona Apple, Interpol, Ladytron, Le Tigre, Nine Inch Nails, Rilo Kiley, Rufus Wainwright, Seabound, Tegan and Sara, Tori Amos, Tracy Chapman, and VNV Nation


What about you boys? 


That's an interesting topic.  In the UK, old knitters had songs they used to sing - usually repetative rythmic ones that they could rock backwards and forwards to - this movement facilitated the movement of the hands.  For you chaps living elsewhere around the globe, does anyone have a similar tradition?

For my part I prefer knitting only to classical music and then only certain styles otherwise it puts me off my throw, so's to speak.



Serge664's picture

i often throw on rap when i am knitting or sewing. I have since college. It wasn't old school then.

I still love Ice Cube's Death Certificate. And must confess a soft spot for House of Pain.

For something softer it's Dead Can Dance all the way.

And there is no such thing as too much of the Smiths or Morrissey.

God, i'm old. 

Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

My favorite for knitting/spinning/weaving/surfing  music spots are:

Find "MUSIC", click on it and pick yer cantata.  I'd start with #100 just for fun. Think some great drum traps underneath the Continuo . . .

Who knew that all of Papa Bach's Sunday hits would EVER be online for the Rock-Out moment of thems of us who tap our toes knitting?  Kewl part is that all the alto/tenorette parts are done by guys.  So, what yer hearing is not far from what Ol' Johnny Bach heard in St. Thomas' choir loft.  

My favorite URL for  great regular Music is:     

A wonderful station out of Hamburg, DE that plays light classics and Great film scores.  What's not to like there?  Und alles die Nachrichten auf der tag!  You'll be sated and informed.  a-HA!   Their byline is:  "Klassik Radio: Bleiben Sie:  Entspant!  "  Or: Stay with us:  Relax".   But that last bit is not really translatable:  it's something on the far side of  "chill out", " just let it go",  "totally melt into the moment".  Those darn Germans - what a bunch of party guys ! ! !

 What's wrong with that sentiment?  Works for me. ..

~Mike in Tampa 

~Der Gefährliche Schal-Stricker

If you like alto/tenorette then the counertenor David Daniels is sublime to listen to when clicking the needles.  Beautiful voice and much besides.  I chatted to him a couple of times after perfomances at the Barbican in London.  He is incredibly genial.  Don't know if he knits though - I think he might help out if we're busy!

RickMartin's picture

Don't know if it counts, but instead of listening to music while I knit, I listen to books on CD. I figure that counts as multi-tasking. However, if the pattern becomes intense, some rewinding of both the CD and the yarn may happen!


TomH's picture

I'm amazed at all of you guys' ability to multi-task. I knit (and I usually knit for many hours each day) in silence ... except for all the noise that goes on in my mind.