Men's knitting vs women's knitting - is there really a difference?
When I started knitting as a man in 2010, I still had a feeling after all only women knit.
At least it was always like that in my surrounding: my mother and grandmother were always the only ones who knitted before me. (My sisters felt that knitting was an endangered craft, not worth saving.)
I had never before seen a male person with knitting needles and wool.
Except, of course, when I caught a glimpse of myself knitting in the mirror.
Five years later, however, I knew that was complete nonsense.
At that time I was still young and innocent and didn't know how the knittingworld worked. I'm more aware of that now.
If I had known back then that the art of knitting doesn't matter whether you're a man, woman, child, dog or alien, then I might have sought out contact with other male knitters all those years ago.
Because now there are even quite well-known male knitters, such as Steve Malcom, who also has his own blog for all his creations ("It takes balls to knit"). People knit everywhere in the world and by every gender, every class, every skin color and every season - after all, the wool and the needles don't care who or what uses it.
With this opinion, knitting is miles ahead of some people.
Now that we know that both women and men knit, is there a difference in what is knitted by both sexes?
Basically, there are hardly any differences: Men and women knit sweaters, scarves, gloves, slippers, blankets, hats and whatever else comes to mind.
But over the years I've noticed that men tend to want to make knitting a little "masculine". For example, they like to knit masks to be worn by their wrestling idol. Or they knit hats with beards on them. Or brains to offer to the zombies at the apocalypse.
Women, on the other hand, like to stick with the classics mentioned above, which are practical and ready to use quickly, because the family wants to be taken care of in winter.
But that's just a rough generalization, of course.
Both sexes have the craziest ideas when it comes to knitting and will bring all sorts of ideas (such as eyeballs, beer bottle warmers, knitted pets/food or adult onesies) to their loved ones and those around them. This means that there is little to no difference in the way women and men knit.
Why should it?
After all, knitting a sweater is hard work and we should all know by now that both sexes can do this work equally.