Guerilla Knitting and Yarnbombing – grafitti but not as you know it

Guerilla Knitting and Yarnbombing – grafitti but not as you know it

Street art turned cosy – Guerilla knitting has taken off in a big way over the last few years.  Most often known as yarnbombing, knitters and crocheters are turning public spaces into woolly artworks one stitch at a time, and unlike spray painted graffiti or stenciling it’s  non destructive.  Though it’s still unsanctioned by local authorities  ‘grafitti’ yarnbombers have an easier time of it than other forms of street art – who’s going to arrest a knitter?

Works by Magda Sayeg

The idea is thought to have been started by Magda Sayeg from Texas, who started a knitting group called Knitta Please in 2005. The group didn’t know what to do with their unfinished knitting projects, and eventually one of the stitched scraps found its way onto Sayegs door knob.  The knitted art soon hit the streets, with the group going out tagging urban targets such as lampposts, trees and monuments.  Magda is quoted as saying, “It’s about making people smile and bringing art out of the galleries so everyone can appreciate it”, she says. “I love it when a postman, who has driven past the same stop sign every day, suddenly sees it tagged with knitting and emails me to say how awesome it is.”

The artform has taken off all around the world, with new groups springing up all the time. Here’s just a few of the amazing images.

Artist unknown - University of Washington campus

By Knotty_i

Seven Hills Park, Davis Square. Somerville, MA

Shopping cart by Yarn Wrap

Guerilla knitting hits the Waterfront sheep, Belfast

More sites to explore..

Knitta Please
Knit The City
Whodunnknit

Stitch and Bitch London
Knitted landscape
Knitwit
Knit sea
Knittups
Outdoor knit
Stikkontakt
Flickr
Yarnbombing
Knitty Graffity
Twilight Taggers

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