8 Times Hollywood Got Knitting (and Spinning) Wrong

It’s always fun to find out that one of your favorite celebrities is also a devoted knitter. We’ve all seen lists that feature Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Heigl, Julia Roberts, Krysten Ritter, and—my personal favorite—Ryan Gosling. Hey Girl memes, anyone?

Image sourced from Ryan Gosling Web.

But how about those times when you notice knitting in a movie, or on TV, but it’s just off somehow? The person is knitting wrong, or someone references something as knitted when it is actually crocheted. For us knitting snobs, it can be totally cringe-worthy, and you just want to call the filmmakers and tell them how badly they screwed up. And yes—it totally matters! Here are some examples of characters or personalities in media that are just knitting wrong.

1. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

What We Do in the Shadows is a mockumentary style horror comedy film created by Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement. The film is about a group of vampires who room together in a flat in Wellington, New Zealand. In one scene, the vampires sit down to talk about chores, and Jonny Brugh’s character, Deacon, is knitting. Well, he’s not knitting. He’s awkwardly holding the knitting in his hands and clearly doesn’t know what he’s doing.


We promise you will find REAL crochet projects in the book Crochet Kaleidoscope.

2. Call the Midwife (2013)

In Season 2 of the PBS series, a handful of the characters get together to “knit” a blanket for the character Chummy. The thing is that the blanket is not knitted at all, but is a crocheted granny square blanket. That one is just too easy!


3. The Simpsons (1989– )

Marge Simpson has been spotted clicking the needles from time to time in the long-running animated series The Simpsons. Generally, her form looks acceptable, except on occasion when she seems to be holding her knitting in a completely ridiculous and uncomfortable way. That’s okay, Marge, you are totally baller and we forgive you.

4. Orange is the New Black (2013– )

Crochet pops up a lot in the Netflix show Orange is the New Black. Some of the inmates have adopted the hobby and you’ll notice all sorts of finished objects around Litchfield Penitentiary. One inmate mentions knitting but she is definitely holding a crochet hook. It seems picky, but how hard would it have been to do a quick Google search and change one word in the script for accuracy?


Photo by Jake Chessum.

5. The Comedy Issue of GQ (2017)

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. I had about a thousand words for the publishers of GQ and the beloved Seth Myers when Myers was featured in the magazine’s 2017 comedy issue (I had no problem with The Rock on the cover). The photo showed Myers sitting with a crochet blanket across his lap, and some knitting needles haphazardly placed in gaps in the stitches to make it seem as though he was working on a WIP. Nope, we can see right through that! Who do they think they’re kidding?


6. Shameless (2011– )

In season 7 of the Showtime series Shameless, Phillip “Lip” Gallagher picks up knitting on the advice of his AA sponsor, who imparts that his own sobriety is maintained with “knitting and sugar.” In this screen capture, he is being taught—and it is hard to tell if he is getting it. At the same time, the writers of the show should be applauded for presenting knitting as a means of therapy, whether you are in recovery or not.

Bonus: Spinning Done Wrong

7. Once Upon a Time

In the popular ABC show, Rumpelstiltskin makes an appearance, and he is often “spinning” yarn with a spinning wheel. Only problem is, he’s doing it all wrong!

8. Little House on the Prairie

Same goes for Ma in an episode of the ’70s and ’80s show Little House on the Prairie. There is a clip of Ma’s character “spinning,” except she is pulling pre-made yarn off of the wheel.

What instances of wrong knitting have you seen in movies, on TV, or elsewhere in media? Let’s commiserate together!

Happy knitting (or crocheting, just call it by the right name),

Get insanely accurate knitting patterns from our magazines!


  1. Celeste S at 7:14 pm January 26, 2018

    The Flintstones. I remember when I finally taught myself how to knit, I was terribly confused that it didn’t seem to go anything like I’d seen Wilma doing.

  2. Diane L at 10:34 am January 31, 2018

    The old Quilted Northern commercial had a group of women “quilting” the Quilted Northern with knitting needles. They did change it after receiving many customer calls of complaint.

Post a Comment