Top 7 Reasons Our Next President Should Be a Knitter

Vanity Fair’s video “Six New Year’s Resolutions for Hillary Clinton” depicts various folks suggesting resolutions for Clinton in 2018, to include hiking, taking up improv comedy, and yes, learning how to knit. The ensuing backlash is something to note, with her fans claiming that the knitting suggestion smacks of sexism.

Whether or not the video is actually funny – or sexist – we’ll leave up to you. What concerns us is ensuring the general public is fully informed. Why shouldn’t Hillary Clinton learn to knit? In fact, we hope that every future US presidential candidate is a knitter. Knitting nurtures a variety of characteristics that would only serve to boost a candidate’s appeal and chance of success.

So, for all of your aspiring public servants out there, here are the reasons why knitting skills will up your game and enhance your political platform.

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Reason 1: Patience

A knitter knows: it never goes smoothly every time. Between the potential for frogging and any other random thing that can happen while a project takes shape, patience plays a critical role in knitting. And in order to enjoy the meditative quality of knitting, it cannot be rushed.

Reason 2: Basic math skills

It seems like a simple set of skills needed for a job; the basic understanding of addition and subtraction. But one does not know the true depth of another’s math prowess until it has to be put into practice. There is potential for real disaster here. Understanding the national deficit is no joke. However, if your future leader is already a knitter, their math skills have been tested multiple times.

Reason 3: Ability to multi-task

Does knitting need all of your focus? It depends on the project. But for many stitchers out there, they’ve got a lot more going on than just keeping count and placing stitch markers. Some of them embrace the “knit and listen” appeal of an audio book, while others are busy raising makers of their own. Being a knitter means you have the ability to keep multiple balls in the air.

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Reason 4: Affinity for the agricultural and livestock industries

The agricultural and livestock industries are critical facets of the US economy, and a knitter understands this. Between the prolific use of cotton and the undeniable appeal of merino wool, it is the availability of fibers like these that keep knitters knitting. Supporting these industries means we assist in the growth of our economy.

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Reason 5: Appreciation for tradition and other cultures

Andean knitting represents one culture whose knitting traditions have come dangerously close to being lost. Based on Google search data, it could be argued that this is the future of knitting in the United States.  What can we nurture within ourselves, based on cultural inspiration outside of our own? A knitter has the depth of curiosity to ask this question, as should a US presidential candidate.

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Reason 6: Creative problem-solving

We’ve all been there: to frog or not to frog? How about just scrapping the whole thing and starting over? This is not unfamiliar territory for knitters, who need to remain on the alert for multiple ways to problem-solve. If only our politicians could remain so flexible and open to suggestion. Look for the knitter on the ballot. You can’t go wrong.

Reason 7: Generosity

The best trait found in a knitter is generosity. The act of making for others is often what fuels the craft. The ease with which a knitter gives is deeply admirable, and would be a great asset in any human’s bag of tricks. What can be gained from making and giving? Choose a charity and a project, and find out.

Featured Image: Andriy Prokopenko | Getty Images

Keep those knitting skills sharp – you could qualify for public office!


  1. Linda L at 3:53 pm December 29, 2017

    Do we actually know that Hillary’s not a knitter already? Or, for that matter, Bernie?
    Another point in favour of all yarn arts – they create common ground with people you may not have much in common with. Have you ever been in a public space like a bus or in a park and struck up a conversation about your project with a total stranger, possibly someone you might not have noticed before? I’ve had some great discussions in yarn stores with other people that I might not have crossed paths with anywhere else. I have two friends I met this way – we have nothing in common except balls of yarn which makes our coffee shop dates very interesting!
    If people in public life concentrated more on what brings us together rather than trying to drive wedges between people, we could have some very different conversations about where we’re going.

    • Norma P at 1:44 pm January 8, 2018

      I worked with a man for many years who knitted very intricate sweaters and other knitted items for his daughter. His wife was knitting a sweater and ran into problems, when she said that she was having trouble – he made the mistake of telling her she should be able to figure that out, she responded that if he thought it was so easy he should try it and proceeded to hand him the knitting, needles and pattern and told him to have at it.He read up on knitting, and finally “figured it out” and finished the sweater and continued knitting for many years. He has since passed away, but he was a Federal lawenforcement agent and a very nice person to know and work with. So there are some men who are not afraid to tackle these patterns. Just think more of them should take up the craft as it can be very rewarding to make items that can help other persons. I like to knit baby blankets and when I get the one I am over half with finished I plan to check if our local hospital to see if they would like to have them for some of the new babies. I love working with the soft yarns so knitting is very comfortining for me also.

    • Mary F at 3:43 pm January 8, 2018

      The video was made to diminish and disrespect and intelligent, highly qualified, and caring woman. I don’t find your article to be a very worthwhile contribution. Knitting can be an enjoyable hobby and useful craft, but it is not a reference for it indicator of good character. I know lots of knitterss and they are kind, mean, intelligent or not, generous ,stingy, etc. They have no claim to be a better human than the practitioners of any other hobby it craft. It’s silly to claim otherwise.

  2. Marion M at 4:27 pm January 8, 2018

    Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is a knitter. Leading a minority government, she was particularly known for the skills of patience, problem-solving, and ability to multitask on numerous fronts.

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