For the members of The Knights Who Say Knit, knitting is more than a pastime.
President Kelsey Geller, a sophomore English major, said knitting has become so natural that she doesn’t even think about it.
“It’s not a hobby, it’s a life skill,” said Geller.
The club, which is in its second year, is a meeting place for knitters new and experienced. The group is laid back and is not a long time commitment, Geller said.
“Come if you have the time or if you want to learn,” said Geller. “Our main thing is coming here each week and setting aside an hour to relax with each other and spend time.”
Although the club has 30 registered members, four to five members attend regularly. Attendance may be small, but the members’ love for knitting is apparent, Geller said.
Rebecca Johnson, junior anthropology major, said she’s been known to knit in public.
“I went to a movie premier with my sister and there was this huge line,” Johnson said. “So I pulled my knitting out of my bag and started knitting in line.”
Geller, too, confessed to knitting in public.
“Knitting in public is honestly the greatest feeling,” Geller said. She even admitted to knitting at her first TCU football game.
The members of the club agree knitting is becoming more popular among younger crowds, but they acknowledge the stereotype that knitting is for the elderly. A few members credit their grandmothers for teaching them how to knit at a young age.
Alexandra Constantinou, a sophomore strategic communication major, said she learned how to knit in fifth grade. Geller said her grandmother taught her to knit when she was 10. Johnson learned two years ago when the club originated.
Geller said the organization welcomes all skill levels. She gladly teaches newcomers the basics of knitting. They also welcome men, Johnson said.
“If you really think about it, what could be manlier than throwing some wool together with some sticks and making something,” Geller said. “There’s nothing cooler than making clothes with your bare hands.”
The club meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday in Clarence and Kerry Scharbauer Hall.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 8:57 p.m.