Knit grafitti for the Olympics


It’s a busy year for crafters, not only have we the Diamond Jubilee around the corner and with that the perfect excuse to get some bunting made, but once that’s done and dusted, it’s straight into preparations for The Olympics! With the Olympic Torch travelling the country this month, we thought it timely to mention a brilliant knit grafitti project being organised in Birmingham…

Birmingham is playing host to the US and Jamaican teams during the Olympics, and Birmingham-based knit guerillas ‘Stitches and Hos’ are planning on welcoming them in style. They have devised the K2TOG project which will involve decorating the six giant columns of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery with knitting in the colours of the Olympic rings and the team colours. The covers for the columms will be made up of hundreds of knitted squares, taking an estimated 4,500 hours to knit, and that’s where you come in!

There are a couple of ways you can take part. K2TOG are setting up a pop-up shop in the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Birmingham, which will be open until 27th July, when the knitting will be installed. Here you can sit and relax, even learn to knit and take part in what promises to be a super-colourful work of art. If you can’t make it to Birmingham for the pop-up shop, you can still download a pattern, then post your square to the organisers.

The group are still trying to raise sponsorship to meet the project costs, so if you know anyone with cash to spare, every little helps.

Wishing the project much luck. And the athletes from all nations too. Because we’re not biased in any way at all!