A list of my personal favorite knitting podcasts, vlogs, and youtube channels I like to listen to/watch while working on my projects.
Knitting is fun and sometimes almost like meditation. But let’s be honest: When you need to zoom through a large panel of stockinette stitches, it also can become a bit tedious. Not everyone can watch a movie while knitting (gotta watch those stitches after all), so what better way to entertain yourself than listening to a knitting podcast?
And with this whole quarantine and lockdown business going on, I feel this is a great way to stay connected to the knitting community. There are, sadly, no festivals and live events. I certainly have been listening and watching a looot this year! So, I felt like compiling a list of my personal favorite ones.
I am listening to and watching both vlogs on youtube and podcasts on Spotify & co. Since they are so similar I didn’t feel the need to separate them, but I’ll mark the classic audio podcasts accordingly. And of course, you should also definitely check out my own youtube channel (currently ~12k subscribers) in case you want to see me knitting my patterns, tutorials, and interesting stories about knitting in general.
So, let’s dive right into it, eh?
Note: This is not a ranked list; Make sure to check out this post where I show you what’s in my personal project bag.
Andrea’s show is probably my favorite ever. She is so very well-prepared, there are always extremely interesting interview partners, and each show really has a very nice focus. They are fun to watch and I’d say if there is one vlog you need to watch, then this is it. There’s also a Patreon page with even more delicious knitting content.
Watch it here: Fruity Knitting
Grocery Girls Knit
Tracie & Jodi are always a fun watch! It’s a very conversational show. There’s not always a clear topic, but I think that’s the true charm of it. I could listen to them for hours because it all seems so relatable and there are no…you know…influencer airs or anything. You really feel like you were sitting with them in their living room and having a nice chat about whatever comes up.
Watch it here: Grocery Girls Knit
Sweet Tea, No Shade
Another couple I love to watch are Scott and John. Again, they are just so relatable and open. You can tell they are doing this because they love knitting and they love to interact with the community. It’s very conversational as well, and there aren’t major new finished objects (FOs) being shown on each show. But let’s be honest: Most viewers probably don’t finish 4 sweaters per month either. Sometimes you want some inspiration, but sometimes you just want to sit together with your knitting friends and have a good talk about your struggles. And I feel these two are perfect for that.
Watch it here: Sweat Tee No shade
Do you like a moody atmosphere and muted pastel color, then you have to check out Voolenvine aka Kristin Lehrer. She is a yarn dyer and a very prolific maker. She mostly knits (and makes for herself), but interestingly enough even I, as a man, find her projects just so fascinating and inspiring. I love the way she documents her progress and I guess using her own colorways makes each and every one of them even more special. Definitely tune in. It’s a bit “girly”, I guess, but I just love her aesthetics.
Watch it here: Voolenvine
Aaron & Chip is another couple that is just so enjoyable to watch. The vlog (they call it fibercast) focuses on both knitting and sewing, and I’m sure especially beginner and intermediate knitters will be able to get a lot of inspiration from their show. Again, don’t expect a scripted show with one knitting topic after the next. There is a lot of funny bantering going on between the two of them that I feel is just so entertaining to watch/listen.
Watch it here: Fiber Hustle
A Wooden nest
If you are looking for something different, then tune in to Lindsay’s lovely youtube channel. She is a natural yarn dyer, and what I find so personally appealing about her vlog is that she shares so many visuals from her personal life and work. So, it’s not just her sitting in front of the camera and lamp in the background. Instead, there’s so much very down-to-earth footage from her life and what currently occupies her. Personally, I also appreciate that she doesn’t behave like she was on LSD once the camera turns on.
Watch it here: A wooden nest
Katie & Sarah have been hosting a very lovely podcast since 2015. What I appreciate so much is that the projects they knit are very accessible. This means, no crazily complicated stitches or repeats, and, I guess, things even beginners might tackle with a bit of guidance. Plus, like me, they also love tea & good books, and talk about it in each episode – so I personally find that part very inspiring.
Listen to it here: Imagined Landscapes
Are you like me? If I watch or listen to much of the same thing, then I get bored. And that’s why Helen’s podcast makes all the difference for you. It’s only her talking about her knitting (and making), and I find it’s all so well curated. I feel it’s an overall aesthetics that resonates with many other knitters (well and it’s currently the 330th episode, so I guess that’s saying a lot by and in itself).
Listen to it here: Curious Handmade
Hey Brown Berry
Every time I watch/listen to Marce it paints a bright smile on my face. She has such a calming and truly appreciating approach to vlogging that you just cannot not love. Also, the way she shares her current struggles and thoughts really make you reflect on yourself – and I think that is a true gift. Plus, I feel her vlogs are always so super authentic.
Listen to it here: Hey Brown Berry
If you’ve been around the knitting sphere for a couple of years, then you certainly came across the name “Knitpicks”. But even if you don’t like their needles & yarn, you might want to check out their podcast. Most episodes are very crisp and deal with one specific topic. So, if you want to learn new things or educate yourself (as opposed to being purely entertained) then and I think this podcast (which has been going on for ages) is a great choice.
Listen to it here: Knitpicks
Note: The show currently seems to be on hold, but the archive is quite amazing.
Little Big Knits
Selma is a veeery prolific knitter and watching her podcast is inspiration pure. She almost always presents a new sweater, socks, or shawls hot off the needles, and I feel that’s something a lot of knitters will appreciate. Especially, as she doesn’t rush through her makes but you really get the full picture.
Watch it here: Little big knits
Sarah, Katy, Jamie, Kristina are four “Sisters from Grande Praire, Alberta” and they share their love for knitting in a very entertaining vlog that makes you feel like you were part of their family. And I guess that’s the great appeal of the show because many knitters are, for so many reasons, knitting alone, and to me it always feels a bit like they were saying. “Hey, no worries, you can be part of our knitting family”.
Watch it here: CozyUpKnits
Very Pink Knits
Staci runs a very popular website and youtube channel. I’m sure a lot of knitters have been using her videos to teach themselves a technique or two. She’s also very concise and gets straight to the point. She also has quite an enjoyable podcast. So go over, and check it out. There are co-hosts now and a Patreon group on top of it.
Listen to it here: Very Pink Knits Podcast
Needles at the Ready
Whenever I watch Kevin and Ray I feel kind of jealous and wish my partner would knit. I only ever got him to crochet a coaster once, lol. Their youtube channel is still somewhat youngish (like 1 year old). Still, it’s a lovely and very conversational show with lots of interesting yarns and everyday projects being shared. Sometimes a bit chaotic but I guess, so is life. I feel it’s very enjoyable.
Watch it here: Needles at the Ready
Frickelcast (german only)
One of my personal favorite knitting podcasts and one where I rarely miss an episode is the Frickelcast by Jane and Steffi. It’s always the perfect balance between interesting new projects and products and that playful banter that makes every podcast entertaining to knit along.
A very recent addition to the world of knitting vlogs is Jonathan’s Day. He might not be the biggest headliner yet, but I thoroughly enjoy watching each of his episodes. He’s more or less “just” documenting his knitting but in a very down-to-earth and frank way. And I think that’s why I enjoy it so much.
Watch it here: Jonathan’s day