3 Tips For Knitting At The Movies

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I only had Sunday off this past weekend (hooray for being done with my six-day weeks at work now!) and instead of being bumps on my couch all day, my boyfriend and I decided to be bumps in a movie theater and see the new James Bond movie.  I’m not a big action movie girl, actually not at all, but he wanted to go see it and I don’t mind looking at Daniel Craig for a couple of hours.  After stashing some sodas in my big handbag, I threw in a knitting project to bring with us and try to knit at the theater – nothing ventured, nothing gained!
Here’s some things to keep in mind if you want to try to knit at the movies:
1. Bring something simple – The project I brought was an easy k2 p2 ribbed “scarf” design I’m working on.  No YOs, no k2tog, just plain old knitting and purling with no shaping or fancy stitches.  Since the theater is dark, it has to be a pattern that’s easy to remember and won’t get messed up since it’s difficult to see, if at all.  Which brings me to my second point…
2. If you can’t knit without looking, this probably isn’t a good idea – It’s dark.  There’s the occasional time you’ll be able to see your stitches when the screen gets bright, but most of the time it’ll be next to impossible to see what you’re doing – you’ll have to rely on your sense of touch to make sure your stitches are all there and everything is in order.  If you have a hard time knitting at home while watching TV or reading a book, I suggest leaving the knitting at home and eating popcorn at the movies instead.
3. There’s always the Knit Lite – I’ve never used these needles before but it offers a solution to knitting in the dark.  They seem to be pretty bright, so it may be a distraction to those sitting around you while you knit away.  That is, unless you’re sitting with a bunch of other knitters!


  1. November 14, 2012 / 12:05 am

    I am interesting how many jumpers should the person knitted to be able to knit without looking? I always should look on my needles!%))

    • November 15, 2012 / 1:28 am

      I think it's something that comes naturally after awhile…I've been knitting for a really long time! Just about 11 years steadily now…

  2. November 14, 2012 / 1:03 pm

    Too true. I've tried knitting while driving- passenger side only of course! but unfortunately get carsick.

  3. November 15, 2012 / 12:52 am

    I almost always take a knitting project to the movie with me. It's always something simple, like a dishcloth. I practiced knitting without looking at home for quite a while. Nessie, I wear Sea Bands whenever I'm going to be a passenger for more than 30 minutes — life hanging! They work on the theory of acupressure, something I know nothing about except that when I wear my Sea Bands, I can knit or do some light reading with not a bit of queasiness. Hope you can give them a try and that they help you.

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