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Breaking news: Nordic male knitting sweeps the world!
Finally. The world is waking up to the passion for gender-independent knitting in the northern countries.

Hip to be a knit-wit

It started during the Olympics. In a video on television network NBC’s website, Finnish snowboarding coach Antti Koskinen was seen nonchalantly knitting while a team mate was preparing to ride. People around the world took note, and turned to social media.

NPR reported how the Finnish Olympic team was quick to demonstrate that the love for knitting is not limited to Koskinen: “It posted photos of its team hanging out in sock feet, working on a blanket for its president’s newborn son.”

Around half of the 102-strong team were knitting at the Games, according to Reuters: “The Finns started using the unique method of stress relief at the Sochi Games, where they knitted a scarf. Two years later at the Rio Olympics they added to it.”

An unlikely social media star

29-year-old Norwegian Birger Berge has become something of a social celebrity from sharing pictures of his knitting on Instagram. The Bergen-based knitter has built a global following of almost 20,000 on the photo sharing platform.

He told The Nordic Page that he learned knitting as a child, and returned to the hobby during his studies in Bergen as an attempt to reduce stress: “When I knitted, at least I did something concrete and I felt useful and nice, so I began to knit more and more. It was a really good way to relax and not feel guilty. Many researchers show it is a calming activity, which has a positive effect on your health.”

Nordic knitters down under

Norwegian knitwear authors and designers Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison are known for their striking patterns, and have built a cult following, even as far away as Australia. ABC reported that they sold out a series of speaking gigs across the country last year, with many of their audience driving hundreds of miles for a chance to meet their Scandinavian knitting idols.

“It is one of the reasons why Australian Country Spinners, the Victorian company manufacturing Cleckheaton’s superfine merino knitting yarn, has teamed up with the duo.”

 

1 NBC
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Finnish snowboard coach does some casual knitting

Finnish snowboard coach Antti Koskinen is back, and he still loves to knit! While his rider, Roope Tonteri, prepared to take his slopestyle run, Koskinen kept his calm at the top of the course with some casual knitting.

2 NPR
Laurel Wamsley
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Finland Takes Olympic Chill To The Next Level: Team Knitting

In an unexpected moment during the weekend's Olympic slopestyle competition, the Nordic nation showed off another delightful quality: a passion for knitting.

3 Reuters
Ossian Shine
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Finland's knitting passion is latest Pyeongchang yarn

Yarns, stitches, loops and purls, instead of spins, flips and slides... the Finnish team in Pyeongchang are using the soothing effects of knitting when Olympic pressure becomes too great.

4 Instagram
Birger Berge
5 The Nordic Page
Marie Piquet
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Knitting man from Norway goes viral

Birger Berge is a 29 year-old Norwegian knitter from Bergen. He became famous on Instagram with his knitting pictures, and his fame reached out of Norway. He talks to The Nordic Page about about his unique passion.

6 ABC News
Laurissa Smith
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Nordic knitting icons Arne and Carlos collaborate on Australian superfine merino yarn

Norwegians Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison know how to spin a good yarn. Just ask their legion of fans — mainly women — who have driven hundreds of kilometres to hear them speak at sold-out shows in Australia this week.



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