A while back, I was looking around for some good knitting groups in Stockholm, but all I could find seemed to have mostly 70+ ladies or were not active at all. Then I stumbled across a post by Sweaterspotter/Anna Malz on Instagram, she had just been visiting Stockholm and had spent a night with Stockholm Night Knitters. I was beyond excitement when I realised there was a group that met after work hours and seemed to not just consist of old ladies. Unfortunately the group only met every 3 weeks at that point (now every 2 weeks) so I anxiously had to wait for 3 weeks until I could join them. But it was worth the wait, because this is a group of such amazing and sweet people that I’m really grateful to have met.
The group is rather young for a knitting group, the age range is between 19 and probably 55+ with the occasional lady above that (ok, I suck at determining people’s age), but with an average age of about 35. It’s a very mixed group as well, and that’s what’s so great with knitting in general – all kinds of people showing up to knit together without prejudice and everyone includes each other. I’ve had a rough period for a while, and this group has been a waterhole for me when I didn’t feel like getting out the door at all.
Some people in the group are more or less knitting pros or designers, some have just started out with their knitting life and have a crazy learning curve where you can see them develop from week to week. Some only knit shawls, others make intricate Shetland/Fair Isle colorwork or anything in between. Some do the occasional crochet or needle binding. A few times it’s turned out that half of the group have been knitting from the same pattern – one mitten pattern in particular where the group showcased about 6-7 different versions in all different colors.
The group has been in place for about a year and a half, and sometimes there are only a few people. But the past few months since the rumour has been spreading, there have been so many people that we didn’t even fit around our regular table (which means about 30ish people over the course of the night).
The group meets every second Thursday (odd weeks) at Espresso House in the basement of Konserthuset by Hötorget, and although the official time is 7pm/19.00 there are pretty much always someone there from 5pm/17.00. Usually there are people there until 9.30ish/21.30 but people come and go and some just stay for an hour or so.