As I am sure you have noticed, the hipster movement is going strong. Uncool is cool- retro is in and going against the grain is mainstream. Sure, a lot of hipsters are just into being trendy. Others are making strides in making the earth a healthier and cleaner place to live, and making smarter choices in their own lives and encouraging others to do the same. This guide is your ticket to knitting for your local hipster; be it yourself, acquaintance, friend, relative, child or grandchild. With fun colors and many motifs to choose from, hipster themed projects are as fun to knit as they are to receive.
There are a few things to remember when it comes to hipster knitting.
Rule #1: Don’t give a vegan a gift made from wool. Vegans turn away from animal products, which usually (depending on the individual) includes wool. Organic cotton or hemp yarn is sure to be a hit with hipster projects!
Rule #2: Retro/Vintage is IN! Think 1940s-1970s. If the hipster you know is into rockabilly, think more pinup or Elvis and go with themes from the 40s to early 60s. Go with themes from the late 60s to early 70s for your modern hippie.
Rule #3: Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Technology patterns in vintage colors are extremely trendy.
Rule #4: Choose your project wisely. Handmade is the Bomb Diggity right now, but try to keep personal style in mind.
Hats (especially beanies or cabbie hats)
Gloves- or better yet- mittens! (Yes, the mittens have made a comeback! Especially the kind that have a flap to fold up so you can use your smartphone!)
When it comes to color choices, you will want to stay in the following color families:
For your rockabilly lovers, you’ll want to use reds, black, blues and dark pink. Maybe some darker emerald green, but that will really depend on your recipient.
For some color inspiration, check out http://www.knitpicks.com/yarn-fiber/comfy-worsted-yarn.html
Try Marina, Peapod, Zinnia, Carrot or Lilac!
When picking out the shades and hues, remember that the brighter the better, but neon is not trendy with this crowd. It is ok to go light, but never go to pastel. Your project will look like an oversized baby gift, and will probably not be appreciated.
As for motifs, one of your best friends will be an online chart generator. (Just go to google.com and search for knitting chart generator and choose the one you like the best.) The generator will allow you to upload images (be sure they are saved as .jpg) and convert them into a pattern chart! If you have Photoshop you can even save phrases, words, etc as a .jpg and load them into the generator!
SMART IS SEXY
Vinyl Record Adapter (You know, the little plastic thing that goes in the middle of your record so you can listen to 33s and 45s.)
Square Glasses (Think Buddy Holly or Rivers Cuomo.)
Old school cameras
Martini glass with an olive (Think 50’s bar, or Alton Brown’s kitchen theme)
Be sure to utilize Pinterest.com for project ideas and to check up on the latest craft fashions in the DIY/Crafts category.