Knit Flix

This is a compilation of films with knitting as a theme or even some mention of knitting or crochet. This will not be a listing of knitting how-to videos/DVDs. My lord, that would be too long, need to be constantly updated and, well, Amazon can do that better than me.  All of these are pretty much available on Amazon and maybe I’ll put the Amazon links up in the future. Any other suggestions to add to this listing? Please comment below or send suggestions to hami.monoATyahoo.com (change the AT to fool the spambots). Thanks.

The core of this list was compiled by Angel Hair Yarn Company . Please visit their site for yarn, materials, and great information. I have updated and added lots more to this list.

  • 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton,Jane Fonda, Judy Bernly, Dabney Coleman) When one of the lady’s thinking of doing in Franklin, the cartoon bunny is knitting.
  • A Cry In The Dark 1988, Meryl Streep, Sam Neill. Meryl knits while discussing the trial where her baby is carried off by a dingo in Australia.
  • A League of Their Own (Geena Davis, Madonna, Tom Hanks)
  • A Star is Born (1937)
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Addams Family (Morticia knits a 3-legged bodysuit!)
  • Addams Family Values
  • The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis – (Debbie Reynolds, Bobbie Van 1953)Lurene Tuttle plays DR’s mom and in her first scene of the movie she’s knitting. She knits with the right needle under her arm.
  • After the Thin Man America’s Sweethearts – (Julia Roberts, John Cusack & Catherine Zeta Jones)
  • Amelie (Audrey Tautou) The tobacconist is crocheting in a scene.
  • And Then There Were None – 1945 – Agaths Christie Whodunit
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Babe (implied)
  • Babette’s Feast
  • The Bat (1927 silent film) Character Cornelia Van Gorder knits almost constantly.
  • Battlefront (men knitting)
  • Bend It Like Beckham (Parminder Negra, Keira Knightly)
    Mrs Bhamra (Shaheen Khan) is knitting for her expected grandchild.
  • Beware of Blondie (Penny Singleton, 1940’2?)
  • Birthday Girl (Nicole Kidman) She’s knitting a red sweater with reindeer on it for her
    boyfriend/husband.
  • Blues Brothers 2000
  • Boogie Nights (2000?, 10 secs of J. Moore knitting a ?sock?)
  • Bless the Child (K. Basinger, J. Smits)
  • The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (Shirley MacLaine, 1986)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961, Audrey Hepburn)
  • Breathing Lessons (Joanne Woodward, James Garner, 1994)
  • Breathless
  • Bridges of Madison County (Meryl Streep knits briefly)
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs (Anne Bancroft knits, winds yarn)
  • Brokeback Mountain (Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhall, Michelle Williams) Michelle Williams’ character knits during a boring night at home with a crabby Heath.
  • Calendar Girls – (Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Jay Leno)
  • The Cannibal Women of the Avocado Jungle of Death
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Nicholas Cage)
  • Carrington (men knitting)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Johnny Depp) Grandma Georgina crochets and there is a granny square afghan with the grandparents on the bed.
  • Chicago (Catherine Zeta Jones, Renee Zellweger)
    Renee Zellweger (Roxie Hart) knits during her murder trial.
  • Chicken Run (2000, animated much like Wallace and Gromit)
  • Christmas Vacation
  • City Lights (1931, Charlie Chaplin, skein winding)
  • Cousins (Ted Danson)
  • Dancing at Lughnasa (1998, Meryl Streep, sock knitting)
  • Daughters of Darkness (1971 vampire flick, aka “La Rouge aux levres”
  • Dead End
  • The Deer Hunter (Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken) Meryl’s character knits a sweater for Walken’s character.
  • Demolition Man (1993, Sylvester Stallone knits!)
  • Diabolique (Simone Signoret)
  • Don’t Say A Word (2001, Michael Douglas)
  • Alex & Emma starring Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson – Kate’s character “Emma” knits on circulars.
  • Dragnet Girl (Hijosen no Onna, 1933) (Yasujiro Ozu!) Both the older sister and gangerst’s girl knit socks.
  • Election (Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon) Mrs. McAllister (movie wife of Broderick’s character) knits while conversing with pathetic hubby (who has just returned from making a pass at neighbor . . . ).
  • Enemy Mine – (Robert Gossett, Dennis Quaid)Gosset plays an alien, when he get pregant he knits Jammies
  • Fargo (1996)
  • Foul Play (1984, Goldie Hawn) knitting needle used as fatal weapon
  • Four Brothers (Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson) At the end of the movie Mark Wahlbergs mother is seen knitting. She’s knitting English Method
  • The Full Monty
  • The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (implied)
  • Girl, Interrupted (1999, Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Whoopie Goldberg)
  • Gone With The Wind (When Melanie is reading while the women are waiting, one of them is crocheting).
  • The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy, Ernie Hudson)
    Evil nanny/psycho-killer Rebecca de Mornay character knitting something long and burgundy (a noose perhaps?)
  • Halloween
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, & Emma Watson) when the Weasleys & Harry walk into the burrow, they see needles knitting by themselves.
  • Heavenly Creatures (Kate Winslet knits)
  • History of the World, Part 1 (1981, Mel Brooks)
  • Holiday 1938, Katherine Hepburn. Katherine knits while listening to Cary Grant.
  • Hot Shots Part Deux (Charlie Sheen) Charlie Sheen’s character knits a vest of spaghetti and meatballs for his girlfriend.
  • Houseboat
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Robert Morse knits in office, scene sometimes edited out when movie shown on TV)
  • I Was A Male War Bride (Cary Grant, Myrna Loy) Cary Grant holds the yarn for a random woman while she makes it into a ball.
  • Icebound (Blanche Dubois, 1924)
  • Idle Hands
  • The Incredible Melting Man (1977)
  • It’s a Great Feeling (Doris Day, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson,1949 ). Joan Crawford (as herself) knits a turquoise sock while sitting in a dress salon during a fitting.
  • It’s A Date 1940, Deanna Durbin, Walter Pigeon. Grandma knits with chunky white yarn.
  • Johnny and The Sprites – This pre-school geared show has the head “sprite” knitting in
    one episode and looking for a missing knitting needle in a second episode.
    He is quoted as “Knit one Purl two.”
  • Johnny Belinda – (1948)Belinda is knitting a hat for the baby using short row technique and shows it to Robert, the doctor.
  • Jolson Sings Again – (Larry Parks)Jolson’s wife is seen knitting in a few scenes.
  • Kimberly (1999, S. Astin knits a baby blanket, but it looks crocheted!)
  • La Vie en Rose – (Marion Cotillard)Biopic of the French singer, Edith Piaf. A few scenes of her knitting and talking about knitting!
  • Ladies in Lavender (Dame Judi Dench, Maggie Smith) Ms. Dench is seen knitting on dpns.
  • Lady and the Tramp (Lady’s owner is knitting a baby bootie and Lady grabs the yarn and runs away — Bad dog!)
  • Lady Killers (Tom Hanks) the widow landlady knits
  • The Last Homerun (HBO movie, man knitting)
  • Lemon Drop Kid (1951, Bob Hope)
  • Les Diaboliques (1955)
  • Let’s Make Love
  • Lost in Translation – Scarlet Johanson’s character tries on a scarf in progress near the beginning of the movie.
  • The Letter (Bette Davis) Ms. Davis works an intricate lace pattern
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • Little Annie Rooney
  • Little Women (1995) (Winona Ryder, Clair Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarrandon)
    Beth (Clair Danes) knits while the girls play.
  • Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (Eric Idle) Eric Idle plays a middle-aged woman knitting early in the film.
  • The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi Anime: In episode 9, one of the characters (Mikuru) is knitting a scarf.
  • Miss Marple (PBS movies, heroine knits while solving mysteries)
  • Missouri Breaks (Jack Nicholson)
  • Mr. Lucky (1943, Cary Grant, men knitting)
  • Mixed Nuts (1994, Steve Martin)
  • Monster In Law (Jennifer Lopez) you can get a free poncho pattern from Lion Brand Yarns like the one J-Lo wore in the movie.
  • Mother Wore Tights (1947 Betty Grable) she knits english method in close to the last scene
  • Moll Flanders (awesome scene per Pam)
  • Mrs. Miniver
  • Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
  • Murder Ahoy (Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple in an Agatha Christie movie)
  • Murder Most Foul (1964, Margaret Rutherford knits in jury box)
  • The Music Man
  • My Life As A Dog (Anton Ganzelius; Anke Liden; Director, Lasee Hallstrom) Mrs. Arviddson knits a couple of different times. Also, lots of handknits worn by all.
  • Night and Day (Cary Grant as Cole Porter) There is a scene in England where he meets a long lost love (who he marries and she becomes Linda Porter) and she is sitting on a park bench knitting a sweater for a child. You see the knitting for a couple of minutes.
  • Never Been Kissed (1999, Drew Barrymore)
  • My Reputation (1946 Starring Barbara Stanwyck) Barbara Stanwyck’s character knits English method in the movie.
  • No Escape (1999?, Ray Liotta, Kevin Dillon) (male prisoners spinning/knitting)
  • Normal (Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson) Lange’s character knits sitting on her bed.
  • November
  • Now, Voyager (1942, Bette Davis knits on cruise, Paul Heinreid)
  • Once (Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova) The Girl’s mother knits in the film.
  • One True Thing (Meryl Streep, William Hurt) Meryl continental knits in car during Zellweger’s memory shot.
  • Orchestra Wives
  • Phone Call from a Stranger (Bette Davis making socks on DPN’s)
  • Pillow Talk
  • The Playhouse
  • Pluto’s Sweater (1949, animated)
  • The Poseidon Adventure (Shirley Winters knits)
  • Preparez vos Mouchoirs – (1978 with Gerard Depardieu)(Get out your
    handkerchiefs) Knitting is an integral (and funny) part of the film — the leading lady knits for her lovers and when her knitting shows up on other men, they immediately know what’s up (as does the audience) I think it won an Oscar for foreign film in ’78.
  • The Prince of Pennsylvania (Keanu Reeves, an old man knitting)
  • Radio Days
  • Raising Helen (Kate Hudson, Joan Cusak, John Corbit) Joan Cusak’s character is knitting in one scene, a couple of references about knitting being the new hot thing to do, that famous actresses are knitting now.
  • Repo Man (1984, Emilio Estevez)
  • Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby)
  • Rosemary’s Baby (Mia Farrow, John Cassavettes) Minnie (Ruth Gordon), and Laura-Louise (Patsy Kelly), sit down and begin knitting when they invite themselves into Rosemary’s apartment.
  • Runaway Bride (Julia Roberts, Richard Gere)
  • Sarah Plain & Tall
  • Spellbound
  • The Secret Code (1918, a spy cleared by knitting)
  • The Secret Lives of Dentists(not Dennis) (Dennis Leary) Wife is knitting scarf.
  • The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
  • The Seven Year Itch (Marilyn Monroe)
  • Shadowlands (Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger) Debra Winger’s character (Joy Gresham) is knitting when she acknowledges that her cancer’s back–a very dramatic scene!
  • Shake, Rattle and Rock (1956 musical)
  • Shall We Dance
  • The Shipping News
  • Sleeping With the Enemy
  • Snow Falling on Cedars (heroine’s mother knits)
  • Solas
  • Something The Lord Made – (Alan Rickman, Mos Def)
  • Spiderman Peter parker’s aunt is crocheting using an afghan hook.
  • Spiderman III (Toby McGuire) Peter’s aunt is knitting in the very uncomfortable but high society old style of knitting with the right knitting needle sitting over the right hand rather than in the hand… can’t remember where in which hand the yarn is being held. Looks pretty but must be a begger to knit with the right needle pointing down at an odd angle.
  • Stalag 17 (William Holden, Peter Graves – one of the POWs knits)
  • State and Main (R. Piegon,W. H. Macy,A. Baldwin,S. J. Parker)
  • Strait-jacket (Joan Crawford) Lucy: “Knitting. Remember, they taught me that in therapy.”
  • Sweet November (Keanu Reeves & Charlie Theron)
  • Terminator 2
  • Tender Comrade (1943, Ginger Rogers, Robert Ryan)
  • Thomas and the Magic Railroad (animated children’s film)
  • Tomorrow Is Forever (C. Colbert, O. Wells, G. Brent – Older aunt is knitting)
  • The Triplets of Belleville- Madame Sousa knits.
  • The Ultimate Gift (Drew Fuller, James Garner, Abigail Breslin) When Abigail Breslin’s character is in the hospital, her mother is knitting in her hospital room.
  • The Ugly Dachsund (Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshete) Suzanne is knitting a sweater for her prized dog Danke.
  • Undercover Blues — Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid
  • Up The Down Staircase
  • The Village Movie Info:: directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Sigourney Weaver’s character knits and winds yarn, Joaquin Phoenix’s character holds hank.
  • The Virgin Suicides (Kirsten Dunst) Kirsten Dunst’s character Lux Lisbon is seen knitting a purple stripey something in one scene.
  • Wait Until Dark (Audrey Hepburn, Richard Crenna) Richard Crenna picks up an unfinished sweater (with needles) while he’s wandering around Audrey’s apartment.
  • Wallace & Grommit; The Curse of the WereRabbit (Claymation ) Grommit knits a scarf while waiting in the car for Wallace.
  • The Wedding Singer (Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore)
  • Westward the Women
  • Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962, B. Davis, J. Crawford)
  • Wild, Wild West (1999, Kevin Kline, Will Smith)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Grandma knits a
    scarf for Charlie’s birthday that he wears in the movie.
  • Winter’s End
  • Witness (Kelly McGillis knits)
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Women (R. Russel, J. Crawford, N. Shrear – Roz knitting a garter stitch something or other on big wooden needles during the fashion show)
  • Yanks (reg.,V.Redgrave, V knits a sock)
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3 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Diana
    Feb 20, 2016 @ 01:13:19

    Hi!
    Amazing list, sadly not all of the movies have a description. I’m looking for a movie around 70s where they are like five or four women knitting in a house telling love stories and how they met their husbands all with what thwy were knitting. One of them for example had sex in a cornfield something like that

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  3. Pat Phythian
    Sep 08, 2016 @ 11:52:22

    I love in The Letter how Bette Davis’s character’s intricate crocheted lace grows bigger and bigger, just like her web of lies.

    And in Seven Year Itch toward the end of the movie it looks like Richard is wearing the argyle socks his wife was knitting earlier in the movie.

    Here’s a couple of more titles–

    War and Peace — Audrey Hepburn knits as she’s sitting at Andre’s bedside before he dies

    In The Greatest Show on Earth there’s a shot of a woman in the audience knitting at the circus.

    And also in The Women Norma Shearer’s character’s mother is knitting as they discuss their husbands’ affairs.

    In Holiday ( Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant) Ms Hepburn is knitting in one scene

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