Monday, 16 July 2012

Knit the City

Knit the City, are a group of "graffiti knitting and crochet" street artists founded in London, England in 2009. The collective is credited with being the first to go beyond the simple 'cosies' of early graffiti knitting to tell 'stitched stories', using knitted and crochet amigurumi creatures and objects in their public installations.. This practice has been taken up by groups internationally.

The title Knit the City: A Whodunnknit Set in London by Deadly Knitshade was published in German by  in February 2011, and in the UK by Summersdale in September 2011. The book covers the group's history and showcases examples of their street art.

The street art has been called "knit graffiti" and yarn bombing or "yarnstorming". The group's aim is to "to guerilla knit the city of London, and beyond that the world, and bring the art of the sneaky stitch to a world without wool".

Knit the City was founded by Deadly Knitshade in February 2009 with six members. The 'Yarn Corps' grew to seven members with the addition of The Fastener in late 2009. In October 2010 two members left the group and one became inactive, leaving the group with four active members.
The group continue to graffiti knit as a foursome of Deadly Knitshade, The Fastener, Shorn-a the Dead and Lady Loop.