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Humor Hollywood Knitters: Ginger Rogers knitting in the film 'Shall We Dance?'

Published on April 26th, 2017 | by Siân

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We bet you didn’t know these movie stars knit!

To celebrate vintage knits, we’ve found some Hollywood icons with their WIPs in their films – and in between takes!

Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire – Shall We Dance? (1937)

Hollywood Knitters: Ginger Rogers Shall We Dance?

Peter P. Peters and Linda Keene get involved in a love triangle more tangled than a ball of yarn. Fred and Ginger play this lovely couple in this hilarious musical comedy.

Susan Hayward – Between scenes on the set of The Lost Moment (1947)

Hollywood Knitters: Susan Hayward The Lost Moment

Those double pointed needles look lethal in the hands of Susan Hayward, playing Tina, a psychotic character in cahoots with her co-star Robert Cummings to trick an old lady out of some old poetry.  Or perhaps she’s just knitting some socks?

Cary Grant – Mr Lucky (1943)

Hollywood Knitters: Cary Grant Mr Lucky

Ah yes Cary, – in, around, under and through – he’ll get the hang of it eventually! We’re not exactly sure why Cary Grant is knitting in a film about a grifter trying to avoid the army draft – but if you’ve seen it, tell us all about it in the comments below!

Tom Drake & Betty Garrett – On the set of Words and Music (1948)

Hollywood Knitters: Tom Drake and Betty Garrett Words and Music

The lovely Betty Garrett looks like she’s knitting the back of a jumper on the set of Words and Music, a film about the creative partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. There must have been lots of time for knitting whilst they recorded all those song and dance scenes!

Angela Lansbury & her mother Moyna Macgill – On the set of The Harvey Girls (1946)

Hollywood Knitters: Angela Lansbury Moyna More The Harvey Girls

Knitting is so often a mother and daughter hobby – just look at their faces! I wonder if Angela was about to knit a double yarnover or SSSK? Or is that a counting face?

Marilyn Monroe & Yves Montand – Let’s Make Love (1960)

Hollywood Knitters: Marilyn Monroe Lets Make Love

This looks like a cosy scarf on nice big needles! Yves Montand didn’t speak any English when this film was made, but perhaps he spoke the language of yarn? He’s certainly got a lovely chunky cardigan on!

Have you seen these films? Who is your favourite Hollywood knitter? Share yours in the comments below!

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is an artist and works in the Social Media team at LoveCrafts HQ. She taught herself to knit when she was 17 years old, and hasn't stopped since! You'll normally find her in an art gallery, or buried in a book.


Last updated: April 28th, 2017.

10 Responses to We bet you didn’t know these movie stars knit!

  1. miss agnes says:

    Great post. To answer the question about Cary Grant, he starts to knit because he is attracted by a lovely girl who runs the local woman’s association in charge of knitting items for the soldiers. The funniest moments in the movie are when his henchman tries knitting too and loves it so much that you see him knitting throughout the rest of the movie. My favorite Hollywood knitter is Bette Davis. She knits and crochet too: a beautiful piece of crocheted lace is nearly a character in the drama The Letter. She is also seen knitting in Now Voyager.

  2. hazeld says:

    Rock Hudson used to knit on set for his boyfriend.

  3. Lisa Marie says:

    Favorite Hollywood knitter, Julia Roberts. Beautiful, smart,witty, the list is endless, and she knits.

  4. Lisa Diane says:

    My favourite Hollywood knitter is Ginger Rodgers. Fred and Ginger are aboard an ocean liner and in the film, they are a famous dancing couple, rumoured to be engaged. When she’s seen knitting this jacket for her little dog, the press jump to the wrong conclusions. Fred and ginger end up having to get married to avoid the scandal and then apply for an immediate annulment. Thankfully, just in time, they realise they’re in love, so stay married… All that bother for being caught knitting in public!!

  5. Clare Gerling says:

    FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt are seen with knitting needles in the Ken Burns PBS series “The Roosevelt’s”. Goldie Hawn knitted in the film “Foul Play” that also stars Chevy Chase. I just love it! And seeing knitting in film encourages me to pick up my own needles and get to work on my UFO’s!

  6. Nicola says:

    Tyne Daley (Mary-Beth Lacey in Cagney and Lacey) is a keen knitter

  7. Cherie Craighead says:

    Julia Roberts is a knitter.

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