Published on March 31st, 2017 | by Alison


Yarn as an aphrodisiac? New study shouts: “Oh, YES!”

Plucky crafters now have one more reason to pick up their needles and hooks in public: it turns out that knitting and crocheting doesn’t just make you healthier, happier, and smarter – it makes you sexier, as well.

A newly released study from the Masters & Johnson Institute for Research, based on decades of intensive investigation, suggests that the act of knitting made subjects on average 78% more attractive. Crochet was similarly saucy, showing a 73% increase.

Of course, this only confirms what many makers have suspected for some time. Marilyn, a lifelong knitter, says working on her WIPs frequently whips her husband into a frenzy.

“Mr. Monrow just can’t keep his hands off of me when he sees me cast on. In the beginning it was great, but now I’d give anything to be able to get through more than 5 rows without interruption,” she said when recently approached for her thoughts.

Not all crafters see it as a challenge. “I wouldn’t have half the stash I do if my partner didn’t like crocheting so much,” says Pamela, a crocheter for 10 years. “The only issue I have is figuring out what to do with all my projects.”

So what to do with this new knowledge? Well, pick up a new project, of course! We’ve rounded up the sexiest knitting and crochet patterns to inspire your next project. So take a long, hard look at your overflowing yarn reserves and choose one to pick up. Just be careful where you put the needles down when the mood strikes: an enhanced libido is no help when your WIP is in a tangle!

Fixation Boy Shorts

fixation boy shorts knitting


Fatigued Dress

sexy fatigued knitting dress


Diva Micro Bikini



Grace & Style Set

grace and style


If you have any sexy projects we’d love to see you upload them in our Community here!

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About the Author

Alison is an American living in London who just recently caught the knitting bug, and can't wait to see where it takes her!

Last updated: August 2nd, 2017.

41 Responses to Yarn as an aphrodisiac? New study shouts: “Oh, YES!”

  1. Janet Reeves says:

    If you are looking for a project why not help the charity “Hearing dogs for deaf people” by making dog coats, dog bedding or even toys and donating them, they could be sold on our craft stalls at various events to raise funds for a worthwhile charity which has no government funding. The charity helps young and old alike by partnering a dog with a deaf person. They alert the person to fire alarms, cooker timers, baby alarms door bells etc. Often a deaf child or adult can become very isolated and withdrawn. By having a hearing dog it aids the deaf person in helping them sleep better at night, knowing that if a fire alarm should go off they will be alerted, they will be woken up in the morning when the clock alarm goes off by the dog. It also gets the deaf person out and about mixing in the community when often they would become a recluse. The general public will also be aware that the person is deaf due to them having an identifiable assistant dog. What better reason to pick up the knitting needles! Check out the web site – Hearing Dogs for deaf people.

    • Nikkie Colvill says:

      HI Janet, i had a look on their website but couldn’t find anything, would be grateful if you could pop a link on here. Thanks Nikkie

    • Carol Zalek says:

      WIP = Work In Progress? Re: what to do with all the crocheted items you’ve made: donate to charity! Mittens for Michigan; Lion Brand website lists charities; preemie caps for hospitals; mittens, hats and scarves for warming shelters, Red Cross, local schools (teachers know who needs then). Local animal shelters need cat, dog beds. Google knitting or crocheting for charity to fine out particulars. Some offer patterns. Others have requirements like preemie caps: sizes, softness, no seams or bumps for their sensitive heads. Every hospital in our country needs an endless supply of these.💕

  2. Karen Comer says:

    Yes, it’s April Fools day folks!

  3. Val says:

    I don’t know about sexier but it certainly is an ice-breaker in public.
    I knit and crotchet a lot in public places while watching my grandchildren or in waiting rooms waiting for appointments and the amount of conversations that start up by other people commenting on what I’m doing is wonderful.

    • Barbara Salvarezza says:

      I experience the same!!!!! Bas

    • Andrea says:

      I know! It really does encourage people to start conversations, doesn’t it? I made a friend of a 12-year-old girl in an airport, as we waited for the same storm- delayed flight for hours. She expressed interest in the afghan I was working on, so – with her mother’s permission – I showed her how to do single and double crochet, and supervised while she completed several rows. We exchanged contact info so I could send her the photos I took of her while she crocheted, and we’ve been facebook friends for 5 years now. 🙂

    • Carol Zalek says:

      Oh, it’s a conversation starter for sure. I’m going to start carrying a small, pretty notebook for folks I meet who’d like to stay in touch. Wish I’d had such a thing going when Betty and I met in a local store and after chatting she gave me a blessing: honest! My hips don’t hurt anymore and I won’t need a double replacement. I’d love to be able to thank this beautiful angel. Pay it forward in some way, I guess, is all I can do.

  4. Lorraine says:

    Well – who knew? Although… It is April 1st. Well done, you gave me a massive early morning smile.

  5. kerry says:

    Great article, it certainly made me smile but I did figure it out.

  6. Kate Yardy says:

    Yes, 01/04/2017! Knitting isn’t sexy – at least not in the way suggested – but try wearing a nice oversize sweater with nothing else…

  7. Lona de Moro says:

    Sorry but I can’t quite agree with this. I have been working on the same project for 6 months now and find it very frustrating. In fact, I sometimes feel like poking someone with the needles before strangling them with the now bald (as a result of ripping out the work so many times) yarn.

  8. Lainie says:

    Here in Australia koalas think yarn is sexy. It is risky leaving knitting unattended outdoors, as koalas will take the yarn and dangle it through the trees to attract a mate. Silk yarn is especially valued as it is very strong and the koalas can use it to swing through the trees Tarzan style.

    Knitted garments are also at risk. One lady I know came home from work to find a jumper she had left drying on the line had been unravelled and was dangling in one long thread across her verandah, over the roof, and from there into the gum trees.

    Always best to keep knitting and knitted garments indoors.

    • Jennie says:

      And keep a watch out for that koala subspecies – drop bears – lord knows what they would do to unsupervised yarn!!!

    • Leonie says:

      Drop Bears love yarn, too! Make it into traps for unwary travelers !!

  9. Dawn says:

    You don’t want to know what happens when I get out the macrame!

  10. Janine says:

    Brilliant!!….. for a minute I thought I was at risk of having reclaimed my je ne sais quoi!!

  11. morag broadfoot says:

    That was ace, It did have me saying to myself REALLY. but then I guessed it April fool
    Well done.

  12. Laura says:

    Nice joke about the study, but we know it’s true without official proof! 🙂

  13. Jackie says:

    I just want tgebpattetn for tgat gorgeous grey rug. 😚

    • Patricia says:

      I’m knitting it just now for my daughter-in-law although I have reduced the width by omitting and adjusting the centre panel. It’s quite heavy (I’m not used to knitting with chunky yarn) so it’s going relatively slowly although it is lovely.

  14. Eva says:

    Study just confirmed what i knew for past 55 years. It is relaxing if you give it time to learn and perfection will come. Im still knitting and crocheting and love it.

  15. Jean says:

    Knitting is trendy now amongst the younger generation but sexy no, I was in stitches and thought that this was pulling the wool over my eyes! LOL.😀

    • Carol Zalek says:

      Oh, it’s a conversation starter for sure. I’m going to start carrying a small, pretty notebook for folks I meet who’d like to stay in touch. Wish I’d had such a thing going when Betty and I met in a local store and after chatting she gave me a blessing: honest! My hips don’t hurt anymore and I won’t need a double replacement. I’d love to be able to thank this beautiful angel. Pay it forward in some way, I guess, is all I can do.

  16. Joline says:

    Ryan Gosling is a knitter. Does it get any sexier than that?

  17. Heather says:

    Considering how many times my husband has fallen asleep next to me while I was knitting and crocheting, I figured it was bogus. 😁 Maybe I should try using more lace weight…

  18. Christine says:

    Sexy-NO!! However it does take Balls to knit.

  19. Myriam says:

    Yes, yarn is sexy, but not always in a fun, or even in a safe way.

    In Canada, hikers and back-country lovers know that one should NEVER go in the woods wearing woolly handknits, because the smell of wool attracts black bears. Bears are extremely sensitive to this smell, and can sense its presence from 5 km away. They will track and find that delicious smell, and try to cuddle with it. They might even try to get sexy! Merino and BFL are the worst culprit for atttracting bears, but other types of wool can also give them ideas.

    So, hikers, beware; wear 100% alpaca, cashmere, mohair, or silk, but leave the woollies at home when you take a trail.

  20. Heather says:

    Does anybody know where I can get the pattern for the wrap the model is wearing?

  21. Raelene says:

    I wanted to know the same thing Heather. Love the pattern! Where can we get it please?

  22. Chantal Moorehead says:

    This is a picture on the cover of bergere de france for Irish knits .this magazine is number 159

  23. Chantal Moorehead says:

    This picture is from bergere de france Irish knits magazine number159

  24. Matilda Jane says:

    Author, please?

  25. Andrea says:

    What is “WIP”, please? Something In Progress or Something Something Project…..I can’t figure it out!

  26. Kate F says:

    This is great! I knit at work on breaks. I’m going to tell them the koala story! LOL! Thank you.

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