More and more people are putting down the smartphone and picking up an activity so chic it would make the Golden Girls proud. Knitting and cross-stitching are making a comeback for people of all ages. In fact, according to the Craft Yarn Council's latest survey, 53 percent of knitters ages 18 to 34 reported knitting or crocheting daily. What's more, 93 percent of total survey participants said they felt accomplished when knitting, which might just make it the perfect addition to your next Netflix marathon.
The majority of survey respondents also said they felt social when knitting with others, proving that although knitting can be relaxing and meditative, it's becoming a shared experience too. Companies like Wool And The Gang (whose members include supermodel Cara Delevingne) are picking up on the granny-chic trend by hosting weekly knitting events throughout every major city in the U.S. and UK. Beginners and experts alike come together to learn the trade and walk away with a new handmade hat or scarf. You can even get the materials shipped to your home and host your own knitting party.
Want to get the kids involved? Have them pick out the colors for a winter blanket that everyone can cozy up with. Then invite your friends over for a 1940s-style "Stitch 'n B*tch," where women get together to quilt, knit, or embroider while enjoying some good old-fashioned face-to-face banter.
Take a cue from these #celebknitters who have been spotted with needles in hand:
Duff, who once asked then-boyfiend Joel Madden for a sewing machine for Christmas, has said, "It's so dorky but I love knitting on the airplane because I get bored." Three-year-old Luca's mom knits for family members.
The actor and dad to baby girl Esmeralda Amada picked up knitting on the set of Lars and the Real Girl. The hobby relaxes him, he told GQ Australia, and "you get something out of it at the end. You get a nice present. For someone who wants an oddly shaped, off-putting scarf."
The actress and mama to baby girl James says knitting is one of her biggest stress relievers. In an interview with O, The Oprah Magazine in April, Lively said the key to banishing her stress is to create "something I can use. I'll knit or cook—or work on a motorcycle, a skill my husband is teaching me."
Sarah Jessica Parker
The mom of three once told Good Housekeeping she likes to knit in her spare time. "But I try to knit and watch TV at the same time, which means I end up with many dropped stitches," she admitted.