Knitted Street Art: Amazing Examples of Yarn Bombing

Our design blog mainly talks about web and print design – but there’s one artistic area that we’ve only explored briefly: street art. And there’s one area that we’ve never covered: knitting. But who would have thought the two would go hand-in-hand?

Over the last few years there’s been a small and very stealthy rise of something called “yarn bombing” (sometimes “yarn storming”), and it’s a mixture of covert, under-the-cover-of-darkness graffiti with – you guessed it – knitting. The result is a non-destructive, much more friendly and entirely machine washable version of street art – where statues, bridges, trees and other permanent structures are decorated in bright, colourful wool. Seeing these everyday scenes become colourful and vibrant is a fun, huge surprise and it’s one of those beautiful little ideas that’s easy to love.

I wanted to bring together a collection of some of my favourite knitted street art examples. If you’ve come across any yarn bombing artworks that you want to share, please do get in touch!

Knitted Street Art[Above by Retis on Flickr]

Love Knitted Street Art[Above by La Tanana on Flickr]

Knitted Trees[Above by Peter Lee on Flickr]

Knitted Bull[Above by Alex Sandifer on Flickr]

Knitted Bike[Above by Scott Beale on Flickr]

Knitted Balloons[Above by topsynette on Flickr]

Knitted Stairs[Above by JAM Project on Flickr]

Knitted Building[Above by Dennis van Zuijlekom on Flickr]

Knitted Tree[Above by Wen Rou on Flickr]

Knitted R2D2 Street Art[Above:]

Knitted Van[Above by Michael Tap on Flickr]

Knitted Bridge[Above by The Bees on Flickr]

Knitted Steel Ring[Above by Bananenfalter on Flickr]

Knitted Snake & Worm[Above by LornaWatt on Flickr]

Squid Tree Yarn Bomb[Above by LornaWatt on Flickr]

What did you think of these yarn bombs? Have you seen any creative, interesting and unusual examples of knitted street art that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments below.

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