World Championships

July 11th 2019 in Joensuu, Finland

Participate in the competition

In Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships, the knitters basically knit to the beat of heavy metal music.
It’s a bit like air guitar playing, but using knitting needles and heavy metal attitude as your tools!

Download the official HMK song “Fight or die” by Maniac Abductor and see how your heavy metal knitting moves start to come out! Download the song here.

Take a one minute long video clip of the most compelling part of your HMK performance and upload it to Youtube.

By sending your clip and filling the form you are in the semifinals, competing for a spot in the Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships.
The Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships are held on July 11th, 2019 in Joensuu, Finland.
The Grand Prize is a hotel weekend in authentic Finnish scenery.

All you need is your attitude. You’ll find the band, knitting needles and yarn on the competition venue!

Want to join?

Keep on Knitting

What the Yarn?

“Heavy Metal Knitting
– both heavy metal and knitting”

Finland is the promised land of heavy metal music. There are 50 heavy metal bands per 100 000 Finnish citizens, which is astonishingly many and actually more than anywhere else in the whole world. The number of needlework enthusiasts is equally high, as according to even the most modest estimates there are hundreds of thousands of people in Finland who are immersed various kinds of needlework crafts, knitting included. What combines them both is the great joy of creativity. When playing guitar as well as knitting stitches it is all about the pleasure of creating something cool with your hands. And – it’s all about the attitude!

In heavy metal knitting, needlework and music become united like never before. On the same stage, accompanied by a million dollar guitar solo, with hair flowing in the air, there’s heavy metal music and knitting, shaking hands. Knitting to the rhythm of heavy metal music can be compared to playing air guitar – which is a Finnish way to goof around as well. In heavy metal knitting, the knitter becomes a part of the band, showing their best needlework tricks as the heavy riffs echo on the background. The knitter takes part in the jam while their balls of yarn and knitting needles swish through the air…

Heavy metal knitting is simple, and it’s easy for everyone to join. Everybody can participate in their own way: by themselves, with friends or by sharing video clips of their heavy metal knitting performance on social media. The most important thing is to try something new and extraordinary – and do it with your full energy!

Take part in the heavy metal knitting extravaganza and show the world how the metal music makes you and your knitting needles feel!

Heavy Metal Knitting is made possible by Joensuu City Cultural Services, Joensuu Conservatory, Taito Pohjois-Karjala ry and Marketing Agency Tovari.

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Mari Karjalainen
projektipäällikkö, Matkalla kädentaitojen elämykseen-hanke
050 315 6947

Mari Karjalainen
project manager, Matkalla kädentaitojen elämykseen-hanke
+358 50 315 6947