We can’t help but get distracted by the knitwear when we’re watching films or TV shows, so we’ve put together a list of our top 10 iconic on-screen knitwear moments. From Monica Gellar to ET, we’ve got a pretty broad selection of famous knits and we hope you enjoy a trip down memory lane.
If we’ve missed off one of your favourite knits from our list, make sure to share it in the comments below, we can’t wait to hear which knitwear pieces have stuck in your mind!
Which one is your favourite from our list?
Credit: Fox 2000 Pictures; Wendy Finerman Productions; Dune Entertainment; 20th Century Fox (The Devil Wears Prada, 2006)
Andy’s cerulean jumper from The Devil Wears Prada
“It’s not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean“. Featured in possibly the most iconic scene in The Devil Wears Prada, this jumper may be “lumpy” but it definitely deserves a mention in our top 10 iconic knitwear moments.
Credit: Universal Pictures; Little Bird; StudioCanal; Working Title Films (Bridget Jones’ Diary, 2001)
Mr Darcy’s ugly Christmas jumper from Bridget Jones’ Diary
A classic scene from a classic early 2000s romcom, we had to include the ugly Christmas jumper from Bridget Jones’ Diary. But is it so ugly that it’s fashionable? We’re not sure… We might have to add this to our list of Winter projects…
Are you guilty of ever knitting an ‘ugly’ Christmas jumper? Let us know in the comments!
Credit: Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions; Warner Bros. Television (Friends, 1994-2004)
Monica’s diner uniform from Friends
We just had to include Monica’s uniform from when she worked at the diner. Whilst the cute pink embroidered cardigan was perhaps not the most memorable element of her outfit, it is definitely an iconic piece of knitwear in TV history.
If you want to make your own puff sleeve cardigan inspired by Monica’s, our acrylic yarn in shade Soft Pink or our Warth Mill wool in Rose Mix Pink would be a perfect match. And it would double up as a great DIY Monica Gellar Halloween costume!
Credit: The Producer Circle Company; Peregrine Productions; Hawk Films (The Shining, 1980)
The Apollo jumper from The Shining
We love a good patterned jumper, even more so when it is as iconic as this one from The Shining. The Shining is known for it’s amazing set and costume design, and for us this jumper is one of the visual highlights. If anyone has a pattern for this design, we might just have to make one for ourselves
Credit: Amblin Productions; Universal Pictures (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982)
ET’s getaway disguise from ET
We can’t have a top 10 iconic film moments list without mentioning ET… Nothing is more iconic than the bicycle scene from ET where he happens to be wrapped in a rather nice crochet blanket. This is definitely one of our favourite looks from our list.
Credit: Castle Rock Entertainment; Nelson Entertainment (When Harry Met Sally, 1989)
All the roll necks from When Harry Met Sally
Sally and Harry are giving us all of the cable knit aran sweater inspiration we need! We love the red shade in this one and who can resist a bit of cable detail. Are you a fan of cable knitting or do you avoid it like the plague?
If you want to make your own aran cable knit, check out or range of aran British Wool cones below.
Credit: Paramount Pictures (Clueless, 1995)
Cher and Dionne’s matching cardigans from Clueless
Cher and Dionne were fashion icons of the 90s and the famous yellow check two-piece has been reimagined countless times by the likes of Iggy Azalea and Harry Styles. But perhaps what we don’t always notice is the cute little yellow cardigan underneath.
Whilst we might not be seen in a head to toe yellow outfit, we are definitely still taking fashion inspiration from the famous Cher Horowitz. For all of your yellow yarn needs, check out the products below!
Credit: Left Bank Pictures; Sony Pictures Television; Netflix Streaming Services (The Crown, 2020)
The black sheep Diana jumper in The Crown
The Crown did an amazing job on the costume design and featured many of Diana’s famous outfits, including some of her most memorable knitwear pieces. One of our amazing Woolyknitter’s, Aaron Leneghan, recently made his own version of the famous black sheep jumper using our British Wool cones. You can see it here in our interview with Aaron.
Credit: Touchstone Pictures; American Empirical Pictures; Buena Vista Pictures (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2004)
The signature orange beanies from The Life Aqautic
A Wes Anderson film isn’t a Wes Anderson film without some stunning set design and some brilliant costumes, and The Life Aquatic does not fall short. After watching this film, it feels like no outfit is complete without the addition of a bright orange beanie.
Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures; Heyday Films; 1492 Pictures (Harry Potter film series, 2001-2011)
The initial jumpers from Harry Potter
The Harry Potter series brought us lots of iconic knitwear, including the famous striped house scarves and these adorable initial jumpers. If you wanted to make one of these for some little ones in your family, check out our pattern for a similar initial jumper style.
These are some of our favourite knitwear moments in film and television, but if we missed any of your favourites, make sure you leave them in the comments section below!
And if any of these knitwear pieces have inspired you to do a knitting project of your own, be sure to share it on social media and tag us using @Woolyknit for a chance to be featured on our blog in our Your Wooly Knits series.
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