We Brits have an excuse to knit, aside from it being a relaxing and gratifying pastime, the classic cold weather makes us want to knit ourselves into a woolly cacoon!

But what about places like Australia, where knitting is extremely popular? For a country known for its boiling hot weather it’s quite baffling, but that’s why we decided to find out which countries have the most knitters (calculated by the number of official knitting groups).

Germany is a top one, with its long history of textile and crafts. It’s known for producing high quality yarn and unique brands who make fabulous rich colours of yarns with various textures.

Canada is also famed for knitting, which is understandable as a country that suffers harsh winters! It’s home to the Canadian Guild of Knitters and online magazines including Canadian Living.

With a history of knitting dating as far back as the American Revolution in the 1700s, the USA is one of the top knitting countries in the world. Whether it was women knitting for their military husbands, or just saving money on buying clothes during the war, America has always had a strong bond with knitting similar to the UK.

Not a shocking one, but Iceland also has a top spot in this list. The spun wool most used in this beautiful country is called Lopi as it’s waterproof and lightweight, so ideal for the weather. People are known for wearing sweaters called Lopapeysa which have an intricate pattern across the top third of the garment.

If you’ve been to a country where knitting is popular, show us the crafty things you found by tagging us on Instagram!