Unraveling the Threads: Exploring Symbolic Connections Between Knitting and Norse Mythology’s Nornir 


Recently I felt called to learn a new creative expression, one I could use in a tiny space, since we are living in our RV while our home is being renovated. Something simple, yet satisfying. I was drawn to knitting. A friend bravely said she would teach me so I picked up the needles and began. As a beginner I can already see there is a connection between knitting and the runes I have been working with the past several years.   

It is a magickal realm where crafting and mythology intertwine! Let’s unravel the symbolic connections between the centuries-old craft of knitting and the fascinating Norse mythology of the Nornir. Let’s delve into the threads that weave these two seemingly unrelated worlds together.  

  1. Weaving the Tapestry of Fate   

Just as the Nornir, the mystical weavers of destiny, shape the threads of life, knitting embodies a similar symbolism. With each stitch, a knitter intertwines yarn to create a fabric that represents the interconnectedness of past, present, and future. The act of knitting reflects the belief that our actions and choices are woven into the tapestry of our lives, shaping our personal narratives.  

  1. Threads that Bind: Interconnectedness   

In Norse mythology, the Nornir govern the fates of individuals and events, highlighting the interdependence of all things. Similarly, knitting emphasizes the notion of interconnectedness. As a knitter works through each stitch, they are aware of the impact it has on the overall fabric. Just as the Nornir’s actions ripple through the world, each stitch in knitting affects the outcome of the final piece.  

  1. Crafted by Fate: Creation and Destiny   

Knitting, like the Nornir’s weaving, embodies the act of creation. As knitters bring forth patterns and designs, they harness their creative energies to shape tangible pieces. In Norse mythology, the Nornir craft the destinies of mortals and the course of events. Through knitting, we become co-creators, channeling our intentions into every stitch, much like the Nornir shape the fate of the world.  

  1. Past, Present, and Future Intertwined   

Just as the Nornir reside at the Well of Urd, knitting allows us to connect with the continuum of time. With every stitch, we engage with the present moment, building upon the foundation of past stitches and envisioning the path ahead. Knitting becomes a metaphorical journey through time, mirroring the Nornir’s ability to see the past, present, and future simultaneously.  

  1. Craftsmanship and Wisdom   

In Norse mythology, the Nornir are often depicted as wise and skilled beings. They possess the knowledge and craftsmanship necessary to spin and weave the threads of fate. Knitting, too, requires skill, patience, and a deep understanding of the craft. As knitters hone their abilities and master new techniques, they echo the wisdom and expertise attributed to the Nornir.  

As I continue this enchanting exploration, I find myself appreciating the fascinating connections between the craft of knitting and the Nornir. Both symbolize the interplay between creation, interconnectedness, and the shaping of destiny. While knitting may not have direct roots in Norse mythology, the parallels between these two realms are undeniable.   

It shows us that our creative “yearnings” are connected to our soul’s work. Never would I have ever thought that I would pick up knitting and enjoy it. If you’re feeling a pull to a creative expression or activity trust it, I promise it is connected to your soul’s growth.  

Have fun!