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Audrey Hepburn Knitting in Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Audrey Hepburn was a real-life knitter, and played a #fictionalknitter in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Audrey Hepburn knitting
Audrey Hepburn knitting on the set of The Unforgiven

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a bit overpraised, in my opinion, with no regard for the context in which the iconic fashion is delivered. Don’t get me wrong, Audrey Hepburn is stunning, but people gloss over the incredibly dark undertones of the movie, and just plaster a poster of Audrey on the wall. I still love the movie — I mean, Audrey Hepburn singing “Moon River” basically makes me want to cry every time I hear it — but also the racism! (Why, Mickey Rooney, why?) And the weird George Peppard-created machismo! There is literally a line in this classic romantic comedy where the male lead says “I own you!” And yet…I just love the fashion (and Cat!) far too much to disregard the movie altogether.

And the cherry on top, of course, is when Holly Golightly learns to knit.

I know she jokingly says she might be knitting a ranch house, but, seriously, what is she knitting? A giant mess of a sweater? A stylish dress and I’m not giving her enough credit?

Knitting Ideas

Maybe Holly was knitting this red dress?

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© Interweave Knits

Or perhaps you’re more interested in this FREE pattern, the Moon River Shawlette?

© malabrigo team

Crochet Ideas

If  you want to make your own Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany’s doll click on the image below to check out a cute Hollywood Crochet set!

Or if you just want to make your very own Holly Golightly eye mask, check out this FREE crochet pattern!

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© Crochet Kitten

I keep a running Celebrity Knitters list in my head. It just makes me smile, and really it makes so much sense. My husband and I have both done background acting, and there is a lot of waiting around to be done on film sets. And not just for extras! Even if you’re the star, there’s going to be a ton of times when you need to “hurry up and wait.” Especially if you’re an exceptionally talented actor who memorizes lines easily and can just turn it “on.”

Obviously, when you’re waiting, you don’t want to be disrespectful or do anything loud that might distract the crew or the other, less talented actors. You don’t want to be too invested in whatever you’re doing to kill time, either; you need to be able to put it down and jump back into a scene in an instant. So it makes perfect sense that actors would be knitters. It is, yet again, the perfect hobby!

After we re-watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s, my husband turned to me and said, “Oh, so Chloe in Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 is just Holly Golightly?” Yes, indeed she is. And of course Krysten Ritter’s another real-life knitter.

don't trust the b in apartment 23

If you want to settle in and watch this classic movie, click here to stream for free on Amazon (if you’re a Prime Member).

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My name is Monica Rodriguez and I can’t stop fidgeting with yarn. I live in Albuquerque, NM with my husband. We belong to two terriers who manage to cuddle us just enough to keep us from revolting.

Let me know what you think!