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Mosh pits and moss stitches at first Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship

The so-called Giga Body Metal team won the Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship. Photo: Facebook
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The world’s first heavy metal knitting competition has rocked Finland, with participants from across the globe putting their reverse shaping, moss stitches and loops to the test with all-out madness to deafening sing-alongs.

Excitement filled the air as the crowd of nearly 200 spectators watched a dozen groups dressed in ridiculous costumes showcase their needlework and nuttiest dance moves.

Competitors from nine countries including Russia, the UK and US, gathered last week in the small town of Joensuu, located near the Russian border.

🤘🤘 THANK YOU PEOPLE 🤘🤘You absolutely, totally, undeniably, truly, certainly, surely, truly and definitely ROCKED!Here is a sneak peek and some best moments of the 1st ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships! We selected a champion, but would also like to remind that all artists, participants and organizers are winners in Heavy Metal Knitting. Keep on rocking and see you next year!Heavy Metal Knitting was organized by: Taito Pohjois-Karjala ry, Markkinointitoimisto Tovari, Joensuu – kaupunki idässäSuppliers of the prizes: Lietsu Boutique Aparthotel – Huoneistohotelli Lietsu, Lankava OySuppliers of the event: Taitokortteli and its entrepreneurs, Popkatu, Maniac Abductor, SlipKnit artists, Esittävän taiteen tila ry, GURUT, Fida secondhand, Susiraja Metal Club ry, And a big thank you to the many many many individuals who made this all possible, came to see the show and shared the word out <3

Posted by Heavy Metal Knitting on Friday, July 12, 2019

They were judged based on their attitude, performing skill and how well they managed to capture their audience.

The Japanese performance team, Giga Body Metal, which had team members dressed as sumo wrestlers and a geisha, won the inaugural title.

Families with children, heavy metal fans, and knitting enthusiasts gathered on July 11 to watch the performances. Photo: Facebook 

Second place went to so-called Crafts with Ellen from Denmark, while 9 Inch Needles from the US placed third.

Performer Heather McLaren from Scotland said “it’s ridiculous but it’s so much fun”.

“When I saw there was a combination of heavy metal and knitting, I thought ‘that’s my niche’.”

Finland reportedly has the highest number of heavy metal musicians, with about 53 metal bands per 100,000 people.