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Crochet vs. Knitting

Posted by Ronnie on January 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I learned how to knit a few years before I learned to crochet. My aunt taught me how to knit and at first I loved it. The concept of taking yarn and creating a garment was wonderous.


Then I saw someone crocheting. I was a kid back in the 60's and my parents didn't just plop down money on a whim. So since my mom wouldn't buy me a crochet hook, I don't even think she knew what it was, I made one out of the wire twisters that use to come with sandwich baggies. I shaped it and covered it with cellophane tape to smooth it out. Once she saw that I was really serious she got me my first hook from Woolworths. And I've been crocheting ever since.


Last year I purchased a bunch of knitting needles for next to nothing at a thrift store. I made a couple of hats, a scarf but found I was soon bored. My hands itched for something a bit more exciting. So I decided to take on a project that even my sister, an avid knitter had never done-- socks. Talk about frustration, after not really knitting for years and then deciding to knit socks! I tried and tried but each time got stuck at the heel. Finally, I was able to complete one sock. But alas, I didn't like it. So with new yarn and a circular needle I was able to make a lovely pair of wool socks. And I haven't picked up my knitting needles since. I hope to make a few more pairs of socks for myself and my daughter but other than that there are no more knitting projects on the horizon.

I think knitters are a different breed of crafter. I crochet but I have also delved into oil painting, reborning dolls, faux stained glass, cross stitch, needlepoint, silk flower arrangments and refinishing furniture.


Maybe I'm wrong but knitters seem like they are more into the process and crocheters are more into the finished project. (I have a friend who makes the most beautiful baby sweaters, almost. I used to donate an hour or so to finishing them for her, attaching the buttonhole piece, weaving in ends and sewing on buttons and finishing seams.) Or maybe it's just me. Knitting lulls me almost to sleep with the rhythm of the needles and throwing the yarn, whereas when I am crocheting I feel invigorated! I am envisioning my finished creation. I love to crochet while surrounded with yarn for my next projects as I dream of my upcoming projects.


Even though I love yarn, I am always put off when I enter a "knitting" store. We have a local one where the selection of yarn can make your mouth water, but once I identified myself as a crocheter, something shut down in the proprietor's face. Sure, she'll take my money. When prodded she revealed that they have a night where the knitters gather to talk and work on their individual projects. Oh, and you can come also and crochet (pause), if you would like to. We'd be glad to have you. Perhaps one evening when I am feeling especially brave I will venture in and sit down with the knitters. But for right now, I'll stick with the crochet group at my local library, where if you are a knitter (pause) we will be happy to have you join us.

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2 Comments

Reply Jayla
12:50 PM on January 9, 2012 
I love both crochet and knitting and I usually finish what I'm working on. I dislike peple telling me I hold my neddle/hook funny or critcize the way I hold my yarn. What difference does it make after the project is finished; who can tell which hand yarn was held in or if you knit continenal or english . Why do knitters and crocheters have to act like one craft is superior to the other and put down someone because they are not into the same one . Please lets end this and enjoy the fact that they are both wonderful and make friends. I love the new trend of combinding crochet and knitting into scarves ,hats and etc. Try it you will find that they blend togeather nicely. So why can't we? Jayla
Reply Ronnie
7:10 PM on January 9, 2012 
I hear you Jayla. I think it has to do with the fact that crochet and knitting are so closely related, that it cries out for comparison.